Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 8
Running time: 56 minutes
Cinematography: Ian Serfontein
© ART21, Inc. 2016
Season 8 of Art in the Twenty-First Century presents sixteen artists in four cities. Episode 4 focuses on Vancouver and features Stan Douglas, Brian Jungen, Liz Magor and Jeff Wall. Offering insight into their studio practice and daily life, this documentary reveals how these artists engage with the location and culture that surrounds them. Liz Magor (b.1948, Winnipeg) offers a glimpse inside her studio where she creates casts of humble objects that retain the trace of past histories and use. Stan Douglas (b.1960, Vancouver) talks about his complex video installations, photographs, theatrical productions and virtual reality simulations which he sees as “allegories of the present” and Brian Jungen (b.1970, Fort St. John, BC) discusses his Dane-zaa heritage and personal history and how this informs his sculptures which reassemble consumer goods while making reference to native Canadian art. Finally, Jeff Wall discusses his methodology and approach to art making. Revealing how he is constantly searching for a picture, Wall discusses a picture's ability to imply a narrative and how his work can emerge from an accidental encounter, equally, a real event, an image in the media or a famous work of art. Discussing how his work has shifted from painting towards photography, Wall says: “I still don't really know why I'm not a painter. I stopped painting around 1964 when I was about 19 or 20. The mid-sixties, that was just the beginning of really the explosion of all the [...] new alternative kinds of art.
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