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A Brief Spark Bookended by Darkness

Saturday, August 11, 2018
8pm Doors / 8:30pm Performance
$15 Guests / Free for members
Reserve seats: member login or guest registration

During the experimental live cinema experience A Brief Spark Bookended by Darkness, Brent Green and musician Walt McClements (Lonesome Leash, Dark Dark Dark, Hurray for the Riff-Raff) will present Green's films with live narration, music and foley effects.  The evening will feature A Brief Spark Bookended by Darkness, Carlin, Paulina Hollers, and Strange Fates, all featured at the Sundance FestivalFocusing largely on stirring visuals the emotionally charged films enchant audiences with southern gothic narration and flickering stop-motion animation.

Working on his farm outside of New Paltz, NY, Brent Green is a self-taught visual artist and filmmaker. Green’s films have screened, often with live musical accompaniment, in film and art settings alike at venues such as MoMA, BAM, The Getty, Walker, Hammer Museum, The Kitchen, Boston MFA, Wexner, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Rotterdam Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival as well as rooftops, warehouses and galleries throughout the globe. Often, his sculptural work and large-scale installation are displayed alongside his animated films, he's had solo exhibitions at a bunch of places including the ASU Art Museum, Site Santa Fe, The Kohler Arts Center and the Berkeley Art Museum. Green's work has been supported by Creative Capital, the Sundance Institute, San Francisco Film Society and the MAP fund.  His art is in some fine public collections including MoMA, the Hammer Museum and the American Folk Art Museum. Green is represented by the Andrew Edlin Gallery in NYC.

Lonesome Leash is the solo project of Walt McClements, an accordionist and multi-instrumentalist known for his previous work in Dark Dark Dark [and Hurray for the Riff Raff]. Using a sparse palette of accordion, drums and voice, McClements crafts stark yet complex songs, nervous and triumphant hymns to the restless. Despite being anchored by the often-anachronistic accordion, the music ends up having less to do with contemporary purveyors of old world idioms, and more to do with an alternate history—one where angular accordion lines take prominence over the guitar in a nervy and strangely cinematic post-punk tradition.