Thursday, January 5, 2012
Richard Raxlen : introspective ?!*√º"ç¥å?! at Open Space
Open Space, in cooperation with MediaNet, is pleased to present Richard Raxlen: introspective?!*√º"ç¥å?!, an interdisciplinary exhibition sampling the work of the acclaimed Victoria artist Richard Raxlen.
Raxlen is resolutely experimental as a filmmaker, animator and visual artist. He is also a mischievous pop culture historian, a vocation that leavens all aspects of his work. Watch for images of Mutt & Jeff, historical footage and well known literary figures in his work. At the heart of introspective?!*√º"ç¥å?! visitors will discover a Rick Raxlen cinematheque offering on-demand screenings.
Raxlen believes that film should be more like jazz and create a feeling, sensation or mood rather than always tell a story. Raxlen’s creative process is borderless: he quite simply takes any and all liberties with sound, film, drawing and image to create his work. His work has an ineffable power — as if conjured by the lightest touch of life’s pleasures, flavours, moments, anxieties, scents and hunches.
This exhibition celebrates Raxlen’s art, the rambunctious scope of which has not been adequately explored. His sensibility has been variously described as one of mysterious, poetic and uncompromising dimensions. His work is idiosyncratic, aesthetically rich and unabashedly hand-crafted. Raxlen began his filmmaking career at the NFB (National Film Board, 1967-76), where he produced several shorts notably Legend (1970) which won an Etrog (Genie) Award in 1970. While Raxlen was teaching at Concordia University in Montreal and involved with Main Film (an artist-run centre for independent filmmakers), he produced the award-winning Horses in Winter, which was named one of the be.st films of the 1980s by Cinémathèque Québécoise.
Opening: Friday, January 13, 2012 at 5:00 PM
Exhibition continues to Saturday, February 25