Friday, May 21, 2010

Last Address

I'm really liking Walker Art Center's practice of screening short films on a loop in the lecture room during gallery hours. Yesterday I had a chance to pop in for Last Address, Ira Sachs' 8-minute piece.

The film consists entirely of static footage shot outside the last residences of New York artists who died of complications from AIDS. Many shots feature tree branches that twist and hiss in the wind (Damian Volpe does a fine job of keeping the potential problems of wind sound under control), evocative of life's fragility as the imagery bears witness to mounting loss. An elegiac and refreshingly simple film.

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