Posts Tagged ‘Nova Paul’

Blackpaint 85

March 12, 2010

Whitechapel Gallery (cont.)

Forgot to mention two short films running at above: first one by Charly Nijensohn, “The Dead Forest (Storm)” (2009) shows a male figure standing upright in a punt in a flooded forest of tall, leafless trees, as driving rain descends in the film and on soundtrack.  It reminded me of Frankenstein on the ice-floe, or maybe a Doig canoe – also a hint of the bayou in “Southern Comfort”.  To do with the destruction of the Amazon rain forest, apparently.

The second one was by Nova Paul, a native New Zealand artist, consisted of scenes of flats and gardens and people going about their business, shot through bright, pastel-coloured filters that were slightly out of sync., with some figures appearing like ghosts mixed in with the others and also doing  ordinary, mundane things; playing with children, kids on a trampoline, etc.  Very beautiful, but at ten minutes,maybe five minutes too long.  It was entitled “Pink and White Terraces”.


Doing perspective drawing again at life classes this week.  For those baffled by the reference to sheep when I last mentioned this – it should have been cows.  Clear now? Good.

Listening to “Beeswing” by Richard Thompson.

“They say her flower is faded now, hard weather and hard booze,

But maybe it’s just the price you pay for the chains you refuse…”