An Evening with Vincent Grenier | Denver Film Society

An Evening with Vincent Grenier

90 min

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Vincent Grenier is a native of Quebec City, Canada. Since the 1970s, he has made more than 50 films and videos—one of which, Tabula Rasa, screened in the Lincoln Center program “Best Avant Garde Films & Videos of the Decade,” while another, Watercolor (2013) received grand prizes in experimental cinema at the Black Maria and Athens Film Festivals. He received a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 2010, among many other grants and fellowships. He lives in Ithaca, New York, and teaches at nearby Binghamton University.


In a 2014 article in ARTFORUM about Grenier’s oeuvre, Tony Pipolo wrote of its “concomitant beauty and observational acuity…It’s clear that Grenier is as interested in what is unseen or barely seen as he is about what is directly before us....The strategy to incite discovery seems ingrained in his character.” Michael Sicinski, in Moving Image Source, likewise observed that Grenier’s work not only “provides pleasures both anticipated (the formal beauty and exacting eye of a great media artist) and unanticipated (the many contradictions, misprisions, and perceptual paradoxes the works induce)” but also “aims to ‘teach us how to see’…in ways a bit different than…mythopoets and structuralists alike.”


Vincent Grenier will be presented with the 2019 Stan Brakhage Vision Award at 7:00pm on Sunday, November 3, at the Sie FilmCenter. A reception follows in his honor.

Films in Program...

Armoire (2 parts)

Armoire (2 parts)

A bird loops with unmasked mirror apprehended by camera in flight.

USA 2009 6 Min
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Catch

Catch

Catch is a fragmented observation on hidden reflective surfaces, the corner of a dormant television screen, a window…”—Mike Reynolds, Berkeley Barb

USA 1975 5 Min
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Color Study

Color Study

A humorous, digitally induced meditation on color, motion, and space from a few frames of a roadside fall panorama in upstate New York.

USA 2000 4 Min
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Interieur Interiors (To AK)

Interieur Interiors (To AK)

“Grenier’s great skill is that by means of shifts of focus, by subtly altering light level and shadow, by moving the camera axis, by playing upon grain, contrast, and surface texture, he can provoke constant mystery as to what exactly we’ve just seen, are seeing, will see next.”—Simon Field

USA 1978 15 Min
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Les Chaises

Les Chaises

Two weather-worn red vinyl chairs stand as subjects and witnesses on an outdoor promontory oriented toward a “view.” The chairs themselves provide openings or internal views into color fields, their standard-issue upholstery serving as oval screens for the light projected through windswept leaves.

USA 2008 9 Min
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Tabula Rasa

Tabula Rasa

Filmed in a South Bronx high school, Tabula Rasa attempts to deal with the recorded image’s simultaneous eloquence and propensity to mislead through sound-image juxtapositions, digital manipulation, and layering.

USA 2004 7 Min
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Tremors

Tremors

Tall buildings and cars are filmed through the Kinemacolor process, variable color filters, and a water lens. Sturdiness jousts with fragility, past with present, alienation with tenderness, abrasiveness with sensuality, red with green.

USA 1984 13 Min
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Watercolor

Watercolor

What was, what has become, what’s left, what’s new, what is, what is made up; what is lighted, reflected, hidden, made transparent, or unknown; different rates of changes, matter of various kinds—all are intent on affirming competing realities.

USA 2013 12 Min
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