Working in the tradition of animation greats such as Norman McClaren, Len Lye, and Mary Ellen Butte, Canadian animator Richard Reeves works directly on strips of 16 and 35mm celluloid to create rhythmic works overflowing with vibrant color and liveliness. Tonight’s program will feature some of Richard’s earliest films, including 1992’s Garbanzo in which abstract forms dance to the beats of jazz sounds composed by Reeves. Following Garbanzo, Richard’s films all have soundtracks taken directly from the images themselves as they roll past the exciter lamp on a film projector. 1994’s film Zig Zag, for example, features zig zagging images moving to zig zagging sounds. To help clear things up, the film 1:1, 2001, explores the direct correlation between picture and sound, in which images might linger briefly to provide the viewer with an emphasis for what they are hearing is what they are seeing. In 2018’s TV, the process sound as image is reversed in which sound vibrations are transformed into images, creating a visual representation of sound. These films and many others will be screened along with in-depth introductions to this very unique process from Richard himself.
Richard will conduct a workshop on February 23, 2019.