Discover the Super 8 short films by B. Wurtz from 1979 and 1980, which capture the artist’s way of seeing art in the most mundane objects and situations. From interactions with his cat to observations about a pen, Wurtz’s simple premises provide anchors for subtle reflections on life.
Special guest Echo Park Film Center will assist in the projection of the original Super 8 format of Wurtz’s films. The screening will be followed by a lively information and demonstration session on the world of retro filmmaking in Super 8 by Paolo Davanso, co-founder of the Echo Park Film Center, and his team.
Films courtesy of Metro Pictures.
B. Wurtz (b. 1948 Pasadena, California) lives and works in New York. He received a MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1980. Solo exhibitions include those held at Metro Pictures, New York; Kunstverein Freiburg; Feature Inc., New York, White Flag Projects, St. Louis; and Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago. His work has been included in group exhibitions at MoMA PS1, New York; Tang Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, among others. In 2015, he was the subject of a retrospective exhibition at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom, which traveled to La Casa Encendida, Madrid. Wurtz recently completed work a major public art commission for the Public Art Fund, New York. He is represented by Metro Pictures, New York; Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles; Office Baroque, Brussels; Maisterravalbuena, Madrid / Lisbon; Kate MacGarry, London; and Galerija Gregor Podnar, Berlin.
Echo Park Film Center
Echo Park Film Center is a non-profit media arts organization committed to providing equal and affordable community access to film/video resources via five channels: • a neighborhood microcinema space • free and nominal cost education programs • a comprehensive film equipment and service retail department • an eco-friendly mobile cinema & film school • local and international artist residencies The EPFC maintains an imperative that more members of marginalized communities become active participants in the creation and dissemination of experimental and documentary film in order to truly share the many powerful voices and visions that make up the fabric of contemporary life. With a special focus on “at risk” youth, EPFC programs and services use cinema as catalyst to inspire, educate, and empower communities.