The final Structuring Strategies screening of the year, held tonight (Dec. 11) in CalArts’ Bijou Theater, presents films by CalArts faculty member Maureen Selwood, whose works include hand-drawn animation, live action, found footage, text, images and installation.
Several of the films in tonight’s screening were included in Selwood’s first solo show in Los Angeles at REDCAT in April. Leading off the program is her latest work, A Modern Convenience (2012), a film in which Selwood returns to a familiar theme: examining the role that external devices play in our everyday lives.
Selwood’s description of A Modern Convenience:
A humorous animation of the domestic sphere of laundry seen though an obsolescent wringer washing machine. A woman and her children are obsessed with making things work. Laundry is now another factor of social alienation. The backdrop of Niagara Falls, the family’s beloved place to watch water fall, adds fear and humor to processing the meaning of water and power. The embedded images are created with a primitive drawing style adding a feature of quality of life lived in the 1950s.
Also included in the Structuring Strategies program are:
- Flying Circus: An Imagined Memoir (1995)
- Hail Mary (1998)
- Drawing Lessons (2006)
- As You Desire Me (2009)
- Rules of the Universe (2009)
- How Much Better If Plymouth Rock Had Landed on the Pilgrims (2010)
- Mistaken Identity (2001)
Structuring Strategies: Maureen Selwood
Tonight, Dec. 11, 7 pm