Friday, March 6, 2020
New works by experimental filmmaker and sound artist, Ann Steuernagel.
“This new body of work, which follows a period of tremendous upheaval in my life, consists of films, sound, non-electric movies, and small sculptures that explore the frailty of the human body and also my delight with subtle human gestures and the aural world,” said Steuernagel.
Ann Steuernagel is an experimental filmmaker and sound artist. She works with found materials – old 16mm home movies and records – as well as original footage and field recordings. Her films have been shown at festivals and galleries throughout the United States including Boston, New York, and San Francisco as well as in Canada, Mexico, and Europe.
Ann is the recipient of a Locarno Video Art Prize, a Somerville Arts Lottery grant, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Media Fellowship and a LEF grant and was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. In 2011, her film The Garden won Best of Festival (experimental) at the 30th Black Maria Film Festival. In, 2013, her video Red Boat was included in the permanent collection of the Worcester Museum of Art, Worcester, MA. More recently, her work was presented in shows at the Brattleboro Museum & Arts Center, Vermont and the Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, New York and the WREN gallery in Bethlehem, NH.
In 2017, after years of making films and videos whose exhibition required lots of equipment and electricity, Steuernagel decided to pursue the creation of non-electric movies. She became enamored with the idea of viewing moving images that could be held in one’s hand and required only one’s own kinetic energy for display. Experiments with this idea have resulted in the creation of flipbooks, crank boxes and lenticular cards. However, she has not completely abandoned traditional movie making and with this current exhibition she proudly presents both approaches to exhibiting the moving image.