Picture Start

jeff-wall-test-shoot1Photo: Jeff Wall test shoot

Picture Start

Harry Killas, Canada, 2010, 48 minutes

In their studios, at galleries and while walking around the city, three Vancouver art stars (Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace and Rodney Graham) reflect back on the pioneering art they individually, and occasionally collectively, began producing in the 1970s. Their art — causing nothing short of a tremor within the art world — eventually came to be known as photo-conceptualism: a novel approach to photography involving stripping down the photographic image to pure information, pure idea. Exploring the movement, Picture Start offers an informative insider’s look at the personal motivations that drove these artists to create the art that they did. Along the way, we are treated to lesser-known and fascinating side tales: the brief visit of legendary artist Robert Smithson to Vancouver, and the earliest reception of Wall’s now canonized photograph, Destroyed Room (1978), which insured photo-conceptualism was here to stay and forever placed Vancouver on the art world map. —JM

Director’s Biography

Harry Killas is a Canadian director, writer and producer who has lived and worked in the United States, Canada and Europe. His dramatic films have been screened at several international festivals including Bilbao, Toronto, Palm Springs, Clermont-Ferrand, Oberhausen, Torino and Vancouver. Harry resides in Vancouver where he is an Associate Professor of Media Arts at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

Picture Start will play the DOXA Documentary Film Festival in Vancouver on May 13, 2011 at 6:30 PM Vancity Theatre -(Double bill with KOOP).

Broadcast Premiere of Picture Start will be on BRAVO! on May 16, 2011 at 8 PM ET, 5PM PT.

via The Cheaper Show

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