NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WOMEN IN FILM AND TELEVISION
WOMEN'S VIDEO ART SHOWCASE
A Review by Julie Nolan
Some four hours of video tapes comprised the WOMEN'S VIDEO ART SHOWCASE presented by VIDEO FREE AMERICA this past June 13-16.
It wasnt a surprise to see an abundance of electronically manipulated imagery from color transpositions and fancy wipes to really big bucks ADO. But to what end? On one side of the spectrum, there were a number of tapes so "personal" they were beyond communicating to anyone except their makers, They defied the traditions of beginning, middle, end with a cornicopia of bizarre and obscure visuals that meandered aimlessly, accompanied by tracks that droned on with the intensity of Chinese water torture.
EYE PIECE by Mandy Landa and MOIRÉ by Jo Ann Gillerman went beyond any search for meaning with a kind of visual poetry that is a real treat to watch. Here the imagery itself is the thing: an eye, a female form - where light, color and editing create an experience not totally unlike viewing certain other forms of modern art.
These are but a few of the highlights of the show, one that was at times difficult to sit through. But if the purpose of art is to confront the senses, then these "painful" works have served the purpose well.