Edge of Frame and Close-Up present The Films of Jodie Mack: Programme One
Still from Blanket Statement #1: Home is Where the Heart is (2012) by Jodie Mack
Posthaste Perennial Patterns (with filmmaker intro + Q&A)
Close-Up, Saturday 8th December 6:30pm
Using domestic and recycled materials, this programme of short films by acclaimed experimental animator Jodie Mack illuminates formal and cursory elements shared between fine-art abstraction and mass-produced graphic design. Questioning the role of decoration in daily life, the works unleash the kinetic energy of overlooked and wasted objects. Expanding upon notions of anti-animation set forth by experimental practitioners like Paul Sharits and Robert Breer, the studies in this program apply formal principles of abstract cinema while pursuing an interest in found materials, evolving modes of production, and forms of labour.
Jodie will be present to introduce the programme, which precedes the UK premiere of her brand new and highly anticipated feature The Grand Bizarre at 8pm. Combining the formal techniques and structures of abstract/absolute animation with those of cinematic genres, Jodie’s handmade films use collage to explore the relationship between graphic cinema and storytelling, the tension between form and meaning. Musical documentary or stroboscopic archive: her films study domestic and recycled materials to illuminate the elements shared between fine-art abstraction and mass-produced graphic design. The works unleash the kinetic energy of overlooked and wasted objects and question the role of decoration in daily life.
Posthaste Perennial Pattern (Jodie Mack, USA)
Rapid-fire florals and morning birdsongs bridge interior and exterior, design and nature.
Rad Plaid (Jodie Mack, USA)
A series of chromatic intersections. Audience members form teams who respond to vertical lines by shouting “plaid” and to horizontal lines by shouting “rad”.
Point de Gaze (Jodie Mack, USA)
Named after a type of Belgian lace, this spectral study investigates intricate illusion and optical arrest.
Persian Pickles (Jodie Mack, USA)
Fractile phonics accompany a delicate study of paisley patterns.
Blanket Statement #1: Home is Where the Heart is (Jodie Mack, USA)
Discordant dysfunction down to the nitty griddy.
Blanket Statement #2: It’s All or Nothing (Jodie Mack, USA)
A quilted call and response, a battle of extreme extremes.
Undertone Overture (Jodie Mack, USA)
Undertone Overture evokes an abyssal, aquatic abstraction cruising out to the cosmos and back to coast. Swirls and swooshes of colour and texture boil to pelagic pulses of deep-sea hydrographic exploration, considering the cultural and historical-referential properties of tie-dyed fabric.
Razzle Dazzle (Jodie Mack, USA)
Tacky threads luminesce at a firefly’s pace, twinkling through remnants of chintzy opulence and gaudy glamour “prestissimo brilliante”.