Pat O'Neill

Starting to Go Bad: Recent Narratives by Pat O’Neill

“Los Angeles has also long been home to artists for whom film is neither a blood sport nor the means to a very lucrative end, but a deeply personal expression. One such artist is Pat O’Neill.” Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

World premieres
Jack H. Skirball Series

Pat O’Neill, one of Los Angeles’ most eminent independent filmmakers, makes his REDCAT debut with three new videos that continue a discourse between the visible world and language, and a striking 35mm film, Horizontal Boundaries (2008, 23 min.), whose systematic reconfiguration of landscape into a moving frieze is more akin to memory than description. Best known for his densely layered, virtuosic abstract films that create magical, evocatively incongruous visual landscapes, O’Neill carries these and other concerns into a new terrain of digital video. He has titled two of his debut videos after sentences taken from a 1921 phrasebook for aspiring American citizens: I Open the Window (2009, 18 min.) and I Put Out My Hands (2009, 10 min.). The first is based upon episodic encounters between wooden and marble objects and the earth’s surface, as seen from an airliner’s window; the second examines a bridge over a Parisian cemetery and introduces some local cats. The third video, Starting to Go Bad (2009, 30 min.), is a diaristic journey in which “storytelling and pictorial development proceed along separate paths,” says O’Neill, “inviting the viewer to find, or invent, connectivity.”

Curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud.

Funded in part with generous support from Wendy Keys and Donald Pels.

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MON 5/10
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff