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Posted by Kayla Reopelle at 1:23PM
Still from Watercolor

Blog posting by Kayla Reopelle, Documentary Studies and Production '14, FLEFF Blogger, Roy, WA


This blog posting uses quotes from Vincent Grenier’s personal website.


Vincent Grenier, experimental video artist and professor of cinema at Binghamton University, will screen his latest work, Watercolor (Fall Creek), at the Upstate Filmmakers Showcase on Sunday April 6 in Cinemapolis at 7:00pm.


Grenier aims to collide the ideologies and assumptions of his spectators to reveal larger cultural and social constructs. This collision was present in Grenier’s work, Color Study, which I encountered in History and Theory of the Documentary.


Color Study features a static shot of the side of a highway in Upstate New York. Colors in this shot are digitally manipulated, creating tension between the natural image and digital mediation. The expected colors filling a fall landscape do not remain static, but evolve into hues not found in nature. 


“My compositions operate as a series of short circuitings and rewirings of expectations of unified cinematic space and time.” 


From the clip and images on Grenier’s website, Watercolor seems to transform spaces along Fall Creek in Ithaca, NY, into static paintings and dynamic environments. The subtle movement in each shot creates a dissonance between hermetic image and dynamic environment.


This open-ended approach connects to Grenier’s artistic statement. His work amplifies the unbalanced, asymmetrical, and incongruent.


“My work plays off the contradictions between my artistic intentions and the physical results of shooting: these divergences generate useful accidents that reveal much more complex ideas about the forms and structures of daily life.”


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