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West Coast Premiere: Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then

Wednesday, June 16, 2010
7:30 p.m. Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then
Brent Green (U.S., 2010)

Brent Green in Person

Brent Green is a rustic savant. His animated shorts are homegrown homilies, built around a tinkerer’s craft and a folksy narration that spills from his lips like sour mash, intoxicating but crude. His bucolic style embraces the everyday, its objects and observations, and the animation technique, a herky-jerky stop motion, relies on sculpting whimsical puppets and props that, of late, have taken on enormous proportions and found their way to art galleries. Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, Green’s first feature, is based on the true story of Leonard Wood, a Kentuckian who built a chaotically peculiar house meant to be a healing device for his ailing wife. Now Green has built his version of that therapeutic dwelling on his family’s farm in Pennsylvania. But this is no literal translation of Wood’s astonishing abode; it’s a fantastical trumping of mere clapboard and nail. In Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, Green sets playful props and real people loose in a stuttering tableau of otherworldly yearning. Expect miracles.

—Steve Seid

Be sure to visit Brent Green’s MATRIX exhibition, Perpetual and furious refrain, on view through September 12.

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then is a New York Times Critics’ Pick.

• Written by Green, Donna Kozloskie, Mike McGinley. Photographed by Green. With McGinley, Kozloskie. (80 mins, Color, HD video, From the artist)