Film Stories at A&H - Maitland a Tribute to Film through Unique Works of Art

Artist Uses Clips of Old Film to Create Awe-inspiring Sculptures

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The sculptures have become containers of time, fossil like forms made from a disappearing medium—movie film. The process becomes my meditation-documenting my search for center, balance and focus.

Maitland, FL (PRWEB) April 09, 2014

Try describing the fact that Nancy Cervenka’s Film Stories exhibition includes sculptures made out of movie film to a child and you’ll get a blank stare. The stare doesn’t come from the child trying to understand the complexity of the work, or even the motivation of the artist. The stare comes from the child trying to figure out what film is.

“You’d be hard pressed today to find something that still uses film,” notes Cervenka. “Most of us don’t even use traditional cameras to take pictures or movies anymore. It’s a shame because it’s a medium I grew up loving and wanted to pay tribute to it.”

Ironically, it was a love of film that launched her art career. Cervenka began her career at the University of South Florida while pursuing a master’s degree in cinematography. As a filmmaker, she shot, edited and manipulated the film for the sole purpose of projecting it on the screen, “yet I was just as fascinated with the material itself. I enjoyed handling the long strands of celluloid, watching the tiny images slide between my fingers, revealing blends of color, movement, patterns and flashes of light.” Cervenka describes. Now, as the use of that material diminishes in the very medium it was created for, the artist has found another purpose for it, sculpture. Each sculpture is made completely of strands of film, telling story in its own right, albeit a different one than what was originally intended.

“The sculptures have become containers of time, fossil like forms made from a disappearing medium—movie film. The process becomes my meditation-documenting my search for center, balance and focus.”

Film Stories will be exhibited at A&H’s Maitland Art Center through May 25. For information, regarding the exhibition, tickets or hours of operation, please visit artandhistory.org.


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