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Media Artist Walter Ungerer
St. Lawrence Arts
76 Congress Street
On Thursday, May 23rd, St. Lawrence Arts will present a program of his recent short films including his latest work MAUVAIS GAR«ON/BAD BOY involving a conversation with Portland artist Lisa Dombek, fine art photographer Dianna Rust, and Walter Ungerer himself. There will be a Q & A at the conclusion of the program.
Walter Ungerer is a longtime filmmaker and artist of international reputation, beginning with the underground film scene in NYC in the early 1960s, continuing through to the 21st century in Maine. Ungererís works have been shown at festivals and competitions throughout the world including Florence, Tours, Athens, Hong Kong, Houston, Tate, UK and MoMA, NY.
Two of Ungererís films with recent success on the international festival circuit are PARVA SED APTA MIHI (Factory Art, Berlin, Germany Alchemy Festival, Scotland Experimental Film Festival, Oregon) and GREEN EYE (Atlanta Film Festival). They will be on the program.
Ungerer uses the short form, another term for short film. His method of working can be described as layering or building visual sequences one on top of the next. For years he was noted for using the long form (films over 75 minutes) shooting narrative films with concern for static shots devoid of any camera movement but with careful concern for composition, suggesting a painterly quality. This is no surprise since Ungerer studied fine and graphic arts at Pratt Institute in the 1950s. His willingness to begin to embrace the computer in the 1990s is a change thought by some to be brought about by the escalating costs of producing a film. To focus on the visual qualities of Ungerer's films without mentioning the ethereal, meditative tones they eschew, is to miss the most important part of his work, the ability to take the viewer to another realm, a surreal atmosphere where, as Hannah Piper Burns, co-director of the Experimental Film Festival, Oregon describes it, "Öthe film deals with life, freedom, and transcendence of limitations".
Thursday, May 23, 2013
St. Lawrence Arts Center
76 Congress Street
Portland, Maine 04101
91 Le Grand Drive
Camden, Maine 04843