Silent Light

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Six films by Jim Davis.

THRU THE LOOKING GLASS 1953, 16mm, sound
LET THERE BE LIGHT 1956, 16mm
THE SEA 1950, 16mm
THE DREAM OF SPACE 1959, 16mm
PATH OF MOTION 1950, 16mm
VARIATIONS ON A THEME 1957, 16mm

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Jim Davis started making films in 1946 and continued until his death (completing 113 films) to photograph his curved plastic sculpture, mobile-like structures that would hang in space, rotate and reflect/refract light into shifting pools and points of color. Abstract and mysterious to many spectators, these waves and streams of light were for Davis images of -the causative force of nature. He also made studies of architecture and of landscape, as well filmed his paintings and drawings, but using movement and energy as a starting point.

"This a kind of music made to be looked at - or a kind of abstract dance. There is a conscious attempt to invent forms which suggest - in wholly nonscientific terms - the new and unfamiliar world which modern science is revealing." - Jim Davis

"Jim's films are a meditation on imagination of light." - Stan Brakhage

Author(s) Jim Davis
Format DVD NTSC
Original format 16mm
Year 1950-1959
Publisher Anthology Film Archives

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