Using a high-speed HD camera, painter/photographer/video artist James Nares slows down the densely busy streets of New York City to create this fascinating and mesmerizing video installation. Hot dog vendors, children on scooters, lovers, fighters, pigeons, bike riders, traffic cops, even the flick of a cigarette butt sailing through the air and onto the curb—all take on an ethereal presence. The experience is infused with an evocative acoustic 12-string guitar soundtrack from Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore.
Street can be viewed outdoors, on Swede Alley just north of Heber Street, between dusk and 10:00 p.m. - S.F.
About the Director
James Nares’s paintings and projects seek to capture the very moment of their own creation. They are most frequently made in a single brushstroke, recording a gestural passage of time and motion across the canvas. Using brushes of his own design, Nares repeatedly creates and erases his strokes, over and over again, until he feels he has made one that represents a precision of balance between intent and improvisation. His films and videos reference many of the same preoccupations with movement, rhythm, and repetition, while also ranging further afield in their scope.
Nares's work is included in a number of public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, and the Wadsworth Athenaeum. In 2008, Anthology Film Archives hosted a complete retrospective of his films and videos. In the spring of 2014, Rizzoli will publish the first monograph dedicated to James Nares’s work in all media over the last four decades.
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