The Films of Jack Chambers

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Kathryn Elder
Indiana University Press, Nov 8, 2002 - Art - 231 pages
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Jack Chambers (1931--1978) was one of Canada's most esteemed artists. Although he was a classically trained painter, he embraced vanguard ideas and made radical art. His 1969 manifesto on perceptual realism paralleled the emergence of "new realism" in American painting. As a filmmaker he transformed the collage form, melding home movies and found footage into original works that proposed a synthetic notion of experience. Possessing the rigor of the materialist and the insight of the visionary, Chambers challenged the notions of photographic perception posed by his contemporaries Stan Brakhage and Michael Snow. International recognition for Chambers' work was immediate, and his epic feature The Hart of London remains an art house standard.

The Films of Jack Chambers brings together the best published writing as well as new contributions from academics, critics, and artists, who situate Chambers' accomplishment in the avant-garde, trace the evolution of his aesthetic ideas, and describe his ongoing influence. Also included are Chambers' 1969 artistic manifesto and a comprehensive annotated bibliography.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
From Camera to Paint
9
Photography as Visual Reference
27
Perceptual Realism
33
JACK CHAMBERS
45
Hybrid as Allegory 5 9
59
Jack Chambers Surrealism
87
A Document of the City
117
Jack ChambersAbsolute Film
133
Tlie Han of London Historys Protagonist
141
Jack Chambers Tlie Hart of London
175
Personal Statements
181
The Day of Jack Chambers
199
Author Index
220
Acknowledgements
227
Copyright

A Film by Jack Chambers
125

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About the author (2002)

Kathryn Elder is Film and Video Librarian at York University, Toronto, and editor of The Films of Joyce Wieland (also published by Cinemateque Ontario and distributed by Indiana University Press).