Roots & Culture
Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center presents a program of films by artist and filmmaker Alexander Stewart. Representing nine years of experimental films, this program demonstrates Stewart’s range and ongoing interests in animation and abstract film. The films collectively reveal a fascination with gradual accumulation of marks and movements, with decay and failure, with automated processes and the relinquishment of control, and with self-imposed challenges and limitations. Included in the lineup is his 2005 film Errata, an abstract animation made using photocopiers; Crux Film, an animation made with Lilli Carré for an exhibition at Roots & Culture in 2012; and the Chicago premiere of Fort Morgan, a six-years-in-the-making piece exploring a star-shaped brick fort near Stewart’s hometown on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Also featured in the program are several projects representing Stewart’s work with Chicago musicians: What I Want, a found-footage film with a score by Sam Prekop, and music videos for Chicago bands Disappears and Acteurs.
Alexander Stewart curated Roots & Culture’s screening series from the gallery’s launch in 2006 through 2013. He co-directs the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation with Lilli Carré, and teaches animation at DePaul University. His short films have been screened in festivals internationally, including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and ImageForum in Japan.
Errata, 2005, 6:00, 16mm.
On the Logic of Dubious Historical Accounts 1969-1972
, 2008, 8:30, 16mm. Collaboration with Peter Miller.
Very Similar To
, 2009, 2:45, 16mm. Collaboration with Peter Miller.
The Battle of the Stand-Stills, 2010, 15:46, HD
100 Foot Pull, 2010, 2:45, 16mm
4000 Frame Throw (Pitchin' Machine), 2011, 2:45, 16mm
Disappears, Power, music video. 2013, 4:15, HD
Acteurs, Cloud Generating, music video. 2013, 4:07, 16mm on HD
Fort Morgan, 2014, 22:00, 16mm on HD.
Peacock, 2014, 5:00, 16mm on HD. Sound by Jeremy Lemos.