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Documentaries on contemporary art starts Jan. 11

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Bowman Arts Centre gallery program curator Darcy Logan is excited about  the second installment of  Documentaries on Contemporary Art, which begins Monday, Jan. 11.  This year’s theme and  title is ‘ Collectives, concepts and culture.Artist Antony Gormleysits among the 180,000 figurines that make up Asian Field, part of the Sydney Biennale. Photo by Ben Rushton
“ The intent of the program is to  expose  artists in the community  to broaden  their knowledge of trends in art,” said Logan who spends a good part of the year researching and obtaining the rights to numerous films  about art techniques, mediums, concepts, styles and trends. The films will be shown in the Bowman Art Gallery music room every Monday until March 29 at 7 p.m. each night.
 This year’s series begins  Jan 11 with two films — ‘The Eye: Antony Gormley’ about the internationally acclaimed  sculptor who is known for  ‘Angel of the North’ and the  ‘Eye: Chris Ofli’ which is about the artist “Within Reach’ for the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale which  combines a cycle of paintings depicting lovers  in a Paradise like garden in a shimmering glass dome.)
“ Most of them are about contemporary art. Some of them are movements which set the stage for contemporary art,” Logan continued. He pretty much starts looking at next year’s series as the current series ends.
“The films come from a  wide variety of sources. I spend a lot of time talking to  directors from as far away as Europe. Some of them not only  give permission to show their film, but they’ll actually send it to me. On the other hand, others charge a really exorbitant amount of money,” he continued adding he  chose the 15 films in this series out of about 25 potentials, but decided the ones which best  suited this year’s theme.
 One film Logan is particularly looking forward to  is  one scheduled to play Feb. 22 featuring artist Leon Golub called ‘Golub: late Works are the Catastrophes, which focuses on Golub’s work  featuring images of war, torture, death squads and mercenaries.
 there is no charge to watch the films.
“The most important thing is it is completely free. If people have a little bit of silver in their pockets they can donate it,” he said. adding there has already been quite a bit of interest in the films from the public as it just went up on Facebook, Jan. 5.
— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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