1996 Mill Valley Film Festival (Typewriter) [Screen Print]
First held in 1977, the Mill Valley Film Festival is an annual event held seven miles north of San Francisco. Although Mill Valley is a small town, the MVFF is well regarded and draws an international audience. Each year the festival screens the films of more than 200 filmmakers from over 50 countries.
The English word cinema is derived from the Greek word “kinesis,” which means “motion.” Movie, motion picture—film is a kinetic art form. Mark sought to create a sense of movement by juxtaposing two photographs in a target formation. The images toggle between the foreground and background; similarly, the viewer’s eyes oscillate between the target’s rings in an attempt to decode the images.
Another property of film—narrative—is suggested by the pairing of two oblique images. As viewers we seem to have a natural tendency to construct narratives to explain the relationship between the photographs on the poster.
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EDITION: Open; signed
DIMENSIONS: 24 x 36 inches
MEDIA: Screen printed in warm red, periwinkle, Naples yellow, and black enamel inks on Simpson Starwhite Vicksburg 130# DT cover
PRINTING: Mick Amaral / Acme Screen Printing / Novato
PHOTOGRAPHY: © 1996 Mark Fox / BlackDog / Mill Valley
DESIGN: © 1996 Mark Fox, BlackDog / Mill Valley
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