Film Restoration Art: Robert Nelson

As I mentioned in my post on 6/25/18, I’ve asked a number of artist friends to send me images responding to the theme of “film restoration” or perhaps “experimental film restoration”.  I’ll be posting the results here and there over the next few weeks (and beyond).

Given my post from yesterday about Robert Nelson and the restoration of his film Limitations, I thought I’d begin this recurring feature with an art object from Robert Nelson himself.

Bob was also a painter, photographer, and sculptor, and he drew and collaged and worked in other mediums as well, beyond being a filmmaker.  In his last 15 years or so, one form of sculpture he got into was making poured resin objects, with painted embellishments, with the basis of the forms usually being tightly wound rolls of film!

These rolls were usually bad prints, outtakes, and possibly even the original A/B rolls for a few of his films which he decided to destroy (or “transform” might be a better word).  I’ve previously described these objects here but wanted to post images of the one that he actually made for me.  I don’t remember when he sent me this, but it was around 2008-10, I think, a big heavy box out of nowhere.  He referred to it as “a gift for an archivist”, and I thought it was a perfect introduction to this idea of “film restoration art”.



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