5.01.2005

Expressions

Expression comes through many mediums. Some are permanent and some are memories. Evan Mather uses poetic narration, flowing and abrupt imagery, and the subject of landscape architecture to not only express himself but also the art of his subject in his short film “Expressions” (2005).

Evan Mather is an award-winning short filmmaker, living in Los Angeles. He began filming when he was eight years old with a Super-8 camera. Mather has an innate ability to produce work that is beyond the creative realm of average filmmakers. His editing and camera movements supplement the narration; the images become words and the words become music.

This film examines landscape architecture from an artistic perspective that isn’t always examined by the observer. One architect, Isamu Noguchi, designed the “No Name Garden” in the plaza for the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (1980-1983). His intention was to develop art that would serve as a memory. Another landscape architect designed a parking lot for people. These examples contribute to a broader perception of the field’s ability to provide a reflection of reality with abstract qualities of nature in some cases.

What’s interesting about this film is that it not only explores an interesting perception of the subject matter, but is also an extension of the filmmaker. It appears that he expresses his opinion about his own occupation through the architects’ opinion. He is, in fact, creating a reflection of reality and an impermanent art form that ceases to exist once the film is over. Unless it is replayed, it remains a memory.

Click the post title to view the film. Please visit his site for more interesting news about his films: http://www.evanmather.com/

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