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Lewis Klahr

"Above all, Klahr's great subject is time, which certainly explains the exquisitely melancholy tone that pervades his work. He traffics in modes that are pitched just beyond the realm of reason. Somewhere between waking and sleeping, we can find that wavelength and achieve understanding-- only to have it slip away as we enter one state or the other. Klahr's films and videos provide a rare opportunity for us to engage with a liminal state of consciousness with our alert mind and to reach those "infrathin" moments that Proust describes as existing outside of time." -- Chris Stults, Assistant Curator Film/Video Wexner Center for the Arts from "Collective Unconscious" an article in Film Comment, May/June 2010

Lewis Klahr has been making films since 1977. He is known for his uniquely idiosyncratic films, which use found images and sound to explore the intersection of memory and history. Klahr's films have screened extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia – in venues such as New York's Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Biennial, the New York Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Hong Kong International Film Festival, the London Film Festival, the LA County Museum of Art and Redcat. In May of 2010 The Wexner Center for the Arts presented a 5 program retropsective of Klahr’s films. His film Wednesday Morning Two A.M. was awarded a Tiger Award for Best Short Film at the 2010 International Film Festival at Rotterdam. His epic cutout animation The Pharaoh’s Belt received a special citation for experimental work from the National Society of Film Critics in 1994. Klahr's feature length film "The Pettifogger" was selected as one of the best films of 2012 by Artforum Magazine. He has also received commissions from European arts organizations such as the Gronnegard Theater in Copenhagen, Denmark (Lulu) and the Rotterdam International Film Festival (Two Minutes to Zero). His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Klahr was The Wexner Center for the Arts 2010 Media Arts Residency Award Winner,the 2013 Brakhage Vision Award winner, a 1992 Guggenheim Fellow and has also received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the NY State Council of the Arts, Creative Capital and The Jerome Foundation. 

Lewis Klahr lives in Los Angeles and teaches in the Theater School of the California Institute of the Arts.

 Lewis Klahr's work is represented by The Anthony Reynolds Gallery in London, UK. 

[bio courtesy of the filmmaker] 

Filmography

Recent Reviews

The Pettifogger

BORING... Relatively static & limited imagery Could have made its points in a fraction of the time.


The Pettifogger

Super inspiring way of arranging found imagery to create narratives!


The Pettifogger

EXCELLENT ILLUSTRATION OF AMANS LIFE IN THE YEAR 1963. NICE PATCHWORK OF PLACES, THINGS, PEOPLE AND THE OVERALL MOVEMENT OF EVENTS. SAD, REALISTIC STORY OF A LOSER PASSING THRU TIME.


Station Drama

The use of simple cut-out animation is so endearing, and at the same time, because of the texture and the careful placement, it holds its own elegance. Helpful to know...


Elsa Kirk

Collage in motion. Nice.