I want to begin the new term with a trip to the Serpentine Gallery in London to catch the last week of an exhibition of Avant Garde Film Maker Jonas Mekas. I am attempting to book the mini bus but if not we will go by train. (Probably Quicker)
Mekas brings a poet’s sensibility to the diary film style that permeates his work. His vision is unique in its ability to capture personal moments of beauty, celebration and joy. Developing his diaristic film style in the 1960s, he has become best known for his ‘film diaries’ in which he recorded, with great sensitivity, his day-to-day activities as well as those of his peers from the film and arts community in New York.
Mekas’s work in turn has inspired many artists and film-makers to follow in his footsteps. Mike Figgis, Jim Jarmusch, Harmony Korine and Martin Scorsese, among many others, have cited Mekas as a key influence.
This exhibition surveys Mekas’s work with moving images, poetry and sound, presenting a selection of film and video works dating from the 1950s through to the present day. The show includes the world premiere of Mekas’s new featurelength film, presented as an immersive installation. Stills, film portraits of friends and family and ephemera also punctuate the Serpentine’s spaces, offering a fascinating insight into Mekas’s life and work.
Have a look at some of his work on the gallery Page
Look at some of the articles reviewing his work and the exhibition: