Melika Bass: Devotional Animals
2015–2017, Melika Bass, USA,, ca. 60 min.
- Thu, Apr 6th 6:00pm
Richly atmospheric, the films and installations of Chicago-based artist Melika Bass are populated by figures whose enigmatic behavior suggest dark and troubling lives just beyond the screen. Working with a recurring group of performers, some of whom reappear as the same character in multiple films, Bass has developed an expansive approach to narrative — stories arc, abstract, and twist through different projects, revealing and complicating characters, relationships, and themes. She presents a selection of work from two new and evolving projects, including CREATURE COMPANION, which features Selma Banich and Penelope Hearne engaged in a mysterious pas de deux inspired by the teachings of psychotherapist Wilhelm Reich. Bass also introduces a new episode in her ongoing project THE LATEST SUN IS SINKING FAST, revisiting three isolated characters (Sarah Stambaugh, Bryan Saner, and Matthew Goulish) whose solitary habits slowly entwine. Multiple formats. (Amy Beste)
APRIL 6: Melika Bass will be present for audience discussion.