POST BY DAVID HARPER
Existing somewhere between a study of early experimental film and a Norwegian Black Metal music video is Ex-Futuro, a new work by the collaborating French brothers, Florian and Michaël Quistrebert. Though shot on a hand-held, point-and-shoot digital camera, the artists’ use of non-digital source material—capturing and layering shadows and hand-cut and animated painted paper—lends an analog look. There is also a clear fascination with both occult symbology and early 20th-century Modernism. Visions of spinning skulls and lines that rotate to form pentagrams populate the piece, and many of the forms seem to reference both Constructivism and Art Deco sensibility. The result is a video that looks historical without feeling trite and wickedly goth without seeming puerile. This clip is only part of the 8 minute work—to see the rest you’ll just have to go check out the exhibition at envoy enterprises, which also includes a dozen or so small paintings.
Also visit the front of the gallery, concurrently exhibiting photographs by Alex Rose, organized by Bob Nickas. Both shows are on view through May 23 at envoy enterprises on Chrystie Street. This video work and others by the Quistrebert Brothers can also be viewed at the Orangerie du Domaine de Chamarande near Paris, through May 30.