3Film Series presents: Something From Nothing

3Film Series presents: Something From Nothing

December 8, 9, 10, all showtimes 7:00pm

Curated by Brightwork Fellow Cliff Elliott The 3Film Series is a three day screening event which explores and celebrates intriguing narratives and themes throughout a small selection of films. Our pilot series, Something From Nothing, is a fascinating examination of the creative process itself. The documentaries selected illustrate the drive and determination, joy and courage necessary to realize one's vision. They are:

 Friday, December 8th: The Burden of Dreams

For nearly five years, acclaimed German filmmaker Werner Herzog desperately tried to complete one of the most ambitious and difficult films of his career, Fitzcarraldo, the story of one man's attempt to build an opera house deep in the Amazon jungle. Documentary filmmaker Les Blank captured the unfolding of this production, made more perilous by Herzog s determination to shoot the most daunting scenes without models or special effects, including a sequence requiring hundreds of native Indians to pull a full-size, 320-ton steamship over a small mountain. The result is an extraordinary document of the filmmaking process and a unique look into the single-minded mission of one of cinema s most fearless directors.

Saturday, December 9th: An American Movie

The film chronicles the making of "Coven", an independent horror film directed by filmmaker Mark Borchardt. Produced for the purpose of raising capital for another film that Borchardt intends to make, the epic "Northwestern", "Coven" suffers from numerous setbacks, including poor financing, a lack of planning, Borchardt's burgeoning alcoholism, and the ineptitude of the friends and family Borchardt hires as his production team. The documentary follows Borchardt's filmmaking process from script to screen, and is interspersed with footage from both developing projects.

Sunday, December 10th: Jodorwosky's Dune

In 1975, director Alejandro Jodorowsky began work on his most ambitious project yet. Starring his own 12-year-old son alongside Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine and Salvador Dalí, featuring music by Pink Floyd and art by some of the most provocative talents of the era, including H.R. Giger and Jean “Moebius” Giraud, Jodorowsky’s adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel DUNE was poised to change cinema forever. Through interviews with legends and luminaries and an intimate and honest conversation with Jodorowsky himself, director Frank Pavich’s film unearths the full saga of ‘The Greatest Movie Never Made’.

Each film offers a unique look into the dedication, bravery and, ultimately, obsession that is poured into each of the above-mentioned projects.  These three documentaries all wonderfully illuminate the artist's journey.

Click! Photography Festival

Click! Photography Festival

We are so excited to host the Click! Photography Festival this weekend at Anchorlight! There’s a lot going on and so many ways to take part in the fun. 

Stop by and have a tin type portrait made by Leah Sobsey and Tim Telkamp’s Mobile Tin Type Unit Friday and Saturday 10am-4pm
On Sunday the 29th, during our Closing Party, we will exhibit the work Leah and Tim made shooting a series of tintype portraits throughout underserved neighborhoods and at Click! events.

Stick around Friday night for a presentation and short film by the crew that is bringing us the Big Polaroid 20x 24 camera. 7:00pm, free. 

Join us Sunday 10/29 6pm-11pm for the festival wrap party! On view will be Instantaneous: A Polaroid Legacy and a pop-up exhibition by Leah Sobsey and Tim Telkamp.

Artcurious podcast: weegee

Artcurious podcast: weegee

Friday, October 20, 7:00pm Free

When many think about the presentation of death in modern art, Andy Warhol's Death and Disaster series springs to mind as the epitome of pop exploitation. But Warhol wasn't the first artist to focus on the everyday tragedy of death as a subject to quite this revealing and ruthless extent. That honor might very well belong to someone else: an immigrant photographer working in Manhattan in the 1930s and 1940s. Join Jennifer Dasal, the creator and host of the ArtCurious Podcast, for a discussion about Weegee, the original tabloid photographer whose legacy looms large.

Instantaneous: The Polaroid Legacy

Instantaneous: The Polaroid Legacy

Opening Reception Friday October 6, 6:00-9:00

Closing Reception + Festival Wrap Party Sunday October 29, 6:00-midnight

Anchorlight is participating in the month long CLICK! Photography Festival with an exhibition celebrating the Polaroid image. From its inception in 1947, the Polaroid system inspired artists to experiment–to dazzling effect–with the cameras’ unique technologies. Edwin Land, the inventor of the first Polaroid instant camera, remarked on his discovery, “Photography will never be the same.” And he was right. Polaroid photographs have been used and ingeniously manipulated by Walker Evans, David Hockney, Barbara Kasten, Robert Mapplethorpe, Lucas Samaras, and others. Polaroids affected and, in many instances, forever changed the way they captured the world around them.

The qualities of the various Polaroid films are unique and hard to duplicate with any other medium. The popularity of these films is said to have been an inspiration to companies like Hipstamatic and Lomography. The artists in this exhibition represent the incredible diversity of creative approaches to using this medium.

Resident Artist Series: Pete Sack

Resident Artist Series: Pete Sack

Anchorlight resident artist Pete Sack uses abstracted portraiture as a means of unfinished storytelling. The process allows Sack to explore both his own identity and the true nature of self. Using the color blue as a touchstone in each piece, Sack works intuitively and allows the faces in the paintings to guide him as their story is revealed. Each face is masked by swaths of color and shape, creating a portrait not only of a subject but of the parts of ourselves we normally obscure.

September 16-23

Opening Reception September 16 6:00-9:00

Free Lunch

Free Lunch

In “Free Lunch,” Lamar Whidbee raises questions about the social conditions of students that come from impoverished areas of America and how they’re represented in gifted programs within the school system.

Constant Bearing

Constant Bearing

Opening Reception
Saturday 7/22, 6:00-9:00pm

Closing Reception
Saturday 7/29, 6:00-9:00pm
Artist Talk, 7/29, 7:00pm

Gallery Hours by appointment

Constant Bearing: 
A nautical term describing a situation in which two ships approach one another while maintaining the same relative bearing, indicating a collision course.

Through meticulously hand drawn images the exhibition, Constant Bearing, represents the artist’s view of the current climate of the world, both political and environmental. Eichenberger uses animal allegories to express the frustration he feels watching the country’s two major parties use hostility and fear to promote a culture of denial. Created during the 2016 election year and post-election 2017, this body of work reflects the sense of uneasiness that gripped the nation, spurred on by the twenty-four hour news cycle. The events surrounding the presidential election have obsessed the artist, sparking debates amongst family and friends, and a deep feeling of dread. Instead of turning away from such difficult feelings Eichenberger has chosen to embrace them and let them fuel his practice. 
The major themes of Constant Bearing are self-destruction, defeatism, and the fight or flight mentality. Eichenberger uses iconic symbols of history such as the scarab, the serpent, the elephant and the donkey to create imagery that appears innocuous but contains a darker underlying meaning.

The Anxious Condition

The Anxious Condition

Opening Reception, Friday, May 12, 6-9pm

Gallery Hours: Saturday, May 13, 12-5pm

This 2-day exhibition is a result of UNC, Chapel Hill’s spring MFA Seminar. In the seminar, Professor elin o'hara slavick and students focused on curating – from Hans Ulrich Obrist, Paul Virilio and Theaster Gates’ theories and practices to their own. THE ANXIOUS CONDITION is the 4th and final collaborative/curatorial project of the seminar. Drawing from the previous exhibitions at atypical sites and their studios, slavick has selected work that touches upon anxiety. In this unpresidential time of ...

New works by Luke Miller Buchanan

New works by Luke Miller Buchanan

We are thrilled to host an exhibition of new mixed media works by Anchorlight resident artist Luke Miller Buchanan. 

Opening reception: Saturday, April 22, 4:00-7:00

Closing reception: Saturday, April 29, 4:00-7:00

Gallery hours by appointment

From the artist:

Bricks Need Mortar, William Paul Thomas

Bricks Need Mortar, William Paul Thomas

William Paul Thomas is a painter whose work explores broad human themes such as the relationship of family to community, through representational portraiture and his ongoing multimedia project, Hot Pink Brick.

His current body of work, represented at Anchorlight in the exhibition Bricks Need Mortar, expands upon the concept of community created through family to consider larger communities as structures, and the people participating in those communities as binding agents. Inspired by realizations about his own familial community made while rummaging through old photos, Thomas has created a body of work that reflects on the ability of an image to create bonds among people as well as to remember them by. Bricks Need Mortar uses the reoccurring image of the cinderblock to process the collision of childhood memories with adult insights.

Brought to you by The Black on Black Project

Opening Reception: Saturday February 18th, 4:00-7:00

Reception sponsored by ArtsNow

From the artist:

“Thumbing through some of the snapshots from a photo album that my mother began compiling in 1992, brought me to an adorable image of my younger sisters and myself at home in our Catholic school uniforms. More interesting than how cute we are in our matching maroon and grey outfits, is the background against which all that awkwardness and charm is positioned. My mother, possibly with the help of my grandfather, had painted the cement wall and staircase, a vibrant hot pink. I have thought about this picture, that staircase and wall, for the past 5 years on a consistent basis.

That remarkable color and my mother’s artistic choice to bring warmth to that cold apartment unit for her family, my sisters and I, has left an indelible impact on my thoughts about how aesthetics overlap with bonding and nurturing practices. I make images to bond with and remember people. My latest project involves inviting others to help me reinforce the memory of my mother’s painting. I have used social media to distill that memory down to a “pink brick.” Others can interpret this form through their own lenses at http://hotpinkbrick.tumblr.com.”