Los Angeles–based artist Sharon Lockhart is known for her work in film, photography, and installation, and for her bold explorations between these mediums. She favors long takes and carefully composed fixed frames; her theatrical tableaux blur the distinctions between moving and still images and offer time to engage intimately with the acts of looking and listening. Her interest in ethnography is seen in her focus on everyday moments, while her formal concerns are revealed in her intimate, poignant approach to portraiture and attention to landscape. Observations, choreographed scenes, and re-enactments are intermixed, “confusing the line between fact and intervention” (The Independent). Collaboration is at the heart of much of her work, a slow process that leads to multiyear projects.
Lockhart is a cinephile, and her inspirations range from François Truffaut and John Cassavetes, whose films she has directly referenced, to the uncompromising work of Jean Rouch, Andy Warhol, and Robert Bresson. For her visit to the Bay Area, we invited her to select films that are important to her to show alongside her own work; she will introduce works by two filmmakers with whom she shares a compassionate and unflinching gaze, Jean Eustache and Raymond Depardon.
Kathy Geritz, Film Curator