It is the language of cinema which, articulated by the painter, makes us discover a spatial dimension (macro/microscopic) by framing, from its unique point of focus, the essence of time, the essential movement. A fascinating theme. A film. —Santos Amestoy, .www.lightcone.org
José Antonio Sistiaga (4 May 1932, San Sebastián) is a Basque artist and experimental filmmaker best known for his feature-length hand-painted “direct” film, … era erera baleibu izik subua aruaren … (1968–70).
Sistiaga exhibited his first film in 1968 at the Bilboa Short Film Festival. Titled … era erera baleibu izik subua aruaren … (a nonsense phrase coined by Sistiaga’s friend Rafa Ruiz Balerdi), it won a prize for best experimental film. This 10-minute short, hand-painted in a fairly conventional cartoon style, was later renamed De la Luna a Euskadi (“From the Moon to the Basque”).
The artist began painting his abstract magnum opus in 1968. It took 17 months of 10-12 hour days to complete. The silent, 75-minute … era erera baleibu izik subua aruaren … was first exhibited at Madrid in 1970. Subsequent screenings took place in London, Paris, Barcelona and New York City.
Each of the approximately 108,000 frames in … era erera is completely unique, and appears onscreen… read more