Silence dominates the work, as does the screen rectangle, which cuts off the “image” from a life time-space continuum and imposes upon the image its particular character. Within it, there is a play between tonalities, textures, large and small shapes, horizontals and verticals, and inevitably, simple and complex life associations. The camera view remains stationary throughout the nine-minute take, but within there are incredible nuances of motion, rhythm, and change. Staying with the work from moment to moment, and lending oneself to what is actually there might reveal what is not visible on first glance. What is “mist,” anyway? —Ernie Gehr
Ernie Gehr (born 1943) is an American experimental filmmaker closely associated with the Structural film movement of the 1970s. A self-taught artist, Gehr was inspired to begin making films in the 1960s after chancing upon a screening of a Stan Brakhage film. Gehr’s film Serene Velocity (1970) has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. Gehr served as faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute. His films are distributed by Canyon Cinema in San Francisco. —Wikipedia
Ernie Gehr: fully developed, partially exposed. Gehr’s digital lacings.