The Proposition is pleased to present the first New York solo show of Whitney Biennial 2000 documentary filmmaker Rolf Belgum.
Rolf Belgum is an emerging filmmaker who began as a sculptor. His film “Driver 23″ was selected for the 2000 Whitney Biennial and will be screened during his exhibition as well as “The Atlas Moth” his follow-up documentary on the band. In the New York Times review of the Biennial, Dave Kehr states, “Mr. Belgum stitches himself into the chaotic fabric of his subject’s life, recording his triumphs and defeats with perfect evenhandedness. The film achieves an immediacy and complicity far beyond the cinema-verite documentaries of the 60′s; using pocket-size video cameras rather than bulky 16-millimeter rigs reduces the distance between subject and filmmaker. Mr. Belgum is all but alone among the Biennial filmmakers in his desire to seize something of everyday reality. Many of the other artists can approach that concept only through the heavily filtered perspective of postmodern theory.”
A pair of drawings by the lead character (singer) Dan Cleveland, “Driver 23″, will be displayed as well as new photos, “Lover Letter from a Fox Terrier”, coming directly from an important show at Blue Star in Texas.
In reference to these photos Belgum states, “I asked a friend of mine who teaches philosophy if he thought it was possible for a man to fall in romantic love with an animal. He said he would research it and get back to me. I never heard from him again. These images come from a Wire Haired Fox Terrier, the most popular dog of the 20′s and whose origin predates Julius Caesar. The following passage is a favorite story of mine.”
The earth trembled and a great rift appeared, separating the first man and woman from the rest of the animal kingdom. As the chasm grew deeper and wider, all the other creatures, afraid for their lives, returned to the forest-except for the dog, who after much consideration leapt the perilous rift to stay with the humans on the other side. His love for humanity was greater than his bond to other creatures, he explained, and he willingly forfeited his place in paradise to prove it.
- Native American folktale
The Wild Condition
January 23 - March 1, 2003