Pennsylvania based artist Brent Green is known for his stop-motion short films in which he combines hand-drawn animations and rickety handmade sets. These works reflect his abiding interest in the strange characters and local stories of his childhood in Appalachia. His 2007 film Carlin was a darkly comic tale, which told of the slow death by diabetes of his Aunt Carlin. Shot in the farmhouse where Green grew up with lifesized handmade wooden characters, the film was imbued with the southern gothic haze that suffuses all of his work.
For his SITE Santa Fe commission Green will complete his most ambitious work to date; a film and multi-channel video/sculpture installation based on the true story of Leonard, a Louisville, Kentucky man who built a “strange and wonderful house” he thought would prevent his wife from dying of cancer. The centerpiece of this exhibition will be Green’s interpretation of this house, a 34 * 17 foot structure that will inhabit one of SITE’s galleries. This house will be the set for a feature length animated film based on Leonard’s story. In turn, the house will be embedded with multiple monitors screening portions of the film.
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