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Poster for RPM Fest Presents RPM23 Solo Artist: Vincent Grenier

RPM Fest Presents RPM23 Solo Artist: Vincent Grenier

Coming on September 27

Run Time: 90 min.

Vincent Grenier: While Revolved

We are delighted to announce the upcoming mini retrospective program for solo artist Vincent Grenier. This event will showcase a total of 11 pieces spanning Grenier’s impressive five-decade-long cinematic practice.

The program will commence with Mend, an early piece shot on 16mm film in 1979, and will extend to his more recent creations, Moonrise (2022) and Wishbone (2021), which is in Grenier’s signature style: the simple gestures of everyday life (Nicole Gingras, La revue de la Cinémathèque, Montréal). Throughout his career, Grenier has deeply explored the fundamental aspects of the moving image: light and shadows, stillness and movements, and durations.

We sincerely hope you can join us for this event honoring the exceptional contribution of Vincent Grenier to experimental cinema.

Tabula Rasa
Orig: 16 mm. 1993-2004, originally edited on DV, Video, 7:30 min. color, sound.
Re-scanned to FHD /2K format 8-20-2018

Orig: 16mm, 1979, 5 min. b&w, silent.

Time’s Wake
Orig: 16mm, 1987, 12 min. color/B&W, silent.

16mm, 1984, 13 min. color, sound.

Orig: 16mm, 1990 (revised 2014), 11:45 min. color, sound.

Surface Tension
Orig: 16 mm, 1995, 4.5 min. color, mono.

Color Study
Orig: Mini DV, 2000, 4:30 min. color, stereo.

HD Cinema (4:3), 2021, 1:10 min. color, stereo.

HD Video, 2022, 4:40 min. B&W, sound.

HD Cinema (4:3), 2018, 6:10 min. color, stereo.

While Revolved
(Orig 16mm, 1976, 18fps silent) HD Digital, 2022, 9:22 min. color, sound.

total: 71 mins

Vincent Grenier is a native of Quebec City, Canada. He has lived largely in the US, mostly New York City and upstate New York. In spite of this, he was a frequent contributor to the Montreal art scene of the 1970s and ’80s and the San Francisco bay area where he received an MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in the early ’70s.
Grenier’s experimental films and videos have earned numerous awards and have shown in North America, Europe and China at major museums, showcases and festivals.

Grenier has made over two dozens films and, since 1990, as many videos. His work was the subject of retrospectives at Media City film Festival, Windsor, Ontario and Images Film & Video Festival’s Canadian Images Spotlight, in Toronto. One of his videos, Tabula Rasa, was screened in the “Best Avant Garde Films & Videos of the Decade” (2000-2010) program at Lincoln Center, NYC and his recent work Watercolor received the Stellar award for Experimental Works at the Black Maria Film & Video Festival and the First Prize, experimental category, at the Athens Film Festival, Ohio.

For many years, one of his videos has screened each year in the Views from the Avant Garde section of the New York Film Festival. Grenier received a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 2010, and the Stan Brakhage Vision Award in 2019. He lives in Ithaca NY and teaches at nearby Binghamton University.

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Revolutions per Minute Festival (RPM Fest) is dedicated to short-form poetic, personal, experimental film, essay film, animation, documentary, video and audiovisual performance, and is co-hosted by Art and Art History Department and Cinema Studies at UMass-Boston, Brattle Theatre in Cambridge & Harvard FAS CAMLab.

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