This Thursday at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre there will be a screening of the film, Spring & Arnaud. I have been a big fan of Arnaud Maggs work for some time and did not know about his relationship with Spring Hurlbut or much about his personal life at all. The film seems to look at their relationship and their art practice... but I will know more after I see it.
You can watch the trailer for the film here.
I have added the MSAC press release information about the screening below.
Calling all film enthusiasts!
Please join us at the MSAC on for The Festival of Moving Media's opening-night film screening of Spring & Arnaud!
At the conclusion of the film, director Marcia Connolly and artist Spring Hurlbut will lead a post-film discussion.
/ Macdonald Stewart Art Centre / $10 Nov. 7 /
Cinematically gorgeous and beautifully crafted, Spring & Arnaud is a breathtakingly tender and intelligent love story about acclaimed Canadian artists Spring Hurlbut and Arnaud Maggs. Spring’s art focuses on mortality and the traces we leave behind: ashes, bones, preserved animals, old metal cribs that invoke the spirits of the deceased in her photography, video, sculpture and installations. Arnaud Maggs, winner of the Scotiabank Photography and Governor General’s awards, remains fascinated by systems of identification, of repetition and the miniscule differences and similarities in collections of people, objects and ephemera while recognizing the authority of photography to express these ideas in massive installations. Whether singing “It’s only a paper moon” together as dusk falls on the French countryside or talking about the process of making art in their Toronto studios, their undying love for each other as they face the reality of Arnaud’s illness literally lights up the screen.
This film is itself a work of art, filled with wonderful images and crisply edited. But it’s the human saga of a quirky but richly satisfying personal relationship that will make Spring & Arnaud connect with audiences in a way that cultural documentaries rarely do. Their art works may be serious, but there’s a lightness about their relationship that makes them seem like irresistible characters in a TV sitcom.