21.1.10

The Dark Night...


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Imagine had a few of the silver bars used to fund the machines of war and oppression found their way into the hands of a prophetic artist who melted them down to create a haunting requiem of liquid shadows…


Once familiar images suddenly coagulate before our eyes, invoked from the dark pools of the unconscious, only to evanesce a brief moment later.  A cognizance that does not collide, but rather shifts fluidly through a perilous space…


An ominous rumble (the defensive emanations of the Golem?), a lullaby whispered in the dark, the solemn whistle of those metal monsters and their pumping pistons, the soft voice of the cantor gently rising through the white noise…

These faces etched into the gloomy unknown, reborn from the silver halide ashes…


The figures of myth rise once again, a hymn for protection on the eve of destruction…


A profound darkness, a pitch-black night somewhere between glimpses of a fading paradise and an uncertain apocalypse, deeply melancholic, yet strangely reassuring, a potent mix of ethereal viscosity…


A textbook will open, the words will be read, and they will ring false…

A canister will open, this film will be projected, and it will ring true…


 The prophetic artist is Phil Solomon, who has mastered the chemical and optical tools of cinema, enabling him to express his creativity with a lyricality familiar of many of the greatest of artists, yet entirely and uniquely his own...

He has generously made this film, Twilight Psalm III: Night of the Meek, available through his website, and despite the limitations inherent in the online presentation of singular works of celluloid and the profound darkness of the piece, the LIGHT of his consummate artistry shines through…


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(*Note*: As mentioned on his site, this video SHOULD only be viewed on his site and SHOULD NOT be uploaded for viewing elsewhere, he was kind enough to let those otherwise without access a glimpse into his vision, and that should not be taken advantage of)

2 comments:

Wilberto said...

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Jacob W. said...

Hey thanks Will, much appreciated. Please Let me know if I can ever be of help in any way...