10 Jan Peephole Cinema and Automata presents Uncommon Sights
Featuring the work of Nancy Andrews & Gina Marie Napolitan
Both artists are known for their innovative experimental films and film-based performances. The current program of films is curated by Automata Co-Artistic Directors Janie Geiser & Susan Simpson.
504 Chung King Court in the Chinatown District of Los Angeles
(Peephole is located in the alley behind the gallery)
In The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes, brain scientist, Dr. Sheri Myes, uses herself as the test subject for sensory enhancement and acquires super-senses. As she sets out to develop ways to extend human sensory abilities, she is isolated by her obsessions and blind to the love, hate and self-interest that surrounds her. The film and web series is a hybrid of live-action, animation and song.
Nancy Evelyn Andrews makes films, drawings, books and objects. Andrews is a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in filmmaking. The Museum of Modern Art has collected six of her films, and her work is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Bibliotheque Nationale and Franklin Furnace Archives. She completed her first feature film, The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes, that premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2015. This project was then developed as a web series when The Strange Eyes of Dr Myes was one of ten projects chosen to participate in Independent Film Project’s (IFP) Screen Forward Labs.
The Museum of Modern Art, Pacific Film Archive, Anthology Film Archives, Flaherty Seminars, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Film on the Rocks- Thailand, and others have presented her work. She was featured in the 2013 deCordova Biennial on exhibit. She is currently participating in Artists in Context’s “Artists’ Prospectus for the Nation” in the category of health, where she and other artists are bringing their aesthetic modes of inquiry to real-world situations, showing the value of drawing on knowledge from other fields and moving beyond conventional modes of problem-solving. Andrews is on faculty at College of the Atlantic.
Blaxton’s Point. Changes happen in dark places. A woman stumbles upon an abandoned home and its history struggles to reveal itself.
Gina Marie Napolitan is an experimental filmmaker and multi-disciplinary artist originally from Brockton, Massachusetts. Her animated films have screened at the Boston Underground Film Festival, Anthology Film Archive in New York City, LA FilmForum, Antimatter Film Festival, Black Maria, and numerous other venues in the United States and abroad. Her paintings, drawings, and collages have been exhibited in several small galleries and her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal. Gina has also worked as a puppeteer and video designer on several experimental theater productions at REDCAT and Automata. She received her BFA in Film/Video from Massachusetts College of Art and her MFA in Experimental Animation from the California Institute of the Arts. She currently works as an academic video production wizard at the California Institute of Technology and regularly teaches DIY filmmaking and animation classes at Echo Park Film Center.
Automata is an artist-run performance gallery located in Los Angeles, California, dedicated to the creation, incubation and presentation of experimental puppet theater, experimental cinema and other contemporary art practices centered on ideas of artifice and performing objects.