What does retro mean? Have we gone so far forward, we have to return to the past to feel new again? Is there a part of us that always longs for the past and unable to move forward? Or do we simply have memories from a former life?
Part of a series of vignettes created by C. Kenneth Lee. In this short film, Lee captures one of the last remaining Gutai Japanese Artist, Sadaharu Horio in the process of utilizing his body to paint (one of the esthetics of the Gutai Japanese Art Movement) .
Lee goes as far as adding a retro element to this film...an homage to retro 60s and 70s art films. Does retro mean backwards? What does the word "backward" mean for us? Lee reverses the entire performance of Horio, giving us a whole new look at what retro may mean?
Lee continues to be inspired by David Lynch and Andy Warhol's shorts.
梯 The Ladder #1
© 2014 C. Kenneth Lee, all rights reserved
****(Selected and premiered at The 2014 Cheshire A.S Art Gallery Canned International Film Festival, UK)
7 Aug to 4 October
Part of a series of vignettes created by Mr. C. Lee.
Where is the ladder? Is it the stairs itself? The film tackles a city like Hong Kong and its obsession to always build upwards due to the lack of living and working space. But whilst doing so, the old and new confront each other, and the decision between making money or preservation becomes difficult.
The film is shot in an old 70's vintage-esque style meets Andy Warhol. The Location is in Ladder Street, an older part of Sheung Wan on Hong Kong Island. It is said that more than 100 years ago, when coolies died, their bodies were rested here for funeral services before they were carried back to their home villages back in China. If one understands Cantonese, you can hear an old Chinese couple talking about the old times and pointing around the neighborhood reminiscing the times when they were kids and playing around the neighborhood.