"Double Take: The Art of Elizabeth King" New England Premiere

2:00pm Thur May 3 - Gateway Community College

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Double Take: The Art of Elizabeth King

Double Take: The Art of Elizabeth King illuminates the aesthetic and engineering questions sculptor Elizabeth King puzzles over with an acute sensitivity to both life, and the life-like. She has created her own genre at the intersection of the classical and automata. An accomplished artist with an eye for the intimate meaning of gesture, King obsessively manipulates her materials to produce pieces that both approximate and challenge the viewer. Newly retired from 40 years of teaching, King is more than ever able to focus on her work, and examine her motives and making. With major solo shows driving her, King seems poised to get her due. In studio visits, conversations with peers and art world figures, Double Take: The Art of Elizabeth King invites the viewer to consider what looking and seeing one another means in our increasingly visual world.

Double Take Trailer from Olympia Stone on Vimeo.

Director Biography - Olympia Stone
Olympia Stone is an independent producer of documentary films about art and artists. Her production company, Floating Stone Productions, is based in Chapel Hill, NC. Her films probe the motivations and personal histories of unique and often little known artists as a way of providing intimate insight into their work.
Double Take: The Art of Elizabeth King is Olympia’s fourth feature length documentary. Her short film, The Original Richard McMahan, premiered at the Tally Shorts Film Festival in January 2017 and won the Florida Favorite Award. It was screened at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and the Florida Film Festival among others.
In April 2015, her documentary Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck, premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, NC and has been shown nationally and internationally. Curious Worlds aired on PBS in the fall of 2016.
Olympia’s previous film, about the artist James Grashow, The Cardboard Bernini (2012), was broadcast nationwide on PBS. It won Best Documentary at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival 2013, and was an official selection at 18 other festivals.
Her first independent film, The Collector: Allan Stone’s Life in Art (2007) chronicles the obsessive collecting of her father, a New York art world gallerist whose habits and prescient scouting shaped his life and the lives of many in his artfully cluttered orbit.
Before founding Floating Stone Productions, Olympia was a TV and radio producer, working for the Discovery Channel, A&E Networks, ABC News Productions and NPR, among others.
Director Statement

I make intimate films about art that show singular artists who people might otherwise never know about. I believe I have a unique viewpoint and access because of the environment I grew up in.

My father owned a gallery on the upper east side of New York City but more than that he was obsessed with, and consumed by, art. The home I grew up in was a museum—but like no museum you have ever been to—crammed floor to ceiling with Congo nail fetishes, pre-Columbian and abstract expressionist art, folk art cigar store Indians, (actual) Joseph Cornell boxes and contemporary American paintings. It is really almost impossible to convey how much stuff there was—I was 12 years old before I realized that there were 2 fireplaces in our living room! The house was the greatest place for hide and seek, and also the scariest place to be a child at night.

Needless to say, this early exposure to all manner of art and objects stamped me with an appreciation and interest for not only art, but for people with obsessions—like my father and the artists he so admired. What does art bring to our lives? Why did my father feel the need to collect art the way he did? Why do artists feel so driven to create? What drives obsessed people to do what they do? The desire to answer these kinds of questions motivates me to make the films I make.


05.03.18 - 2:00 pm
1 hour