The Films of Abigail Child
Abigail Child's roots in language poetry and film are readily evident in this collection of works spanning her over thirty-year career. Her 16mm films feature rapid cutting of image, text, and sound, and genre-jumping juxtapositions of private and public histories. Her array of source material includes home movies, industrials, narrative features, and pornography. In contrast, her more recent digital work delves deeply into a single work, whether a Buñuel film, a classic Bollywood feature, or a family's home movies, and cracks them open with her playful yet subversive explorations. Her two newest digital pieces are inspired by Vertov, Warhol, and Frampton, and evoke an unrealized project by Man Ray and Duchamp.