Marie Jager: The Purple Cloud
Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
May 8 - June 21, 2007

The Purple Cloud by Los Angeles artist Marie Jager is a captivating example of ‘cine povera’, collaged entirely from images and period publications related to locations in “The Purple Cloud,” a 1901 novel by British writer M.P. Shiel that many consider to be a classic of early science fiction. Jager ingeniously adapted the apocalyptic tale of an ominous cloud covering the globe, focusing her animated version on the sole survivor’s journey home from the North Pole to discover that the whole world has gathered at the North Sea. Also on view, Jager’s Machines Also Die is a humorous tribute to iconoclastic French filmmaker Jean Luc Godard and the 16mm Éclair camera that he helped popularize.

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