Sharon Lockhart is internationally recognized for films and photographs that frame quiet moments of everyday life while also exploring the subtle relationship between the two media. Pine Flat, her newest work, focuses on the landscape and children of a small community in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
The project's centerpiece-a 16mm film portraying the town's children as they play, rest, read, hang out, wait, and fool around-is a series of remarkably personal portraits that approach the status of archetypes. For presentation in the gallery, Lockhart deconstructed the film into its twelve 10-minute segments; each day, two film segments will be screened in continuous loops. Photographs of the children made in a photo studio Lockhart set up in a local barn, in the tradition of a 19th-century portrait photographer, are also in the exhibition. Organized by Linda Norden, associate curator of contemporary art, Fogg Museum. Accompanying the exhibition is a catalogue with essays by Walker Art Center director Kathy Halbreich, Linda Norden, and artist Frances Stark.
The full-length version of Pine Flat and other films will be screened at the Harvard Film Archive over the course of the exhibition.