Black Rectangle by Rhayne Vermette

“Time has not been kind to Kasimir Malevich’s painting, Black Square. In 1915 when the work was first displayed the surface of the square was pristine and pure; now the black paint has cracked revealing the white ground like mortar in crazy paving.”

This film documents a tedious process of dismantling and reassembling 16 mm found footage. The film collage imitates functions of a curtain, while the recorded optical track describes the film’s subsequent destruction during its first projection.

We screened Black Rectangle in European premiere during DL X | The Berlin International Directors Lounge.

Rhayne Vermette CA Black Rectangle 01:30 2013