Wilcox, Mark

The work of Mark Wilcox (something of a star at the Bracknell events) has recently been rediscovered by some critics. Works such as 'Calling the Shots', (1984) with their complex deconstruction of Hollywood narrative, now appear as technically crude, but conceptually sophisticated, works which might sit well alongside the slicker work of artists such as Douglas Gordon or Mark Lewis. Within ‘Calling the Shots’ the narrative artifice of a scene from Douglas Sirk’s ‘The Imitation of Life’ from 1959 is reshot with contemporary actors. The narrative slowly breaking down with subtle and effective editing. The re-presentation of the script producing a tightly edited and sharply scripted response to the dominance of dramatic narrative conventions. Clive Gillman, Processing Fluid, Filmwaves Issue 14, 2001


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