Spoke Art Galllery in San Francisco is holding an exhibition of artists commissioned to explore the works of Stanley Kubrick. The shows runs through September 27th.
Kubrick only made 13 feature length films in his lifetime. Nine of those are represented in the show: Lolita, The Shining, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, Eyes Wide Shut, Dr. Strangelove, Full Metal Jacket and an early, little seen Kubrick effort, Killer's Kiss.
The un-produced and un-filmed epic 'Napoleon' gets a nod, in a piece from Fernando Reza that looks backwards at history while looking forward to the incomplete vision.
Brian Methe's 'Stanley Kubrick Moon Landing' even pokes fun at the urban legend that Kubrick was responsible for all that great Apollo lunar stomping footage.
Two under represented films get the best work. Veronica's Fish Killer's Kiss not only homages Kubrick cinema but Alfred Hitchcock's oeuvre also. Barry Lydnon gets absolutely two stunning and haunting portraits from Mandy Tsung and Megan Stratman.
The neglect for early Kubrick is rather sad. No Paths of Glory, Spartacus, The Killing or Fear and Desire.
My personal favorites of the bunch cover the whole crazy Kubrick quilt. Guillaume Morellec's 'Born to Film' equates the idea of war as hell and film-making as the same into one shell-shocked portrait of The Master. Christine Hostelter's 'Alex vs Alex' plays with the idea of the delinquent Alex from A Clock Work Orange intimidating his passive and future reformed self. Jayde Fish's 'Nasty Bits of Ultra-violence' layers Picasso's 'Guernica' and its statement on war onto all of the ultra-violence of existence filtered through the 3D of heightened reality. Johanah O' Donnell's 'I Think We're Awake Now' heightens a portrait of Nicole Kidman into a hard scrabble, existentially weary countenance of sad and harsh reality. Jonathan Wayshaki's 'Alex' portrait manages to brush in every apt reference from other Kubrick masterpieces.