Katy Martin

Breathing Twice (2009) DVD_NTSC, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: ethnic / multicultural, landscape / architecture

Calligraphic images of paint on skin, which the filmmaker traces on her own body, are intercut with details of New York's Chinatown. Meanwhile, a classic Chinese story, about a clever messenger and a treasured piece of jade, emerges in passing from the ambient sounds heard on Chinatown's streets. BREATHING TWICE is a portrait of a specific place, and also a study of line - line as drawing, painting and writing, and line in relation to language. BREATHING TWICE also looks at less visible lines, especially the elusive, disappearing line that may, or may not, divide one from of reference from another. This piece unfolds in two languages, so that the experience is different depending on whether the viewer speaks English, Chinese, or both.

Rental: $20.00 sale: $80.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $20

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Katy Martin

By Night - No Stillness (2009) DVD NTSC, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: art/artists, body, dance, music

BY NIGHT - NO STILLNESS is a study in black, where black becomes a radiant space within which one finds inner light. Taking its cues from Rothko's last paintings, BY NIGHT - NO STILLNESS homes in on the luminosity that emerges when you enter a dark place. Dancer Miriam Parker and percussionist Hamid Drake perform within a video projections of a black and yellow painting, on Parker's body, by the painter/filmmaker, Katy Martin. The piece explores movement in relation to the painted gesture and fragmented, dreamlike sculptural space.

Rental: $20 sale: $80
DVD NTSC Rental: $20

DVD NTSC Sale: $80

Katy Martin

Breathing Twice (2009) DVD, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, body, dance, music

Calligraphic images of paint on skin, which the filmmaker traces on her own body, are intercut with details of New York′s Chinatown. Meanwhile, a classic Chinese story, about a clever messenger and a treasured piece of jade, emerges in passing from the ambient sounds heard on Chinatown's streets. BREATHING TWICE is a portrait of a specific place, and also a study of line - line as drawing, painting and writing, and line in relation to language. BREATHING TWICE also looks at less visible lines, especially the elusive, disappearing lines that may, or may not, divide one cultural frame of reference from another. This piece unfolds in two languages, so the experience is different depending on whether the viewer speaks English, Chinese, or both.

Rental: $35.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $125.00

Katy Martin

By Night - No Stillness (2009) DVD, , 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, body, dance, music

BY NIGHT - NO STILLNESS is a study in black, where black becomes a radiant space within which one finds inner light. Taking its cues from Rothko's last paintings, BY NIGHT - NO STILLNESS homes in on the luminosity that emerges when you enter a dark place. Dancer Miriam Parker and percussionist Hamid Drake perform within a video projection of a black and yellow painting, on Parker's body, by the painter/filmmaker, Katy Martin. The piece explores movement in relation to the painted gesture and fragmented, dreamlike sculptural space.

Rental: $35.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $125.00

Katy Martin

Super 8 Silent, Films by Katy Martin 1976-79 (1976-1979) DVD, color / b&w, 53 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, body, films about film, personal/diary/journal

AUTOGRAPH 1976, 2 minutes, silent A simple performance that prefigures the work I do now. DAFFODILS 1977, 3 minutes, silent A love poem to my husband in the early days of our romance DRAWING BREATH 1978, 3 minutes DOT SQUARED 1977, 3 minutes A camera roll of Bill Brand, animating his computer graphics, using the mainframe at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. TYRONE, PA 1977, 14 minutes A portrait of car culture and the town where I grew up. AT THE GRANDPARENTS 1978, 5 minutes BILL'S FILM SHOOT 1978, 7 minutes FLOWERS AND BIRDS 1979, 8 minutes On vacation with Bill's mother who loved watching birds. At the time, I was steeped in Japanese aesthetics and the pleasure of looking. APPLE BUTTER BOIL 1979, 8 minutes A two-day ritual that took place every fall at the Grange next door to my house.

Rental: $35.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $125.00

Katy Martin

Skinside Out / Swan's Island / Guilin Road (2002-2005) DVD, color, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, body, films about film, personal/diary/journal

SKINSIDE OUT by Katy Martin and Bill Brand 2002, 16mm film, 11 minutes. A private, interior world takes shape within the coded context of shared urban space, as images from the studio are juxtaposed with footage of a construction barge along the Hudson River. By examining both in relation to surface, the work paradoxically looks for what lies within. GUILIN ROAD by Katy Martin 2005, 16mm film SWAN'S ISLAND by Bill Brand and Katy Martin 2005, 16mm film, 5 minutes SWAN'S ISLAND focuses on gesture in painting, and how that relates to the hand-held camera. The emphasis is on the physicality of painting, and its visceral connection to memory and imagination. Here, the movement of the artist's hand is expanded to include the entire body. The film is about gesture as a kind of performance. Katy paints directly on her skin, and as she moves, leaves marks on the floor. Bill films the body and its trace, linking his own movement with cinematic space. SWAN'S ISLAND explores the act of seeing as inextricable with that of being seen.

Rental: $35.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $125.00

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