BLEAK BEAUTY VIDEO
DEAR MARK, 1981, NEW YORK AND FRANCE, COLOR AND B&W, 15 MINUTES, A COMEDY IN WHICH THE ARTIST’S VOICE HAS BEEN REPLACED BY GENE AUTRY’S. LYON’S HOMAGE TO HIS FRIEND, SCULPTOR MARK DI SUVERO, FROM FOOTAGE SHOT IN 1965 AND 1975.
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“Dear Mark centers on the erection of a heroic, skeletal, abstract sculpture by Mark di Suvero in Paris. It is Dadaistic light comedy, with its Gene Autry sound track, its interjection of Roman busts and medieval armor, and close-ups that emphasize the sculpture’s pelvic attribultes alternating with scenes of a couple lying on the grass. . .a distinct movie charges with vitalism.”
Thomas Albright, San Francisco Chronicle
“. . . the ‘heroic’ image of the artist at work is ironically undercut by the soundtrack of a Gene Autry radio episode in which that cowboy ‘hero’ smokes out illegal Mexican aliens.”
Pamela Allara, Pictures From Films/Films From Pictures