Past Film Projects
Silhouette in Balance, Linda Karshan at the Abbey of San Giorgio, from Sunrise to Sunset
a film by Marco Agostinelli, Produced by R.O.S.A.M
Linda Karshan : Choreographing the Page
A Stonedog Production, Directed by Ishmael Annobil
Choreographing the Page sprang out of an interview for a documentary about the Late Jose Ferez Kuri, the inimitable Lebanese-Mexican curator and agent of Burroughs, Gysin and Yoshida. The trigger was Linda’s assertion, “Jose gave me my Beckett”. Beyond the Beckett nexus, the interview also uncovered Linda’s penchant for classical philosophy and geometry; her eloquent theses on the poetics of the line and the physicality of thought; and, above all, the human body as an intelligent entity that forms and executes ideas, with schooled autonomy. By the end of that interview, director Ishmael Annobil had decided to make a separate, definitive film about Linda Karshan herself. Such is the alchemy of artistic life.
Choreographing the Page is beyond film. It is an organic witness of a great artist whose practice traverses two centuries of art history. It faithfully captures the artistic and scholarly articulacy of this powerful but decidedly non-populist artist and thinker, and establishes a clear timeline of her development: from her first drawing lessons at the Art Institute of Minneapolis, her first sculpture at the age of 9, her seminal tutelage by the influential Bob Reed, at Skidmore College; her studies in France; her psychological training; her artistic turning points; to her legendary numerical/choreographical eureka, and beyond.
But Choreographing the Page does not exist in an art historical vacuum. It nestles within a rich social and family history, suffused with anecdotes from Linda’s near-mythic journey; learned commentary; discourses with alter egos, such as Beckett and Cicero; and the lyricism of Greco-Roman text and geometry.
'Lithography is the call and response of marks through the ages. A bloodline from hand to stone to hand.'
Elizabeth Tomos, in a note to Linda Karshan, February, 2017.
In February 2017 Linda Karshan from New York/London created her first Lithography in Grafikwerkstatt Dresden.
About this experience she notes:
"Making lithographs with Peter Stephan at the Grafikwerkstatt,
– The limestones are 50 million years old, at a guess.
– (add photo) Layers of the stone
– Each layer has markings very like my own
– “The stone remembers”, say Peter, as he prepares it for printing.
Alternate washes of nitric acid and gum arabic are applied.
Tap tap tap,
Twirl, twirl, twirl
The liquids are tapped/patted with a sponge.
The drying between baths is hurried along with a handmade fan.
All the tools and the inks are organic. The stone likes it that way.
“Teaching the stone to ‘play’ between water and fat. It is a
Linda Karshan : Handpressendrucke, 2016
Linda Karshan: Choreographic Aspect, 2015
Shot in Linda Karshan's London studio.
Linda Karshan - Lines crossed inner spaces, 2014
By L’esprit Du Monde