Cinematic Death Moon Return: Impact Phase
The exhibition is the final phase of Bauer’s three-part project “Cinematic Death Moon Return” featuring installations, 16mm film, sculptures, and photographic works inspired by the closing of an upstate New York cinema that refused to convert to digital projection and reflecting a mythological and alchemical account as proposed by Bauer of the history of our planet intertwined with that of cinema. The works in the show incorporate the materials and equipment salvaged from the dismantled theater and reference the often proclaimed “death of film”, a death the artist considers as fictional as those acted by the protagonists of the big screen.
The title piece is a large-scale installation featuring moon vines coiled around hanging celluloid filmstrips, a silver 23-foot projection screen, moon flowers and other plants, crystalized 35mm projectors, and other objects all under an illuminated moon made from a 35mm film platter. These plants, which belong to the nightshade family, were often consumed throughout history by healers, shamans, and “witches” in various cultures during lunar rituals to induce dreamlike states.