Calder For Peter, 2017Ephraim Asili
Produced and commissioned by the Calder Foundation, New York, in collaboration with Vic Brooks. 16mm HD transfer, color, sound; 11:18 min. Directed by Ephraim Asili.
Ephraim Asili chose to focus on Five Swords (1976), a monumental stabile that has been part of the bucolic Storm King Art Center landscape since 1988. Asili lives nearby and contemplated the sculpture as an element of his own environment in Calder for Peter. “My films almost never focus on these beautiful landscapes; it’s something that I try to avoid because it feels too easy, living where I do,” says Asili. “On the other hand, I’ve always wanted to make work like that. This felt like the perfect opportunity to indulge that.” In doing so, he used the lens of filmmaker Peter Hutton, for whom the film was named and whose own work often references the Hudson River School of painting and considers that particular landscape. Asili’s film is primarily shot in the sculpture’s immediate vicinity but also considers its larger surroundings, from fog consuming the Hudson River to a Metro North train trudging northward through the snow.