Skip to main content

Robert Irwin: A Desert of Pure Feeling

This event has passed

Canadian Premiere

No artist calls attention to light and space like the legendary Robert Irwin, who has been singular to his minimalist vision for decades. Instilling a sense of the sublime, Irwin is known for his ability to reframe the ordinary into something awe-inspiring. Robert Irwin: A Desert of Pure Feeling provides rare views of the artist’s astonishing body of work, including paintings, installations, and site-specific environments. It likewise follows the creation of the artist’s latest piece, a revisiting of the ruins of a military hospital in Marfa, Texas. Elusive yet down to earth, Irwin is a true original, eschewing the art market and favouring simplicity in an age of excess. His art is ephemeral and experiential, it cannot be bought, sold, or hung on walls. Director Jennifer Lane has crafted a stunning portrait of one of the most important and influential contemporary artists of our age; the film features fascinating archival footage, and interviews with fellow artists and writers. A treat to the eye, and an inspiration to the mind.

 

Presented by

Series Media Partner

Community Partner

Director
Cast

Robert Irwin

Credits
Country of Origin

USA

Year

2022

Series

Portraits

Language

English

18+
93 min
Art, Music & Photography Documentary

Book Tickets

This event has passed.

Credits

Executive Producer

Carolyn Pfeiffer, Nancy P. Saunders

Producer

Jennifer Lane, Joseph Cashiola, David Hollander

Screenwriter

Jennifer Lane

Cinematography

Layton Blaylock, Joseph Cashiola, Joan Churchill, David Hollander, Rick Siegel

Original Music

Fredrico De Caroli

Director

Jennifer Lane headshot

Jennifer Lane

Jennifer Lane is a director and film producer. Lane’s short films have been screened at the UCLA Hammer Museum, the Austin Film Society, the Miami International Film Festival, Antimatter and many other galleries, museums and festivals. Her debut feature film, Robert Irwin: A Desert of Pure Feeling is her first feature as a director and editor. She is the Co-Founder of CineMarfa, a film festival that showcases artist made films, archives, and other rarely screened films.

Missing VIFF? Check out what's playing at the VIFF Centre

July Rhapsody

Ann Hui's newly restored 2002 film is a moving and sympathetic portrait of a 40-year-old school teacher (Jacky Cheung) going through a rocky patch with his wife (Anita Mui) while fending off a flirtatious student (Vancouver-born Karena Lam).

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre VIFF Centre - Lochmaddy Studio Theatre

Evil Does Not Exist

After the international success of Drive My Car, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi quietly made this small-scale independent film, a work of simplicity and grace about a rural community and the developers who want to built a "glamping" retreat in the woods.

VIFF Centre - Lochmaddy Studio Theatre VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

Wilfred Buck

Affectionately known as "the star guy", Wilfred Buck is our guide to the ancient astrology of the First Nations. Lisa Jackson's film brings his teachings to life, while also exploring how Buck transcended his troubled youth to become a beloved teacher.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre VIFF Centre - Lochmaddy Studio Theatre

La Chimera

Rohrwacher's first feature since Happy As Lazzaro is an exhilaratingly wild, mysterious, rough and tumble tale of a disheveled English tomb raider (Josh O'Connor) living with a roisterous group of Italian bohemians: singers, smugglers and petty thieves.

VIFF Centre - Lochmaddy Studio Theatre

Sweetland

The government is ready to resettle the far-flung fishing community of Sweetland, Newfoundland with a healthy pay-out -- but only if the entire community signs up for the move. Retired fisherman Moses is one of the last hold-outs. He's lived here his entire life, and he's not ready to put his ghosts behind him.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre VIFF Centre - Lochmaddy Studio Theatre

They Shot the Piano Player

The fate of a prodigious Brazilian samba pianist murdered in Argentina in 1976 fuels this animated docu-fiction from the team who gave us the Academy Award-nominee Chico & Rita. Jeff Goldblum voices the writer who digs into Francisco Tenório Jr's story.

VIFF Centre - Lochmaddy Studio Theatre