R. Bruce Elder
The Body in Film
Art Gallery of Ontario, 1989
On the “personal body” in the films of Andrew Noren The Adventures of the Exquisite Corpse
but the presence of these allusions to historical works of art have another importance. The artist has the unique privilege of speaking to or of other artists as colleagues and associates. Every strong artist is required to confront his predecessors and to claim the strength to be their colleague; the moment when he or she can do so is the moment when the artist becomes an adept. The inclusion of these references suggests Noren’s encounter with his precursors and points out that he engages in a similar act of creation with theirs. These allusions, then, come as close as anything in Noren’s films to announcing his assumption of the responsibilities and delights of his vocation.
And so for day 1693