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Gregory Crewdson

Gregory Crewdson

Presented in collaboration with the Institute of Modern Art

2.00pm | 13 October 2012 | Cinema A

My pictures are about a search for a moment — a perfect moment. To me the most powerful moment in the whole process is when everything comes together and there is that perfect, beautiful, still moment. And for that instant, my life makes sense. Gregory Crewdson

Gregory Crewdson is famous for his staged photographs that offer a surreal view of middle America. His work has been compared to the melancholic paintings of Edward Hopper and the American-gothic films of David Lynch. He is one of the most exciting and important artists working today.

To coincide with Crewdson’s visit to Australia for the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Gallery hosts a special in-conversation with the artist and the Australian premier of a new documentary about his celebrated practice.

Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters 2012 All ages

Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters 2012 All ages

Sat 12 Oct 2.00pm / Cinema A

HD VIDEO, COLOUR, STEREO, 79 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/CINEMATOGRAPHER: BEN SHAPIRO / EDITORS: NANCY KENNEDY, TOM PATTERSON / MUSIC: DANA KAPROFF / COURTESY: BEN SHAPIRO PRODUCTIONS

Gregory Crewdson doesn’t just take images, he creates them through weeks and months of elaborate invention, design, and set-up. Over the course of nearly a decade he created one of the most elaborate photo projects ever attempted: a series of haunting, surreal, and stunningly elaborate portraits of small-town American life —perfect renderings of a disturbing, imperfect world. With unprecedented access, director Ben Shapiro filmed Crewdson for a decade, beginning in 2000. Throughout the film we witness his work grow and deepen, garner worldwide acclaim, and reach a climax of creative change as Crewdson’s inspiration spirals in a radical new direction. The result is an intimate view of the creation of iconic works by one of the most renowned and influential artists of our time.

The exhibition ‘Gregory Crewdson: In a Lonely Place’ is a joint project by Melbourne's Centre of Contemporary Photography and Brisbane's Institute of Modern Art. It will be shown at the IMA from 16 March – 25 May 2013.