Artist's Statement


Lawrence Brose is an experimental film artist and has created over thirty films since 1983. Additionally, he is an arts curator and administrator, and held the position of Executive Director of CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY. As head of this non-profit gallery, he organized groundbreaking exhibitions that were paired with innovative community programs and organizational collaborations that kept the arts vital in Western New York and beyond, even under the most challenging financial climates.

His films have been shown at international film festivals, museums, art galleries, and cinematheques in the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia and South America. Brose's most recent film, De Profundis has been greeted with critical acclaim and has been screened at more than sixty venues and festivals worldwide since its release. De Pofundis is a 65 minute hand/alternative processed experimental film based on Oscar Wilde's prison letter with an original score for the film by the American composer Frederic Rzewski. In 1989 he began a series of film collaborations with contemporary composers to explore the relationship between the moving image and music.

In 1992 Lawrence Brose was the featured United States filmmaker at the International Short Film Festival of S“o Paulo, Brazil. His film series FILM for MUSIC for FILM , the collaborative project with contemporary composers (most notable are John Cage, Virgil Thomson, Conlon Nancarrow, Yvar Mikhashoff, and Frederic Rzewski), has been presented with live music at several international music festivals and was featured in a special New Music program at the 21st International Bienal of S“o Paulo, 1991.

He presented his five one hour film and video portrait of composer John Cage, IMUSICIRCUS - a Music, Image, and Performance work at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with the California EAR Unit . IMUSICIRCUS was commissioned as a City-Circus event for the John Cage exhibition Rolywholyover A Circus at MOCA, Los Angeles and the Guggenheim Museum SoHo. IMUSICIRCUS was created and produced by Brose and composer Douglas Cohen and contains more than seventy compositions and performance works by forty five composers.

In 1999 Lawrence Brose was commissioned to create a new gallery installation based on this work titled CAGE: A Filmic Circus On Metaphors on Vision for the Rhizome Festival at the Triskel Arts Centre, Cork Ireland. MOMA has included his acclaimed experimental film An Individual Desires Solution, about his lover's struggle and loss to AIDS, in Big As Life ñ An American History of 8mm Films. He has recently been invited to place his films and career related documents on deposit at the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York as part of their permanent collection.

His prints are part of several private collections and have been exhbited at The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, CEPA Gallery, Big Orbit Gallery and El Museo Francisco Oller y Diego Rivera in Buffalo, NY; Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland; Jack Tilton Gallery, NYC ; Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Alfred University, Albright Knox Art Gallery, and Studio Hart Gallery.

Artist's statement:

My film work is significantly informed by experimental film traditions. The films are cinepoems which build on the vertical layering of experiences rather than a more linear structure familiar to the narrative form. They are invested in the exploitation of film as material while employing an economy of idea and nuance. Many of my films have investigated ideas of gender and sexuality along with an exploration of my personal experiences with the AIDS crises. Currently my film work has shifted to a critique of the social framings of sexuality and masculinity, fracturing boundaries established by a conservative gay movement and giving voice to the radical margins of sexual dissidence. I am currently engaged in projects which investigate home movies and other culturally-produced images through the lens of a queer theoretical perspective - intervening on the material of the film to disrupt and examine the images both for critical and aesthetic pursuits.


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