Published on the occasion of the first solo exhibition ever dedicated to Ernie Gehr by an art institution, this book is an extensive overview of the oeuvre of one of the masters of experimental cinema. It includes a complete chronology of the cineast's work and life as well as newly commissioned contributions by Andrea Bellini, Ken Eisenstein, John Hanhardt, and a visual essay by the artist.
Ernie Gehr (born 1943 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is one of the leading figures in American avant-garde cinema, and his Serene Velocity (1970) remains one of the best-known works of experimental film. Entirely self-taught, Gehr began making films in the 1960s and since the 70s has been closely associated to the Structural movement – along with masters like Hollis Frampton and Paul Sharits. In the course of his career Gehr has created an unsurpassed body of work in film and video that combines richly conceived, rigorous cinematic structures with a profound sensitivity to the physical world around him.