Now Online: 25 New Face Ian Clark’s Searching for Yellow
Today Ian Clark posted to Vimeo his wonderful (longish) short Searching for Yellow, which last year got Clark selected for our “25 New Faces” list. We’re working on the 2013 list right now, but this film is still very strong in my memory, a lyrical, poignant piece of filmmaking that features Clark’s gorgeous cinematography.
Here’s what I wrote about Searching for Yellow last year in my profile of Clark for the 25:
Clark’s gift for image-making is most fully demonstrated in his latest work, the 25-minute short Searching for Yellow. Looking for a modern-day equivalent of the romantic notion of artists who “would venture out into the countryside and just spend time on their paintings,” Clark constructed the story of a graffiti artist going through a breakup who uses spray cans to literally paint flowers, making nature his canvas. (Clark was also inspired by the story of Antonioni painting trees white while shooting Red Desert.) In the ultra-restrained, pared-down Yellow, Clark’s quiet, lingering shots of Oregon’s sleepy towns and countryside are resonantly, hauntingly lovely, simultaneously intimate and expansive.