Crystals

1951

Dir. Elwood Decker, 16mm Color Silent 00:02:15

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Elwood made another short film at this time called CRYSTALS. This film emphasized very brilliant colors. Some of the crystals were thin and elongated, almost like needles. Others looked like snowflakes growing. The growing crystals were seen through translucent abstract forms, which drifted over and through them, like ghosts. This was achieved by a making a series of double exposures on the same film print. In his journal he wrote, '...Like the Dunes, the simplicity of crystals make them seem like moving abstraction... ideas, rather than things...'

Elwood's latest abstract movies with growing crystals caused another ripple in the circle of artists he was connected with. He knew he had only scratched the surface and was pioneering with totally new and original concepts.

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