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Published on Feb 12, 2014
Tom Anderson and Barry Fraser have produced a film about environmental painter Mark Messersmith that follows his process of painting one of his 6' by 6' magic realist canvases, from the first stroke to the last, and including the construction of the sculptural enhancements of the painting. The supporting story line is framed in cutaways that explore Messersmith's education and life history, and his university teaching, as well as documenting one of his major exhibitions. While Mark paints, he talks about his purposes, techniques, strategies, and influences. This 43-minute film is intended primarily as a teaching resource that is particularly useful for focusing on environmental sustainability and creativity through art and education and may also serve as an example of visual/video-based ethnography.