"His animated (collage) films are among the most beautiful short films made today. They are surrounded with love and poetry. His content is subtle, his technique is perfect, his personal style unmistakable."
Our Lady of the Sphere is American artist Lawrence Jordan's most exquisite creation. A colour collage of rococo imagery juxtaposed with symbols and imagery from antiquity to the space age. Drawing from the Tibetan Book of the Dead, the film leads us deep into a wondrous world conjured from an array of fantastic imagery, on an adventure into the unknown.
Lawrence Jordan (aka Larry Jordan) is an independent filmmaker who has been making exquisite films since 1952. Jordan worked with the celebrated American surrealist Joseph Cornell to help complete several of his films during the 1950s, before going on to develop his own extraordinary body of work. In his work he created a unique form of animation drawing on nineteenth century ephemera, in which the ghosts of Victoriana inhabit two-dimensional worlds governed by the logic of dreams. With a unique style developed over decades, Jordan has continued to elaborate and develop his baroque and uncanny vision which spans over 40 short works and three feature-length dramatic films. He has shown films and lectured throughout the country and is presently chairman of the film department at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Lawrence Jordan Our Lady of the Spheres, 1969 ¨© courtesy of the artist / LUX