Plowman's Lunch

Lawrence Weiner

1982 | 00:29:38 | United States | English | Color | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: Documentary, Music, Performance, Video History

Plowman's Lunch is called a documentary because its intent was to explore actual occurrences—be these the building of the work, or what befalls the players. It still uses an open form, but the characters are more developed; they have "names," and some of the scenes were truly dangerous for them to produce. As in the other films (with the exception of Done To) there is a nucleus of three characters—two women (Boris and Jamiee), and one man (Steentje, a tranvestite/hermaphrodite). The music, composed expressly for the piece, is harmonious with its developments. Cartoon-like framing and intense color give the film a composed, painterly quality.

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