Filmmaker Patrick O’Hare is interested in the sidelong glance at the world and the natural elisions and illusions found there, as well as those created through the editing of vastly disparate subject matter. Utilizing the language of merging and omission that can alter time, allowing reality to slip, hinting at the invisible.
The aim is to reveal a state of mind investigating, coalescing, faltering and fusing into its own landscape. That recognizes and embraces the half seen, flashes and slow reveals of perception. Attuned as possible to phenomena of light, stasis, form, movement and the echoes of intimation. Through the cracks something startles and vanishes, the shape shifting riddle of inside and outside. Obliquely, these films try to convey the poignancy of the abstracted universe we move through, inhabit and have become inured to.
Little Raptures for the Uncommitted, USA, 2014, HD, voiceover, 45:33
A road trip that perpetually circles in upon itself. A disembodied voice muses from within the slipstream of life and attempts to find some meaning there. Searching through a series of desolate terrains and spectral visions, many seen through prisms of weather and windshields, it follows a trajectory that accepts the push and pull of memory, while simultaneously being aware of, and taking leave of the senses. Tracing inner and outer fault lines, Little Raptures becomes a journey of haunted self awareness.
Fissures, USA, HD, 2014, silent, 16:43
A succession of scenes exploring shards of city and rural settings, various interiors, still lifes and fleeting moments, Fissures aspires to a sense of fragmented harmony. It sharply observes the everyday and the uncommon, splitting their differences into something more elusive and closed-ended without surrendering to seamlessness. Invoking a constant state of transition, it attempts to find something luminous through the breeches, gaps, reflections and broken mirrors of existence.
Total runtime: approx. 62 min.
Patrick O’Hare has been making films since 2012. Prior to that, he worked as a still photographer exploring the modern landscape. His photographs have been exhibited at MoMA PS1, Parsons School of Design and the Rotunda Gallery. His work has been published in Camera Austria, Harpers and The New York Times. His photographs and book, “Slipstream” are included in various collections including The New York Public Library, MoMA Library, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art Research Library, and the Samuel Dorsky Museum.