James Whitney

James Whitney

1921 | Los Angeles·CA · USA / +1982

At 18 James began collaborating with his older brother John on non-objective films in 8mm. As he studied Eastern philosophies, he realized that certain cosmic principles did not yield easily to verbal explanations, but could be seen and "discussed" through the abstract shapes in his films.
For six years after the famous "Film Exercises", James tried to codify an ideographic vocabulary or alphabet for the expression of visual ideas.
Finally, he was aesthetically and spiritually satisfied only by the reduction of all building components to their simplest form: the dot or point.


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Filmography
Lapis
Yantra