PLASTIC MAN: THE ARTFUL LIFE OF JERRY ROSS BARRISH

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First show: August 21

 1 WEEK ENGAGEMENT: Friday, August 21 – Thursday, August 27!!

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Fri, Aug 21 – Thu, Aug 27

Filmmakers & subject IN PERSON Friday, August 21 in a Q&A moderated by writer & filmmaker Edward Guthmann!!!!! 

Jerry Barrish was the product of an environment that little appreciated the finer arts, much less the wildness of modern art. His hardworking, San Francisco Jewish relatives were boxing enthusiasts and vaguely connected to the mob. Those connections got him started in the bail bonds business. Then he broke the mold, becoming the bailout guy for radical ‘sixties protestors. Inspired by the times, he went further afield, delving into art collecting, and then launching himself as a sculptor and filmmaker.
Barrish’s long and circuitous route as an artist always on the verge, rubbing shoulders with the successful and celebrated while never quite breaking through, is the dramatic tale told in Plastic Man. It finds him at a seeming artistic standstill about 25 years ago, living next to a trash-strewn beach in Pacifica, California. Creative by necessity, he begins collecting the detritus, especialPlastic3ly the discarded plastic, and assembling it into whimsical, evocative, poignant human and animal figures. Barrish reassembles his life as a sculptor, but hits another snag: the art world approves of the imagination, but scorns the material. Barrish’s beloved plastic won’t do for the world of galleries and collectors.

Barrish reassembles his life as a sculptor, but hits another snag: the art world approves of the imagination, but scorns the material. Barrish’s beloved plastic won’t do for the world of galleries and collectors.
Finally the film confronts Jerry Barrish’s greatest dilemma: will he risk losing his voice if he allows his plastic figures to be casted in bronze? Will they lose their uniqueness? Will his ambition to have his sculptures shown in more mainstream galleries cost him the success he has attained working in plastic?

Yet, by the end of Plastic Man the artist finds his vindication, and the immeasurable pleasure of wide visibility.

Directed by William Farley. Produced by Janis Plotkin. 74 min.

For much more info, log onto plasticmanbarrish.com

Jerry Barrish Film Retrospective, Sun, Aug 23! 

*Edward Guthmann was a staff writer and film critic at the San Francisco Chronicle from 1984 to 2009. In June 2002 he won national recognition for his film criticism with a citation from The American Society of Feature and Sunday Editors. His work has won accolades from the California Newspaper Publishers Assn., the San Francisco Cable Car Awards and the East Bay Press Club. He wrote and directed the documentary, “Return to Cameroun.” Eddy bio
Edward Guthmann was a staff writer and film critic at the San Francisco Chronicle from 1984 to 2009. In June 2002 he won national recognition for his film criticism with a citation from The American Society of Feature and Sunday Editors. His work has won accolades from the California Newspaper Publishers Assn., the San Francisco Cable Car Awards and the East Bay Press Club. He wrote and directed the documentary, “Return to Cameroun.”

 

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