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JOHN LAUTNER EXHIBITION
Between Heaven and Earth
Palm Springs Museum
February 20 - May 23, 2010
In conjunction with the making of INFINITE SPACE, the filmmakers also created seven short-filmed portraits of key Lautner houses to be included in the exhibition on the work of John Lautner. An excerpt from a recent review follows.
Michael Webb Architects Newspaper 19 July 2008
“The videos are projected high on the walls so that they can be viewed from across the room. Murray Grigor, who won acclaim for films on Mackintosh, Wright, Soane and other masters, made the [seven] video loops in parallel to Infinite Space, his documentary feature on Lautner – Using a Jimmy Jib – a collapsible crane that extends to 27 feet and provides remote control of the camera mounted at its end – Grigor takes the viewer up and over these structures with the lazy grace of the hawks that sail over the Marbrisa house in Acapulco.
In contrast to most documentarians, Grigor uses no zooms or jump-cuts, and his compositions have the same spatial balance in two dimensions as one's eyes can appreciate in three. He's an invisible presence, analyzing the shifting perspectives and the play of light and reflections without drawing attention to himself. In the glass-walled mountain cabin at Idyllwild, the Rubik's Cube of the Schaffer house in the Hollywood Hills, and the soaring eyrie of the Chemosphere, he is able to compress an hour of experience into two or three minutes of imagery. The grand sweep of Marbrisa, the Elrod House in Palm Springs, and the Turner House in Aspen is caught with the same fidelity as the intimate spaces of earlier work.”