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New Artist Member: Abigail He

Posted February 15th, 2022 in Announcements, New Acquisitions, New Digital Files, New Films, News / Events

Canyon Cinema is pleased to welcome Brooklyn-based filmmaker and multimedia artist Abigail He to the collection!

Abigail He’s recent work explores the interchangeable relationships between presence/absence, visibility/invisibility in both the material form and the conceptual representation through various media including film, video, sound, photography, performance, and sculpture. Using mainly recycled footage and color leader, she is interested in revealing the intrinsic physicality of film as a medium and a material.

Until February 16, you can view He’s film He Needs Dark to See as part of the Canyon Cinema: Recent Acquisitions online program (free for Friends of Canyon Cinema members).


He Needs Dark to See (2021, 1.5 minutes, color, silent, 16mm or digital file)

Light bored
into his eyes but where did it go?
Into a sea of phosphenes,
along the wet fuse of some dead
nerve, it hid everywhere and couldn’t
be found. I’ve used up
three guesses, all of them
right. It’s like scuba diving, going down
into the black cone-tip that dives
farther than I can, though I dive
closer all the time.
– “Eyes” by William Matthews