Phil Solomon is an acclaimed experimental filmmaker working in both film and video. He was a long-time colleague and collaborator of legendary filmmaker Stan Brakhage. In his work, Solomon often integrates found and original materials and uses photochemical and optical treatments to create expressive textures and images. His most recent work, American Falls (2010), is a multimedia, triptych installation inspired by Frederic Edwin Church’s 1857 painting Niagara. Using altered film emulsion and images culled from various sources, the piece depicts “the pageant of American mediated iconography,” transforming the falls into a metaphoric landscape of the American dream. Solomon sits at fifth place on Film Comment’s 2010 “Top Fifty Avant-Garde Filmmakers of the Last Decade” list. He is a professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Portrait photo courtesy the artist.