Mauricio Ancalmo
War Footage

War Footage is a series of wall-mounted works composed of 16mm film leader, tightly bound to flag-shaped panels by the artist. In their monochrome simplicity — some white, some black, one red — they bring to mind Rauschenberg’s minimalist paintings from the 50’s; the shape and repetitive figuration bring to mind Jasper John’s later flag paintings. Modifications to the blank leader – holes, letters, random dots and dashes – were created by the machinations of previous Ancalmo pieces.

Ancalmo's practice regularly includes the reuse of discarded objects such as sewing machines, word processors, 16mm film projectors and turntables along with re-appropriated ephemera and output of his own past installations.