BLACK HOLES, 2015
In all his work Martin Arnold exposes the ‘psychoanalytic underbelly’ of family entertainment. Black Holes deconstructs a few frames from a 1944 cartoon entitled How to Play Golf featuring Goofy. In this audio-visual, Golf Instruction How-To, Goofy pulls out a revolver and shoots himself in the head after failing to sink a hole. Arnold deconstructs the frames into a condensed, back and forth, juddering replay, forcing us to focus on the moment. Originally trained in psychology, Arnold is a central figure in the Austrian avant-garde film movement. He skillfully deconstructs and reworks individual frames from pop culture classics, revealing surprising layers of subconscious, unconscious and societal influences.
Filmmaker and artist, trained in psychology whose work has been shown at more than 180 international film festivals including Cannes, Rotterdam + New York. 34 awards such as the Golden Gate Award at San Francisco International Film Festival and the Primo Premio at Arco Madrid Week of Experimental Film Festival. Awarded Honours for Art in Cinema by the State of Austria and again by the Province of Lower Austria. He has shown at MoMA, National Film Theatre, London, Cinemathique Francaise, Paris, With de With Art Centre, Rotterdam, Bozar, Brussels, Barbican Art Centre, London, Kunsthaus, Zurich, Hamburger, Kunstverein. Books on his practice include Martin Arnold Gross Anatomies,Martin Arnold Deanimated, A Critical Cinema. Reviews have been published in numerous newspapers including The New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, The Village Voice, The Chicago Weekly Reader. He has taught at Universities + Art schools such as University of Wisconsin, San Francisco Art Institute, Bard College, CalArts, FAMU, + Stadelschule.