"I am a painter and a writer, and I follow these two habits, making lines that are not always linear" says working artist Basil King.
This 22-minute film is a portrait created by Nicole Peyrafitte and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte and commissioned by the Friends of Basil King. It depicts the intimacy between writing and painting in Basil King's life and work. The mapping of the multiple layers of King's interior terrain is keyed to his reading of sections from his autobiographical book mirage, poem in 22 sections (Marsh Hawk Press 2003).
King's syncretic aesthetics have been shaped by his early childhood in WWII London, friendship with poets of the San Francisco Renaissance, apprenticeship to Abstract Expressionist painters Adolph Gottlieb, Robert Motherwell, in New York, and by his mentors and friends at Black Mountain College, including Robert Creeley, Charles Olson, and John Wieners.
"Not everything can go into One painting one poem
Not everything can go into One painting one poem"
"The film is moving, extremely beautiful and beautifully made, a lyrical work of art on its own, standing inside and alongside the works of Basil King and directors conjoined, a heart-warming vehicle. The shooting (framing etc) and the editing are impressive. It is a very fine, very elegant tribute to BK's art, his poetry, his scholarship, his survivor's courage."—Nathaniel Tarn (Anthropologist/Poet/Translator, author of Recollections of Being).