« Abstract Expressionism » by Lisa Rovner

GB / 2011 / 04:23 / video / color / stereo
Edition of 3 + 2 AP

Aspiring actress Sarah Liisborg inhabits the role of voyeuristic neighbor in Lisa Rovner’s short Abstract Expressionism, her nuanced reactions hinting at the risqué payoff of eavesdropping. “The film is about initiating the viewer as an active participant rather than merely a consumer,” says Rovner, a Franco-American writer and artist based in Paris. Rovner invited Liisborg to star in the piece after spotting her at the APC boutique in the Marais, where Liisborg works as a sales assistant. “The film started with my fascination with Sarah's face, of wanting to record that pure beauty," she explains. The director read three texts aloud to her muse while capturing her reactions: Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, a recording of Judy Garland recounting her feminist leanings, and a love letter by erotic writer and performer David Piper. In the end, it was Piper’s musings that resulted in the most provocative cinema. Previewed above, the film will be presented in full for Rovner’s debut solo exhibition in New York, Dear Reader, on view at No. 10 Gallery beginning July 12th.


Lisa Rovner

Lisa Rovner is a French-American filmmaker and artist living in London

With a background in political science, artist and filmmaker Lisa Rovner’s first serious introduction to cinema came while working in a New York video store.

All of her creative projects, ranging from short films, music videos, adverts and art exhibitions are strung together by a fascination with storytelling and images.

Her art work and films have been presented at the FIAC Art Fair, Art Basel Switzerland, the Paris Film Festival, the Anthology Film Archives, the Center for Contemporary Art Santa Monica in Barcelona, FRAC Museum in Normandy, The Grand Palais in Paris, the Bruce High Quality Foundation Brucennials and White Columns in NY, and featured on websites such as Nowness, Interview Magazine, NYTimes, Artlog, Dazed Digital, Opening Ceremony, and Holiday Magazine, among others.

She is currently directing her first feature-length documentary, supported by the British Film Institute.

She worked as the Arts Editor of the fashion journal Vestoj.

Her first photography book entitled Poems was published by Pau Wau Publications.