Nothing, the film

OCTOBER 15, 2013 – OCTOBER 1, 2014

On view on the Museum's first floor.

Bay Area artist Tracey Snelling is known for her color photography and installation works. Both feature miniature, highly detailed sculptures of shabby motels, rundown apartments, and American roadside attractions. She has been increasingly using film to express her narratives.

Set in the sun-baked town of Twentynine Palms, Nothing tells the story of Jane, a young woman whose only escape from her dead-end job and empty relationship comes from role-playing the lives of strangers. Snelling experiments with the boundaries of art and narrative as the fictional Jane confronts her life. 

After premiering at the 2012 San Francisco International Film Festival, Nothing has been featured at festivals and art centers from Utah to Venice, Italy.

Nothing, the film. 2011. United States. Written and directed by Tracey Snelling. Crocker edit: 14 min. Courtesy of the artist and Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisc. © Tracey Snelling. With Idan Levin–executive producer, producer; Christine No–producer; Elizabeth Guest as "Jane;" Todd Banhazl–cinematographer; John LaRosa–sound design, production sound mixer; Jeremy Castillo–editor, 2nd unit dp; Jeff Powers–gaffer; music by Ryan Ruehlen and My Uncle is a Cannibal.

Tracey Snelling (American, born 1970), Trucker Hat, 2011. Film still, 40 x 40 in. Courtesy of the artist and Rena Bransten Gallery, san Francisco. © Tracey Snelling


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