NARRATOR: Luther Price makes art out of what he calls “found footage.” He finds old films or slides. He takes these slides and then buries, paints, or squeezes ink onto them. Sometimes, he puts other stuff on them too—like ice cream sprinkles, tiny stars, and even his own snot! After he is finished, he projects the slides. If you look closely, you can see the layers of debris and disintegration.
Here, he talks about his artistic process:
LUTHERPRICE: Hello, I’m Luther Price. In the past decade, what I’ve been working on pretty much as a constant thing is found footage. Creating these original, handmade, 16-millimeter films, that are one-of-a-kind pieces, that are projection-ready. I also enjoy found footage. The manipulation of the footage whether it be painting it, burying it…I usually bury them in the spring and dig them up…no, bury them in the fall and dig them up in the spring.
For a lot of people who work in solitude, work alone, all you have is the process as your collaborator. That becomes your collaborator. You’re not working with another person, you’re working with the process. Which in a sense becomes your collaborator.