Art truly does come in so many different forms none more so then the power of a relationship. “Spring & Arnaud” looks at the May/December romance between two very different Canadian artists simply creating together and showing how their life together has not only inspired their art but is also just as important as the art itself.
“Spring & Arnaud” is a tender and intelligent love story about acclaimed Canadian artists Spring Hurlbut and Arnaud Maggs. Spring’s art focuses on mortality and the traces of what we leave behind: ashes, bones, preserved animals. old metal cribs that invoke the spirits of the deceased in her photography, video, sculpture and installations. Arnaud Maggs remains fascinated by systems of identification, repetition and the minuscule differences and similarities in collections of people. objects and ephemera while recognizing the authority of photography to express these ideas in massive installations. Their undying love for each other lights up the screen as they face the reality of Arnaud’s age and impending illness.
A little dry, but still interesting at times this portrait of two artists simply going through their lives, interacting with people and discussing their life together gives us as an audience a unique glimpse into the life and times of what makes these respected artists tick. Directors Marcia Connolly and Katherine Knight tell their story in a rather ‘matter of fact’ style as it feels like it is targeted more towards fans of their work rather than a general audience but it still works. We get a little background on our subjects but it is more of a film about these two unique artists and their lives together. The audience is provided a glimpse at their creative process and how they craft their respective art and as we see more into the relationship between the two we get a clear glimpse of the life these two shared and the respect that they have for one another.
Ultimately, if you are a fan of photography and appreciate or even practice that art form, then there will be something for you in “Spring & Arnaud” as we do get some insight into different pieces that on the surface may seem a little strange but it also provides a unique look at the love that can be born from the exploration of one’s art.
3 out of 5 stars.
“Spring & Arnaud” is opening tomorrow at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, please check listings for show times.
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