A documentary about an artist who sculpts with sticks to create massive public art screens tonight as part of Cinema Orange, the ongoing film series that marries the Orange County Museum of Art with the Newport Beach Film Festival.
Bending Sticks: The Sculpture of Patrick Dougherty is scheduled to roll at 8 p.m. outdoors (weather permitting) on the museum grounds at 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach, which is within Newport Center.
For 25 years, internationally renowned environmental artist Dougherty has been creating his monumental, site-specific sculptures out of nothing more than saplings. Co-directors Penelope Maunsell and Kenny Dalsheimer's cinematic profile follows a year of Dougherty's life as he works on commissions inside the new wing of the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh; on Main Street in Rock Hill, South Carolina; at a private home in Chapel Hill, N.C.; at the Bascom Art Center in the North Carolina mountains; and in the Dumbarton Oaks gardens in Washington, D.C.
I've blogged it before and will do so again: the film festival routinely presents fascinating motion pictures as part of its art and architecture series, so I would not be surprised if Bending Sticks is another winner. Actually, you've got nothing to lose as you can see the film by paying normal museum admission, which is $12 or $10 if you are a student or senior or free if you are an OCMA member. The exhibits close as the film begins, so you can get their early to check out the art in front of you and if the flick isn't your thing, you can take off.