- Media category
- Time-based art
- Materials used
- 16mm film shown as single channel digital video, colour, sound
- duration: 00:22:00 min
- Purchased 2022
- 20th-century galleries (lower level 1)
- Accession number
- © Paul Winkler
- Artist information
Works in the collection
Crunch, scrape, repeat. Listen in and you’ll hear the sounds of a wall being built in the 1970s on Bourke St in Sydney’s Surry Hills. This film was shot by Paul Winkler, a bricklayer-turned-filmmaker who emigrated to Australia from Germany in 1959. Upon arriving in Sydney, Winkler attended screenings at the Workers’ Educational Association and devoured books on filmmaking in the Mitchell Library. This self-education inspired an internationally-acclaimed experimental film practice which privileged form, rhythm and materiality over conventional narrative.
‘Being a bricklayer, this was one of my most important films. It represents eight hours work…I wanted to construct the 22 minutes of film very much like how I laid bricks in the physical sense – with a trowel and mortar.
Sometimes I shot the bricks very close up, so you become intimately aware of the grain and the different complexion of each brick. Because they’re shot single-frame, the bricks themselves actually come alive, dance. The sweat, the wear and tear, and the bricks themselves… there’s a spirituality there.’ – Paul Winkler.
Shown in 1 exhibition
20th-Century galleries Rehang (Lower Level 1), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 20 Aug 2022–2023