Kentucky hardware store clerk Leonard Wood was a man obsessed. When his wife Mary was diagnosed with cancer, he began building, trying to turn their house into a kind of machine to heal her. She died anyway. But Wood kept on building for the next 20 years, maybe hoping to bring her back or maybe trying to find a way to communicate with her. Brent Green is also a man obsessed. In the process of making his film Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, which tells the story of Leonard Wood and his wife, Green built a life-size recreation of Wood's eccentric house, in his own backyard.
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The film has a wonky, stop motion, homemade aesthetic that ties in perfectly to Wood's story. It's an homage to love, faith and sheer determination. You can imagine this handyman kind of guy, frustrated that he couldn't reach in and fix what was wrong with his wife, trying to build her back to health by crafting a structure that he believed could channel divine forces to heal her. The 75-minute video plays on several screens in the DiverseWorks galleries. Green also has a fanciful cardboard cutout installation as part of the exhibition. Like most gallery-screened video, the acoustics aren't ideal, but it's worth the effort. This is a really wonderful film, and it closes this Saturday. Hurry!