The film is composed of still black and white photographs taken by Frampton during his early artistic explorations which are slowly burned on the element of a hot plate, while the soundtrack offers personal comments on the content of the images, read by fellow artist Michael Snow.
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Baldessari infamously burned 15 years of his own work in 1970, an ultra-conceptual ashes to cookies to bronze remark on artistic lifecycle. A year later, Frampton, opposite coast, took on a different approach to "Killing all Your Darlings," less insular commentary, and more about confounding the notion of memory, burning his early images like rotting flesh, fading flickers of Stella, Poons, Andre in smoking tow.
there's something melancholy about seeing images, captured in time, decay into ashes. Yet there's something otherworldly seeing the process preserved on film - entered a weird mental trance watching this
the image is stunning. the narration poetic. and the structure charmingly pulls the viewer in all directions: past present future. i plan on rewatching this film ever year, begin to build a personal relationship with the photographs and the recollections.