Some artists don’t just create masterpieces -- they live in them. Photographer Don Freeman’s poetic journey through eleven houses artists built for themselves. A love song in film to the places art lives. Art House is a visually-rich documentary film that seeks to explore, preserve and celebrate the fascinating homes a series of distinguished American artists created for themselves. Photographer and filmmaker Don Freeman penetrates the intimacy of these homes with great sensitivity and documents the meticulous attention paid to every minute detail, from door knobs to landscape, structure to opulent surface. With narrative and Interviews, the film seeks to place each house within the context of its owner's life and career, providing insight into each home’s development and its place in the oeuvre of the artist. // In the documentary film Art House, photographer and filmmaker Don Freeman explores the handmade homes created and lived in by eleven distinguished American artists, shedding light on a unique architectural typology characterized by a D.I.Y. aesthetic, the appropriation of building techniques from art practice, and a fierce spirit of individual expression that deserves deeper examination in this age of architectural standardization. The film reveals the inventiveness derived from the dialogue between each artist's practice and the construction of their handmade homes. The results range from the romantic (Hudson River School painter Frederic Church's Olana, framing views of the Catskills to echo his paintings), to the futuristic (Urbanist Paolo Soleri's silt-casted structure Cosanti growing out of experiments in bell making in the Arizona desert). Commentary from cultural critic Alastair Gordon and an original score by Jamie Rudolph help to evoke the spiritual dimension of the locations and argue the case that the intuitive vision of artists can create great architecture. Featuring the hand-built homes of George Nakashima, Henry Chapman Mercer, Wharton Esherick, Paolo Soleri, Byrdclife Arts Colony, Frederic Church, Henry Varnum Poor, Russel Wright, Raoul Hague and Eliphante.
1hr 27mins long