Iconoclast: The Images of Richard Slye

Michael Connolly

1990, 50:00 minutes, colour, English


The Iconoclast: The Images Of Richard Slye, presents the art and viewpoints of an extraordinary Canadian artist. Slye literally deconstructs media images by cutting icons out of magazines and putting them in new contexts that give them totally new and critical meanings. Slye's art is very political and comments on the ideologies of consumerism and militarism, and the threat to Canada's independence. His work is rooted in the art of the surrealists and the German dadaist John Heartfield. Slye's powerful works have been given even more visual depth in this documentary with the use of animation. The emotive music of Catastrophe Theory adds to this fast-paced, thoughtful videotape.

The Iconoclast: The Images Of Richard Slye won a Finalist Award at the Houston International Film Festival. It premiered on TVOntario in December 1990.

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