In recent years the artist Pat O’Neill has reworked several of his early films into dynamic synchronized projections. The exhibition Pat O’Neill: Three Answers features both original and multiple-projection versions of Saugus Series from the SFMOMA collection—presented as an online screening program here and as a three-channel video installation in the galleries.
A pioneer of experimental cinema, the Los Angeles artist Pat O’Neill developed innovative techniques for radically altering imagery in the predigital era. His highly inventive 16mm films from the 1960s and 1970s explore dense layering and movement within a still frame.
Pat O’Neill, Saugus Series, 1974/2014 (SFMOMA installation view); collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; photo: Katherine Du Tiel