Jona Frank, "COR-E, Filmstrip #2", 2003, 5245 enlarged c-print, 20x45”.

Jona Frank, “COR-E, Filmstrip #2”, 2003, 5245 enlarged c-print, 20×45”.

Jona Frank

So much of who we are is coded within human movement and gesture. The positioning of one’s fingers alone contains a vast vocabulary of expressions and meanings.

Photographer and filmmaker, Jona Frank, has for the better part of five years focused on adolescents and their expression of identity. As she encountered various subcultures in the high schools she visited, the necessity to record her subjects in motion grew. So much of who they were was held within how they performed or interacted with one another. Frank observed, “their style is in their movement.”

Coupled with her fascination of Eadweard Muybridge and his deconstruction of movement without ever seeing it in motion, Frank began to link the still and the moving by creating motion studies of the professional skateboarder, Cor-E. She captured his complex and subtle movements using an Eyemo, a wind-up camera, which holds only 100 feet of film. Historically the Eyemo has been used by the military and for scientific analysis of motion.

“In Cor-E”, Frank invites us to consider the complexity of identity the skateboarder incorporates into each movement and every gesture that occurs within 4.5 seconds of film.

Jona Frank, a graduate of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, has had solo shows at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and Kimball Art Center in Utah’s Park City. Additionally, she has been in numerous group shows at venues including Yancey Richardson Gallery in NYC, SF Camerawork in San Francisco, Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, and the Hosfelt Gallery in San Francisco. Frank received a 2002-03 Wattis Artist Residency at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, a 2001 Individual San Francisco Arts Commission Grant, and a 1999 Dockers Grant for Excellence in Short Film Directing.