Stacey Steers: Edge of Alchemy
Sep 20, 2019 - Apr 5, 2020
This fall, MCA Denver presents Stacey Steers' animated film Edge of Alchemy (2017). This is the most recent film in Steers' trilogy that also includes Phantom Canyon (2006) and Night Hunter (2011).
Edge of Alchemy depicts silent film-era stars Mary Pickford and Janet Gaynor as magicians of sorts—fairy alchemists—working in a laboratory to produce life. Here, Pickford and Gaynor are heroines of a different sort than the ingénues they played in early-twentieth century films. Collaging together imagery of Victorian scientific instruments, plants, and insects, Steers creates a surreal landscape. The result is a science fiction that is at once nostalgic and timeless.