28min · Documentary, Short, Biography · 4 October 2013
'Poustinia' is a documentary short about Gendron Jensen, a man passionately devoted to his artistic calling. He draws detailed, precise images of bones. Though bones traditionally represent sterility and death, Jensen sees them as 'emissaries - portals unto exaltation - bespeaking all of creation'. A onetime recluse, the 73-year old artist spent five years at a Benedictine monastery and 17 as a semi-hermit on a rented farm in northern Minnesota before leaving for the mountains of New Mexico and a new life with artist Christine Taylor Patten. For more than 40 years Gendron has obsessively transformed found relics into wakeful images of uncommon beauty. His meticulously rendered, often monumental graphite drawings demand that we look beyond the ordinary into a deeper, more spiritual realm.
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