“SPRING & ARNAUD”
Mortality and What We Leave Behind
Spring & Arnaud is a tender and intelligent love story about acclaimed Canadian artists Spring Hurlbut is 60-years-old and is an artist who focuses on mortality and what we leave behind; Arnaud Maggs is 85-years old and a photographer who is fascinated by ways of identification, repetition and differences and likenesses of people. The two share a wonderful and tender love story. They have been together for twenty-five years and they both have to deal with the nature and meaning of creativity and what happens when the drive for invention and discovery resists life’s finite reality.
When they met she was 35 and he was 60. She knew throughout their relationship that in all likelihood she would survive him, and this knowledge would in many ways propel her love for and artistic exploration into the ephemerality of life. “How life comes into the world and then I’m very compelled by how we exit the world. I think that I’m just swinging in between those extremes.”
The documentary follows the final years of Maggs’s life. The film is powerfully romantic and a very human story that transcends the standard notion of “artist documentary”. The film does examine a large portion of their individual bodies of work but it is presented as an extension of their personal stories and not from the point of view of an observer looking in. “ Not only is this a documentary about two unique characters is also an unforgettable look at art, love and mortality.
Maggs’s death came when he was 86 last year. The film was shot in the months leading up to his death but the main focus is on the love the two artists shared. “We see Arnaud and Spring, looking, talking, not talking, gesturing, at their cottage in France, their home and studios in Toronto, a flea market, the National Gallery in Ottawa”.