Based in San Francisco Telematic Media Arts The gallery and production company presents “Works on Paper”, an exhibition of animated films by artists working with paint, paper, drawing, cut-out collage and sculpture to produce moving image works based in the time. The handcrafted animated films, curated by Clark Buckner and Sarah Klein, are on display from September 17 through October 22.
The exhibition includes films highlighting the artistic process and labor required when artists use tangible materials in their creations, “giving the work shape and meaning as chronicles of physical change.” The films show how – with the right degree of creative imagination, thoughtful attention and sustained effort – the world is open to reinvention.
The show is further described: “As a feature of their formal experimentation, in various ways the films in this screening are richly playful. They are often humorous, witty and physical comedy. They are surreal, oscillating between fantasy and reality, objectivity and illusion. They are musical, punctuated by syncopated rhythms. They offer close and poetic observations, dwelling on the details of everyday life: city scenes, nature, changes in light and weather, facial expressions, relationships between people. They are also, at times, political, deconstructing ideological illusions through fantastical, even nightmarish explorations of history and social conflict.
According to the gallery, “When first presented at the San Francisco Art Book Fair in 2022, this collection of ‘works on paper’ further drew attention to the close affinities and subtle differences between the book and film – in particular, book and analog animated film. Sometimes the films in this screening read like presentations of artists’ books or zines – in fact, you could even say that they are – raising the question of the intersection between the two and exploring the creative potential in the liminal space between them.”
“Works on Paper” is free and open to the public. Additional information is available here.
Source: Telematic Media Arts
Debbie Diamond Sarto is Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.