Once en Movimiento

Once en Movimiento: Expresiones abstractas en Animación

Este proyecto fue concebido para mostrar el arte de la animación y llevarlo hacia el reconocimiento del público, con el sentido de exponer el arte de animadores Canadienses independientes a nuevas audiencias y fortalecer la experimentación y la diversidad artística, así mismo para conectar el nuevo arte de la animación con disciplinas visuales. Este proyecto es construido alrededor de trabajos originales del grupo de “The Painters Eleven” – “Los Once Pintores”, fue un grupo de artistas que se agruparon en 1953 en la ciudad de Toronto, Canadá. El grupo no intento formar o articular una doctrina artística, su intención fue formar un colectivo de artistas con el propósito de obtener una mejor exhibición y diseminación de sus obras abstractas en una era donde los parámetros culturales aún eran muy conservadores.

 

Este grupo de artistas estaba conformado por:

Kazuo Nakamura
Walter Yarwood
Hortense Gordon
William Ronald
Alexandra Luke
Oscar Cahen
Harold Town
Tom Hodgson
Ray Mead
Jock MacDonald
Jack Bush

Muy similar al diverso pero cooperativo desarrollo del grupo de “Los Once Pintores”, este proyecto reúne una serie de animadores de trayectoria, cada uno con su propia motivación y estilo y con el propósito colectivo de mostrar animación abstracta.

Los animadores convocados para este proyecto han sido:

Ellen Besen
Félix Dufour-Laperrière
Nick Fox-Gieg
Patrick Jenkins
Pasquale LaMontagna
Craig Marshall
Lisa Morse
Richard Raxlen
Richard Reeves
Élise Simard
Steven Woloshen

Estos animadores están unidos por la susceptibilidad artística moderna y su compromiso es crear obras de arte que experimentan con el medio de la animación. Los artistas basaron su trabajo en la investigación que cada uno realizó del grupo de “Los Once Pintores”. Y cada uno animó su trabajo acompañándolo de su propio soundscape auditivo.

Este proyecto ha sido factible gracias a la colaboración de Canada Council for the Arts y Petman Foundation que nos ha dado la oportunidad de comisionar los artistas. TAIS también quiere agradecer especialmente a Linda Jansma y la Galería Robert McLaughlin por proporcionar las imágenes y los cuadros del “Grupo de los Once”, a Dennis Reid por otorgarnos una entrevista, a Chris Gehman por su ensayo y análisis artístico, la galería Christopher Cutts y por supuesto, a los once animadores que crearon las obras de arte.

Madi Piller

Curadora

INNER VIEW
Director: Patrick Jenkins (inspired by Kazuo Nakamura) / 2:45

Kazuo Nakamura’s art has its roots in the visual patterns found in nature. His keen interest in science and mathematics was a way of rediscovering the structure of our world. In this animation, Jenkins attempts to recreate Nakamura’s workusing p aint on glass animation. A selection of Nakamura’s paintings and sculptures have been animated as if they are being created in front of our eyes, like constantly growing and evolving plants. Set to music performed and composed by Paul Intson, with Ron Korb improvising on flute.

THE YARWOOD TRAIL
Director: Richard Reeves (inspired by Walter Yarwood) / 3:58

Inspired by the artwork and sculptures of Walter Yarwood. This abstract film was created by carving stamps and applying the images directly onto the film using bleach. Frames were then hand painted and a soundtrack produced by drawing shapes along the optical sound area directly onto the film. Images represent the structure and design found in Walter Yarwood’s artworks, especially the colours of the acid washed bronze and patterns found in his paintings.

THE IMPORTANCE OF HORTENSE
Director: Lisa Morse (inspired by Hortense Gordon) / 4:1

Hortense Gordon was a teacher as well as an artist, and studied abstract painting under one of the great teachers of that movement, Hans Hoffman. As an artist who makes figurative images, even in what is known as «experimental» animation, I had to do some research not only on Hortense, but on abstract painting. Also, researching Hortense turned up as much about her teachings (and, by extension, Hoffman’s) and philosophies as her work, so in the end I felt I was working through the film as a pupil. These are my exercises.

OLD INK
Director: Richard Raxlen (inspired by Harold Town) / 3:49

Using primarily the black and white drawings of Harold Town and riffing on the original drawings by primitively animating their contents, this short, abstract, primarily black & white piece eschews continuity and embraces the non‐linearity of the drawn/painted etched line.

STROKE
Director: Ellen Besen (inspired by Tom Hodgson) / 4:13

Action painter, Olympic paddler, bon vivant of the highest order: these are words that exemplify Tom Hodgson, a man of many seemingly contradictory parts. This film explores the connective tissue that held his life together. Vivid, rhythmic imagery pulls the viewer into a world where the mighty sweep of a paddler’s arm becomes the abstracted sweep of paint across a page becomes the primordial, sexual stroke of a life fully lived.

THE END IS THE BEGINNING
Director: Craig Marshall (inspired by Ray Mead) / 2:23

“My opinion is … the modern painter cannot express his age, the airplane, the atom bomb, the radio in the old forms of the Renaissance … the modern artist is living in a mechanical age … working and expressing an inner world—in other words, expressing the energy, the motion, and other inner forces.” – Jackson Pollock
Working from Pollock’s notion that the modern world of atom bombs and destruction obliterated the need for representational art and called forth a new, introspective form of art creation, Craig Marshall takes a Ray Mead painting as his starting point and moves backwards.

WILLIAM’S CREATURES
Pasquale LaMontagna (inspired by William Ronald) / 3:00

With joyful spontaneous energy, William’s Creatures sets no boundaries in this light‐hearted and fun adaptation of one of William Ronald’s later Works. With an oceanic setting of bizarre and unusual sperm creatures playing their performance to the improvisational score Brotherhood of Adventure (Tiny Orchestra Trio), William’s Creatures will prove to tickle your pickle for a full three minutes!!

AS ABOVE SO BELOW
Director: Élise Simard (inspired by Alexandra Luke) / 1:44

Guided by Luke’s spiritual and philosophical preoccupations, Simard creates a film that addresses the natural tensions between the extraordinary and the ordinary, and the search to transcend everyday experience.

TRAFFIC FLOW II
Director: Nick Fox‐Gieg (inspired by Oscar Cahén) / 2:59

Traffic Flow II is an abstract animation tightly choreographed to a soundscape evocative of mid‐20th‐century Toronto.

PLAYTIME
Director: Steven Woloshen (inspired by Jock Macdonald) / 2:45
Jock Macdonald painted in both worlds: figurative and the abstract. Playtime pays homage to his dedication, spirit and wonderful subject matter – both real and imaginary. In Cinemascope.

STRIPS
Director: Félix Dufour‐Laperrière (inspired by Jack Bush) / 5:22

Crossing from pictorial representation to abstraction is, among other things, a matter of organizing the visual information in the image. When the frames from a vintage striptease film are cut in stripes and replaced in various orders, we may witness this transition. Filmstrips, stripes and stripteases all together in a short film about the passage to abstraction. Inspired by Jack Bush’s painting Stripes to the Right (1965).

Madi Piller Bio
Madi Piller es una cineasta de origen Peruano que actualmente vive y trabaja en la ciudad de Toronto. Obtiene su titulo en Ciencias de la Comunicación en la Universidad de Lima, Perú. Comenzó su carrera en publicidad y producción de comerciales para la televisión para diferentes compañías. En 1998 Madi se traslada a la ciudad de Toronto y comenzó a trabajar en estrecha colaboración con la comunidad cinematográfica independiente realizando cortometrajes experimentales. Sus trabajos se han exhibido en numerosos festivales en Canadá y el extranjero. Muchos de sus proyectos han sido elaborados con el apoyo del Consejo de Artes de Ontario, Consejo de las Artes de Toronto, Centro de Distribución de Cineastas Canadienses y el National Film Board de Canadá. Madi actualmente desempeña tareas como Presidente de la Sociedad de Imagen Animada de Toronto (TAIS) entre otras actividades.