Independent Motion: Twelve animated films from around the worldan original exhibition coordinated by the Marion Art Gallery and organized by Yvonne Grzenkowicz Founder and Executive Director of Nightlife in New York (ANNY)is exhibited in the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery at Rockefeller Arts Center From August 30 to October 9. Meet the artists (virtually) and the curator (in person) at a reception on Friday, September 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. Prior to the reception, Grzenkowicz will give an illustrated talk on the exhibition in McEwen Hall 209 at 4 p.m. The conference, exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
“Across all styles and mediums, successful animation combines movement, clarity, timing, and design to create the illusion of life. It can entertain us, inform us, and even inspire us to consider our own place in the universe,” writes Grzenkowicz, “Animation is as much a study of humanity as it is a study of technique. It is both observation and keyframe. These twelve animated pieces each contain moments of reflection on elements of the human condition while simultaneously carrying us away with art.
The exhibition features 2D, 3D, stop-motion and virtual reality animation films by: Remus Buznea & Kyriaki Kyriakou, UK; Igor Ćorić, Serbia; Sashko Danylenko, Ukraine/USA; Nelson Fernandes, Portugal/Spain; Carol Freeman, Ireland; Matisse Gonzalez, Bolivia/Germany; Emily Hubley, USA; Bas Jansen, Netherlands; Joe Loftus, Ireland; Carol Silverman, USA; Rory Waudby-Tolley, UK; and Jie Weng, China. All these artists participated in Nightlife in New York (ANNY)a monthly organized screening event and annual festival in New York City that showcases animated shorts, virtual reality animation experiences and games from around the world.
In the 2D animated film Night falls on Loserville by Remus Buznea & Kyriaki Kyriakouthree friends head out for a night out in their little piece of suburban paradise.
Igor Ćoric mixed media animated film Prelazak (Passage) is about a young boy left alone to die in the midst of war and destruction. The last members of his tribe are dismantled into basic geometric shapes under enemy fire. Taken by the feeling of grief and loss, the boy builds a totem from their remains. There’s an unexpected twist as it continues into another gunfight of this new structure.
by Sashō Danylenko cut-out stop-motion animated film TNMK – History of Ukraine in 5 Minutes teaches the whole history of Ukraine, from the big bang to the present day, including the most significant events in their history. The short film features the rapping of a Ukrainian hip-hop group TNMK (Tanok na Maidani Kongo or Dance on Kongo) and words of the activist poet Artem Polezhaka.
In the stop-motion animated film El Castigo (The Punishment) by Nelson Fernandes, Lisa, a lonely girl, was punished by her mother; she confines herself to her room, where she feeds her only friend, a plant, with her own tears.
The bird and the whalean animated film painting on glass Carol Freeman, is the story of a young whale struggling to find his voice. After straying too far from his family to explore a wreck, he discovers his sole survivor, a caged songbird. Together they struggle to survive lost at sea.
Matisse González 2D animated film Gravedad (Gravity) represents the ups and downs we all experience in life. Some people can handle them better than others. People like Rosa, the protagonist, learn to respect them and see them as an advantage.
by Emily Hubley 2D animated film Hail tells the story of three victims of hate crimes who end up in paradise.
artificial world by Lower Jansen is an immersive virtual reality animated film that features a world in which humans have destroyed the planet, thereby killing almost all living organisms. These humans who are still alive decide to create an artificial intelligence computer to restore balance on earth. As the computer becomes more powerful, it begins to act as an independent creator.
Girl and Robot by Joe Loftus follows the story of a traumatized young girl who is chased through the desert by state agents. On her way, she meets a robot who is afraid of being left alone. As the pursuers catch up, the girl and the robot must work together to survive.
Carol Silverman writes of his mixed-media virtual reality animated film, “I made Business as a means of unraveling the posthumous mystery of my mother, who was deported by the Nazis as a Jew but had a book called Keep a True Lent from 1953. Among her belongings I found a six-pointed star necklace in silver filigree and a tiny statuette of a praying Mary that she had kept by her bed. She was my closest relationship in life. I thought I knew her.
Rory Waudby-Tolley’s mixed media animated film Mr Madila or The color of nothingdocuments a series of conversations between the filmmaker and a gifted spiritual healer, exploring the inner spirit, the fabric of the universe, and the nature of reality itself, through the sacred art of animation.
In The Sunset Quinteta stop-motion animated film by Jie Weng, five cats with distinguished personalities live healthy and happy lives thanks to the care and love of their owner Gina. When Gina reaches the end of her life, they watch over Gina forever in their own way and their heart beats in unison with Gina’s heart.
Yvonne Grzenkowicz is a New York-based animator and interactive designer with experience in short films, feature films, commercials, music videos, digital publishing, video games, live visuals and interactive websites. She has extensive character animation training and a background in fine art. Grzenkowicz is also a co-owner of Entertainment for Adults, a US and UK based podcast and website for animation enthusiasts. She attended the University of Georgia and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Boston for painting and drawing, and Animation Mentor for character animation and creature animation.
Independent Motion: Twelve animated films from around the world is generously supported by the Fredonia College Foundation’s Carnahan Jackson Fund for the Humanities, Cathy and Jesse Marion Endowment Fundand Carl J. Nordell Endowment Fund. A publication is available free of charge from the Marion Art Gallery.
The Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery is located in Rockefeller Center for the Arts to State University of New York at Fredonia, 280 Central Ave. Gallery hours are: Tuesday-Thursday 12-4 p.m., Friday-Saturday 12-6 p.m., and Sunday 12-4 p.m. The exhibition is open at the usual hours during the autumn holidays.