Posts Tagged ‘stop motion’

Nathalie Djurberg

Published August 12, 2009 by Molly

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Nathalie Djurberg is a Swedish artist who specializes in entrancing (and occasionally freaky-deaky) short videos of handmade puppets shot in stop-motion. As befits someone who was awarded the Silver Lion For a Promising Young Artist at the Venice Biennale in 2009, Djurberg is a provocateur, producing videos that are thoroughly in bad taste.

This isn’t a bad thing. It’s not easy to make demented art that avoids being shmaltzy and calculatedly shocking. New York art critic Jerry Saltz–a familiar champion of good bad art–describe Djurberg’s work as “magnificently raucous but charming”, and conjuring “a place where the center does not hold and things fall apart.” It may not be for the faint of heart, but really–these days, what is?

Jan Svankmajer

Published July 24, 2009 by Dallas


 
When it comes to surrealist puppeteering and adapting children’s literature into a massive mash of beautiful images it doesn’t get must better than ole’ Jan Svankmajer. I don’t know if we’ve got enough space on this blog for a crash course in his impact on modern animation but with all this internet talk of how things are shaping up in Wonderland I thought it only fitting to take a look back at the man himself via this supremely bizarre three part documentary lurking around youtube.

Johnny Kelly’s Amazing Animations

Published July 8, 2009 by Graham

Graphic designer Johnny Kelly’s animations are rad. The above-pictured stop motion papercraft ode to the life cycle is entitled The Seed and was funded by Adobe. Why is this not on Sesame Street? It seems like just the type of arresting, unusual animation that would provoke a lifetime of unconscious aesthetic influences for children who come across it on PBS.

Also check out his 2007 graduation film from the animation program at the Royal College of Art, “Procrastination.” It’s funny because it’s true– and if you’re watching it, you’re probably procrastinating too!