Chasing Two Rabbits

February 26, 2010

STARTING FRIDA!!! Winter Settings: Animation Screenings

Chasing Two Rabbits

Friday, February 26th, 2010
Doors at 6pm, Program starts at 7pm
Suggested Donation: $10.00

Chasing Two Rabbits is a special event curated by Sonia Yoon and Shannon Stratton that pairs animators with live performances by sound artists and musicians. Inspired by the experimental films of Norman McLaren, who combined abstract imagery (including scratching and painting into the film stock in earlier work, as well as paper cut-outs and live action and dance) with imaginative music and sound, Chasing Two Rabbits, acts to pair artists in both genres to produce a unique event where, rather than leaving art to illustrate a story, perhaps sound and vision will illuminate each other.

The program for the evening will include animations by Gracen Brilmyer, Peter Burr, Tom Burtonwood, Dana Carter, Jodie Mack, Tracy Taylor, and Rebecca Schoenecker with sound by The Chicago Phonographers, Chris Hammes , Eric Zeigenhagen, Steve Lacy, Frank Van Duerm, Kotoka Suzuki, Cait Stevens, George Monteleone and Broken Chooser.

Stop & Go

Friday, March 5th, 2010
Doors at 6pm, Program starts at 7pm
Suggested Donation: $10.00

Kissing hats, elephants driving, a man who turns into the sun, and dinosaurs roaming the countryside rarely happen in real life, but at the stop-motion film screening Stop & Go all of this will become ordinary. Established filmmakers and visual artists using stop-motion, tell stories, examine visual phenomena, and make political statements in a collection of short videos.

Curated by San Francisco Bay Area artist and animator, Sarah Klein, Klein (who uses hand-drawn images and stop-motion animation in her own work), chose pieces that explore the possibilities of stop-motion processes. The animators breathe life into magazine cutouts, homemade drawings, everyday objects, and even the body itself. The result is a selection of videos that are humorous, poignant, and marvelous.

Selected videos in the Stop & Go screening include The Manipulators by Clare Rojas and Andrew Jeffrey Wright who alter and collage images from fashion magazines to create an entirely different story. Intricate paper-cutout circles by sculptor Jen Stark become a series of regurgitating rainbows and mysterious organic structures in Papermation. Quilt-maker Sherri Wood and animator Ignacio Alcantara collaborate on Sewing for Jesus as they animate the making of a quilt that honors the missing American and Iraqi citizens who have died in the Iraq War. Young students from the Croatian animators workshop SAF Cakovec Studio create a darkly funny animation of two characters and their mishaps in We’ve All Fallen From Mars.

The international program includes Ignacio Alcantara, Eddie Alonso, Tommy Becker, Lilli Carré, Pete Davies, Samara Halperin, Meredith Holch, Sean Horchy, Stephanie Hutin, Andrew Kelleher, Lana Kim, Sarah Klein, Mike Leavitt, Michael McHam, Laurie O’Brian, Saelee Oh, Mel Prest, Clare Rojas, Judith Selby, SAF Cakovec Studio, Jen Stark, Melinda Stone, Claudia Tennyson, Philippe Vendrolini, Sherri Wood, Aeneas Wilder, and Andrew Jeffery Wright.

Sarah Klein has exhibited her work widely in galleries and museums, on television, and in film festivals. In 1999, she earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Mills College in Oakland, California. Stop & Go was Sarah Klein’s first curatorial project. It premiered at the Electric Works Gallery in San Francisco in 2008. It has since traveled to Electric Works Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE; LA Filmforum at Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles CA; Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY; Downtown Special Events, Las Vegas, NV; Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA; and the Jack Straw Foundation, Seattle, WA.

Klein’s many awards and honors include residencies at the International Animated Film School, Cakovec, Croatia; Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Woodside, California; McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, North Carolina; and Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, Nebraska.

www.sarahklein.com

threewalls is dedicated to increasing Chicago’s cultural capital by cultivating contemporary art practice and discourse, and by creating a locus of exchange between local, national and international contemporary art communities through a range of programs.

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