Mar. 3 - Jun. 14, 2012
Cardinale Project Room
Friday, March 9, 2012
4 Videos, 4 Artists, 4 Months
As part of the ICA’s commitment to create more opportunities to showcase the work of video artists, we are pleased to present stop-motion films by artists: Kate Nartker, Sarah Klein, Vanessa Woods, and Ezra Wube.
Housecoat, 2010, 6:55 minutes
Sarah Klein’s humorous films depict a fictional character of a modern day woman. Klein’s simple line drawings animate the woman as she engages in both commonplace and surreal scenarios. In spite of whatever strange, devious or perilous situation she encounters, she remains calm and ambivalent, suggesting an internal struggle within an unseen and private world.
Ten, 2012, 20 seconds
Kate Nartker converts videos into woven cloth and then back into stop motion animation films. Drawing from her family’s home video collection, Nartker creates still images, which she then weaves line by line on a loom. In reframing everyday moments into a physical form through a time-intensive craft, Nartker reconstructs and abstracts her memories. Ten is comprised of a series of portraits of the artist from different points in her life. By exposing the edges of her woven portraits, Nartker reveals a glimpse into her process.
The Mansion of Happiness, 2011, 5:00 minutes
The Mansion of Happiness is inspired by a book of poems of the same name by local poet Robin Eskiss. In her title, Eskiss references a Victorian board game Mansion of Happiness, which was predicated on strict moral standards such as piety, honesty, prudence, and humility. In her film, Vanessa Woods explores the philosophical boundaries between myth and memory and between our inner and outer worlds. Made from original photograms, and hundreds of nineteenth century collage elements, the film includes landscapes of miniatures, dolls and toys, magic acts and mysterious passageways.
Hisab, 2011, 7:52 minutes
Born and raised in Ethiopia and now living in the United States, Ezra Wube’s artwork conveys his dual sense of identity in straddling two very different worlds. Hisab takes place in a city similar to the artist’s hometown of Addis Ababa, where goats, donkeys and dogs are common residents in the colorful urban environment. Working from memory, imagination and real-life studies, Wube’s process reflects the ever-changing flux of life. After completing a scene made of oil on canvas, he then takes a picture of it. Next, he paints over the image to build the next frame. To make the new scene, he has to recollect the previous frame since it has already been erased and fragmented.