Thursday, July 26, 2007

Art 101

In her short film Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase, Joan C. Gratz has managed to map out a century’s worth of art in seven minutes. She uses clay painting, a stop-motion animation technique that she pioneered, to morph fluidly among the works of 35 iconic, modern artists from van Gogh to Picasso to Warhol.

The film, which won the 1993 Academy Award for Best Animated Short, confounds through the ease with which one recognizable piece of art seamlessly dissolves into the next. The implausible is made to look inevitable.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

loved it loved it! i still can't understand how she did it though, and i'm increasingly begin to love animation as a medium. although, i have to confess that the art ignoramus that i am, i could only recognise the very basics - van gogh, picasso, munch, cubism, warhol etc..but i still enjoyed it immensely. and oh, i also loved the music, and how it changed with the period, and the second half where the figures inside the paintings actually the sinister third part.