[VIDEO] ABOUT THE EXHIBITION // SWOON "CICADA"






Art


Artist //

Swoon


Photography //

Shane Allen


Interviewer //

Shane Allen


Posted //

July 4th, 2020


























Could you give me an explanation of the film? 

This is the core of the show and for the over the last two years I've been teaching myself stop motion animation and a little bit of film stuff, basically taking the language of drawing and sculptures that have been building over the last, very many years and kind of adapting it to include time.

And so there are pretty experimental and abstract. Some of them have little narratives that kind of develop within them. But at the moment it's just kind of a sequence of abstract narratives that kind of layer on each other.

What was the push to experiment with film and animation

I was just something I was ready to do. I had been wanting to make animation really since I was a teenager, but I didn't quite have the patience and I didn't quite have the language yet. So I felt like it kind of needed to spend a lot of time really building. What was my visual language,what was my narrative language? All of these things kind of had to get built, before I could be ready to kind of form it in that way.





Most of the other pieces in the show are actually features in the film right?

So the show, it centers around the animation and film. So it's about two years of these kind of abstract pieces and everything that in this part of the show is either directly or indirectly related to that.

 So like this wall of drawings are all drawings which started as these large scale drawings that you see, Then I kind of shrunk them down and built them into characters that would become part of the animation. 


What piece is most significant to you?

This is a sculpture that's, that is part of the animation. This is an installation where I'm taking essentially like my animating studio and resetting it up in the gallery. I

In this room is his portraiture. The portraits have been the core of my work for many years. And so this is just kind of my process of drawing and creating portrait and then some of those portraits go on to have a life within the films.