CEL: The Artist as Animator
11 February - 3 April 2022
CEL is a synthesis of local, national, and international artists working with what South African artist William Kentridge calls “stone-age animation” (stop-motion animation) wherein the hand of the artist is ever present. These visually rich animations convey complex and at times fanciful narratives through a seemingly simple medium, cutting through technology to form a direct connection with the viewer.
Under the tutorage of animator Damian Gascoigne, five regional artists from various disciplines participated in a five day residential intensive in Hill End in January 2021. Resident artists Tom Buckland, Genevieve
Carroll, Harrie Fasher, Locust Jones and Aleshia Lonsdale were given an opportunity to expand their practice into a new medium, acquire new skills, and create an original animation.
The resulting work and installations are showcased in CEL alongside the work of Damian Gasgoigne, Todd Fuller, Deborah Kelly, and Richard Lewer, as well as works by international artists William Kentridge, Bu Hua, Geng Xue, and Sun Xun on loan from the Art Gallery of New South Wales and White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney.
This exhibition is supported by BRAGS Inc., Create NSW Arts Restart funding, and Arts OutWest.
A BRAG Exhibition.
Left: William Kentridge, Tide table 2003, 35mm film transferred to digital tape (betacam) shown as single channel digital video, black and white, sound, duration: 00:08:53 min; aspect ratio: 4:3. Collection Art Gallery of New South Wales, Purchased 2005. Photo: Diana Panuccio.
Centre: CEL, looping animation GIF. Right: Locust Jones at work, Hill End animation workshop, January 2021. Photographs by Joel Tonks.