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Momentary Momentum

Artists David Shrigley, Kara Walker

03.Mar.07 - 12.May.07
Tue-Sat 10-6

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art
14 Wharf Rd
London N1 7RW
020 7490 7373
Tube Old Street, Angel, Shoreditch / Hoxton

Motion in art fascinates us, mostly because it engenders energy, alludes to life, implies the unpredictable, and acts as trigger to a wealth of expressions.
The history of motion pictures and animated images is vast, complex and enthralling. Over time, advances in technology have enabled artists to orchestrate their thoughts and ideas into animated works in ways that would have made yesterday’s artists deeply envious. Indeed, with this new paradigm artists have assumed the power to bring their ideas to life, and with no end in sight to what is possible.

Such dramatic changes between past and present resonate equally in the content of the works in this exhibition. The simple, naďve and exalting emotions portrayed in animated folk tales of the past have given way to animated versions of contemporary life, ranging from love stories and poetic narratives to violence, political issues, disjointed stories and countless other flights of the imagination. The magnitude of creativity in animation reaches a zenith when artists use their most intimate gesture – drawing – to render their thoughts and ideas. The simple economy of a drawn line often belies the power it has to create a myriad realities in an ever changing universe.

The exhibition Momentary Momentum: Animated Drawings precisely celebrates these transient and magical lines created with infinite freedom by the artists:
Francis Al˙s, Robert Breer, Paul Bush/Lisa Milroy, Arthur de Pins, Michaël Dudok de Wit, Brent Green, Takashi Ishida, Susanne Jirkuff, William Kentridge, Avish Khebrehzadeh, Jochen Kuhn, Zilla Leutenegger, Qubo Gas, Christine Rebet, Robin Rhode, Georges Schwizgebel, David Shrigley, Tabaimo, Naoyuki Tsuji, Kara Walker.
The exhibition was co-curated by Ziba de Weck Ardalan and Laurence Dreyfus.


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