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.
Image: Install view of Tom Buckland ‘Home Invader’ 2021, Rotoscope animation (colour and sound), cardboard, acrylic paint, vintage television and beanbag, 4 minutes and 57 seconds. Photo: Maja Baska.