SCOTT SPEH GALLERY
845 W Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
( scott at westernexhibitions dot com)
Wednesdays thru Saturdays
11am to 6pm
editions and more
20 to May 19, 2012
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Gallery 2, we are thrilled to present “Moving Holds”,
our first solo show with LILLI CARRÉ.
A "moving hold" is an animation technique that involves
cycling several drawings of a stationary character, giving the
drawn lines a sense of vibration and energy. This allows the
image to have a sense of movement while it is suspended in space
in a holding pattern, making it feel alive while it is still.
For the show Carré has created three different sets of
work that all incorporate moving holds, as an idea, a technique,
or both. The show opens on Friday, April 20, 2012 with
a free public reception from 5 to 8pm and will run through
May 19th, 2012. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday,
11am to 6pm and by appointment.
Carré is attracted to the collision of tragedy
and humor. Working primarily in the mediums of comics and
animation, Carré often depicts tragic moments within
forms mainly known for their lightheartedness, allowing for
a more disarming resonance. By isolating and giving character
to ignored objects and daily moments, or weaving them into
a narrative structure, Carré depicts the absurdity,
despair and humor that these small pieces of everyday life
can illuminate. The works in this show all focus on the human
body in space being broken.
“Everything Must Go” is an animated loop made
from roughly 500 paintings, based frame-by-frame on found
footage of a windsock man blowing in the wind on top of a
shuttered business. The graphic, exaggerated human form dances
awkwardly in space, characterized by both the goofy expression
of extreme joy and the desperation of another failed business,
an alternately ecstatic and beaten-down figure. The figure
is forever flapping in a constant state of catharsis or nervous
breakdown, a flailing body that no longer has a purpose. The
animation is a laborious tribute to this body in the wind,
itself a ridiculous monument to failure.
For “In Suspense”, a hand-drawn animated loop
of a human triangle being alternately composed and let loose,
Carré rotoscoped the first half of a cycle from an
early Lumiere Brother film snippet. The act of tracing and
retracing the bodies allowed the forms to become more distinctly
geometric and abstract. The figures rebuild themselves into
an acrobatic pose of carefully balanced human towers, and
then break down into wandering basic shapes, and the loop
begins again, the towers re-form, break down and repeat, again
Carré’s new series of large ink wash drawings,
“The Meteorites”, depict balled masses of what
resembles calcified remains, space junk clusters or what may
be found at the bottom of a purse or well, collected and re-solidified
into a new mass. Each meteorite represents the decay and reformation
of a person and all their things. Some parts of the body are
geometrically abstracted and broken down, while other more
trivial objects like high heels, coins and old house plants
remain perfectly intact. Carré thinks of theses masses
as meteorites, dead and lifeless yet flying fast through space
with eventual impact.
Lilli Carré is an interdisciplinary
artist currently living in Chicago, and primarily works in
the forms of experimental animation, film, and comics. Her
animated films have been shown in festivals throughout the
US and abroad, including the Sundance Film Festival, and she
is the co-founder of the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental
Animation. Her books of comics are The Lagoon, Nine
Ways to Disappear, Tales of Woodsman Pete, and
the forthcoming collection Heads or Tails. Her work
has appeared in The Believer Magazine, the New
Yorker, The New York Times, Best American
Comics and Best American Nonrequired Reading.
This summer she will be working on a new collaborative animated
piece as a resident at Yaddo.
ink on paper
from "In Suspense"
from "In Suspense"