Week 15: Artist Interview

I wondered into the Merlino Gallery and watched the short films that were on display. I found this one especially enjoyable and it had all of the viewers giggling the whole time. The story goes, all of the animals are out skating and the flamingo comes to join in. The flamingo can not seem to figure out why he isn’t able to replicate what the other animals are doing. The frame focuses on the legs of the other animals as the flamingo studies their technique. He then realizes its all about the bending of the knees. The flamingo then looks down at his knees, which bend the opposite way. As he replicates the technique of the other animals, he begins to skate, however, hes going the wrong way. No problem for the flamingo though, as he just bends his neck around to look behind him. He then contently skates around, backwards,  with all of the other animals. Another animal then approaches who is also trying to learn how to skate. The film ends with him trying to emulate the flamingo. Needless to say, it doesn’t go well.

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This video had me laughing the whole time. It also had some good messages. The flamingo learned to not let his differences hold him back. I’m not sure what the last animal learned. Maybe the message is that just because you see someone having success, doesn’t mean their doing it right. Whatever the idea was, it was a very well done film, reminiscent of Pixar short films.

I found the accompanying storyboard and sketches in the Dutzi Gallery. It looks like at some point in the process, their was a whole cast of flamingos. Maybe they are present in another story.

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Out of all of the artwork that I’ve seen this semester, the short films that were playing in the Merlino Gallery impressed me the most. I find the process of animation very fascinating. I wasn’t expecting such well made, polished films like these. A+ to all the artists showcased at this weeks Illustration/Animation Exhibition.

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Week 9: Artist Interview

Sheila Rodriguez

This week I visited the galleries, and this one, “Uprooted” by Sheila Rodriguez, stuck out to me in particular. Each piece in the gallery included photos laminated onto pieces of wood, with tangled up string flowing down from the ceiling and to the floor. The central piece, also had newspaper ads filling areas cut out as windows.

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The word “home” is contingent, in flux, without permanence

Sheila’s parents “married and remarried often” which meant that she moved many times as a child. This led her to have a very different relationship with the homes she lived in compared to people who spend their whole childhood in one house.

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The association with the home place most probably represents an intermediate stage between complete attachment and complete un-attachment.

I think that, with the string, Sheila was trying to convey this message. The pictures are only temporally attached to the wall. Their time in the gallery is limited. The string, however, is permanently bound to the images of the homes. For Sheila these attachments are the memories made during the time spent in the home.

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