Oct. 19, 2019 - Feb. 9, 2020

New Media Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

The impact of animated cartoons has been profound. In the early 20th century, we began exploiting the possibilities of the animated frame. The seven artists in this exhibition don’t create cartoons, they deconstruct those that already exist; from Looney Tunes, to The Simpsons to Charlie Brown. They exploit this potent material to reveal the inner and outer workings of our human world. The original cartoon is ever-present, haunting us with suggestive content. The artists in this exhibition reframe our world. Here we are asked to consider the laws, systems and iconographies of the cartoon world while drawing parallels with our human world; physical laws, the laws of gravitation, matter + light, the physics of motion, and societal psychologies & behaviours. We are presented with fascinating catalogues and overlaying systems of symbolic language. The purposeful demolition of expectation in these works, mirrors the instabilities and dreams of modern life. They remind us that the pervasive medium of the cartoon can reflect and influence how we navigate the world. If there is a paradox here, it might be that dismantling a cartoon can throw open the doors of perception.

Works Shown

Every Anvil

2002, Installation with electronic sculpture and discs

The source material for this work is a collection of one hundred episodes of the Looney Tunes television program. Each episode is broken down into a series of individual shots which were then grouped together into categories. The categories include each instance of violence or physical extremity (such as every fall, every explosion, and every anvil). The suitcase sculpture contains 120 categories of data.