Evolving over more than a century, the medium of animation now encompasses a wide spectrum of techniques that range from by-hand styles to experimental moving image, from screen-based films to VR installations. All of these forms, however, continue to capture and reconstruct our surroundings, simultaneously confirming and questioning our perception of reality.
This screening and discussion featured two artists who use animation as part of their larger practice. Umber Majeed presented an excerpt from her The Atomically Explosive Love (2018) series and In The Name of Hypersurface of the Present (2018). Yoon Hwan Bae showed two stop-motion animations: Road to Studio B (2018) and Self-Portrait (2017). The conversation following the screenings explored the possibilities inherent in animation’s transdisciplinary nature, as well as how this medium shapes the artists’ narrative impulse
Yoon Hwan BAE draws images of imagination and fantasy based on fables, art history, and mythology. While the narratives in his works, which range from small drawings to massive roll canvases, are frequently about his own identity, they also represent human life, desire, and relationship from multiple angles. Bae has held solo exhibitions at DOOSAN Gallery New York (2018, New York, U.S.A.), Gallery Baton (2017, Seoul, Korea), DOOSAN Gallery Seoul (2017, Seoul, Korea), Space O’NewWall (2015, Seoul, Korea), Spacemom Museum of Art (2014, Cheongju, Korea), and Insa Art Space (2014, Seoul, Korea). He has also participated in group exhibitions at venues that include Seoul Museum of Art (2018, Seoul, Korea), Chapter II (2017, Seoul, Korea), Cheongju Museum of Art (2017, Cheongju, Korea), Suzhou Jinji Lake Art Museum (2016, Suzhou, China), and Seoul Olympic Museum of Art (2016, Seoul, Korea).
Umber Majeed is a multidisciplinary visual artist based between New York, USA and Lahore, Pakistan. Her writing, performance, and animation work engage with familial archives to explore the specifics of Pakistani state and urban infrastructure through a feminist lens. Majeed is a recipient of numerous fellowships including the HWP Fellowship, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon (2017) and Refiguring Feminist Futures – Web Residency, Akademie Schloss Solitude & ZKM, Germany (2018). She has shown in venues across Pakistan, North America, and Europe. Recent group exhibitions include; ‘Promises to Keep’, apexart, New York (2017), and ‘Witness- Karachi Biennale’, Karachi, Pakistan (2017), and ‘Volumes – Queens International’, Queens Museum, New York (2018). Her work has been acquired by several private collections, including the Lekha and Anupam Poddar Collection at the Devi Art Foundation in Gurgaon, India.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.