Brain Lapse

Included in Parts & Labour, the second Animate OPEN, online from 1 April to 30 May 2016 only.

Animate OPEN Jury Prize winner

Jake Fried animates with ink and white-out (correction fluid), sometimes adding gouache, collage and in the case of Brain Lapse, coffee, to generate hallucinatory vistas, modifying and shooting the images over and over to create works which evolve at a frenzied pace.

‘For many years I had been reworking and layering my paintings for weeks and months, like an endless search, never arriving at any final state. I just wanted to keep building them up, changing them forever. Around 2009 I realised what truly interested me was the way the images metamorphosed in the course of making a painting.

I began to record the evolution of the image in more concrete ways. I didn’t even think about it as animation at first, but by about 2011 I had started making films similar in nature to what I do today.’ Interview with Caleb Wood,

‘Fried’s explorations into animation have led to the development of a poignant utilisation, a creative process that stacks on itself over time, self adorning in an evolution of drawings. Similar techniques have been developed by others (William Kentridge, Norman McLaren), but none as strikingly beautiful and abstractly structured. The movements that are born from the documentation reveal the growth and decay of thought. As marks struggle for dominance, heavy icons and deep tones reach the viewer in brief moments of recognition. A viewer generated narrative has room to flourish, ultimately guided by the rise and fall of his creations, inevitably ending in darkness as the drawings become completely buried in blackness.’
Caleb Wood,

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