Talk Back: Teen Workshop
Teen artists experimented with stop-motion animation this past Sunday, September 9, telling brief, poignant stories of abstract forms through the mesmerizing motion of painted shapes and color. In one piece, a collection of primary colored paint marks and black paint expands like fireworks. Another work depicts a yellow swirl drifting across a pink and white background; and yet another shows lime green, red, and blue drips growing cilia-like microscopic organisms.
Our workshop participants studied currently exhibiting International Artist-in-Resident Jacco Olivier’s Cycle, a 14-minute painterly that shows a cityscape morphing into completely abstract forms of drips, smears, and stains of brightly colored paint. Like Olivier, teens investigated how arranging their paint strokes on different layers could produce the feeling of depth. They shot pictures of their pieces moving and evolving over and under three layers of clear Plexiglass surfaces, called Clear Pods, conceptualized by artist Johnny Villareal and The Edge of Imagination Team. Teens could move colored shapes left to right, and up and down.
After making short videos, everyone revisited Olivier’s exhibition space and reflected on process. Since it took them 100 pictures to make a 30-second video, the pondered how many pictures it took our resident artist to make a 14-minute video. “I think it has showed me how long it takes to make art,” one teen ruminated.
Image credits: (Top) A Clear Pod at our Teen Workshop: Painting in Motion. (Above) The Edge of the Imagination Station crew: Chris, Johnny, and Matt. Photos by Wendi Kimura