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Eleven in Motion: Abstract Expressions in Animation

THU, APR 15 / 7 pm
Introduced by Madi Piller

In an exciting new project, the Toronto Animated Image Society, in conjunction with Christopher Cutts gallery, has commissioned eleven independent Canadian animators to make films inspired by the works of each member of the Painters Eleven.

Representing a high point in Canadian art history, the Painters Eleven was a hugely successful abstract painting movement in Toronto in the Fifties that finally broke the pervasive style of the Group of Seven, allowing for a freedom of expression already taking place in Montreal and New York. While its works were initially met with hostility, the movement was quickly supported and acclaimed by international critics like Clement Greenberg, and its legacy has arguably left an indelible mark on the trajectory of contemporary painting. In tribute to the Eleven’s brash, visual vocabulary, these commissioned works reflect a vast and astonishing array of animation techniques and styles, from the use of 35 and 16mm and digital manipulations, to glass paintings and paper drawings. The resulting films provide a fascinating and innovative dialogue with a static medium, which through its abstraction often transcends its own two-dimensionality.

• Inner View by Patrick Jenkins – inspired by Kazuo Nakamura
• The Yarwood Trail by Richard Reeves – inspired by Walter Yarwood
• The Importance of Hortense by Lisa Morse – inspired by Hortense Gordon
• Old Ink by Rick Raxlen – inspired by Harold Town
• STROKE by Ellen Besen – inspired by Tom Hodgson
• The End is the Beginning by Craig Marshall – inspired by Ray Mead
• William’s Creatures by Pasquale LaMontagna – inspired by William Ronald
• As Above so Below by Élise Simard – inspired by Alexandra Luke
• Traffic Flow II by Nick Fox-Gieg – inspired by Oscar Cahén
• Playtime by Steven Woloshen – inspired by Jock MacDonald
• Strips by Félix Dufour-Laperrière – inspired by Jack Bush

Madi Piller, president of the Toronto Animated Image Society will introduce Eleven In Motion and engage in a Q & A with the audience.

Born in Lima, Peru, Madi Piller moved to Toronto in 1998 and started working closely with the independent film community doing experimental short films, programming and mentoring. Her films have been shown at many festivals and art venues across Canada and abroad. She currently serves as president of the Toronto Animated Image Society.

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