Edge of Frame presents
No Place Like Home: The Films of Karen Yasinsky + Q&A
Close-Up Cinema, London UK
Sunday 9th October 2016, 8:00PM
Karen Yasinsky is a Baltimore-based artist working primarily with animation
and drawing. Moving from painting into animation in the late 1990s, her
early films feature stop-motion puppets inhabiting strange, drifting zones
of reverie, hovering on the verge of something unsettling and unknowable.
As her films develop into exquisite drawn animation and more sophisticated
stop-motion, they increasingly refer to scenes or moments from certain
canonical films, such as The Wizard of Oz, Bresson’s Au Hazard Balthazar
and Jean Vigo’s L’Atalante.
Through re-drawing, rotoscoping, re-enacting with puppets or the inclusion
of appropriated footage, Karen’s animations seem to take place inside her
own memories of these scenes. In her most recent works, narrative cohesion
gives way to something more unconscious and fragmentary, to create haunting
and compelling poetic compositions. Throughout Karen’s films the
repetitive, labour-intensive processes of animation have provided a
fascinating route to explore the profound effect that her source materials
have had on her. This programme presents a range of her animated films from
the late 1990s to the present. There will be a Q&A session with Karen
following the screening.
Karen’s video installations and drawings have been shown in many venues
internationally including the Mori Art Musuem, Tokyo, P.S. 1 Contemporary
Art, NY, UCLA Hammer Museum, L.A. and Kunst Werke, Berlin. Her animations
have been screened worldwide at various venues and film festivals including
Museum of Modern Art, the New York Film Festival’s Views from the Avant
Garde and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. She is the recipient
of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Baker Award and is a fellow of the American
Academy in Berlin and the American Academy in Rome. She teaches at Johns
Hopkins University, Baltimore.
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