Colin V. Barton (MFA Film/Video 97) has assembled two experimental animation shows that will screen at the Anthology Film Archives in New York on Aug. 22. He’s curated the group show Division:Senses, which features several CalArts filmmakers and animators, and his own work will be featured in a solo show later that evening.
Of the 15 artists included in Division:Senses, nine are CalArts alumni, two are current BFA students and one is Theater faculty Lewis Klahr. “I wanted to help give these West Coast artists exposure in New York,” Barton says.
When curating the Division: Senses group show, Barton says that he was inspired by couplings--films with complementary themes that would screen well together. For example, the event will feature Brooke Keesling’s (MFA Film/Video 00) Meat Clown followed by Allison Schulnik’s (BFA Film/Video 00) Hobo Clown.
Barton describes his own show (Death of Distortion: Colin V. Barton: Works 1991-2009) as a “loud and obnoxious” program. “[Some films have] intense sound and are visually dense,” he says. “So I’ve juxtaposed them with silent films to give your ears a rest.”
His animation features filmmaking techniques such as collage, scratch-on-film, painting and optical re-photography. Included in Barton’s screening is recent festival film 5 Tears and the premiere of a film made using bird excrement.
If you’re in New York, check out the screenings:
Division:Senses – Experimental Animation Screening
Aug. 22 at 6 pm
Death of Distortion: Colin V. Barton: Works 1991-2009
Aug. 22 at 8 pm
Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Ave., New York