Saturday, June 16, 2007

Telling stories. Andy Huang times two

There are two Andy Hunag's living in the US and making great animation.

1. Andy Huang, a student of arts and animation at the University of Southern California, brings us Doll Face, a fairy-tale about... to be honest, I was so pleased with the visual aspect of the video, at first I completely missed the story. Let me give you this opportunity, too.

So, the story is, well, simple. But the doll is charming, the melancholy lightness of it, the delicate texture. Should we always ask for more?

2. Andy Huang, a graduate of communications design from Pratt University, introduces us to a world where design meets animation meets a baroque sense of humor. His is a polyphonic world, one that flies in all directions, cares not about narrative but about a certain shape, balance, impact.

Both Andys have some things in common. Their work is slick, clean, well-focused, it is not afraid of pop, of a certain type of flashiness.
On the other hand, they represent two different choices. One tends towards clean narrativity, a beginning a middle an end, (and in this order...), the other seems much closer to visual arts, chaos is welcome, Flash animation, clean powerpointy cuts, the new digital collage...
This is really a very serious issue: the consequences of each of these options are impressive. Of course, they can be combined, interpolated, tried out and thrown out at will... But there is such a thing as a body of work, career progress, or artistic development. And there is a need for storyline, for things happening that cause other things happening. Causality. And yet, from the perspective of contemporary art this seems so petty, so ridiculous, when you have all these broken, mashed up, re-redone languages... As if it weren't an issue. New playwriting? Experimental cinema? Installations? Maybe. And yet, while participating in all these experiments, while promoting them and enjoying them, I somehow still feel the deep thirst for story.

9 comments:

C. said...

At last you wrote again!
I was waiting for new material!
Your blog is sometimes enlightning!

Thank you

C.

agualicia said...

charming. absolutely charming thank you

Hans said...

Wonderful video, sad.

Gavrix said...

Everyone already said it, it is a beautiful video. Thank you for this moment of visual delight.

Anonymous said...

Check an interview with Huang in the excellent podcast,
http://www.directorsnotes.com/

abraço
rui ribeiro

Brock said...

Before I get into this, the video was amazing. Congradulations to Huang on making such a wonderful work. It makes me more opitimistic about art because...

I too feel the need for a story. I have been thinking about this need for a story recently but am not sure what to do about it, I find it annoying to have to follow a story, and sometimes I feel like working with stories makes it impossible for people to appreciate the work on a leval that is separate from the story. Some mixed feelings here.

DaydreamSupercollider said...

The video is superb...A.Huang has great talent and an exquisite artistic sensibility.

José said...

Hi there,

Great sensitivity and technique.
Thanks !

José

Anonymous said...

I came across this piece not too long ago. When I first saw this, the image that caught my eye was the robots porcelain looking face that was broken in half. the digital effects are incredible. The story overall was interesting but seemed like it needed something more. overall, it is a delightful piece of art.

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