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Archives for: September 2005, 27

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

11:38:07 pm , 314 words, 1046 views     Categories: Animation

The new abstract

Is digital. And it's by James Patterson. He does fascinating things with odd little replicated drawings. It feels like I've seen him in Harper's before.

I'm feeling despondent about having finally made my way through the Eames box. I wish I could go on watching their perfectly crafted little diamond-like films on and on forever. There's something literally hypnotizing about the flow of information in their films. It feels like they've been handed a map of the human mind, and know exactly where to place all the right markers to present the clearest possible picture of their subject in the most elegant and succinct fashion possible. Yet every film is always informed of a poetic sensibility. Even a film advertising one of their sofas takes on poetic proportions, with long, lingering shots hovering over a beautiful texture just because it's beautiful. Many of the films are composed entirely of Charles' photographs, which convey his enthusiasm for the beauty and joy to be found in the mundane details all around us. An entire film dedicated to the washing of a school playground forces us to take a close look at an entirely different world of texture and color that we never would have thought to look at otherwise. A whole film on bread, the staple on which civilizations have been built. Tops, culturally universal toys that combine whimsy and science in typical Eamesian fashion. Films with no reason to exist except to chronicle and extoll the beauty of the mundane. Then after these lovingly micro personal films come the collosal macro undertakings like the IBM Pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair, and their encyclopedic proposal film for the National Aquarium in Washington. They seem to follow in the footsteps of the early Americans, best exemplified by Franklin, with their philosophy of putting science, practicality and rationalism to the task of improving the quality of everyday life.

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