MOMENTARY MOMENTUM: animated drawings

part 1: 29 January - 24 February 2008
part 2: 27 February - 30 March 2008

Momentary Momentum: animated drawings pulses from philosophical crabs struggling to accept their lot to George Bush and Condoleeza Rice rapping in the White House. The animations are in turn funny, dreamlike, political and often simply beautiful. An international survey, it draws on artists from France, South Africa, Japan and Iran.

In Part 1 William Kentridge draws and redraws a beach scene, with waves coming in and children playing. Closer viewing reveals a subtle oppression present in three unnerving men and the gradual explosion of a newspaper. Christine Rebet’s theatrical 3-screen installation in a wooden cabin conjures up cowboys, prairie girls, pistols and magic tricks in a saloon bar.

In Part 2, opening on Wednesday 27 February, Takashi Ishida’s drawings unfurl and curl across the screen in mesmeric waves. David Shrigley’s black and white line drawings unravel events when a man takes his horse to a launderette for a wash. Data from the met office is used by French collective Qubo Gas to create a digital drawing that is constantly updated according to the weather. The film loop includes Michael Dudok de Wit’s touching portrait of a father and his small daughter saying goodbye at a riverbank, and Lisa Milroy and Paul Bush’s animation of a geisha’s beauty routine.

Momentary Momentum was co-curated by Ziba de Weck and Laurence Dreyfus and organised by Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London.