By the late 1950s Jordan Belson was already making the experimental, abstract Vortex movies that would later become a staple of head-trip light shows. Many late 50s avant-garde efforts were abstract movies that sought to induce different moods with distorted visuals. This picture is re-photographed from animation projected on still slides, and relies on transformations for its major effects. Many blurs, some nice abstract images.
Avant-garde multimedia artist Robert Breer was born in 1926 in Detroit, Michigan. Breer studied painting at Stanford University and after moving to Paris in 1949, he began to explore hand-drawn animation. Using stop-motion techniques and 4 × 6 index cards as his signature medium, Breer pioneered the revived interest in experimental animation and attracted international acclaim. His work, which incorporates both geometric abstractions and mundane images from daily life, explores color, form, rhythm, and motion with sharp wit and humor. Breer’s career includes solo exhibitions at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée d’art moderne national in Paris; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. His work was included in the 2004/2005 Carnegie International, Pittsburgh. Breer lives and works in Tucson, Arizona. —thedissolve.net