This film displays sinuous cutting between live action and animated images, rapid-fire association and transformation, a cat and mouse race between lines and shapes, story and abstraction, and a diabolical moment of synthesis at the climax when the rat trap is sprung. —gb agency
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
Experimenting with live action and line this has the wit of a cartoon strip while being resolutely non narrative. Sort of forces a different sort of readerly vision on one as one is expected to follow two sets of nearly simultaneous movements at once. The forms and bright shapes appear from nothing, and usually, dissolve into nothing.