Robert Breer’s prolific career as painter, sculptor, animator, and filmmaker began in Paris in 1950. After studying engineering at Stanford University, his interests shifted to the mechanics of film and motion. He experimented with flipbooks and was influenced by European avant-garde movements, especially Dada and Cubism. He is well known for drawing by hand on 4 x 6 inch index cards and animating those drawings in the camera. His film captures some aspects of beat poetry and music in its fragmented, collage aesthetic. He incorporates scenes and objects from everyday life with repetition, rhythm, and motion. His cartoons are playful and humorous and explore simple delights of life. Later in his career, he experimented with commercial animation. Today, Breer continues to explore filmmaking and sculpture in his home in Tappan, New York. He was recently featured in the 2004-5 Carnegie International in Pittsburgh, PA.
The exhibition includes, Recreation (1956-57, 1 min. 27 sec.) with text by Noel Burch; A Man and His Dog Out for Air (1957, 1 min. 57 sec.); Jamestown Baloos (1957, 5 min.); Fuji (1974, 8 min. 39 sec.); and Bang! (1986, 10 min. 7 sec.).
Tuesday, April 26, 6:30pm
by Robert Breer with Bill Arning
In conjunction with the Cyberarts Festival, Robert Breer, who uses low-tech animation techniques, will show examples of his work from last fifty years on April 26, at 6:30pm at the Bartos Theatre, MIT List Visual Arts Center. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the artist led by the LVAC Curator, Bill Arning.