Approaching film as a painter, Karen Yasinsky tests us to read the language of animation as a quiet surreal experience with cinematic traditions. Here’s some more from Westworld:
Yasinsky forces audiences to lose their expectations about how a movie should work and what kind of time viewers should spend with one image. The result is emotional, quiet and concentrated. Her films are like dreams slowed down, elongated, mulled over. Few images connect logically, if at all. Each shot is an expression of emotion, and even the characters she creates are not propelled by wants and needs or urgency. They’re stuck in a state of emotional limbo.
Yasinsk’s lecture will be on Thursday, October 8, at 7 p.m.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Karen Yasinsky is an artist and filmmaker working with animation and drawing. Her video installations and drawings have been shown in many venues internationally including the Mori Art Musuem, Tokyo; P.S. 1 Contemporary Art, NY; UCLA Hammer Museum, LA;the Wexner Center, Columbus and Kunst Werke, Berlin. Her films and videos have been screened worldwide at various venues and film festivals including the National Gallery of Art, Museum of Modern Art, NY, the New York Film Festival’s Views from the Avant Garde, the San Francisco International, Images Festival, Toronto, the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Ann Arbor Film Festival where she won the Leon Speakers Award for Best Sound Design in 2013. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a fellow of the American Academy in Berlin and the American Academy in Rome. She teaches at Johns Hopkins University in Film and Media Studies.
ABOUT THE LECTURE SERIES: The UNLV Visiting Artists Lecture Series features a diverse array of some of the most compelling artists and thinkers working in the art world today. This important program brings both established and emerging artists to campus to discuss their work in public lectures and to offer individual critiques to our BFA and MFA students. This program has established itself as an invaluable resource for UNLV students and the public alike. The primary mission of the Visiting Artists Lecture Series is to educate, inspire and foster a greater understanding and appreciation of contemporary art through visual presentations and discourse.
This post was written by Ed Fuentes. He is a UNLV MFA Fine Art candidate and produces Paint This Desert, a regional arts blog.