New York

Suzan Pitt

Whitney Museum And Holly Solomon Gallery

“I want the audience to always know the illusions are being made by successive drawings through time—that I’m not trying to make an illusion they can ‘believe’ in,” says Suzan Pitt on the making of Asparagus. Animated film is not often reviewed in an art context, which is a shame; animation at its best is a highly personal and classical art encompassing all the elements of formal painting and sculpture with the extra added attraction of time thrown in. Pitt’s statement captures the essence of the art itself, its play with illusion and magic, creating things in the reality of real time, composed of a breakdown of numerous units of time.

The thousands of still drawings that go into minutes of animated film are an alchemist’s tool, a translation of the very static into something totally alive and moving. The animator creates reality as he or she sees it and it becomes real to the viewer,

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