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My back pagesAt a time when film/video is as commonplace in contemporary art as painting and sculpture, it is interesting to see an artist combining the three. Each ‘paper film’ by Juan Fontanive is comprised of hundreds of individual images held together in the style of a Rolodex - quickly revolving to create the effect of flick-book animation.
The films are made up of original footage (broken down to single frames), or gouache drawings held together and rotated using a timing mechanism such as the inside of an oven clock. These delicate structures, low lighting and the sound of pages flipping add to the charm of the installation, but do nothing for the content of the films. Nostalgia is made up of single frames of blurred footage and doesn’t lead anywhere other than following people walking. Hoverings shows hand painted birds flying, while Catfish presents fish moving across the ‘screen’. Sadly, the drawings don’t match the beauty of the presentation.
Gemma De Cruz
Juan Fontanive's Paper Films is at Riflemaker, London until 31 January 06
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