At last Thursday’s opening reception for the Film/Animation/Video Triennial – highlighting some of the best work emanating from the department in the last three years – a cluster of RISD students look up into the saucer-like eyes of an alien creature outfitted in a white jacket and matching pants (pictured in bottom row). The human-sized prop is included in a video montage featuring otherworldly pieces students made in Creature-Creation, a Wintersession course taught by faculty member Erminio Pinque 83 IL of Big Nazo Lab.
Elsewhere at Woods-Gerry Gallery, Tess Wagman 18 FS (pictured in top row) is captivated by scenes of an angry King Kong batting away an airplane in Ligget Ln., an animated piece by Taylor Beldy 15 FAV. “This is beautiful,” she notes. “I’ve never seen an animation incorporate elements of printmaking. There’s so much detail here and great use of light.”
In a darkened room, a seated audience watches Shelf Life, the dark comedy Brett Van Egmond 13 FAV made a couple of years ago as his final degree project (video above). Some smile at a miniature set made for Saturday, a quirky stop-motion animation directed by Joanne Lin 16 FAV.
Like moths to a flame, many visitors are also drawn to Mirror, videos of young women shouting into bullhorns or sporting snake-like hair pieces. Jacqueline Lin 15 FAV projected the pieces on suspended canvas (pictured in third row). “These vignettes are really powerful,” explains Evan Grothjan 15 FAV .“You can’t help but take notice of these characters. They’re really well produced.”
Catch the triennial if you can. The show closes on Sunday, February 15.