4 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 7 minutes
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“Artflick 001” serves a dual purpose. First and foremost, it’s about how it’s possible that art doesn’t always have to be found in paintings. Ironically, painter Brian Alfred’s work is used extensively here to show that art can be found in the designs of buildings we pass by in our daily lives, in the transportation systems that are of constant importance to get where we need to go. Artflick also shows the hustle and bustle of city life in that same regard. But maybe it also ties into the first purpose in that city life is an art form in itself, with crowds of people going here and there, in the malls, in the airports, aboard jetliners. There’s a great moment where the transportation systems and jetliners we just saw moving, become the paintings in a museum, examined by a few people.  

The paintings as well as the animation found here do reflect our day-to-day lives and not just in painting over buildings shown in photographs here. It brings an added dimension through the music it features, which seems to be light techno, if that’s a term that can be used. It’s not overbearing in the least and has the right tones for this type of work. It basically proves that life is art in itself. I see it occasionally in the shopping center near where I live, when it’s empty at night. It not only shows that retail does take a rest, but I’ve never seen the parking lot of a sushi joint that empty.

Posted on January 27, 2004 in Reviews by

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