To coincide with the opening of the exhibition The Painting of Modern Life, which explores how artists have used photographic source material to chronicle recent history, The Hayward presents two recent digital animations by Kota Ezawa that draw on iconic film footage and found photographs.
Ezawa creates animations of popular television, film and photographic images that are reminiscent of both paintings and cartoons. In a painstaking process, he re-creates the images by hand, using computer drawing software, producing stylized animations where only the essential shapes and colours remain.
Two Stolen Honeymoons Are Better Than One (2007) takes its source from the infamous Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee home sex tape. Ezawa adapts the original source, which features the couple's wedding ceremony and honeymoon. By removing the sexual content the finished film becomes a humorous animation exploring the more mundane aspects of celebrity life in California.
Home Video (2001) reflects on life in suburbia, seen through a day in the life of a house originally featured in a property advertisement brochure. By creating a moving image work from a static single image, Ezawa explores the influence of photography on film and vice versa.
This event is related to The Painting of Modern Life