Martha Colburn

Animating Mayhem: Collage and Painted Films by Martha Colburn

 

“Painting, collage, found footage, music and research slug it out frame-by-frame . . . The films resemble 24-frames-per-second tornados.” —Cinema Scope

Jack H. Skirball Series

 

Martha Colburn’s handcrafted animations explode with an energy, concentration and a rapid-fire torrent of ideas that push the medium to its very edges. Colburn’s past works have savagely lampooned pop culture, consumerism, and middle-class attitudes to delirious fantasies, but her most recent films bring more tragic dimensions to bear by focusing on war and icons of American history. Always startling in her use of disparate techniques and free association, Colburn creates films unlike any other, and the screening spans 16 years of filmmaking with 16 films, including Dolls vs. Dictators (2010), Join the Freedom Force (2009), Myth Labs (2008), Triumph of the Wild (2008), Skelehellavision (2001), Spiders In Love: An Arachnogasmic Musical (2000), and Evil of Dracula (1997), among others. Her work has been shown at the Centre Pompidou, The Kitchen, the Whitney Museum, PS 1, MoMA, and numerous major international film festivals.

In person: Martha Colburn

Advanced Curators' Notes

Curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud.

Funded in part with generous support from Wendy Keys and Donald Pels.

Associated Images: 

Date/TimeGSTCA
MON 2/14
8:30 pm
$9$7$5

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff