Willy Hartland, 2016, 13 min 1 sec
*Winner Animation Short
Saturday May 6th, 6:30 PM
Sketchbook drawings come to life in this dreamy vision of New York City.
From director Willy Hartland: “In my art, most specifically my newest animation “New York City Sketchbook,” I explore the urban experience unfiltered, with all it’s beauty and it’s blemishes. Working from my sketchbooks, in a form of visual journalism, the film attempts to document the challenges that New Yorkers face with their hopes and desires as they negotiate the urban matrix of the city itself.
There are layers and layers of people and places in the film, some opaque, while others we see right through. Most of the characters in the film were sketched from life, often in public places, but sometimes they are friends or lovers observed privately during moments of intimacy. In this regard the film is personal and has as many layers of interpretation as there are layers of drawings within the film’s structural compositions.
Structurally and thematically I am fascinated with the pulse of the urban beat. As I move the viewer through the city’s vast spaces, I look for rhythmic patterns and shapes in the city’s architecture, with it’s majestic skyscrapers, bridges and endless avenues. I look for patterns of movement in the subway trains, ferries, taxis and pedestrians as they overlap and crisscross each other in an endless looping cacophony of shape and sound.
I regard my art as a hybrid of social realism and theatrical nonfiction, where I combine animation based on observation, found sound, and visual diary forms into one seamless work.
Influential artists and thinkers of mine in no particular order are: Yuri Norstein, George Grosz, John Hubley, Flannery O’Connor, David Lynch, Diane Arbus, Joseph Mitchell, Alfred Hitchcock, Saul Steinberg, Picasso, Herge, and David Hockney.”