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Stacey Steers: Phantom Canyon

by Jonah Samson
on 06 January 2009

Stacey Steers' animated film "Phantom Canyon" was created from over four thousand handmade collages incorporating the images from Eadweard Muybridge's famous series of photographs from 1887 called "Human and Animal Locomotion." In this film, which is intended to mirror how we all find meaning in our experiences, a curious woman goes on a surrealistic journey with an alluring bat-winged man.

The process used to create this beautiful and fantastic film is incredibly labor-intensive. Steers makes a hand-painted drawing or collage for each frame, which she then photographs on an old animation stand using 35mm film. Because it takes eight frames to create each second of animation, the film ends up taking years to complete.

You can see clips from this amazing film on the artist's website. The film, along with sixty of the original collages from the film, will also be on view at ClampArt in New York through this month, see details below.


Phantom Canyon
Opening reception: 15 January 2009, 6-8pm
8 January 2009-7 February 2009
521-531 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10011 map
tel. +1 646 230 0020

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