Feb 9, 2011

Lust For Life

The title of this posting is also the title of a great song from 1977 by Iggy Pop, but I felt it was an appropriate juxtaposition to the 1934 animation by Anthony Gross and Hector Hoppin by the title of La Joie de Vivre (The Joy of Life/ Zest for Life)--mainly due to the titles' similarities but also because of the embrace of youth. Anyhow, totally different time periods, completely different motivations, although both have to do with the blissful delusions found in the fantasies of the young. La Joie de Vivre is a fantastical exploration of whimsy, a dream-like, art deco, surrealist vision of the worlds of both nature and industry. Both nature and industry are separated but equally navigated by the two young women who explore the world. Within this capsule we see houses that recall early suburbs, web-like power lines, and visual abstractions of modernist architecture. As these two women run jovially through a spinning and intoxicating nature and a sterile, industrialized, urban environment near collisions are always avoided. In the end, the two women are whisked away by a man on a bicycle flying as everyone does at the end of a long hard day--through the clouds.

|| Post by: Stephanie Clark ||

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