Pooh Kaye, the acclaimed stop-motion animator and artist presents and exhibition and performance “Impossible Events in Magic Boxes” at Green Kill. The opening reception is on Saturday, September 1 from 5-7 Pm. The exhibition will be on view from Saturday September 1 until Saturday, September 29, Tuesday- Saturday, 3 to 9 PM.
About Pooh Kaye and the September Exhibition
Impossible Events in Magic Boxes: The stop motion dance projects of Pooh Kaye
“The intertwining of art and illusions with so-called reality is explored with exuberance, at times with near-manic gaiety; there are many touches of dulcet regret..”
—Tobi Tobias, New York Magazine 1992
Choreographer, performer, animator and artist, Pooh Kaye and artistic director of Eccentric Motion seeks to create unusual and impossible opportunities for the human body both in live dance and inside the camera since 1975. Animated paint, menacing landscapes, ambulatory objects and dancers collide and collude on the streets of New York, in royal-palaces and homes all the while confined to the two dimensional space of the camera. Multi-discipline artist Pooh Kaye, the performers of Eccentric Motions Dance, friends, students and artistic collaborators, John Kilgore, Cedric Klapisch, Jon Imber, Michael Suchorsky, Hassig Design, Naomi Ribner Jana Haimsohn, Michelle French, David Moss, and Elisabeth Wingate explore the possibilities of stop-motion animation created within, and exclusively, for the camera in productions combining dancers and environments.
“In The Painted Princess, Kaye adds paint to her hyperactive cast- animating swirls and strokes of gorgeous gut-grabbing color with wit and style… “
—Ellen Cohn, The Village Voice, August 28, 1994
The Painted Princess (1990-1993) a stop-motion project which combines: An Oscar Wilde short story, The Birthday of the Infanta with events that occurred during filming of the The Painted Princess; the failure of the16mlle film to advance correctly through the camera’s gate becomes the inspiration for a crying Princess; a cubist dog and a stylized Lady in Waiting depicted in Picasso’s homage to “Las Meninas” by Diego Velasquez are the inspiration for the dog and court in The Painted Princess; and the story by Oscar Wilde, The Birthday of the Infanta also inspired by Diego Velasquez’s painting “Las Meninas” is an allegory for Mr. Wilde’s tragic passion for a young nobleman, will be de-constructed.
Also on exhibit are the Wild-Girl Films, made in the mid 1970’s, Pooh Kaye who is both the camera person and the performer uses her body to explore the landscape of New York City loft spaces. The Wild-Girl films are accompanied by a 1976 studio photo session of Ms. Kaye shot by Marcia Resnick.
“The five films, with their exploration of the body in motion and in space, attest to the convergence of experimental dance and cinema in New York at the time (1975-1980), and offer an intimate record of a moment whose art historical import is still being unpacked…
—Dana Kopel, Art in America, Sept.2017