FROST OCTAGON VIDEO
DAVID SULLIVAN: ANIMATIONS
May 21 | September 1
This two-part video installation features high-definition animations by New Orleans-based artist David Sullivan. Program 1 is comprised of four separate animations: Sunset Refinery (2008), Swamp Gas (2009), Bubble Pop (2010), and an excerpt from Fugitive Emissions (2011). Program 2, Under Pressure, is a 2012 collaboration with composer Alec Vance. The series as a whole explores the relationship between the industrial and the natural worlds, while mixing in elements of abstract and painterly animation.
In addition to his digital animations, Sullivan works in a variety of other forms, including drawing and printmaking. The vibrant colors and biomorphic elements found in Sullivan’s drawings and prints reflect his animations, creating connections between and consistency throughout the artist’s work. Pump Me Up (left) features motifs that could be interpreted as references to humans’ negative effect on the environment, including dripping oil, plumes of toxic smoke, and drops of contaminated water.
Born in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, in 1966, David Sullivan earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Louisiana State University and a Master of Fine Arts in painting and drawing from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Since 1988, Sullivan’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions around the United States and internationally.
Image: Pump Me Up, 2012, acrylic and glitter on inkjet print, 15” x 24” x 3” David Sullivan: Animations is presented courtesy of the artist.