Experimental animation director Max Hattler has just completed two strangely enticing animation loops inspired by paintings by French “outsider artist” Augustin Lesage (see artwork below).

Hattler, whose recent work includes distinctive tour graphics for Basement Jaxx and an intricate and eye-catching stop-frame animation called Aanaatt, directed the films, which were made by a team of student animators and cg artists at The Animation Workshop – Centre for Animation in Viborg, Denmark.

The hypnotic, mesmerising loops are both heavily influenced by Lesage’s A Symbolic Composition of the Spiritual World paintings, from 1923-25. They are being showcased at the Lumen Eclipse “public media art gallery” in Cambridge, Massachusetts in a Hattler solo show that runs from 1 April to 30 June.



1923 aka Heaven (by Max Hattler) from Max Hattler on Vimeo.

1925 aka Hell (by Max Hattler) from Max Hattler on Vimeo.

Staff Reporter

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