Whitehouse Gets Abstract

Back in 1992, I was lucky enough to enroll in a class taught by the late Stan Brakhage, who was a professor in Boulder, Colorado at the University of Colorado. He often spoke far over my head, but what I did understand inspired me. He spoke about ‘visual music’ and ‘the mind’s eye,’ two metaphors for animation that stick with me to this day.

He’s also influenced Steve Whitehouse, an animator who was recently profiled here at CHF. In fact, his latest piece, ‘Abstract,’ is a tribute to Brakhage (as is the character ‘Stan’ in ‘South Park’), amongst others. Throughout his prolific career, Whitehouse has made what could be called ‘approachable art films,’ including ‘Da Vinci Blues‘ and ‘Gallery.’ Not only is Whitehouse a pioneer of the medium, animating one of the first internet Flash series, ‘Mr. Man,’ but he helped elevate it to an art form.

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