WoodSwimmer, A Stop-Motion by Brett FoxwellJune 17, 2017
Created in collaboration with musicians and animators, the work follows a rough piece of wood through a milling machine, capturing its unique growth rings, knots, and weather points through a series of transverse photographic scans.
Due to the speed at which the images are animated, the grains of the trunk begin to flow like granules of sand, mixing, and flowing in a vibrant dance that feels completely separate from its rigid material.
Fascinated by the shapes and textures found in both freshly cut pieces of wood and long-dead pieces of wood, I imagined a world composed entirely of these shapes - Foxwell told the Colossal. – When I started to get involved with the material, I conceived a method using a milling machine and an animation camera to photographically digitize a sample of wood and capture its entire structure. Although it was a difficult and tedious technique to perfect, it produced stunning images that were both abstract and very real. Between the twisted growth rings, spinning rays, knot holes, termites and rot, I found that there is a lot going on inside the wood.
Attention: seeing this full screen in HD with sound makes all the difference. You can see more of Foxwell's works, such as his 19-minute film, on his Vimeo.
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