Ponce City Market presents “45 Seconds or Less,” a one-night video exhibition showcasing the work of five local filmmakers, on Thursday, June 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. Open to all, the evening will feature animated and stop motion shorts across various mediums by artists Aurorah Yarberry, Aubrey Longley-Cook, Rachel Ibarra, Tom Haney and Christopher William Boyle. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy the inventive films and mingle with the artists at this intimate event.
Versed in many art forms, the exhibition’s colorful filmmakers specialize in animation, time lapse, mechanical art, paper mâché and embroidery. Each filmmaker will share one short film along with the inspirations behind them.
Atlanta native Aurorah Yarberry will present “Par Avion in Rouge,” a short film that portrays the abstract expression of two Air Mail envelopes in love. Set to lively music also written by Yarberry, the 45-second video uses abstract lines and arrows as well as a pinkish-red color scheme to further accentuate the frantic yet soothing emotion of love. Yarberry owns her own production company, Spoken Word Pictures, which specializes in art, design and animation.
Aubrey Longley-Cook’s film, “Runaway,” combines embroidery and animation in a 14-frame film that documents the journey of a stray dog, Gus, who is rescued by the artist’s friend and nursed back to health. The looping animations serve as living portraits that depict Gus’ two-part story, his life after being rescued and the chaos of his unknown past as a stray. The set of embroidered frames used in the film and the movie files will be available for purchase at the event. A recipient of the 2014 Emerging Artist Award in media arts from Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Longley-Cook is currently a WonderRoot Walthall Artist Fellow.
An avid paper mâché artist, Rachel Ibarra will play a time lapse video featuring original paper mâché house plants. She draws inspiration for all of her films from honesty, color and rock & roll. Originally from Florida, Rachel holds a bachelor of fine arts degree and began her career as a successful still-life painter.
Tom Haney aims to breathe new life into obsolete objects through his work and will showcase this passion with a video that combines woodcarving and automata, a moving mechanical device that imitates a human being. Transfixed by this dynamic combination, Haney creates modern offshoots of the Old World art form that is automata. He studied industrial design before becoming a full-time artist in 2000.
Motion designer and artist Christopher William Boyle will share his latest video project that blends experimentation with structured design principles. A graduate of Savannah College of Art & Design with a bachelor of fine arts degree in motion media design, Boyle’s work takes a stylistic approach to balancing abstraction of form and color in both film and animation.
The exhibition will be held at the Ponce Gallery located at 650 North Avenue NE, adjacent to Dancing Goats Coffee Bar. For more information about Ponce City Market, please visit www.poncecitymarket.com.