Decoration (2011) by BEN WHEELE
voice: ROBERT ASHBY, music: JANE CHAPMAN, CHARLES MAULEVERER, J.P RAMEAU
sound: GIULA SCARANTINO, MIKE WYELD
assistant colourist: ADA POLCYN
production: Royal College of Art, 2011 ©
I mentioned BEN WHEELE before, and I am bound to be mentioning him again since I like his work so much. In the hands of British artist BEN WHEELE, animation becomes a medium for transgressive and nightmarish fairy tales. His practice is an attempt to find dramatic narrative in unusual netherworlds, where logic has somehow receded but where dark humour and emotions are involved.
Decoration (2011) tells the story of a vase that lives inside a girl also inhabited by a small theatre. The vase repeatedly depicts a childhood memory of her dead pet hamster, using her living tissue. Both pleasing and repulsive, the artist displays the absurdity and uncontrollability of daily life. He shows a society degenerated to grotesqueness but confronts it with wit and fantasy. Welcome in BEN WHEELE’s cosmology!