In Bang!, Robert Breer deftly combines drawing, painting, found photographs, and found film footage to create a montage of rapidly changing images. A rotoscoped drawing of a baseball player at bat morphs into film footage of the same subject, creating linkages through line and form. Bang!’s soundtrack provides a compelling counterpoint to its imagery. Sometimes the sound is synchronized with the visual action, at other times it is deliberately at odds with it, as when the sound of roosters crowing accompanies the image of roaring crowds.
Avant-garde multimedia artist Robert Breer was born in 1926 in Detroit, Michigan. Breer studied painting at Stanford University and after moving to Paris in 1949, he began to explore hand-drawn animation. Using stop-motion techniques and 4 x 6 index cards as his signature medium, Breer pioneered the revived interest in experimental animation and attracted international acclaim. His work, which incorporates both geometric abstractions and mundane images from daily life, explores color, form, rhythm, and motion with sharp wit and humor. Breer’s career includes solo exhibitions at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée d’art moderne national in Paris; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. His work was included in the 2004/2005 Carnegie International, Pittsburgh. Breer lives and works in Tucson, Arizona.