With Viewmaster, George Griffin has created a new digital context for his classic animation that riffed on Eadweard Muybridge’s nineteenth-century motion studies. In Griffin’s conceptually concise work, eight characters including a naked man, a naked woman, an anthropomorphic blob, and a stick-figure restaurant waiter are rendered in discrete drawings. The characters appear to continuously run in place and simultaneously chase after one another. The digital mutoscope ironically presents a computer animation in a nineteenth-century format.
George Griffin was born in 1943 in Atlanta, Georgia. He studied political science as an undergraduate at Dartmouth where he created a cartoon strip for a university literary magazine. In 1968, Griffin began to pursue a full time career in animation. Studying the works of filmmakers Stan Brakhage and Robert Breer as his guiding influences, he developed experimental animation techniques that placed him at the forefront of the 1970s avant-garde movement. Griffin’s irreverent and self-referential animations feature series of vignettes that combine drawing, film, and photography. Griffin’s work has been shown at museums such as the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and The Museum of Modern Art. His films have also been shown at international film festivals such as the Tribeca Film Festival, New York; the Cannes Film Festival; and the Strasbourg International Film Festival. Griffin lives and works in New York.