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Monday, 6 July 2009

Rafael Sommerhalder "Flowerpots" (2008)







Two contrasting shorts from London's Royal College of Art, today's being much lighter in tone. Rafael Sommerhalder was awarded the Adobe Design Achievement Award last year for Flowerpots. I have written before that I tend to over-write. By contrast, Rafael is economy personified. Commencing with a root cracking a flowerpot his figure emerges, stands on a horizontal line, hops about inside the pot, emerges from it and then extracts various artifacts from a Tardis-like overcoat. A ladder, spade and stick with which to poke clouds are well used. When the raincloud disgorges rain that rises like Noah's flood, the little guy seems indisposed but that overcoat copes admirably. Less means more and the simply drawn, smoothly animated piece is funny and inventive. Rafael obtained his BA (Hons) Film Studies in 2000 from the University of Art and Design Lausanne, Switzerland and, is alongside Zita Burnett, the co-founder of Zurich's CRICTOR. I haven't used the word delightful for some time: delightful.

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