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2008 Kota Ezawa Born: Cologne, Germany 1969 digital animation, color, silent; 04:00 minutes Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase made possible through Deaccession Funds © 2008, Kota Ezawa 2010.23 Not currently on view

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Kota Ezawa samples imagery from a broad range of sources, including news media, popular cinema, and the history of art, which he then distills into flattened landscapes of pure form. LYAM 3D refigures Alain Resnais's French New Wave film, L'Année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad), released in 1961. Here, the animated actors are divorced from texture and the camera's presence is replaced by Ezawa's hand, rendering only the essential shapes. Resnais's cinematic masterpiece is stripped clean of any romance or narrative arc, but Ezawa adds the American "oomph of 3D," updating it for a contemporary audience.

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