2022 Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge Day 11: Eyewash (1959)

11. GOLDEN OLDIES: Post-war/50’s movies, from the schlock to the awes.

Robert Breer, who created this, said “In all my work I tried to amaze myself with something, and the only way you can amaze yourself is to create a situation in which an accident can happen.” His father, Carl, was an automotive engineer who designed the Chrysler Airflow and also created a 3-D camera that he used to take photos on vacations. Breer went to Stanford, hoping to follow his father as an engineer, when he discovered Mondrian and became an artist. Moving to Paris in 1949 and staying for a decade, he returned to America to work within pop art and teach film at Cooper Union.

Eyewash is a combination of geometric shapes and photography, all hand colored by the artist. It moves way faster than you can imagine, seeing as this came sixy years ago, and is over before you know it. It’s a study in movement and color that you may want to watch more than once. I know that I did.

You can watch this on YouTube.

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