Paint Unpaint


A film by Kota Ezawa
Commissioned by Animate Projects and PEER. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England


Paint Unpaint recreates portions of Hans Namuth’s film Jackson Pollock 51, which shows the painter painting on a pane of glass installed between Pollock and the camera lens, as an animation. Namuth’s and Pollock’s collaboration could already be seen as a form of animation where Pollock’s well-known drip paintings became alive and resulted in a moving image. By redrawing the film using today’s technology Paint Unpaint updates this 1950s experiment and integrates the painter and painting into a new moving painting.

At PEER, Kota Ezawa has drawn our attention to the specificity of the windows as a barrier between the inner and outer space of the gallery and the street.