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Satellite Gallery runs an internship program that often enlist students from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (ECU). Their enthusiasm and interest in taking on different roles in the field of art not only amaze us but also bring a source of energy that stimulates the gallery. Jane So-Jin Kim and Emile Rubino are two of our current interns who have adopted the multidisciplinary approach to art. The followings are their reviews of each other’s work as artist and curator at ECU.
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Symbolism and Animation—Fantasia: the Sorcerer’s Apprentice (1940)

by Jane Sojin Kim

Animation as an art form is quite mind-blowing in terms of how it influences our collective unconscious. I believe that there is a deep symbolic root in animation: each movement and speech sound in animation is the (un)conscious reflection of the artist who has been interwoven within it whether s/he realizes or not. Out of repetitive inanimate lines, a visceral movement is achieved at the end. The nature of animation itself is an illusion full of magic.

I was one of those kids obsessed with Walt Disney’s animations. I can still vividly remember every visual moment and dialogue in each and every Disney film. Recently, I had a chance to watch Disney’s Fantasia: Sorcerer’s Apprentice (1940) for the first time in twenty years. As I watched it I realized that the film reveals symbolic representations of the United States in the 1940s. I want to share some of the hidden messages that I wasn’t conscious of when I watched Fantasia as a kid.

In “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” segment of Fantasia, Mickey Mouse ventures through a surrealist dream. Abstract symbols like brooms, water, and Mickey’s outfit seem to represent one familiar landscape—women’s roles in 1940s America. Mickey wears a red gown and a blue hat with stars which seem to signify the American flag (as shown in Figure 1).

Fantasia: the Sorcerer’s Apprentice Figure 1: Mickey Mouse’s outfit resembles the U.S. flag. Fantasia (1940).

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Is This A Book?

by Jane Sojin Kim

Show/Tell Popup Store at Satellite Gallery

Don’t bluntly call it a “compilation of books” when standing in front of the zines present at the Show/Tell Pop-up Shop at Satellite Gallery, for this is more than a series of “texts-on-paper.”  Imagine it to be a graffiti art form, a mural or even a performance piece, guiding the passersby (readers) into a surreal space of creativity. Each zine evokes a sense of ambiguity and wonder that transcends the pre-conceived definition of a book. Drawings (preciously done by artists) in the zines act as exuberant texts running through page after page without a pause, but such flow is worth repeated contemplating. For your trip to Satellite, please bring a sense of wonder and imagination to encounter the zines!

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