Martin Arnold - Gross Anatomies
Author: Kirsty Bell &James Leo Cahill
Publisher: Verlag für Moderne Kunst
Release Date: 26th May 2015
Features: Hardback, Numerous full-colour illustrations, 96 pages.
Martin Arnold’s latest publication is the first comprehensive monograph to document his artistic development, focusing on the cartoon films created in recent years. It presents both the formal characteristics of his works and their discursive positioning as far as issues such as cel animation, repetition, and disappearance are concerned. It also deals with the question of how to present filmic works in a book. Martin Arnold has created an entirely new image sequence specifically for this medium and publication.
Animated film and iconic American cartoons form the jumping-off point for Martin Arnold's latest body of work. While his early films used found footage from Hollywood movies from the 1930s to the 1950s, his more recent work is based on images from Disney cartoons, so familiar to us from pop culture and enshrined in our collective memories. Taking short animated sequences Arnold reworks the visuals in a process of fragmentation, deconstruction, and repetition. These iconic family-friendly characters become fragmented figures, whose anatomy is no longer recognisable as such. Twitching hands, lapping toungues, blinking eyes and gaping mouths all move disembodied and ghost-like against a black background. Arnold's treatment transforms these harmless motifs into disturbingly eerie scenes.