This is a copy of some work I have in my research file on the Artist PES. More updates to follow on all the work I did over Xmas holidays.
What did he make and how?
Adam Pesapane, known as ‘PES’, makes witty and cleverly thought out ways to create animated short films. Each of his twenty stop-motion shorts and over twenty commercials, made since early 2000, has it’s own quirky characteristics and peculiar taste (Roof Sex and Pee-Nut for an example).
Click image above for video Fresh Guacamole
What was the idea behind his work?
I find that PES’s work gives inanimate objects life and character. His videos also makes you realise how many items are scattered around your own living environment that can be used in creative ways. I have noticed that in a lot of his animations he re-uses particular objects for certain effects. The good use of Halloween Candies (image below) are frequently appeared to capture flames- could be seen as his signature.
These sweets are commonly seen in his works, such as: ‘Fireworks’, ‘Game Over’, ‘Western Spaghetti’ and ‘The Fireplace’ (aka Yule Log).
Halloween Candies – not jut great to eat- but useful for animation- click above for the link to one favourites ‘GAME OVER’
What can I extract from his work to help in the development of my work?
Because of my love for animated cartoons I grew up watching from a child, I tend to stereotype animation as being mainly of a drawn form, but of course it isn’t. Animation is a vast, wide ranged creative process that involves all types of mediums and materials.
PES said in an interview about the items used in his works saying:
“It’s all stuff most people are trying to throw away. There is beauty to be found in these objects” (p68 Robinson, C.)
Therefore I could use this idea for future project ideas. It could be a way of building the animation, or a story around random objects?
“PES’ INVENTIVE USE OF HOUSEHOLD OBJECTS BRINGS A NEW LEVEL OF MEANING…” Allen, A. (2013)
If I have to be negative about any of PES’s masterpieces, it would be about concept of the idea, not in any way of the animation. I find Roof Sex disturbing and odd and didn’t like the ending of it as I’m a cat lover!
How and why is he important in his field?
PES is very inspiring to any aspiring animator and his work done for advertising is broad and distinctive. He was nominated for the shortest film ever nominated for an Oscar, with good reason too as they are original and unique. Ironically, “PES doesn’t like to be called an animator as it’s too limiting.” Wilson, H. (2005)
Are there any related practitioners who are relevant?
PES’s style is different from most stop motion animators, but if I had to compare something to him it would remind me of Aardman Animation’s ‘Morph’: the use of objects ( pencils, craft tools etc). However, PES steers away from claymation figures. Another source of his inspiration are video games : “I still don’t watch TV. I play video games!” (Zahed, R. 2008)
What has been said about his work, do I agree?
Whilst researching this artist ‘Childlike- simple and fun’ were repeatedly used to describe his work. I do agree with this though the adult material he uses and the innuendoes he develops are not always for a younger audience.
When researching the full series of his work so far, I am more drawn to his recent pieces as some of his earlier work is too short- even for a short film! I prefer his commercials to his early work. I’m looking forward to The Garbage Pail Kids which will be his first collaboration for a film role and this might give him the scope needed to show off his talent.