Eclipse Tower I – Video Exhibition Opens

Film with Web Crowell and Stacey Levine

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
11:00am – 5:00 pm

On view November 17–December 13, 2015

Our animated piece reflects on humans vis-a-vis built environments, and how the civic arrangement affects us all. Our animated, absurdist tale emphasizes civically-related power (im)balances. Touching on urban isolation, hope, and transience, we respond to the drastic, sometimes thoughtless changes that have come to our city.
–Web Crowell and Stacey Levine

About the artists

Webster Crowell (Seattle) is a veteran filmmaker working primarily in stop-motion animation. Largely self-taught, Web constructs highly tactile worlds full of idealized characters and romantic detritus in a frenetic mix of styles and speeds. Since his first short in 1997 Web has worked primarily on a number of intensive personal films, including Borrowing Time, a sprawling feature film, and Parasol, a short film drawn across the surface of a few thousand paper parasols. His commissioned work includes collaborations with the Grand Illusion cinema, Northwest Film Forum, Dina Martina, Annex Theatre, West of Lenin and more. Screening around the world, he has received multiple grants and awards, including best design (Animation street party NY) Best Director/Effects (B movie fest) and the first ever Stranger Genius award for film. He has also been featured in CityArts Magazine.

Stacey Levine is the author of four books of fiction: The Girl with Brown Fur: Tales & Stories, Frances Johnson, Dra---, and My Horse and Other Stories. A Pushcart Prize nominee, Washington State Book Award Finalist, and recipient of a PEN/West (now PEN/Center USA) Fiction Award, her fiction has appeared in Fence, Tin House, The Fairy Tale Review, The Washington (D.C.) Review, The Iowa Review, Yeti, and others. Her books were reviewed by The Boston Review, Time Out NY, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Believer, Bookforum, and other publications. She has contributed reviews and articles to The Seattle Times, The Stranger, and the Chicago Reader. Her opera libretto and one-act plays were performed in Seattle, and her short fiction has been translated into Japanese and Danish.

Web Crowell and Stacey Levine. Still from Eclipse Tower I, 2015. Single-channel stop-motion animation. Courtesy of the artists.