St. Louis Art Museum Presents Martha Colburn: Triumph of the Wild

The St. Louis Art Museum presents Martha Colburn: Triumph of the Wild as part of it’s New Media Series. On view through September 5, 2011.

Martha Colburn, American, born 1972; Triumph of the Wild (Part I + Part II), 2008–9; 16 mm film transferred to DVD; duration: 10 min. 20 sec.; Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai 2011.64; © Martha Colburn

Artist and filmmaker Martha Colburn depicts a frenetic, whirlwind narrative of an epic topic—the history of American war from Bunker Hill to Baghdad—collapsed into a 10-minute animated film in the Museum’s latest New Media Series installation, Triumph of the Wild (2008–9). Deploying hand-colored animation, collage, found imagery, and a novel use of jigsaw puzzles, Colburn offers a visually accessible film that is also brutally honest about the consequences of war.

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