Getting animated about wallpaper
NEW YORK – Oxygen Media is the last place in New York that you can expect to see the 19th century landscape wallpaper. The company, founded in 1998 by, among others, Oprah Winfrey’s websites and the woman he made famous Nickelodeon, Geraldine Laybourne, which operates a cable television network and women operate on five floors decidedly contemporary in the market Chelsea market on the ninth avenue.
Inside, walls covered with a variety of lean industrial materials are equipped with television monitors constantly connected to the oxygen network. Deposited on the third floor, the entertainment unit, which produces telenovelas cartoons for oxygen websites and fun promotions to its network, was flooded with curiosity on an old wallpaper recently.
At least their computer screens were: half a dozen workers have erased since the beginning of this year to complete a three-minute digital film could be described as background story curiosity for viewers with little patience for stable and static images.
The animated micro-documentary welcomes visitors entering into “rooms with a view,” a new exhibition exploring the history of wallpaper and links to landscape painting at the Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design, Smithsonian Institution. The show continues until October 14.
The hairdresser responsible for this unlikely marriage of technology and craftsmanship is Kit Laybourne, 58, who is not only the husband of Geraldine Laybourne and director of oxygen animation projects, but also an evangelist wallpaper.
“As a facilitator, I’m very interested in flat stories and flat surfaces, as well as repeating models,” said Laybourne. “So, the wallpaper is something I can not help seeing. Every time I see the wallpaper, I always try to understand what the models are: Where is the Branch? Is it a subtle connection or not?”
His animated film “moving wallpaper” can give “rooms with views”, and by extension, the world of background image, a much needed energy shake. As white interior pieces have returned more and more in the last decade, wallpaper manufacturers have seen their sales as worn tulips. The world’s largest producer of wallpaper, Imperial Home Decor Group based in Cleveland, filed against bankruptcy in the January 11, 2000 chapter, with a disappointing sales figure.
Oxygen The film will also be transmitted in the oxygen network.
Background of depth
Basically wallpaper can suffer from fropieuse reputation, but for most of its history, it has closely followed art trends. At the beginning of the 20th century, abstraction took a few years to migrate from painting to wallpaper. Henri Matisse, Joan Miro and Alexander Calder were some of the artists commissioned in the late 1940s by a New York manufacturer, Katzenbach and Warren, to create embellishments on screenwall wallpaper walls.
Joanne Kosuda-Warner, who chairs the museum’s 10,000-object wallpaper collection – the largest in the United States. – is accustomed to seeing bright eyes when talking about the details of wallpaper design: the thickness of trees and wide areas of the sky, for example, is used along the edges to make a document easy to fill and adapt without interrupting The flow of a field view.
She was pleasantly surprised last fall when Laybourne, during a tour she regularly performs in the collection, stepped forward to announce her fascination with these details.
“This is not something that happens to me every day,” he said.
Laybourne, meanwhile, sees nothing unusual in a cartoon animator who falls in love with an 18th century trade. “I love the wallpaper as it seems to be a very commercial applied art,” he said. “For me, it’s attractive as a good hybrid, a remedy that people do not take seriously.”