Martha Colburn's Collage Animation

Martha Colburn's labor-intensive, low-tech collages draw on a vast array of popular and underground culture. With daunting obsessiveness, she cuts out images, paints footage by hand, and mixes in her own flat puppets and drawings with a dash of punk rock poetry by friends. While the fast pace and edginess of her work is immediately apparent, there are also many moments of beauty and pure pleasure. Colburn combines politics and play with inventiveness and perversity. Jonas Mekas characterized her work: “The uniqueness of Martha Colburn, to me, is the explosive energy and craft with which she brings up-to-date, and pushes further, the film form of found-image-collage established by Stan Vanderbeek and Dick Preston in the sixties. She has invented her own techniques and language that permits her to fuse the grotesque images of our popular civilization as produced by our image industries, to make film songs of (the) universal sadness of our times. Bordering on the outrageous, (with) crackling frame energy, Martha Colburn films are naked testimonials of our times, and of her generation.”

Anti-Fracking 2011, 1:30 mins, Color, Digital video, From the artist.

Cats Amore 2002, 2:30 mins, Color, 16mm, From the artist.

Big Bug Attack 2002, 3:30 mins, Color, 16mm, From the artist.

Lift Off 1998, 2 mins, Color, 16mm, From the artist.

Asthma 1995, 2:30 mins, Color, 16mm, From the artist.

Evil of Dracula 1997, 2:30 mins, Color, 16mm, From the artist.

There's a Pervert in Our Pool! 1998, 3 mins, Color, 16mm, From the artist.

I Can't Keep Up1997, 3:30 mins, Color, 16mm, From the artist.

XXX Amsterdam 2004, 3:30 mins, Color, Digital video, From the artist.

Celebrate Brooklyn 2005, 1 min, Color, Digital video, From the artist.

Don't Kill the Weatherman! 2007, 5 mins, Color, Digital video, From the artist.

Myth Labs 2008, 7:30 mins, Color, Digital video, From the artist.

Cosmetic Emergency 2005, 8 mins, Color, 35mm, From the artist.

Triumph of the Wild 2008, 10 mins, Color, 35mm, From the artist.

Electric Literature 2009, 2:30 mins, Color, Digital video, From the artist.

Join the Freedom Force 2009, 4 mins, Color, Digital video, From the artist.

Dolls vs. Dictators 2010, 11 mins, Color, Digital video, From the artist.

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