Evolutionary Practice: Brain Lapse

Jake Fried’s Hand-Drawn Experimental Animation Charts his Creative Progression

Materialising through his usual painting and drawing practice, artist Jake Fried’s “Hand-Drawn Experimental Animations” or “moving paintings”, are a spontaneous product of his long-time creative habits. Brain Lapse was hand-drawn with ink, white-out, coffee and collage.

Through his regular process of layering and reworking his pieces for weeks at a time, Jake realised that he ‘was more interested in the “evolution” of the image than any “final state”.

He is originally known for his paintings, but moved on to working on a series of moving paintings which have screened at places such as the Tate Modern, Sundance Film Festival, and on Adult Swim.

We delved deeper into Brain Lapse with Jake:

The Plus: Is there a story or idea you wish to communicate through your moving paintings?
Jake Fried:
My work is not truly narrative—the medium is the message—but for my latest piece, Brain Lapse, I knew I wanted to play with the idea of images being built-up, then torn away and reconfigured.

TP: Could you tell us more about the idea behind Brain Lapse?
This idea that everything is shifting around you. If there’s an underlying story in my work, it is a more archetypal journey—some sort of awakening or transformation.

TP: With so many images, shapes and symbols involved in your work, where does the inspiration come from?
I am as influenced/inspired by Ancient Egyptian tombs as Contemporary Painting. R Crumb’s hyper-detailed ink drawings are certainly an influence on my specific style—I would also add Philip Guston and James Ensor as major influences. And I have to mention William Kentridge as a predecessor to the kind of drawing/film work I’m exploring.