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Lightbulb moments

March 17 - August 19, 2018

MOCA celebrates creativity within the visual arts and beyond with our animation exhibition entitled, Lightbulb Moments. In our society, everything moves forward with innovation: culture, communication, technology, and travel. But we cannot innovate without creativity and imagination. Making new connections and ideas moves us forward both in our communities and as a species. In the past few years, there have been growing concerns regarding the American Educational system and its ability to foster creativity in children.

While there are no easy answers, we can explore the questions together with the artists of this animated exhibition. Animation provides a broad space for these artists to explore their vision. These animated shorts prove that there are no boundaries for the creative impulse and will hopefully inspire us in our own desire to explore, invent, and make.  MOCA applauds these artists as they celebrate creativity, art-making and independent thought with these dynamic, engaging yet very different animations.


Fulfilament by Rhiannon Evans

Create by Dan MacKenzie

I’m Scared by Greg “Craola” Simkins

How to Eat Your Apple by Erick Oh   

How to Paint Your Rainbow by Erick Oh 

Dripped by Leo Verrier

Ed by Taha Neyestani  

Rhiannon Evans is an award winning film-maker from South Wales. She studied animation at the University of Wales Newport and chose to specialise in stop motion for her graduation film ‘Heartstrings’. After a few years of freelance work in commercials she began a postgraduate degree in Directing Animation at The National Film & Television School where she was chosen as a recipient of the prestigious BAFTA scholarship and created ‘Fulfilament’. Rhiannon specialises in heart-felt characters and hand made techniques to tell allegorical stories that entertain and uplift audiences.

Dan MacKenzie is a director and Annie-nominated animator, currently based in Los Angeles.  Beyond his personal work, he has directed for Cartoon Network and Disney Consumer Products.  His animation work can be seen in such films as Anomalisa, KUBO, and The Boxtrolls, along with the Emmy-award winning show Tumble Leaf on Amazon.

Greg "Craola" Simkins was born in 1975 in Torrance, California, just south of Los Angeles. He began drawing at an early age, which eventually led to doing graffiti at the age of 18. Simkins received his Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art from California State University of Long Beach in 1999. He was an illustrator for various clothing companies and later worked art for video games. These include Tony Hawk @X, Spiderman 2 and Ultimate Spiderman. In 2005, Simkins pursued his desire to paint as a full time artist. Since then, he has been featured in numerous group and has solo exhibitions. He applies his art to a wide variety of industries from clothing to video games.  In 2009, Simkins developed “IMSCARED”, his own brand of clothing, merchandise and accessories. The goal is  to further expand his art into more everyday mediums that can be worn and enjoyed by his diverse fan base. Simkins was also featured in MOCA's 2016 exhibition Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose. 

Erick Oh is a Korean filmmaker / animator based in California, USA.  His independent films have been introduced and awarded at numerous international film festivals including Student Academy Awards, Annie Awards, Annecy Animation Festival, Hiroshima Animation Festival, Zagreb Film Festival, SIGGRAPH, Anima Mundi and more.  After receiving his BFA from Fine Art Department at Seoul National University and his MFA from UCLA’s film program, Erick worked at Pixar Animation Studios from 2010 to 2016 as an animator to participate in Oscar winning films like 'Inside Out' and 'Finding Dory'.  Erick recently joined Tonko House, founded by Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo, also former Pixar artists and directed 'PIG : The Dam Keeper Poems' which was nominated at Annie Awards 2018 for the Best Special Animation.

Leo Verrier is a French multi-awarded animated film director. He grew up in Paris and studied in the ESAG/Penninghen. His first short film "Dripped" about Jackson Pollock & Artistic process was very successful in festivals and was Oscar finalist in 2013. Leo Verrier enjoys mixing materials, medium and graphic styles to create unusual universes. 

Taha Neyestani was born in Tehran and discovered his interest in art and animation after taking a general multimedia course in Malaysia. Upon immigrating to Canada with his family in 2010, he enrolled in Sheridan College's animation program. Neyestani made Ed while a student there. It won the 2016 Annie Award for Best Student Film. Since his graduation in 2015, he has worked as a storyboard artist. Currently with The SPA Studios, he is a story artist on the much anticipated 2D feature film, Klaus, directed by Sergio Pablos.

Films loop daily in MOCA's Price Auditorium and are free with admission to the museum. 

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