Contemporary Chinese artist Sun Xun uses woodblock printing, a centuries-old technique, to reimagine and transform the 21st century medium of digital animated film. In Time Spy (2016), Sun Xun has created a three-dimensional cinematic world that roams freely across time and cultures, following an enigmatic and visually driven narrative that draws its influences from both Eastern and Western traditions of art, history, myth, and imagination.
To produce Time Spy, the artist and his team carved more than 10,000 woodblocks, then inked and digitally scanned them to create the animation cells. A selection of the woodblocks that were used to create the film will be on view in the exhibition. For more information, please visit slam.org/sunxun.