Adam Pesapane, shortened to PES, is an animator who creates psychedelic candy-coated worlds from everyday objects and flea market throwaways. Apart from being beautifully bizarre, PES’s short animations use materials in a way which makes you question what you had for breakfast. PES creates boiling water out of bubble wrap, tomato sauce out of red velvet and cooking oil out of kitchen foil. Some of the links between the objects seem straightforward but others require some resourcefulness. Matches are used as missiles in KaBoom because of the potential to ignite. Similarly, popcorn serves as anti-aircraft explosions because it pops. Peanuts play the part of bombs although peanut butter is commonly dropped with other bundles as humanitarian aid. Fresh Guacamole (short listed for an Oscar) slices and dices billiard balls, baseballs and grenades, all motifs of popular culture. Poker chips are broken and Monopoly houses are ground into a green paste. The dismantling of these items, the shredding of dollars and the splitting of a Rubik’s Cube, allude to the throwaway nature of our consumerist society. In Game Over, a piece of candy corn serves as a rocket thrust to a 3000 year old shark tooth. PES juxtaposes a timeless organic object with a meaningless mass produced one. PES enlivens inanimate objects and, by taking them out of context, gives them a new identity. The length of his pieces could be a reference to our culture of instant gratification although it is also a necessity. Roof sex, an animation where two chairs get lively on a rooftop, is one minute long but the stock animation took 20 days to film.

PES is currently working on a film based on the Garbage Pail kids franchise.

For more of PES’s one minute animations, visit:


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