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Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 07/ 8/2010

Animator is a finalist for Post's 'Real Art D.C.' contest

By Michael Cavna


The Post's "Real Art D.C." Contest has selected its fourth finalist and -- given his style -- both Gahan Wilson and Mike Judge might approve.

The 27-year-old artist Adam Dwight (born Adam Griffiths), who works out of a Takoma Park studio, draws what the contest calls "gross-out characters." Comic Riffs could readily see his eye-catching gouaches hanging in a gallery exhibiting macabre cartoonists, and his animation style might make even "Beavis & Butt-Head's" creator say: "Kewwl!"

In his "artist statement" for "Anti-Majesty," his 3:42-long animation, Dwight writes: "I make humans who are unapologetic objects of bigotry, asking my audience to believe in their particular histories, relationships, and obsessions."

He continues: "I am attempting to break down the barrier between audience bias, storytelling and metaphor, using the vehicle of cartoons to etch the symbolism of these characters' lives into their flesh."

The animation tells a disjointed tale of a besotted, phobia-stricken husband lying prone on the floor beneath scissors that summon shades of Damocles, as a trembling wife looks on.


To view a photo gallery of Dwight's work, you can click here. And to read more about the Real Art D.C. contest, you can go here.

By Michael Cavna  | July 8, 2010; 12:40 PM ET
Categories:  General  | Tags:  Adam Dwight, Real Art D.C. Contest  
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