Calgary, 2009, 0:50, Dir: Jason Mosher
How will the world end? On a dark and stormy night, a blustery wind ruffles the rooftop shingles, the satellite dish banks and swirls like a wayward spinnaker and a white picket fence writhes and curls as if it were the spine of some living skeleton. Meanwhile, all’s warm and snug inside and everything presumably feels fine. Jason Mosher’s contention that we might never know what hit us – maybe because we’re held rapt by visions of our demise disguised in the form of entertainment – is ironic, droll and fetchingly executed in a cutout, pop-up approach to stop motion animation that makes the apocalypse seem as quaint a blip as our existence in spacetime. A collaborative creation made as part of Quickdraw Animation Society’s Animation Lockdown, Would you believe it’s the end of the world, Kenneth? was designed, built and shot over the course of three days.
Jason Mosher is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Calgary. His art explores the inherent potential of materials, objects and space that can be manifested using sculpture, video, drawing and photography and that deal with the conceptual and extraordinary. He received his B.F.A. from the University of Lethbridge in 2005 and, the same year, was the Alberta winner of the BMO Financial Group’s First Art Competition. His work has been seen as part of group exhibitions that include stART: emerging artists from across Canada at Studio 21 in Halifax (2006), Paper Fitting at the Trianon Gallery in Lethbridge (2008) and the Gushul Studio and Collaboration Project Residency in 2008. Growing up on the prairies, Mosher appreciates the significance of feeling insignificant.