“Morning Glory” contains a three-minute computer-generated animated film as well as twelve computer-generated paintings printed on aluminum panels, which have their origin in the animated film.
The theme of this work consists of the crises of life, identity and upheaval that cyclically beset us. The film's protagonist, the figure of a monkey, continually asks himself: “Should I look backwards – should I look forwards?” He crouches on a huge red board in a dark, infinite-seeming realm. His condition of being cast out into existence and lost in space is palpable. Surrounded by comets and a blinking moon, he yearns for love and encounters a female figure. Yet as love is unable to promise any true fulfillment, his self-doubts become inverted into fantasies of omnipotence. He imagines himself as the “president of all” and appears as an imposing drag queen dressed in red women's suit. The work derives its impact from a never-ending metamorphosis of the figures, forms and colors, which continually merge into one another and condense before dispersing again. The existential theme unfolds as a dreamlike occurrence between allegory and parable.
Text: Dominique von Burg
Title: Morning Glory
Length: 3:17 min.
Technique: computer-generated in 3D, with sound, 16:9 PAL
Edition of 5