Reception for Local Animator Joshua Mulligan at Ferndale Library, April 26


Reception for Local Animator Joshua Mulligan at Ferndale Library, April 26

FERNDALE, MI – Experimental animator and visual artist Joshua Mulligan will screen some of his kinetic creations at the Ferndale Library on Thurs., April 26, during a Reception for a new exhibition of his illustrated landscapes and character designs (on display through May 13).

A recent Kresge Arts Fellow, Mulligan has long been enchanted by craft of making art that has motion. He graduated from the College for Creative Studies in 2014 with a degree in animation and has since worked on a variety of projects, including some documentary films, illustrations for books and comics, as well as working on his own animated short films.

Much of his animation always tells a story, be it subtle or complex–the viewer engages with characters that may fit into the surreal or science-fiction realms in their manifestations, but there often winds up being something pure, simple, human, and relatable, in the emotions (and motions) depicted through graceful and frenetic visual renderings.

While he continues to produce animation and illustration design work, he has taught at several educational outlets, like Living Arts Detroit, and currently works in community outreach for CCS’ Community Arts Partnership, as a visual arts instructor.

Mulligan considers the late Canadian animator Norman McLaren to be a primary influence–specifically his work for the National Film Board of Canada–as it demonstrated an ability to create original and vibrant work that could also still be informative, educational and tell a worthwhile story.

Mulligan’s Ferndale Library art show will be on display from April 8 through May 13. A reception will be hosted at the library on Thurs., April 26 (6pm-8pm). Mulligan will be showcasing projections of some of his animated art, while attendees can view a range of his illustrations and character designs.

More about Joshua Mulligan

Via Kresge Arts in Detroit:

Joshua Mulligan is an animator who graduated from the College for Creative Studies in 2014. His animated films have screened at a variety of Michigan film festivals, and his work received Honorable Mention in Adobe’s annual design competition (2014). Since graduation, Joshua has worked as a storyboard artist for the Safe Pregnancy Foundation and created two animated short films for a feature documentary produced by AE films and Vice media entitled, “Author: The JT Leroy Story.” Josh has also animated for a children’s educational TV show called “Bug Bites” which airs on PBS in Detroit.


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