20.05 — 18.06/2017
Smarter than the average bear. Yogi Bear
Sophie Anson

Smarter than the average bear. Yogi Bear

Sophie Anson (1987, lives and works in Antwerp) mostly makes installations and drawings (though very often with painting in the back of her mind). Since 2012 she also collaborates with Veronik Willems in the artist duo V&S. In her own work as well as within the collaboration, Anson is attracted by the failure each image represents – a failure that very often tells more unwillingly than what the image wants to say deliberately. The artist mainly finds inspiration in the (popular) visual culture that surrounds us from day to day and has become almost invisible: painting, YouTube videos, Disney, Charlie Chaplin, gangsta rappers, Michael Jackson and Batman Imitators, Timothy Treadwell, Nello & Patrache, emoji’s, Ian Smith, George Grosz, Annelies from work, Geppetto, things that fall etc. etc.

In The Mothership, Anson will present a series of drawings loosely based on the famous cartoon character Yogi Bear, who started as a supporting character and eventually got his own show. Yogi Bear likes to call himself “smarter than the average bear”, a cute and catchy but rather questionable act of self-promotion. The starting point is a specific formal feature that stems from a need for fast animation: a collar and a tie separate Yogi Bear’s head and body, making it easy to only animate the talking head for some scenes or the running body for others. The series will be part of a larger series of ‘cadavre exquis’-like collaborations, for which Anson will draw a body and ask another artist to do the head, with the collar and tie as a recurring visual principle. For this exhibition, that other artist will be V&S, the duo Anson herself is part of.