Evolution of Agent Yu
The Evolution of Agent Yu is an unconventional animation that examines an artist's relationship to corporate sponsorship and commerce. Deborah F Lawrence and Rachel Siegel have been collaborating on the satirical frame-by-frame stop-motion video since 2012. The artists completed a significant part of the project during their propitious residence at Willapa Bay AiR in July 2015. The project has been screened as a work-in-progress for Take Three at Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, Sept 15, 2016 and Portland Women in Art Lecture Series Symposium at Portland State University on May 26, 2017. The piece has a final conclusion and the full plot of Agent Yu's entanglement with the PAPART Corporation comes to light August 2019. Yu's debut this summer at CoCA is part of the exhibition "Girlfriends of the Guerrilla Girls." See the exhibition in Seattle, Washington, it runs through Sept 21st, 2019.
View teaser on Vimeo
This project deserves many special thanks to the people who have supported us, provided music, feedback, technical advice, love and inspiration:
Cyndy Hayward of Willapa Artist Residency
Sound loops by Stephanie Gilliland, songs from A Nice Day in October by The Murkies, and Way Out West, a composition by Tom Nixon with Philip Thomas on piano.
Ruth Hayes animation advice and Janet Galore of Take Three, Richard Armstrong and Mike Derry.
The Guerrilla Girls, Barbara Kruger, Méret Oppenheim, Nancy Rubin, Jaune Quick–to–See Smith and countless others who gave valuable feedback, advice and inspired us, including our many students.