Akron Art Museum Features Animated Short Created by Medina Native
For Release: October 2009
Akron, Ohio, October 29, 2009 — The Akron Art Museum will feature Prayers for Peace, an animated video created by a Medina native, which deals with the memory of the artist's younger brother who was killed in the current conflict in Iraq.
Prayers for Peace is an 8-minute animated video created by Dustin Grella. Grella was born in North Carolina, grew up in Ohio and currently lives in New York. Grella received his undergraduate degree from The University of Akron Myers School of Art. He is also a 2009 nominee for a fellowship from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, which acts as an advocate for artists and offers grants to individuals who demonstrate an ability and commitment to the arts.
The animated video is about the artist's younger brother, Devin Grella, who was killed in Iraq. Prayers for Peace reflects on who his brother was and what it was like for Dustin and his family during his brother’s funeral. A large amount of the original footage was borrowed from Devin Grella's laptop that was returned to the family.
The video is a stop-motion animation which was hand drawn with pastels on a slate chalkboard. The animation was created by drawing the current image directly on top of the previous image. Grella chose to use the idea of drawing and erasing images to show the temporary state of the human body.
During Veteran’s Week, November 8 – 14, 2009, the Akron Art Museum will offer free admission to veterans and active military personnel.
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