John Goras
Chirpy 2
June 1–July 6, 2007
Opening Reception: Friday, June 1, 8–10 pm

still from Chirpy 2, 2007, digital video on DVD

Chirpy 2, an animated video by John Goras, will be having its world premiere at Triton Gallery, LLC, located in Nicosia, Cyprus. The exhibition runs from June 1 through July 6, 2007. During the exhibition, the video will be shown continuously as a large projection in the main gallery, while the first installment of Chirpy will be shown in the project space. Chirpy, described by the director as his statement on modern pornography, is the classically animated tale of a small bird's irrepressible love for a large horse, and vice versa. This work shamelessly plays with our notions of innocence and romance, while catering to the simultaneously abstract and vicarious pleasures audiences take in seeing cartoon figures subvert basic laws of physics. As Libby Rosof noted in artblog, "The two characters and the drawing were sweet and charming, but never has romantic love and its conventions taken such a beating." In Chirpy 2, Chirpy and Stud break up, only to be reunited under strange circumstances. Without giving away too much of the plot (spoiler warning), it turns out Stud’s semen has a magical power similar to the fountain of youth. Other characters making appearances in Chirpy 2 include an elderly bar hag, a pimp, a prostitute, and a homeless man.

still from Chirpy 2, 2007, digital video on DVD

The bright candy colors and stylized drawing style make Chirpy 2 a feast for the eyes, while its XXX-rated slapstick humor creates a painfully funny treat. The movie is further enhanced by an utterly captivating soundtrack and unique voice work.
Goras' Chirpy animations are the H.R. Pufnstuf for a generation that not only inhaled, but were subjected to the advent of cable television. Weaned on horror films, animation, trash cinema and comic books, Goras unleashes his adolescent fantasies on a jaded public that still manages to be surprised at the dysfunctional quality of his vision. Like the work of Daniel Johnston and Henry Darger, there is something disturbing taking place in
his world.

still from Chirpy 2, 2007, digital video on DVD

John Goras' videos have been screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Netherlands, The San Francisco Independent Film Festival, and Z Film Festival in London, among many others. His film Chirpy won the Best Animation award in 2002 at the 9th New York Underground Film Festival at Anthology Film Archives in New York and was included in Spike and Mike’s Festival of Sick and Twisted Animation in 2006.

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