Dominic Harris, ‘Grumpy | Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’, 2015, Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design
Dominic Harris, ‘Grumpy | Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’, 2015, Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design
Dominic Harris, ‘Grumpy | Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’, 2015, Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design

A cockeyed pessimist, Grumpy would say he’s just realistic — especially about “wimmin!” The other Dwarfs and Snow White ignore his negative attitude, sensing that there’s warmth beneath his crust exterior. Though he does his best to hide his affection, even Grumpy is soon captivated by Snow White’s charm.

He remains annoyed at having to stand and pose, often turning his back away from the viewer then folding his arms and refusing to play along. In response to a continued and persistent viewer, Grumpy will stick out his tongue and move away. Contrary to the other dwarfs, he is reluctant to imitate and will only pretend to engage in interaction.

Series: Disney’s first full-length animated feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs remains one of the most iconic Walt Disney films, and for its time, the most innovative feature length animation. It has been brought back to life as the inspiration behind Dominic Harris’ new artwork. This new work displays these characters in an impressive technologically advanced interactive art object that can be enjoyed by all. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs are featured in a set of high-resolution flat video panels, comparative in scale with single/multiple user interactions. These eight pieces offer a unique opportunity to interact with each distinct character, removing them their collective setting and allowing for engagement with signature personality traits. Using a combination of technologies, including complex logic based software systems, Harris has created an artwork that allows the viewer to directly effect and engage with each of the characters. Harris has chosen a unique reflective metallic colour block style to animate the characters, choosing to reinterpret their original hand drawn designs. This has afforded the artwork a timeless and effortless style that creates a statuesque appearance anchored in a design that is tangible today. The reflective metallic design acts a mirror to the viewer, whilst their presence in turn triggers the facets of their emblematic personalities. The relationship between the viewer, Snow White and the Dwarfs is formed through mirrored gestural interaction and complex inter-character narratives, where their singular traits act as a catalyst to unique sequences of events between the characters themselves. Removed from the motion picture the characters have been re-imagined through unique distillations of their own personalities, which form a clever and engaging live representation. Produced with the support of the Walt Disney Company

Signature: Signed certificate by artist

Image rights: Priveekollektie & Dominic Harris

Solo Exhibition "Celebrating 5 year anniversary of Dominic Harris' works by Priveekollektie" October-November 2016; Art Miami 2015; The Salon Art + Design New York 2015; Art Monte-Carlo 2016; The Salon Art + Design New York 2016

About Dominic Harris

Since establishing Cinimod Studio, a multi-disciplinary, London-based practice in 2007, artist and designer Dominic Harris has gained international attention for his digitally-driven works of interactive art. Harris has devoted recent years to seamlessly blending natural phenomena with complex code through integrated electronics and innovative fabrication techniques. Inspired by the architectural interventions of James Turrell and Dan Flavin, Dominic offers viewers a sublime experience of their surrounding environment in his surreal installations that wryly illuminate the effect of digital culture on human perception in the information age. One of the artist’s most ambitious pieces invited participants to wildly gesture or attempt to change their own heart rate, which would in turn light up the London Eye.

British, b. 1976, based in London, United Kingdom