Zach Cohen’s short gif animations loop with a manic character all his own, providing us with a glimpse inside his gloriously zany mind. Many of his images seem to spring from normality and through some ludicrous transition in a matter of a few seconds… one moment we are looking at a muscular man, the next he has used those muscles to tear himself into two identical copies of himself, finally he devours his copy and it all begins again. Though only a short few seconds long, each animation holds us happily captive for far longer.
Primarily using a black and white, hand illustrated style, Cohen’s work includes the fields of illustration and animation. His short film, The Chair is Not Taken (shown below), takes the brief glimpses of his talent seen here in gif form and expands on them to tell the story of politicians, seats of power and struggles in a Parliament “far-far away.” The film won the title of Best Internet Film of 2010 at the Tofuzi Animation Festival and was nominated at a number of other film fests worldwide. You can find out more about Cohen and his signature style at cohzach.com, see more of his gif animations on his Tumblr, see his short films on Vimeo or his still (yet still captivating) images on Flickr.
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