Los Angeles, California
“Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking.”
Candace Reckinger has been teaching at the USC School of Cinematic Arts in the Division of Animation & Digital Art since 2007. She works and teaches in a “blended media” manner, combining digital, handmade, and live-action pieces with her experimental attitude toward form and content, which strongly emphasizes design, structure, and editing. She is currently working on several visual music projects for live chamber music performances and a multscreen landscape series using photography shot along the California coast.
Originally from Chicago, where she studied art and anthropology in college, Reckinger moved to the West Coast to pursue an MFA at UCLA in film and video. She met her husband, AEL Mike Patterson, at the Lille film festival in France, and they teamed up as an animation/directing team. Their first major project was the A-Ha music video Take On Me, and they went on to direct videos for Sting, Suzanne Vega, Paula Abdul, X, and more. They won a Grammy for the video Opposites Attract that featured Paula Abdul dancing with animated character MC Skat. They also worked with the Rhythm & Hues Studios directing commercials. Six of their music videos reside in MOMA’s collection.