Tuesday, January 17, 2012
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Sunday, September 14, 2008
I've written about Matthew before as he is part of the World of Arthur Cox studio. His other films 'Astronauts' (BAA winner) and 'John and Karen' have been standouts for me as well and his latest one 'Operator', which won the 2007 Depict! award. Operator was completed by Matt as an animator in residence at the University of Wales Newport. Scott MacDonald who was a bg animator for the short reports it was animated in Flash with the backgrounds done in Maya and PS.
What I like best about Matt's films is that they are centred around basic human conditions. The mundane slice of life activities (albeit everyone seems to be eating or having tea!) set against the out of ordinary events is brilliant. They are simple, funny and universal to what makes everyone tick. So watch, enjoy, drink tea, eat bickies, and chuckle the blahs away!!
Saturday, September 13, 2008
the OIAF is coming around once again!
Flattened fish, beating hearts, spinning churches, jonas odell, hour glasses, retrospective and much much more. It won't be like the First Time but it all comes around to the same spot with Family and Friends!
If you are still confused, watch above and pull the trigger. It's all there in glorious black and white:)
Sunday, June 22, 2008
MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.
I know this is old news, but, I thought it would be a good crack in the wall to lead me back to my br o ke n animated thoughts.
I don't know what to say about Blu's work but I'll try this...his work is a surreal prestidigitation of megalithic graffiti art that monstrously crawls and morphs over the urban landscape. The forms eat up and spit out the usual 'tagged' street vocabulary as his own visual style transforms the concrete horror vacui into a frame by frame take over of both space and time. Like a precise marauding horde of locust, Blu's images spread over and interact with the specific site or environment, as the seemingly psyche-driven marks shrink and grow to get around every corner. The end result is where one can follow the traces of the artist's anarchistic romp around the city block to wind up at the final stilled image that is uniquely his own. Blu is painting over the walls that separate contemporary street art and Art and taking animation to a whole new scale, both physically and culturally!!
In other words, I really dig it!
Here is his site yet again! BLU
Friday, February 01, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
A book which I picked up last year was Julie Morstad's Milk Teeth (published through Drawn and Quarterly's Petits Livres series). Since I have recently been afflicted with cross-hatch-itis, Julie's book feeds my ink-meth addiction. It also exposes my own milk teeth, as compared to her well-cut fangs; the latter bear a world of child-like imaginings and innocence lost. I am pretty sure the Petits Livres series is in the business of showing sampled works of artists, but it would be nice to see Julie do some sequential work. Don't get me wrong: each work is like an inked tapestry, filled with impending tales of fantastical (mis)adventures, but having Julie's own words affixed to them (or even just the wordless story) would bring to life the hypnotic surreal places that she creates. However, this is just minor floating-heads-under-the-bridge and wishful thinking on my part: I guess what I am saying is, I want more. I'm a junkie, and I will take a collected book of her beautiful illustrations any day. Speaking of fixations, I will leave you with my other addiction, Neko Case and her video Maybe Sparrow with Julie's art/animation.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
(thanks to Katrzyna!:)
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
(thanks to Ticklebooth and Milk and Cookie's for this one!)
Sunday, January 06, 2008
Sunday inspiration posts was something that I used to do and it was initially inspired by a Masterclass by Michael Dudok de Wit. In his presentation, Michael talked about Creativity and how everyone of us suffers from it's mercurial rise and fall. This is a good reminder to all, especially, as students crush back into the enclosed environment of higher education and the pressures that come about. So, without sounding too mercurial myself, I thought as I am waiting for the slow thaw to come about that you could warm yourself by the glowing embers of Michael's films. Father and Daughter (shown above), The Aroma of Tea, The Monk and the Fish and Tom Sweep will definitely give rise to inspiration and get the Muses dancing a wicked beat. Watching these films over again, not only are they visually stunning, but it is nice to see how much the rhythm and timing of the music are attached to the action and how it becomes the principal motivator in his latest film,the Aroma of Tea(2006). So, enjoy these films!! I lost all my bookmarks over the holidays and I am in the process of (re)collecting all my favorite things. If you want to share what gets you fired up, please do!!
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Instead of trying to put together a 'Top 10' list for 2007 comics (which would take me forever to do), I'm just going to put them out there as I go through the stack....
Jillian Tamaki's, Gilded Lilies, is definitely one of those books that I love more and more upon each visit. Beautiful colour sense and stylization that was a big inspiration for me and still is as I find her work as my desktop background more times than not. I'm not saying this just cuz she's Canadian too, eh! Check out her on-line sketchblog and I wish I could be taking her class @ Parson's!!!
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Well, last year was full of upheaval for me in this here bunny hole. I am still trying to pull this proverbial rabbit outta the hat and find a place in this here Trickfilm of an industry. But, I will say that I am going to make the resolution to write more and stop inhaling from the exhaust pipe to keep this place a hoppin' for a little while longer! Anyhow, Happy New Year and sharpen up the knives to dissect the delectable morsels of visual specimens that lie just underneath the soft fleshy surface.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Here is a nice after-image to the last post, Naoyuki Tsuji!! It is very hard to find information on the independent animation scene from Japan so I was very surprised to find this DVD collection of Tsuji's work!!! This is from Facets Multi-media, which is a non-profit distribution house out of Chicago that focuses on art house, foreign and hard-to-find cinema. Here is a small clip of Tsuji's film Trilogy about Clouds. Naoyuki works on a single sheet of paper with charcoal in hand as he works in an almost stream-of-conscious process. He lets the images emerge and transform out of the ghosted thoughts of childhood and memory in an almost delicate meditation of subject and medium. Erasing, blurring and drawing on top of as the last image becomes the new memory of the memory. Animation is very much like how the brain and memory function but it is interesting to add on the creative process of re-enacting that in a contemplative and intuitive way of working.
Naoyuki Tsuji has become synonymous with independent animation as the discussions about the art form are now starting to take hold. He gave a talk at the MOMA earlier this year and was apart of a brilliant exhibit this year at Parasol Gallery in London called Momentary Momentum. From the likes of William Kentridge, Kara Walker, Michael Dudok de Wit, Paul Bush and David Shrigley this exhibit establishes the role of animation in Contemporary art and the impacts on both (I noticed you can buy the catalog and dvd of this in N.A. from the New Museum). Here is a review and an excerpt of Tsuji's new film Children of the Shadows from the Dazed Digital site! Also, Naoyuki will be in a group show at the Dorsky Gallery in Long Island from November 18th to the end of January. Finally, there will be a program of Tsuji's films at this year's Aurora festival (November 7-10th). You can now view the full schedule and programs for this coming-soon festival! That should get you caught up on everything that is Naoyuki Tsuji...enjoy!
Friday, October 12, 2007
Here is a fantastic animation that picked me up out of my doldrums! I don't know much about the Italian artist named BLU but here is his website. All I can tell you is that this film was done for the Fantoche animation festival that was just held last month in Switzerland. It reminds me very much of Naoyuki Tsuji's work in both look (as in seeing the ghosting of the previous images) and surreal subject matter but on a huge scale.
I need my bedroom painted...I wonder if he does house calls?!!
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Here is the synopsis of the film:
In a sumptuous palace in the basement of a house in a Montreal working-class neighbourhood, Princess Betty sleeps in a narcoleptic stupor. The king is at her bedside. He appeals to Uncle Henri VIII, Aunt Victoria, an emotional alien, a cool witch and, why not, a handsome prince! This worthy Prince Charles lookalike has to leave his royal suburb, confront a Canadian dragon and brave a surreal set of road rules in order to save the princess. But will Betty be wakened with just a kiss? (watch teaser)
Sleeping Betty is an anachronistic romp and rout through a richly illustrated style that could have easily come out of the pages of Punch magazine or the satirical caricature papers of the late 19th century. Mix that with Avery-style slap stick gags and let steep with the absurd predicaments that enfold in order to wake the too much Nyquil hibernation that Betty is in. Stir in a couple of lumps of Canadiana and now you've got the perfect brew to serve up in that cracked Queen Victoria patterned china cup. I would say though, that it is the ginger-snappy timing that carries this wordless film and will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat. In the end it will make you want to plant your own sloppy kiss on Betty in order to end the tea party insanity!!
Bonus: watch Claude's film Overdose here!