If you attended the lecture from animator Bill Plympton at Museum of the Moving Image the other night, the word that is indelibly burned into your brain is INDEPENDENT. Plympton was joined by David Levy, his friend and co-author of the new book about his life and art, Bill Plympton: Independently Animated.
Plympton started work as an illustrator back in the 70s, but it wasn’t until he released his 1991short “Your Face” the world finally got a taste of his twisted visual animated humor.
I am a big fan of abstract humor, be it verbal or physical, so Plympton hits the right spot with me. He’s also got a great sense of how to use every plane of space in an animation. A great example is his Guard Dog series. The dog is all exploding mouth and buggy eyes, flinging himself into all four corners of the screen.
If you’re a leather lover with a bicycle, boy do I have something for you. Walnut Studiolo makes lovely leather wraps for your bike handlebars. Imagine how soft and patina-ed they will become over time!
If you are a girl of a certain age (40s), you remember Fright Night. Not so much for the horror/camp combo, but for a memorable scene where the sexy vampire next door (Chris Sarandon), does a dance floor seduction of a teenage girl. There was a collective ROWR of girl hormones when this came out in theaters! At least among me and my friends.
So, I’ve been doing a lot of research on “barefoot running.” I recently ordered a pair of Soft Star RunAmoc Running Shoes. And I use “running shoes” loosely. They are literally a soft leather moccasin with a 2mm Vibram rubber sole. Pix of the shoes and a little video follow. THEY ARE SO COMFY!
Found these bags at a cute little boutique in Astoria, called KrisTees.
What drew me to this bag was the horn. It doubles as a bag fastener, AND a self-defense weapon against muggers!
This bag is made by a local design group called Divine Tribe. It looks like they do have a few styles that they make multiples of, but the ones that are most interesting are one of a kinds like the bag below.
Ruta folding bag from Divine Tribe
I also saw this one on their website. It’s HAIR! how exotic though.
If you’ve seen my name, you know it’s a big Polish bag of consonants. I’ve been thinking about changing it since I came back from living in California. I had left both a job and a man i’d been with for six years, and left a state. I was starting over, and I thought it might be good to start with a new name.
I wanted a name that was kind of stylish. I toyed with using my late brother’s middle name (Jerome) as my last name. Sadly, any name I came up with sort of sounded like a stripper’s name. … →
A good song, an emotive dance, an expressive drawing.
All beautiful things in their own right. But imagine them fused in one package and you have the following video from Pixar animator Ryan Woodward. From his website, conteanimated, he says
The birth of “Thought of You” came from my desire to unite several of my passions into one art piece. Figurative works, 2d animation, EFX animation, and contemporary dance. Put all three of these forms together to support a theme centered around the complexities of intimate relationships…and voila, “Thought of You” is born!
Rather than creating a narrative animated piece that communicates a well defined story, this piece allows for each individual who views it to to experience something unique and personal that touches their own sensibilities.
On my quest for ever more mashups, I started looking for mashups for artists I liked. While searching for Bowie, I discovered a Bowie/Tori Amos mashup that I posted previously. But I checked with the person who made it (Was Audio) and found to my delight that he’d made an ENTIRE ALBUM of David Lynch/tinged mashups, with dialogue thrown in.
It’s a free download you can get here. You can get it two ways: 18 independent tracks with video, or two extended tracks that work as one long mix. I’m currently listening to the 2 long tracks, but also downloading the 18 tracks because I want to see the video.
There are a few amazing tracks in there, mostly in the B side/second batch. I don’t even want to tell you about them, I want you to be surprised! But I really like #5, #11, #12 and #14 right now. #17 ALMOST works, but it sounds a little off in my head.
This is really making me itchy to see Lost Highway, which I’ve never seen, and is in my Netflix Queue right now!
So, i have a great love of movies with physical comedy, and timing. A well-timed look, or movement can be funnier than an entire monologue.
It occurred to me that the genesis of this was Jim Henson’s muppets on Sesame Street. For example, this classic video. The way the muppets bounce, the way they zip off screen in time to the music, the way the fat blue muppet’s mouth scrunches up to keep the monster back at the last verse. It’s all simple and genius.
A modern take on physical comedy are the Umbilical Brothers, an Australian duo.