Saturday, December 28, 2013

just one more.





















who let this interesting individual in the studio...

; )

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Frederic Back





















Frederick Back died on Christmas Eve.

Thank you for your films, Frederic Back. More than an animator. A gentle and determined soul, a force for good in this world, and a quiet yet outspoken hero to those whose lives you touched.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

winter's snowy ribcage.





















every year around this time.

you turn the heat up.
the outside world starts looking like old age.
you eat too much.
and tea drinking starts in earnest.

flurry of snowflakes
flurry of activity
time to bid the year goodbye
and set your sights on the year to come.

2014
- reset horizon.
- finish this derned filum.
- look for pine trees and mountains.
- start the real studio.
- explore the world beyond the living room.
- dig deeper.
- reverse old habits.
- make big mistakes.
- follow them up by striking a path.
- eat lots of fruit.
- take time to look at the clouds, the stars, and waves.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

the bluebird of 1421.





















more classroom shenanigans.

Friday, December 6, 2013

student in blanket
















it's that time of the semester again.

Monday, December 2, 2013

leger and t-rex

about to be mangled.

leger at pma.

the view from the acropolis.






















































so thank goodness there was a thanksgiving break - a chance to do something "wild and crazy," as it were, break out of the routine, and check out the work of some early-mid 20th century art freaks, causing trouble for the middle class (an easy target, after all).

admittedly for me, it was almost more interesting reading about what leger and his buddies were theorizing about than viewing some of the work, although it was a well-curated exhibition, and the links to advertising were quite interesting, and the "ballet mechanique" was a re-thought-provoking vision of film as a new medium, unfettered by convention, in the hands of surrealists. all that said, I do appreciate a good calder and a good miro, as they weren't so into the urban thing as leger, and overall more dream-like than industrial - although calder's connection to the circus was one of the things he shared with some of his contemporaries in 1920's paris...blah blah blah, eh.

I'm ready for more.