This painting of mine, "Fresh Peace", will be on display and up for auction this Friday at the brand new Over-the-Rhine Kroger building (located on Central Pkwy near Walnut & Court Sts). Of course, the OTR Kroger is not yet open, so you take the elevator up to the 9th floor, which is serving as a sort of makeship gallery and exhibit space for this show.
The auction benefits Cincinnati's largest urban soup kitchen: Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen & Social Center. This gallery show, "One in Eight", attempts to combat the global/local epidemic of hunger (while processing that 40% of American food goes uneaten). Show is from 5:30-10 PM! Thank you for organizing this event, AGAR Agency.
Myself and my pal/partner Jon Flannery (Cryptogram Ink) were recently guests on "Art Palace", the podcast of the Cincinnati Art Museum. Thank to so much to Russell Ihrig and the CAM for having us to discuss our special project ... it was an absolute blast.
Direct link to podcast here // it is also available via Spotify, Apple/iTunes, Stitcher and most other podcast subscription services.
We discuss the story of our current project, creating a tribute paper based on the visual artwork of the "Independent Eye", a recently unearthed underground, free press local newspaper (published 1968-1975).
This is part of a broader project involving the "Eye" that I have been heading in conjunction with the Public Library of Cincinnati dating back to last November. This is my first mention of it here on my website, but if you are a personal friend on social media networks (or follow me on Instagram), you may have seen my ongoing updates on this project. It has been an incredibly exciting and rewarding project, and one that has been very atypical for me, in that it has involved conducting long phone conversations, organizing and attending several meetings, submitting formal funding proposals, and things like that. Ultimately, though, we are now just a few short months away from the exhibition/panel discussion taking place at the library in the fall, the publishing of the library's digital archive, and the creation of the tribute paper. Many, many more details to come, but if you are interested, just about everything is explained in the podcast.
Thank you to the seven young animators who spent 15 hours writing, storyboarding, and animating at last week's week-long summer animation workshop. This was definitely one of the greatest Floating Shape Workshop events to date. With the help of my pal Tara Heilman, a few animators even sewed their names (for their film's ending credits) into animation paper. Three small groups each created a unique collaborative film (which will shortly be uploaded to FSW's YT channel).
A few of my favorite shots ...
Had a blast briefly stopping by the Echo Park Film Center microcinema space when we I was in Los Angeles last week. Had a short, friendly conversation about our own local Mini Microcinema (and Floating Shape Workshop) in Cincinnati. They kindly invited me to screen some animation at their annual "Open Screen" event which I would have loved but unfortunately it was the evening before we flew back.
I also documented the west coast trip w/ that 35mm Minolta and just sent the film away to get developed ... going to be making a little short film when I get the prints back. Thanks again to my friend Jennifer Fischer for the tip about the EPFC.
Had the most terrific turnout at last weekend's Floating Shape animation workshop at the Taft Museum of Art. I'm grateful to the Taft for having me and allowing me access to their great facilities (including the large widescreen w/ HDMI, perfect for doing live animation exercises). We did a collaborative, cutout animation project (with each child creating detailed backgrounds based on pieces inspired by the museum's collection). We also looked at examples of zoetropes and other non-film animation. It was a blast and I look forward to doing another there in the future. Below are some pictures of the workshop as well as the video of the animation we made.
I am hosting a Floating Shape animation workshop at the Taft Museum of Art on Saturday, February 2nd! This workshops runs for 3 hours (1-4 PM) and is designed for ages 6-14 in mind. Using the museum's historic collection as inspiration, we will be doing a collaborative cutout animation project. Here is the link if you are interested in registering ... registration cost is $10.
With summer winding down (must resist inclusion of "where does the time go?" trope ...), I wanted to mention a few things about the various Floating Shape Workshop projects that have taken place the past few months.
- The Cincinnati Film Society was kind enough to publish an article that overviews FSW's (past and present) happenings this summer. Thanks, CFS! Speaking of our latest collaborative film, it was recently submitted it to an international youth animation festival. Fingers crossed.
- At the end of July, we did something brand new: hosted a workshop in which we created a collaborative short film, completely live. FSW was set up at 5th annual Good People Festival in Covington, Kentucky (we were there last year making flipbooks & zoetropes) alongside our pals at Robot Inside. I animated a short introduction and then had a live set up with a camera, animation rostrum and basic supplies. Then, each child/family who passed through while at the festival had the opportunity to add to the film by creating their own short scene (via either a simple cutout animation or filming a flipbook). It was an experiment in the truest sense of the word, but I was pretty proud of how the final result came out. I would estimate that about 25-30 children added to it in some way (pics and video below).
- Finally, our last workshop of the summer will be this Sunday, as will be hanging out with the Mini Microcinema during the annual "Second Sunday on Main" celebration in Over-the-Rhine. This is a free flipbook workshop for children. The previously scheduled workshop on August 15th at Westwood's "Wooden Hill" is currently being rescheduled for a future date.
I spent all of last week helping to make a collaborative animated film with 6 young children. Floating Shape Workshop hosted a week-long animation summer camp at Robot Inside. It was a great time, with each young animator collaboratively contributing to writing & storyboarding (14 pages!) pieces of the plot, as well as individually creating & animating the characters/backgrounds. The film is titled "Sammy Stingray and the Digestive System". It is about our protagonist stingray who learns about the digestive system in school, before being swallowed by a shark and managing to swim his way out with that knowledge.
Below is the video and some pictures from the workshop. Thank you to my pal Tara Heilman and her always welcoming & comfortable Robot Inside workshop space for hosting us! Getting to do these kinds of longer format workshops with more attention to detail (five sessions in 3-hour blocks) is simply fantastic.
Here is the full schedule of Floating Shape Workshops events this summer! For further/detailed info on the individual workshops, click the FSW tab above. As always, each event is a little different (as such, costs also vary ... some free, some require registration).
This month (July), we are excited to be hosting a week-long summer camp at Robot Inside (coming up in just a few weeks, and space is almost full!). Each attendee will be making their own animated film over the course of the week. We will also be returning to the Good People Festival over in Covington, Kentucky for the second straight year. This year, we have a fun & collaborative, live animation project planned for anyone who comes by.
In August, FSW will host a flipbook workshop with the Mini Microcinema as part of the annual Over-the-Rhine "Second Sunday on Main" celebration. Our last workshop of the summer will be at Wooden Hill, located in Westwood.
Here is a collaborative new short film called "Earth!", which was made last month at a Floating Shape Workshop event. On the eve of Earth Day 2018, we set up shop at my good pal Tara's Robot Inside (in their beautiful new storefront location). This was a free public/community event, so any child who came by had the opportunity to contribute to the film.
All that was prepared beforehand was the traditional animation in the beginning, before the cutouts were added. We used a very quick & simple set up as we only had two hours of time. It was a different format for a workshop than I have done before, but I really think it turned out well. The majority of the materials used in the film were of recycled and/or scrap paper.
Here is the completed film from the children's animation workshop that I hosted last Saturday. It was one of a series of workshops that took place as part of the Inbetween Animation Festival (put on by the Cincinnati Film Society).
The workshop was a lot of fun and a lot was accomplished in just two hour's time. Registration for the event sold out, so almost twenty children (ages 7-15) got to participate, many of which were experimenting with animation for the first time. The new portable, lightweight lightboxes for traditional hand drawn animation (for future Floating Shape Workshop events) also made their debut, and were a big hit. On this same Vimeo channel, you can also see the flipbooks that we made & filmed during the workshop.
Also, as I was cleaning up the room from my workshop, my friend Tracy Miller-Robbins began setting up for her workshop which proceeded mine. It was called "Animated Drawings" (ages 16+), and she was hosted it with her husband Rob. They also do children's workshops together as well (Cartwheel Animation Studio). Check out the awesome results from their workshop, too ...
As part of the inaugural Inbetween Animation Festival taking place in Cincinnati on April 14-15, I am excited to be hosting a youth animation workshop. Due to the nature of this workshop, it will be for ages 7-15, and space is limited (registration is required).
This is a special workshop for the festival that I am holding individually (independent of FSW), and will take place from 10am-12pm on April 14th ($20 registration required). My friend and fellow animator/educator Tracy Miller-Robbins is also holding a workshop called "Animated Drawings" (ages 16+). See an overview of all of the workshops (for all ages) happening here. The screening of the films at the festival will be taking place the following day on the 15th at the Esquire Theater.
Registration for the workshop is available here via the Cincinnati Film Society.
UPDATE: All spots are full for the workshop! Thanks and I'll see you on the 14th!