Found this doodle from a few years ago of Mike Markiewicz, the late owner of "Another Part of the Forest" used LP/bookstore. Such warm memories of talking to Mike about early Soft Machine records and Art Ensemble of Chicago. Also walking down into the dark, creaky basement (where the power tools were scattered about as Mike built all the record shelves himself). Right before Mike passed, Gruff Rhys (solo & Super Furry Animals) wrote a book called "American Interior" documenting his US tour project, and in the Cincinnati chapter, called Mike's shop the "best secondhand record store in the world". I was planning on bringing the book in to show Mike right before hearing the news.
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.
Here is the collaborative film that we made last month at a live Floating Shape Workshop event. We set up at the annual Good People Festival in Covington, and any children or families who stopped by our area were welcome to contribute to the film. Using three simple small drawings, everyone created a cycle of their own eye blinking. We then filmed them sequentially in the span of about four hours. I later added the little intro. Ilove how this one came out. Thanks again to the GPF and the Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center for hosting us. Also thank you to my wife Jaclyn for hand-stitching the beautiful new FSW felt banner (picture below).
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.
I recently completed this little animated spot for the Wump Mucket Puppets and their upcoming touring program "Space is the Place" (yes, that title is a nod to jazz legend Sun Ra ... can you spot the little Ra-related easter egg?) The WMP troupe obviously takes a lot of influence from Sesame Street, and it delights me that people have said this animation gives them that vibe. The telescope scene was done via cutouts. Also in the spirit of Sesame Street, the Wump Muckets also had their performance broadcast on PBS a few years ago. There are currently 27(!) shows booked for the new "Space is the Place" program.
I currently have two ink & watercolor pieces on display and available for purchase at Wooden Hill in Westwood. They have some of the cat totes for sale. also Thanks, Amanda, and her great shop and gallery space!
"Jazz Hands" (ink & paint on tan-colored paper)
"Ocean" (ink & paint on wc paper)
Absolutely thrilled to have animated this little promo to promote the 15th anniversary of Dungen's seminal record "Ta Det Lugnt". It is a little incomprehensible that 2004 was a decade and a half ago ... such is aging, I suppose. This is a record that has meant a lot to me and is definitely an all time favorite. I could spend several paragraphs on that but will focus on the animation. It was a blast getting to paint the beautiful, psychedelic LP cover for this. They are performing the album in its entirety with a series of Swedish and Scandinavian shows this summer in June and July (see end of video or link above for dates).
Here is a six-page comic I made for the annual "Baseball Annual" published by the great literary journal Hobart Pulp. Ever year, they publish a baseball-centric issue with short writings (fiction and non), poetry, and the occasional comic. I was thrilled to get to do one ... thanks to Aaron Burch and co. at Hobart!
It's called "the Art of the Blowout" and is about the peculiar situation of a position player coming in to pitch during a lopsided, blowout game (which briefly stirs artificial excitement for the lethargic crowd). The fictional teams are the Elephants and the Golden Trout (pun intended). Hope you like it.
I drew this for this Sunday's Zagreb animation screening at the Mini Microcinema. It will showcase both modern and classic shorts featured at the famed Animafest Zagreb festival, with a loose warm weather theme given that it is spring break time. Don't miss it!
Made a tour poster for the one and only Deerhoof! Which was a blast, because they are a band that has meant a lot to me for a long time now. Catch em' as they round the country this month!
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.