Coming up this Wednesday night (7 pm) is the debut of the exhibition and panel discussion for my year-long Independent Eye project. The panel discussion features myself, Ellen Bierhorst (original core staff member of the Eye and still a local activist), and Jim Tarbell (opened the highly influential underground rock venue Ludlow Garage). The discussion will be moderated by librarian Chris Smith and feature audience Q&A. The exhibit features numerous curated original newspapers, as well as rare materials such as original page mockups and photograph prints (generously donated by 'Eye' photographers Ken Hawkins and Melvin Grier). This event is a culmination of a year-long research project since my original happenstance discovery of the paper in November of last year. I hope to see you there! Full details here ... the "Reading Garden Lounge" is on the first floor of the downtown Public Library of Cincinnati. Panel discussion from 7-8 pm.
- Thank you to local NPR-affiliate WVXU for having me on to discuss the project on Sunday night (I appeared minutes after Anthony Daniels, the voice of C-3PO!). Here is the archived interview ... thanks again Lee Hay, David Delegator and WVXU.
Coming up in just a few weeks is the event for the project I have been working on for the past year (in conjunction w/ the Public Library of Cincinnati): a retrospective of the "Independent Eye", an underground progressive newspaper published out of Cincinnati in the late sixties. I originally discovered the 'Eye' randomly in November of last year, after reading Jean-Francois Bizot's book "Free Press", chronicling the movement of the underground free press of the late sixties. I had previously mentioned the project back in early September when Jon Flannery and I recorded a podcast episode with the Cincinnati Art Museum.
With the library exhibition and panel discussion coming up in a few weeks on November 13th, there has been a rollout of a couple important pieces to help promote the project as a whole.
Today (October 30), a brand new copy of CityBeat hits the street/shelves, and the "Eye" project is the featured cover story. The article is wonderfully written/researched by Mackenzie Manley, who I had the good fortune of meeting with a few times back over the summer as the piece was being formulated. The lengthy article is immaculately comprehensive in detailing the paper's history and all of the moving parts of this project (including the now published digital archive, upcoming exhibition, and future tribute paper). Here is the direct link to the article (samples of physical paper below).
(samples from our upcoming "tribute paper" Optic by Tracy Miller Robbins, Lizzy DuQuette and myself)
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.
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 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 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.
Here is a large smiling sun (titled "a brighter future) I painted for this Saturday's benefit show at the Thunder-Sky gallery in Northside. This is the second edition of "Shelter in Place", a human rights benefit show curated by my friend Holly Prochaska. The first one was an awesome experience and very successful, and this one should be as well. Any piece of art or artist-made goods (photographs, handbound mini-books, prints, etc.) purchased will have 100% of the proceeds donated to a charitable organizations such as the ACLU or Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center. The opening is this Saturday, 6-10 PM at Thunder-Sky, Inc. Also, the upstairs show "Time Warp", a unique show in conjunction with both Thunder-Sky and the Pique gallery in Covington opens the same night.
.... originally, they were going to be mini-suns available for purchase.
Now available in the shop: the "Colourblind" tote bag. 100% natural & machine washable. The perfect tote for groceries, records, or just about anything that fits in a 15.75" x 15x25" opening!
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.
Now available in the shop: a collection of twenty (20) whimsical postcards. They are standard-sized, matte postcards (the content of each card being quite hazardous in nature). Nestled together in a see through, vellum envelope that features an original "ink on envelope" ink drawing. Perfect for old-fashioned mail correspondence or general safekeeping!
Available for purchase here.
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.
J. Otto Seibold is trying to pitch an animated television show, based on the concept of a rock band called "Bubblesoap".
I am a big fan of the work of J. Otto Seibold. Back when I was working on my children's book "Tunnel-Ball", I had a very nice (online) conversation with Jotto about the art of picturebook making and the dramatic changes in the landscape of publishing today compared to the previous decades. I gave his most recent book, "Lost Sloth", to my nieces a few Christmases ago, which has became an instant classic to them (if you are reading this and are familiar with Seibold's books, don't worry, "Olive" was already a Christmas staple for them). Also, Black Francis read Lost Sloth. Does it get any better than that?
Here is the link to a Gofundme page to help support the endeavor to bring Bubblesoap to fruition. I would love nothing more than to see these characters animated, so I hope, at the very least, this will open the door to that in one capacity or another.