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Winter is slapping me around . . . Again.

So go and watch this fun short animated film that made me laugh. A lot.

mr hublot poster

You can read more about it here on James Gurney’s blog (with associated links also). I watched it several times; it’s that good. Hey it’s not for nothing that it won the Oscar.

I’d seen the work of the artist that inspired Mr. Hublot’s look before, maybe as much as several years ago. I just love the way the city looks in the film.

This is probably the worst written post I’ve done (to date). Further evidence that my brain is seriously fried by fatigue. TTFN

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yet still stubbornly trying to work my way out of/through it.

Raining, Pouring, the Bunnies are . . . huddled under an umbrella

Raining, Pouring, the Bunnies are. . . huddled under an umbrella. Run, little mouse, run!

We are expecting some raaaather extreme storms in a bit so I’m gonna keep this short — little baby computer doesn’t like lightening so I unplug him.

I want to share with you today an artist whose work often makes me laugh and who can’t use a good laugh? Her name is Sandra Arteaga and I want you to go read about her latest doll creation: Stanley White. Go right now, this very minute.

I really, really, love Stanley White; partly because I recently had to give up eating his relatives for the good of my sad old teeth. (It’s a very good thing they make rice cakes in Buttered P**c**n flavor.) Mostly though I adore Stanley because I love the movies too. Well, not exactly going to the movies but just watching movies especially old, old movies. To me Stanley looks very “vintage golden age movie palace”. I hope you enjoy him and his story.

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Or, Danger Will Robinson . . . Danger!

Does this face look familiar to you? It reached right out and grabbed me even though it was tiny thumbnail size image on the site where I first saw it. So I clicked it.

Wow! and Ouch! Is it just me or does this doll have more than a passing resemblance to the girls in Mark Ryden’s paintings? She’s a new release named Trisha from D.I.M (Doll in Mind).

I am a huge fan of Ryden’s work and have been since my very first exposure. If you’re not familiar; do a google image search right now — I’ll wait.

It is perhaps a fortunate thing that I can’t afford to buy this girl as I’m certain I would feel an overwhelming compulsion to make her clothes to match Mark’s paintings. Which would be lovely fun and a perfect opportunity to make outfits that are simultaneously dark, twisted and massively sweet. Which would inevitably be way too time consuming.

She would certainly demand a meat ball gown for starters. Dangerous!

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Hidden Depths

I was reading the new issue of Hi-Fructose (vol. 18) over the weekend, specifically I was reading the interview with Ray Caesar and was shaken by the intense, deeply honest things that he said. Things about both his life (which hasn’t been anything remotely resembling a picnic*) and about his work.“Think of my pictures as a sanctuary where one can take out a small piece of pain and allow it to be free.” Giving this interview in such a truthful way is the act of a very courageous person. Kudos, Ray!

Sleeping by Day

One of the more poignant practices that Ray incorporates into his work are hidden images or objects. Actually, literally hidden, as in tucked away in a box or a drawer. For those of you who aren’t familiar with his stunning images; Ray works in 3-D software, creating the components of his paintings in a virtual world. And he likes to hide things in that virtual world that are, technically speaking, not there in the final printed image.

This concealment of things in hidden spaces, now, several days after reading the interview reminded me of this book:

Egyptian Jukebox by Nick Bantock

The Egyptian Jukebox by Nick Bantock.

This particular Bantock volume is about a museum cabinet of drawers configured as a jukebox. It has ten drawers each filled with objects and accompanied by a clue. The story of the jukebox and solving the contained riddle are quintessential Nick Bantock.

Egyptian Jukebox drawer 1

In a very real way we are all like a cabinet of drawers, the content and configuration of objects determined by who we are, what we have done. . . what we are going about doing.

Egyptian Jukebox drawer 3

I have often thought it would be lovely fun to make one of these museum cabinets or collectors boxes in an actual real world, hold-it-in-your-hands, be able to touch and contemplate it way. Choosing/creating each object for it’s texture, it’s color, it’s size; all to reflect the character for whom the box is being made.

Egyptian Jukebox drawer 7

There exists an entirely human fascination/dread of that which is hidden, that is concealed in layer within layer of drawers and boxes.

Is it delicate and beautiful?

Does it ooze?

Will it bite?

Egyptian Jukebox drawer 10

I seldom do delicate but I have done a certain amount of beauty.

I’ll leave the oozing to others (at least for the moment).

I make no promises whatever about biting.

*Not the sort of picnic that anyone (outside of a horror film) would actually even think wanting to attend.

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