It’s been freezing here lately, but I know other parts of the states have it worse, thus the winter / snow haiku comic. Thankfully, today was absolutely gorgeous and a reminder to why I moved here in the first place.
So, before I link you to the greatest art exhibition I’ve ever seen, let me say a quick, ‘yay for me’ and link you over to an article about GingerDead and Friends that appeared this weekend on Comic News. I’m honored to have the comic covered in Richard Caldwell’s new segment on webcomics. It has some interview questions answered and stuff that might interest you, but if you’re ‘not really that into me’, just move along to the next paragraph which will lead you to a most worthy link, I promise.
This weekend I went to Sarasota’s Shelby Gallery, part of the Ringling College of Art and Design‘s campus, to experience a jaw-dropping, eye-popping, heart-fluttering, mind-boggling exhibit called the Freak Parade. The Shelby Gallery describes it like this (I’m not even going to try) –
“The Freak Parade features a series of 34 large sideshow-banner like paintings of fantastic characters, bizarre animals, magical insects and strange plants by the postmodernist artist-illustrator, Thomas Woodruff. Working under the influence of the frescoes of Pompeii, the mind-boggling paintings of Arcimboldo, Baroque religious paintings, Victorian calligraphy and theatrical posters, fanciful parades and his wonderful imagination, Woodruff began this project in late 2000 as a reaction against the global standardization of culture. Each image has a caption, title or poem included. Written by the artist, these texts add another level of meaning to the pictures. They are deliberately subdued and darkened, and subvert the viewerâ€™s usual responseâ€”so conditioned through advertising to image and text.”
I have swiped a few images from his site and made a little photo montage to further entice you into checking it out or buying the book. It’s really meant to be seen altogether as most of the images link to one another. On his site, you get to view them all in one long line which I imagine is how he intended. The images are great, but quite honestly they pale in comparison to seeing them live. Unfortunately, this exhibit seems to appear in one city each year, so it’s likely you may never get the opportunity to witness it in person. I knew it could very well be a once-in-a-life time thing for me and I was so blown away on Saturday that I returned on Tuesday with Jim and our friend Dylan in tow. Tomorrow is the last day and then it will not appear again until 2010 – here’s the tour schedule.
Okay, here’s your teaser, but please take it all in on the official Thomas Woodruff website (much larger images there!) or get the Freak Parade book. The insanity of the details and wit of the text is such a huge part of the experience. These little pics only hint at Woodruff’s genius.
Before I go, I have two short announcements.
Friday Feb 13th I’ll be painting on a human canvas with my friend Demi and I’ll have two new paintings as well as a couple of skulls and greeting cards on display at the Muse show at ArtPool, St. Petersburg FL. Do come by if you are local. It should be a freaky fun inspiring night. 🙂
On Valentine’s Day, I’ll be posting one of the paintings as a bonus comic this week, so check back Saturday. Celebrate love and passion this week. It doesn’t matter if you have a partner or not. There’s plenty of things to love and be passionate about in this world and if you dare to look… inside of you as well.