This documentary is from 2007 but is still one of my favorites to date. If you live in LA or have visited Hollywood Blvd. you’ll be familiar with these masked performers that stand out side the Chinese Mann theater and pose in photos with tourists.
CONFESSIONS OF A SUPERHERO is a feature length documentary that chronicles the lives of three mortal men and one woman who make their living working as superhero characters on Hollywood Boulevard. This deeply personal look into their daily routines reveals their hardships and triumphs as they pursue and achieve their own kind of fame.
The proof of the upcoming Book 1: Supernaturalism just came in the mail today! Though, mind you, it is but a mere semblance of its grand future manifestation(!) What you see before you is B/D, sort of at the hominid stage of evolution- breaking off from the flat computer screen and beginning to use tools to make small fires around the office. Wah wah. But while this little puppy is made of taped together color print outs (don’t mind my editorial post-it notes, either) and is without Kyle Thomas’ hand-drawn cover, it is to scale of what the future B/D self will look like. Please note, if you will, the beautiful triumverate-ly mystical gatefold of all seeing eyes, the lack of advertising, the pages and pages of glossy art coverage….(more pictures after the jump.)
For those of you not hip to what us cool kids do in the “mag biz,” young padawan, we use this proof to double check the layout, page composition, coloring, etc in three-dimensional form before approving it. At any rate, hope you enjoy the peep show. Get excited for Book 1! What do you guys think?
Whether it’s hand painted, collaged, and/or sewn together, Jenny Toth imaginatively entwines colorful drawings of the animal kingdom to meditate on a sometimes humorous, and always surreal study of the female condition.
Of her work, Toth states, “For many years I have been intrigued by the way women artists choose to depict themselves. Like many other artists, my view dramatically differs from a historical approach to the female model. I choose to include elements not traditionally viewed as beautiful—for example, a deformed toe, hairy legs, unkempt hair. However I have no interest in shocking the viewer, but seek to share my honest, uncensored observations. I have always been allergic to pretense and slickness.”
Dan Golden lives and works in Boston, MA. He is currently working on a series of watercolor paintings of paperclips manipulated by other people. The result is a an amusing photo realistic body of work that celebrates miniature monuments and the individuals who created them. In his own words: “At one point or another, practically everyone has either consciously or not turned this ubiquitous everyday object into something other than what it was intended for. Is it possible that these miniature ‘sculptures’ somehow carry with it the distinct personality of it’s creator? In many cases, I believe they do. Therefore, I feel as if these paintings are in a sense, portraits of the individuals doing the manipulating.” (via)
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Location is important to Canadian artist Aaron S. Moran. The wood sculptures he creates are both inspired by, and dependent on pieces of wood that he finds in a particular area. From them, he assembles the discarded material into works of art. Using a variety of colors, textures, and patterns, he creates pieces that create a dialogue between place, media, and the viewer.
At times, his sculptures feel like they are going to combust. In his series If You Resist This! and Wash Up (Boundary Bay), wood is unevenly matched in color and size. Pieces are wedged, layered, and placed where they will fit. The non-matching feels almost haphazard, like the piece’s shelf life wasn’t supposed to be very long. This visual tension feels volatile, as if there is something is ticking inside them and about to burst.
At other times, Moran’s sculptures are more docile. They hold an entirely different air and attitude. Here, he uses wood that’s been painted colors of a pretty sunset. Moran has considered placement of colors and arranged the wood in patterns. He titled the series Kite Contest/1991, conjuring up the feelings you’d get from a warm, pleasant day. He writes this about the series, poetically stating, “Sun filtered nostalgia, memories of vibrant kites flying high in the sky along the shore of a beach. Lively patterns from days gone by, blurred by time. Sun bleached photographs of smiling faces. Picnic blankets and pinwheels moving in the warm breeze.”
Moran is currently pursuing his MFA with the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He lives along the Detroit River on the border of Canada and the United States. You can follow his works in progress and inspiration on his Tumblr, Year On A River.