January 31, 2010
Beautifully rendered, incredibly creepy stop-action animation. Inspiring. Humble writes:
“Humble is proud to present, Homunculus, the first of an annual series of experimental films by our in-house directing collaborative, Hydra. Conceived of and directed by Sam Stephens, Homunculus is a dark and twisted fable of spontaneous generation and untrammeled id….”
January 31, 2010
Sure seems that way…. I went down to the chicken coop to close up the other night (“close up” means closing the chicken door-to prevent intruders, collecting eggs, checking the waterer, generally checking on the girls). I flicked on the light when suddenly I noticed this startling movement in one of the nesting boxes. One of my “Blondies” (White Crested Black Polish) was dramatically swinging and lunging her head around, it looked like she was in complete agony–beak sticking straight up in the air, with her head and neck winding and convulsing around as if she was posessed. Seizure? Bitten or chewed on by something and she’s in agony? About to die and writhing in agony?
I quickly went to her and grabbed her out of the box to see what was wrong, she squawked and then suddenly stopped moving. I looked at her, and she looked at me. I set her down on the coop floor and she just stood there, little conversational chicken grunts, questioning. I picked her up and she just looked at me as if I was the one with the problem. I put her back in the nest box, and I swear she gave me a look that said “Leave me alone and let me sleep. Jeepers cripes you scared me!”
So, unless she starts having regular convulsions, I’m gonna assume now that chickens have nightmares. She did look like she was in pain, and she IS the one that all the others peck on her head (I’ve had to spray the top of her head with antiseptic and isolate her when they make her head bleed). She looks like one of those monks from the Middle Ages who shaved the tops of their heads. I’ll try to remember to add a photo here. So maybe she was dreaming they were pecking her head and she was trying to get away?
Here’s a painting of what the White Crested Black Polish hens (from the “chicken-by-the-window” series) look like:
Young Hen of the Whitecrest Family • oil on linen • 10" x 8" (canvas size)
January 31, 2010
Show of 2nd year MFA candidates. More info.
1.30.10 – 2.10.10
Gallery open M-F, 9-5
Art Lofts Building and Room map
111 North Frances Street
Madison, WI 53703
All events are free and open to the public.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Including work by:
Dyani Reynolds-White Hawk
Julie Insun Youn
January 29, 2010
OMG this looks like an awesome show! I’ll write more after I go…
January 9, 2010
In heaven with the new Takach, and the littles:
That’s Zuzu on the left, thinking…. And Dexter (the licky one) on the right. Brother and sister from different litters, same ma (Midget the ratty) and pa (Watson the JRT). My muses
Just finished printing canvases for Drive-by Press’ Tower of Babble collaborative for SGC this year. Printing on canvas, and then t-shirts as well. A success!
January 8, 2010
1st printing on new Takach press:
Woodcut block printed on t-shirts (and canvas) for collaborative project by Drive By Press. See Drive By Press’ photostream on Flickr.
And the finished shirt!
This technique (carving into MDF, printing onto t-shirts with etching press) was taught by Joseph Velasquez of Drive By Press. Thank you Joseph! Also been printing on canvas (same design) for a collaborative project to be presented by Drive By at the SGC Conference (Southern Graphics Council) this March in Philadelphia. It’s why the block was cut in the first place–for this Drive By “tribute.”