Decynicalize Here

Graeme needs to change the name of his website, as it excludes all of his work but the animation (the name excludes work, not the site – the site is fairly comprehensive). The animation was the first work of his that I saw, which would be the case for most people I would think, access to YouTube being much greater than access to galleries presenting his installations. Monkey and Deer, excerpted above, completely mesmerized me with its slow, quiet expressiveness emerging from a gorgeous and intricate model set.

I did not know that it was but one part of a larger body of work incorporating sculpture and robotics, inspired by the tiny Saskatchewan village of Woodrow, where Patterson’s grandfather had lived. Graeme actually moved to the town from his home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and created the work over three years.

I’ve meant to post about Patterson for some time, and his recent rocketride of profile known as the Sobey Art Award has been a constant reminder. His selection as a finalist for the award blasted away a good chunk of my cynicism about such things.

Graeme Patterson Animation Artist.

Suits My Crazy

Today, Motionographer sagely, generously directs us to revisit Tadonori Yokoo’s strange Kachi Kachi Yama. We take this direction, and we are grateful. And now we must spend some googletime trying to learn more about this guy so that we can more vividly imagine spending time with him in 1965. AND, we must begin hanging paper currency out the corner of our mouth like a dart all the time.

Don’t Forget the Doctor

My title strangeness continues. Last night I discovered what I have been missing by censoring The Cat Piano from my screen, based solely on title. Not that I gave it much thought. I see references to online video, cats, and pianos, and I imagine more of the Fwd: You’ve Got To See This home videos that are a little less amazing with each instance.

Do not replicate this judgement error. This is a gorgeous hand drawn 2D animation of a poem narrated gorgeously by Nick Cave. The film’s website references Kerouac and Poe, but I say

What about Seuss?


Lures you with cute, then spanks you with dark. Always more impressive to me when it’s student work, as is the case here, specifically Sheridan students (at the time) Vera Brosgol and Jenn Kluska. Seen on Motionographer, who apparently saw it on Media Molecule. Web-go-round.