Saturday, April 24, 2010

Modern Times - Responding to Chaos at the De La Warr Pavillion

The filmmaker, painter and curator Lutz Becker has put a beautiful exhibition together called Modern Times - Responding to Chaos.
First it was shown at Kettle's Yard in Cambridge and now it's at Bexhill-on-sea, with one critical difference and that is that one of Simon's videos has joined in at the De La Warr Pavillion which made our trip very exciting.

Becker has curated a show that has the feel of a personal collection. The title alludes to the chaos of living in the 20th and 21st centuries and in this show Becker is celebrating the courage of artists to express their individuality and independence in such times. It's mostly about Drawing, not sketches and scribbling of subjects but proper drawing as an experimental art form, notations of experiences and ideas plus the concomitant investigations in moving image too. He identifies two abstracting procedures of artists in the 20th century, those who make expressive marks and those who derive their sense of order and spirituality from geometry and he creates a non chronological dialogue between them. It's a big show, with 80 artists represented in the exhibition with one work each, they included Agnes Martin, Julije Knifer, Paul Klee, Norman McLaren, Phillip Guston and Simon Payne. The exhibition is on until June and it makes a lovely day trip, the culture, the sea, the chips and the crazy golf.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Spank the monkey has made me feel like a truly lazy person, reviewing all 59 British Animation Award shortlisted films, and I especially like a review that starts "whose bloody stupid idea.."

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Just One Minute

I was very pleased to find out that my newest version of Little Skipper has been chosen to be part of Kerry Baldry's One Minute Volume 4.

I forgot to say that the films will be screened at the Crouch End Open Studio's on May 8th and 9th

Wednesday, April 07, 2010


I've put some of my animations here on You Tube.
I don't own all of the films which is why Sawney Beane isn't on there and The Witches is already on the Red Kite Animation channel. As a bonus, a member of the Spellbound Animation YTS has uploaded his first film too. I hope you can spot which one it is.

The extraordinary Fleischers

Sometimes I think I was born yesterday. (actually how come I look so old?) I've read about the 1920's Out of the Inkwell series but I've never seen them before. I found them on the SAW website which has a hundred other treasures. It's going to be a long night.