Sep 052012
 

Pretty busy few days. On Sunday afternoon Chef Jacob drove us to the local Labor Day Fair. There were farm animals, horse pulls, music, rides, and of course, fried food. Pretty typical all-American fair, which the non-American artists greatly appreciated experiencing.

Baby Goat at the Haddam Neck Fair

Bloomin’ Onion

Haddam Republicans booth. No Haddam Democrats booth in sight – now that’s either a good thing or a bad thing, right?

Monday was full on work. I re-shot a time lapse of a couch because the one I had done earlier had too much light fluctuation. It’s amazing how much the light can change in a room without you noticing at the time. I then stayed up late animating three animals sitting on said couch. I think it turned out well, maybe I’ll post the segment tomorrow.

Yesterday we took a road trip to Mass MOCA, or the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, in North Adams, MA. It’s not really near – about a 2.5 hour drive, but it’s a nice huge museum that is kind of in the middle of nowhere, and this was the closest a lot of us were going to get. It ended up being really worthwhile. There were about five shows on, including the massive, three floor permanent collection of Sol LeWitt wall drawings.

The complex of buildings that comprise Mass MOCA are quite inspiring. They used to be a textile mill and then an electronics plant, before being converted into a museum in 1999

Please don’t touch sign in Italian

One of the 150 Sol LeWitt wall drawings

Spider making itself at home on one of the Sol LeWitt wall drawings

There was also a lot of work that used overhead projectors in different capacities, which was nice to see. But by far my absolute favorite piece was an installation titled ‘The Mountain’ by Canadian artist Graeme Patterson:

A view of the installation ‘The Mountain’. Through this miniature window you can see a projection of a drawing of the installation itself – mountain flanked by two houses.

It’s an incredibly complex piece, impossible to explain or illustrate in pictures, but the artists website has a good list of photos and videos here. It was very David Lynchian and self-referential. The spectator mostly stand in front of a large mountain sculpture, with an opening through which you can see a monitor. On this monitor plays a 30 minute non-linear story about two characters, a buffalo and a cougar. These are animated puppets, or actors dressed in costumes. There was even a part where the animated buffalo puppet is animating the cougar puppet – complete with camera, laptop, and pressing the button for each picture. As an animator you can see why I liked this piece.

On the way back to I-Park we stopped in Northampton for some Moroccan food. A good day all in all.

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