Every morning Bill Plympton wakes up at six, goes to his drawing board, gets a piece of bond and a No. 2 pencil and sits down to the business of animating the indelible, noirish figures that have garnered cult status as Plymptoons. What began in high school with drawings of bugs and plants for the Portland Yellow Pages has grown into an empire that encompasses political cartoons, animated shorts, features, advertisements, music videos (his first for Madonna; his latest for Kanye), and a forthcoming Rizzoli book (Independently Animated: Bill Plympton) with a Terry Gilliam forward. Along the way he’s filled his shelves full of awards, not to mention earned two Oscar nods. On the eve of the release of his latest feature, Idiots & Angels, we caught up with the industrious illustrator at his Chelsea studio to talk about the new feature, working with Kanye (vs. Weird Al), and what’s really going down on the animator groupie circuit.
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Kehinde the First by Wyatt Mason
Great piece with a lulz line here:
“Despite large tortoiseshell aviators, there’s no question that Wiley’s eyes are on the boys—but not creepily. Professionally. Purposefully.”
and some wisdom here:
“A painting might seem like a quaint kind of immortality in 2013, when more people see, in an afternoon, some trending meme than will see, in a lifetime, a great painting.”
photo via, hs
A new photographic print by SWOON detailing her carving process.
In an edition of 100
Andrew Kuo’s new exhibition of acrylic paintings opened to a packed house this past Thursday at Marlborough Chelsea. Christos Katsiaouni was there to capture the scene.
OR bandanas. Whatever you’d like to call them. Made by The Hill-Side for ICA/Boston
An homage to the cinematographic technique.
I really didn’t even want to try interviewing Barry McGee about his show opening tomorrow in my hometown at the Boston ICA. He’s well known to be hard to pin down and clearly doesn’t enjoy doing them. So instead, I asked a few people to write a sentence or two about him. It says a great deal about Barry that so many artists, some who know him well personally and some who do not, got back to me with such alacrity.
— Caleb Neelon
photo by Dave Schubert