Showing posts from May, 2013

Next up at Hand Held

It is with great anticipation that we look forward to our next exhibition, 'Tall Tales' by our long time supporter Deborah Klein who hosts her first solo show dedicated to artist books and painted miniatures.Artist's StatementIn 2008 I began to write my first fairy tales. They were gathered together in a small illustrated book, There was once...The collected fairy tales (2009). It was published by Moth Woman Press, which I founded in the same year and named for the characters who inspired one of my first tales, The Story of the Moth Masks. All of my subsequent books and zines have been published by MWP and all are documented on the book blog Moth Woman Press - Limited Edition Artist's Books and Zines: http// bound concertina books that dominate the solo exhibition Tall Tales are one-of-a-kind and open vertically. The drawings and hand lettering inside are ink and acrylic paint on handmade Khadi paper. Although they evoke fairy tales a…

Françoise Blanchard (1954-2013)

Very sorry to learn of the death, on May 29, of French actress Françoise Blanchard at the much too young age of 58. She was best known for playing the title role in Jean Rollin's THE LIVING DEAD GIRL; it is one of the most moving performances to be found in his work. She also appeared in Rollin's THE SIDEWALKS OF BANGKOK and LA NUIT DES HORLOGES (her last movie), Jess Franco's GOLDEN TEMPLE AMAZONS and she also played the role of Melissa (originated by Diana Lorys in THE AWFUL DR ORLOF) in  Franco's REVENGE IN THE HOUSE OF USHER. Among her many dubbing credits is Olive Oyl in the French dub of Robert Altman's POPEYE. No cause of death has yet been reported.

Beware the "EROTIPHILE" Process!

Last night I finished a mammoth side job: scripting and recording audio commentaries for three forthcoming Jess Franco titles for Redemption/Kino Lorber Blu-ray and DVD: THE AWFUL DR ORLOF (1962), NIGHTMARES COME AT NIGHT (1970) and A VIRGIN AMONG THE LIVING DEAD (1971, for which I commented on the original director's cut entitled CHRISTINA, PRINCESS OF EROTICISM). While preparing my commentary for ORLOF, I dug out my pressbook for the original theatrical release, which was the bottom half of Sigma III Corporation's double bill with Riccardo Freda's THE HORRIBLE DR HICHCOCK.

The pressbook is a riot; it freely throws around the word "necrophilia" (the subject of the Freda film) as if confident that maybe only one in a thousand people in those days would know what it meant. In fact, it presents the transcript of a radio spot tape whose 30 second spot begins:

ANNOUNCER 1: NECROPHILIA - N.E.C.R.O.P.H.I.L.I.A. Look it up in your dictionary. Horrible!
ANNOUNCER 2: (Gleefu…

The Arm of God: Peter Cushing (1913-1994)

In acknowledgement of tomorrow's 100th anniversary of Peter Cushing's birth, I have decided to join my friend Pierre Fournier's Peter Cushing Centennial Blogathon by reprinting here -- for the first time anywhere -- the following essay, originally written for the November 1994 issue of FILM COMMENT.  
WHEN PETER CUSHING, O.B.E., died at a Canterbury hospice in the early morning hours of August 11, 1994, devotées of the fantastic cinema experienced an unprecedented loss. The great figureheads of horror—Chaney, Karloff, Lugosi, Price—were a sympathetic lot, but their careers are remembered as campaigns of villainy. Cushing, on the other hand, was unique in that he will be remembered as horror's first truly heroic actor. Whether creating life as Baron Victor Frankenstein in THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1957) and its five sequels, or destroying the Undead as Dr. Van Helsing in HORROR OF DRACULA(1958) and four of its sequels, Cushing—more vividly than any other actor—seemed t…

Xtracurricular: A High School Art Exhibition

May 24 – June 9, 2013 Opening reception: Friday May 24 from 4 - 6 pm
Xtracurricular is an annual exhibition that features artwork by local high school students and their  teachers. This is our chance to showcase the work of the talented individuals who will be our next generation of regional artists. The exhibition will include a wide range of artworks in a variety of media ranging from drawing and painting to printmaking, sculpture and photography. Xtracurricular represents a year’s worth of learning. These students have explored their surroundings and manipulated their materials in order to transform a given project or set of guidelines into unique and meaningful works of art. Please join us to congratulate these talented youths!

The Return of Biffle & Shooster: IT'S A FRAME-UP

I had the excellent good fortune this evening to be part of a private audience for Michael Schlesinger's directorial debut IT'S A FRAME-UP, which I believe has so far been screened only at Cinefest in Syracuse. Honestly, the last thing I expected from Michael was an art film. BUT IT'S AN ART FILM! You might think I'm saying this because it's set in a gallery and it has a Mona Lisa joke... and I sort of am, because a funny movie makes me want to crack jokes of my own. But, more than that, it's an art film because it's a pitch-perfect, impeccably studied recreation of the classic two-reel comedy style, featuring a no-longer-fictional pair of knuckleheads named Biffle & Shooster. An opening card, like something you'd find stuck on the front of a Raymond Rohauer acquisition, sets the stage for this "derivative" vaudeville act from an alternative past.

I've always known two basic things about comedy: 1) that the Three Stooges were great art…

Fear and Monkey Business at Wonderfest 2013

Donna and I with Rondo presenters Nurse Moan-eek (Linda Wylie) and David Colton.
It was an unusual Wonderfest for Donna and me, but also a very happy and successful one. Aside from two brief meetings with Sara Karloff, who had a very warm handshake and seemed a genuinely nice lady, I didn't meet any of the guests. That's not why I go to Wonderfest; I go to see those friends I am not able to see at any other time of the year. I didn't get downstairs to the Dealers' Rooms till an hour before they closed on Sunday, and I didn't cover all the ground or buy a single thing -- with the exception of William Stout's must-have new book LEGENDS OF THE BLUES, which I arranged to obtain from him in advance. I saw Lee Meriwether (my favorite Catwoman since 1966) from afar, thought to myself that I really didn't have anything to say to her that she wouldn't have heard at least a millllion times before (I mean, Donnie Waddell had already played the 4D MAN card), so I de…

Fruth's "Not That Simple" @1305

Opening Final Friday, May 31st, with an Artist Reception that evening from 6-11 pm is:

Not That Simple
new sculpture by Rich Fruth

May 31st- June 23rd, 2013

Gallery Hours, Tues- Sat: 12-4

Local sculptor Rich Fruth has been an educator, a hard working Cincinnati artist, and a friend to 1305 Gallery for years. We are so pleased to finally have an exhibition of his deft and lovely sculptural work. 
The otherwordly landscapes and orbs Fruth crafts from mostly wood and bronze appear at first as funny and oddly placed road stops in some vintage tableau of the future. Showing us floating chunks of earth and its sparse, displaced inhabitants after some great epoch. A constrained but often bright palette, smoothed wood surfaces inhabited by crude bronze figures, and the tense, clenched gesture at gravity and the abyss beyond signify Fruth's more well known work.
In some of the newer pieces in Not That Simple, Fruth adds more abstract, geometric, and raw wood compositional elements. Answers to the…

Closing Soiree & Artist Talk with Michael Stillion

Sunday, May 26th 2013, join us for an artist talk and mimosas on the last day of "Squall." Yet another great exhibition of Michael's awesome work comes to a close!
Anne Fiske received a B.A in art and printmaking at Antioch College, attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Univ. of Washington School of Art,Seattle,where she earned an M.F.A in painting. Anne presently has a studio in Newport and is an art instructor at Carteret Community College. Anne's works have been included in many selected exhibitions and are in many collections.Works below are prints.

Student Job Opportunities at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery!

Join our team for the Summer!

Collections Management Assistant Grimsby Public Art Gallery 18 Carnegie Lane Grimsby, Ontario L3M 1Y1
Wage: $11.75 per hour Start date: TBD End date: TBD Applications will be received until May 31st, 2013 at 5pm Grimsby Public Art Gallery, 18 Carnegie Lane, Grimsby, Ontario, L3M 1Y1
The Grimsby Public Art Gallery seeks a well-organized, motivated and enthusiastic individual for the position of Collections Management Assistant. The Collections Management Assistant, supervised by the gallery Director, will primarily work with the Permanent Collection. Tasks will include examining and inventorying artwork; updating documentation; researching art and artists in the collection; doing regular brief presentations of this material and curating an exhibition. The ideal candidate will have some post-secondary training in visual arts, art history, museum studies or history. S/he will have a good understanding of and the ability to recognize different art media and exhibit meti…

I Want to be Your Shadow

Kat Teede's lovely exhibition 'I want to be your shadow' opening last night at Hand Held. Posted with Blogsy

Next up at Hand Held

16 May – 8 June 2013 I Want to be Your Shadow is the latest exhibition from Melbourne based artist Kat Teede, which continues her intrigue of the duality present within life and within ourselves and in the tension that arises when oppositions meet. Light and its Shadow.“I Want to be Your Shadow” is a statement that was once made known to me and has stayed in my memory for the tension that it creates between intimacy and suffocation. Appearing as an endearing declaration of love, “I Want to Be Your Shadow” can also be viewed as a burdening entrapment… Within this exhibition, small-scale sculpture and text combine in considering this tension, together with the recollection of our memories of past relationships. As with this statement, the works within I Want to be Your Shadow are both beautiful and intimate though oppressive and haunting.Opening Thursday 16th May, 6-8pm Posted with Blogsy

He Moved Us: Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013)

There could be no "right" time to awaken to the news of Ray Harryhausen's death at the age of 92. His was a life well-lived, a career well-played, and a legacy well-acknowledged; even so, such news crashes, flying saucer-like, into the wide-eyed child in all of us, whom he entertained for so many decades with ideas and imagery consistently larger than life.

He was not the originator but rather the exemplar of stop-motion animation. He took a scientific principle and gave it a consistency and character that was never-before-seen yet part of an essential tradition of storytelling traceable to the earliest etchings on cavern walls, when stories were brought to life by flickering candlelight rather than a rattling neighborhood movie projector. For the Baby Boomer generation, Ray Harryhausen was Mother Goose, the Brothers Grimm, La Fontaine and the Arabian Nights all rolled into one, himself animated by a heart of adventure whose depth and scope were worthy of H. Rider Haggard…

TIFF Film Night- Intouchables

Friday May 3rd @ 7pm
Tickets are $8 each

Director: Olivier Nakache, EricToledano Country: France