Alicja Kwade

I recently came across the works of artist Alicja Kwade, who is based in Berlin, Germany. In her works, Kwade experiments with and manipulates our perceptions of how objects usually occupy time and space. In several of her works for example, everyday objects are bent, rotated, mirrored, or distorted in a surrealistic way. For example,…

The Kids in the Shoe

One of my favorite childhood animation series was Max Fleischer’s Color Classics, which ran from 1934 to 1941 and produced thirty-six shorts. One of my favorites was The Kids in the Shoe (1935), based on the popular nursery rhyme “There was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe”. This animated short follows a day in…

Somewhere in Dreamland

One of my favorite childhood animation series was Max Fleischer’s Color Classics, which ran from 1934 to 1941 and produced thirty-six shorts. One of my favorites was Somewhere in Dreamland (1936), which is about two young and hungry siblings who live in poverty but one night have a dream about “Dreamland”. Walking through the wondrous and…

“Expansion” by Paige Bradley

“Expansion” by Paige Bradley is a beautiful sculpture of a meditating woman with light glowing through the cracks throughout her body. The piece gives a feeling of enlightenment, energy, and self-empowerment. The sculpture was originally its own whole piece that Bradley took months to sculpt. However, feeling compelled to find the true essence of her…

“The Mustangs of Las Colinas” by Robert Glen

“The Mustangs of Las Colinas” by Robert Glen is a statue monument located in Las Colinas, Texas. It is the world’s largest equestrian sculpture. The monument consists of nine bronze sculptures of wild mustangs galloping across a watercourse. The stunning and realistic sculptures are static yet capture a feeling of movement and energy. Water fountains…

Madame Tutli-Putli

I finally watched the 2007 stop-motion animation Madame Tutli-Putli by Chris Lavis and Meciek Szczerbowski. It received numerous nominations and wins for various awards, including an oscar nomination. This animation follows the journey of Madame Tutli-Putli as she boards the Night Train, carrying with her tons of luggages and items. After robbers break in and gas the passengers…

Moth Collective

I recently came across Moth Collective, a London based animation studio formed by Daniel Chester, Dave Prosser and Marie-Margaux Tsakiri-Scanatovits. Moth has won many awards for their mesmerizing hand-drawn and 2D animations that have powerful stories and messages. For example, their short The Last Job on Earth addresses the concerns of growing technology and automation,…

William McKeown’s The Dayroom

This summer I visited the Dallas Museum of Art. The piece that stood out to me from their exhibition Passages in Modern Art: 1946-1996 was William McKeown’s installation The Dayroom. In this installation, there is a very large wooden box structure in the middle of a dark empty room. The wooden box has an entrance for visitors as well…

Little Talks

Of Monsters and Men is a band from Iceland who has several amazing animated music videos. This includes their music video for their 2011 international hit “Little Talks” which reached mainstream popularity in the US. This video takes place in an animated mythical world inspired by Iceland’s landscape and it includes both live action and…

Betty Boop in Snow White

This week, I watched Dave Fleisher’s 1933 Betty Boop in Snow White, with Betty Boop starring as Snow White. This animated film was pretty bizarre and far from the familiar Snow White plot. However, it was very entertaining. There is one scene in the middle of the film that caught my eye, the scene of…

The Multiplane Camera in Disney’s 1937 Snow White

Last week I read the book Show White and the Seven Dwarfs by Eric Smoodin, which gives a detailed look into the making of Disney’s 1937 animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Smoodin provides historical context of the Hollywood film industry during that time and the impact of Snow White in contributing to the…

The Tooth Extractor

This summer I visited the Penn Dental School and was taken aback by a 1635 painting hung on a wall, titled “The Tooth Extractor” by Theodor Rombouts. The original painting is currently in the Bridgeman Arts Library in Madrid, Spain. The painting depicts early unsanitary dentistry practices, with a dentist and group of spectators surrounding…