Posts tagged as art

Buy One of Dean Fleischer-Camp's Weird and Hilarious Inspirational Posters

Looking for some inspirational and/or terrifying new art to hang on your walls? Filmmaker and co-creator of Marcel the Shell with Shoes On Dean Fleischer-Camp is launching a brand new project today called TOP Posters & Prints, which he calls a "series of slightly unsettling and hopefully funny art posters" that are all available to purchase in multiple sizes. I spoke with Fleischer-Camp last night right after his wife Jenny Slate took home a Critics' Choice Award for her performance in Obvious Child to ask how the project came about.

I just saw that Jenny won an award for Obvious Child, so congratulations to both of you!


Talking to Wayne White About Cartooning, 'Pee-wee's Playhouse,' and Humor's Role in the Art World

Prior to the release of the 2012 documentary Beauty Is Embarrassing, artist Wayne White's work had much more mainstream recognition than his name. A comedian of the art world and vice versa, White's storied career has consistently eluded a singular identity; he's made cartoons for The New York Times and The Village Voice, both acted in and fabricated puppets and sets for Pee-wee's Playhouse, worked on a handful of children's television series, made music videos and commercials, and created the world's largest country star George Jones head. It wasn't until White debuted his trademark "word paintings" inspired by both his Chattanooga upbringing and lifelong [...]

Here's Some Art from Gallery 1988's Edgar Wright Art Show

Gallery 1988, the LA-based pop culture art gallery opened a new exhibit Tuesday called "The Official Edgar Wright Art Show," featuring hundreds of pieces paying tribute to the filmmaker. As with Gallery 1988's previous art shows for Saturday Night Live and Judd Apatow, it's an eclectic mix of pieces that celebrate Wright's work in a fun way. The entire collection of Edgar Wright works is available to view or buy online. We selected some of the highlights from the exhibit, including stuff inspired by Wright's movies Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Hot Fuzz, The World's End, Spaced, and even Wright's next movie, [...]

Here Are All the Pieces from Gallery 1988's 'SNL' Art Show

Gallery 1988, Katie Cromwell and Jensen Karp's LA-based pop culture art gallery, unveiled an SNL-themed art show this weekend, featuring over 80 pieces inspired from the show by various artists. The exhibit is open until April 20th and all of the art showcased in it is available for purchase online via Gallery 1988. Covering the show's entire history, from "Land Shark" to "Django Uncrossed," it's a fun look back at the SNL's more popular sketches. We've gathered all the pieces below, including the absurd amount of "Toonces, the Driving Cat" art the show features. Enjoy!

Comedian Myq Kaplan Starts a Kickstarter to Figure Out What Kickstarter Considers Art

Here are things Kickstarter implicitly considers art: Hawaiian bitters, a solar powered sound installation, a mix-tape of whale songs, a pre-Burning Man roller disco, and a weapon to shoot toothpicks. Myq's project has already been funded but the more money the more art he can make. It's at least as artful as a toothpick weapon.

Puck Magazine and the Birth of Modern Political Cartooning

In the late 19th Century, long before Mad Magazine and the Daily Show, there was Puck. The magazine helped to change the very nature of political cartooning, was at the forefront of printing technology and agitating for progressive causes during the Gilded Age — and is even credited with helping to put Grover Cleveland in the White House in the election of 1884! In their new book What Fools These Mortals Be: The Story of Puck, America’s First and Most Influential Magazine of Color Political Cartoons writers Michael Alexander Kahn and Richard West look at the history and the influence of the magazine. Richard West has written extensively about [...]

Watch Billy Eichner, Fred Armisen, and Aubrey Plaza Talk Comedy As Art

Funny or Die's John Ramsey sat down with Billy Eichner, Fred Armisen, and Aubrey Plaza at the recent New Yorker Festival to talk about, or more accurately, around the idea of whether comedy is art. In this case, almost certainly.

Watch Louis C.K. Play a Toilet Artist Named David Cross in an Early '90s MTV Clip

Here's a recently-unearthed clip from an early '90s MTV show in which a 20something Louis C.K. plays a toilet artist named David Cross. What more could you want from a YouTube video?

Inside the Judd Apatow Art Show

Gallery 1988 held a Judd Apatow tribute art show in Los Angeles last week, and here's a nice little mini-documentary about the event, which Seth Rogen, Martin Starr, and Apatow himself attended. It's a must-watch if you're dying to know who won a bidding war for a piece of Freaks and Geeks art between Judd Apatow and Martin Starr.

Check Out This Comedian-Inspired Art, Art Appreciators

"This sculpture of Louis C.K.'s head as a melting scoop of ice cream will pair beautifully with the de Kooning in my collection," muses a small goateed private art curator in my imagination, as he walks around the second annual "Is This Thing On?" exhibit in LA this Friday. "And this ink and watercolor painting of Whitney Cummings, a clear descendent of Cézanne's Bathers, to be sure, but with its own charms-" He stops in his tracks, almost spilling his tiny clear plastic cup of wine on his many pewter rings. "Why, look at the clarity of the birds' wings, the vibrancy, the immediacy of their flight, as [...]

A 3D Animator Has Created an Impressively Realistic 'Futurama' World

Russian animator Alexey Zakharov recently decided to recreate the Planet Express Ship from Futurama, and the result is pretty impressive. Check out a short clip of the ship in an extremely detailed Futurama world above, then click through for another clip as well as several images of the ship in all its 3D glory.

New York "Comedy Club" To Open For Doll Standup Fans

New York City plays home to some weird comedy shows, but this one is by far the creepiest. An art installation called "Comedy Club" will open in October in midtown Manhattan, and will allow anyone to pop in and perform standup for an audience of dolls. 30 dolls will be gathered around the stage, and the "audience" response sounds of laughter, coos, or wails will be piped in.

New York comedian Jo Firestone is behind the exhibit, and will be controlling the doll's reactions. The idea is for regular New Yorkers "to experience this silly, silly environment," she says. "There's a lot of painful and uncomfortable things in the world, and [...]

The New 'Always Sunny' Promos Are Super Artsy

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia returns for its ninth season this September on FX's new all-comedy network FXX, and the gang filmed a series of artsy black-and-white promos in the style of foreign films. It doesn't top last year's promos, which replaced the cast with Haley Joel Osment, Xzibit, and Andrew Dice Clay, but it's still pretty funny.

Check out the other two promos below:

David Foster Wallace and the Comedy Nerd

Mike Schur, showrunner of Parks and Recreation, is obsessed with David Foster Wallace. At Harvard, he made Wallace an honorary member of the Lampoon and wrote his thesis about Infinite Jest. He directed a music video depicting a scene from IJ. His wife banned him from discussing the book at social gatherings.

It’s not just Schur — a ton of comedians share David Foster Wallace enthusiasm. Adam Scott, Nick Offerman, Rob Delaney and a bunch more comedians read monologues from Pale King after its 2011 release. Tina Fey mentions Wallace in Bossypants. Anecdotally, a lot of my comedy friends are into Wallace. I read Infinite Jest while [...]