I went to the opening last night. Jim gave a fun video slide overview of his career and artistic influences. It also happened to be the same night as the high school age summer school classes' show, so there were lots of families and kids in attendance, not the urban vinyl/hipster/ art gallery crowd. Nice extended Q&A afterwards with a lot of kids asking good questions. Jim was sporting his custom made-in-Japan high tops!
The show at Gage of Jim's work is small but varied, a real sampler box of
assorted eye candy. You can see a charcoal drawing, a intaglio print
(gorgeous!), camera-ready ink line art, watercolors, a couple oil paintings,
and samples of his commercially produced vinyl figures, along with some of
Jim's control drawings for sculpting them. You really get a sense of how his
imagination creates a truly 3 dimensional world, complete with its own
visual language of shapes, motifs and textures, and how he then realizes
that internal vision into real objects.
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Previously on Boing Boing:
• New Jim Woodring art -- Divinorum, or Life After Man
• New stuff from Jim Woodring
• MP3 interview with Jim Woodring
• Woodring animated
• New Jim Woodring figurine from StrangeCo
• Jim Woodring profile on STRANGEco
• Jim Woodring handpressed prints
• New Jim Woodring toy: Mr Bumper
• Woodring and Frisell's Mysterio Simpatico
• The Comics Journal Audio Archives: Jim Woodring
• Cool Jim Woodring animations
• Jim Woodring's pop-up Moleskine art
• Jim Woodring's Mr. Bumper toy sculpture
• New Jim Woodring toys: "Imperial Newts"
• Jim Woodring Interview
• Woodring's amazing plastic pals
• More wonderful Woodring Weirdness
• New Jim Woodring print: "The Confidence Bird"
• Jim Woodring interview
• Woodring-esque Salamander from old German kids' books
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His new book is Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects
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