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We have just launched Poor Tom Films (meaning we spent 20 Bucks to get the domain name!)   This will be what we call ourselves when we release our films from here on in.  Appropriately, “Three Fragments of a Lost Tale,” has been selected for inclusion in this year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival and Seattle International Film Festival and will launch under the Poor Tom Name.  The Santa Barbara festival runs from January 26th through February 6th and has Honorees like Martin Scorcese, Viola Davis and Christopher Plummer this year.   The Seattle screening is on May 24th in the evening.

Our posters for both festivals have been designed by Carey Haskell.

John

 

John Frame’s Broken Narrative

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Current endeavors and thoughts from the journey.

A still of Pere Jules, one of John Frame’s characters for his tale.
While in Los Angeles last summer I discovered John Frame, a sculptor I admired from Southern California, had a new exhibit entitled Three Fragments of a Lost Tale at the Huntington.  I had been introduced to his work through a fellow artist some time ago.  It was a delight of a show.  It was a dive into another world created by the Frame’s hand, and a grin erupted on my face when reading the recent newsletter for the Portland Art Museum. The exhibition is coming to Oregon February 18-May 27.  Don’t miss it.  (Read More.)

Kickstarter Keeps Us Going!

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First, I’d like to offer my sincere thanks to everyone who helped us out with the Kickstarter Campaign.  We raised 126% of our goal and it will be enough to keep us moving into the New Year.  In the meantime, we are actively seeking a person or group to act as Producers of Part II of the Tale.  While it is possible for the project to move forward with just two of us working full time, having a real budget and some additional team members would be a great boost in creating our feature length group of shorts.  If anyone out there knows someone who would like to put some serious money into a project that is almost guaranteed not to make a dime, please let us know!  The plan remains to make each of the shorts available for free on the internet as they are completed.  The ultimate goal will be to find a museum or other institution that will give the entire project, including all of the figures, sets, stage and films, a permanent home.  Can’t hurt to have dreams.

The Most Memorable Art of This Year

Host:  Edward Goldman

I thought it might be a good idea to finish the year by talking about the most memorable, adventurous exhibitions in Los Angeles’ museums and galleries over that last year. (Read More Here.)

Portland Art Museum, Oregon

Portland Art Museum

I wanted to let everyone know that “Three Fragments of a Lost Tale,” is slated to travel to the Portland Art Museum in Oregon.  The exhibition will open on February 18, 2012, and runs through May 27, 2012 along with exhibitions of the work of Mark Rothko and Joseph Beuys.  It will have a similar amount of space as the Boone Gallery presentation at the Huntington Library Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino in 2011 and the body of work will be about the same as what was seen there.  We are absolutely thrilled to have the exhibition going to Portland.  It’s a wonderful museum in a great town. More on this as we move along.  Hope to see you there.

Gabriel von Max at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle

During our recent Northern swing to fish for venues, good hiking and perhaps a place to eventually relocate the studio to, I stumbled into a really wonderful exhibition at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle:

Gabriel von Max: Be-tailed Cousins and Phantasms of the Soul

July 9, 2011 – October 30, 2011
One of the most discussed, and perhaps controversial, artists of the late nineteenth century, Gabriel von Max has not been the subject of a solo museum exhibition in America until now.

The exhibition was for me striking in every way.  Beautifully presented with plenty of room between the various works and handsomely lit.  It introduced me to the work of an artist in whom I felt I would have a lasting interest and respect.  Even though I had seen reproductions of some of the works before, I neither knew the artist’s name nor the range of his accomplishments.  The work is characterized by a deep melancholy and demonstrates a particular concern for the lives of the women of his time.  His use of animal life, particularly the monkeys with whom he apparently lived, is powerfully sympathetic and feels like some sort of prescient look at what the plight of animals would become in the 20th and 21st centuries.

There is an excellent catalog, unavailable during my visit, that I ordered and am very much looking forward to receiving.  Kudos to Frye Director Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker for bringing this comprehensive and important exhibition to the lucky folks in or visiting Seattle during the run.

The artists out there may appreciate the painting at left, “Monkeys as Judges of Art”

 

 

An Exhibition in Search of a Venue

Now that Part One of the Tale of the Crippled Boy has closed at the Huntington in San Marino, we are officially in search of a venue for it to move on to.  Help in reaching out to locations outside of Southern California would be sincerely appreciated.  My hope is that we can find a museum somewhere on the eastern seaboard that will be interested in taking it on.  For the moment, the project is returning to my studio with no trips to other parts of the world planned.

In the meantime, I (and our tiny crew of Laura and Johnny) plan to get back to work on Part Two just as soon as we can regroup and scratch together enough resources  to upgrade our equipment and add some necessary components.  Several talented individuals have approached us to offer their services when we begin shooting again and we have kept a careful list of names and skills.  Our only current limitation is the usual one (money) and we are planning to start putting grant applications together very soon.  Should any real funding for the project materialize, we will definitely plan on putting a small crew together to move forward with additional set construction, animation and the general business of trying to bring something new into the world.

Anyone with specific skills relating to the production of Part II of the Tale who would interested in sharing our passion for invention and creative freedom, should drop us a line letting us know what you can do.

Again, we are adrift on the Sea of Uncertainty for the moment with no destination for either Part I or Part II  but, for reasons I don’t fully understand, I believe we will somehow be able to find our way to the goal of continuing to tell the Tale.

Huntington Exhibition Extended to June 27th.

Additional Meet the Artist Dates.

Since we are getting rather close to the end of the exhibition at the Huntington, I wanted to let people know that I will be available in the gallery for casual conversationbetween 1:00 and 3:00 on Sunday the 12th, Sunday the 19th and Sunday the 26th. There are also several other days on which I will be there and would be happy to meet with anyone who has specific questions or thoughts about the work.  Please email me if you would like to get together.

The exhibition has officially been extended until June 27th.

Q and A at the Huntington

This forty-five minute film was shot at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens on May 28th, 2011.  In it, the artist answers numerous questions posed by the audience on the subject of his exhibition Three Fragments of a Lost Tale. (See the Q and A here.)

Artweek.LA

John Frame at the Huntington Library

By Peter Clothier Tue, May 24, 2011 | Original article is here

John Frame at the Huntington Library

Three Fragments of a Lost Tale: Sculpture and Story is an adventure for us viewers, as for the artist, whose journey continues as his vision evolves. Through June 27.

So what are we to make of this endlessly fascinating work-in-progress, Three Fragments of a Lost Tale: Sculpture and Story by John Frame, currently on view at the Huntington Library in San Marino? It’s part puppetry, part kinetic sculpture; part grand opera, part grand guignol; part medieval morality play, part post-Armageddon futuristic narrative; part fairy tale, part visionary quest; part Luddite hand-carving and stitchery, part hi-tech animated movie.  (Read More Here.)

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