Stan.Brakhage – Persian Series 1-3

“1) This hand-painted and elaborately step-printed work begins with a flourish of reds and yellows and purples in palpable fruit-like shapes intersperced by darkness, then becomes lit lightning-like by sharp multiply-colored twigs-of shape, all resolving into shapes of decay. 2) Multiple thrusts and then retractions of oranges, reds, blues, and the flickering, almost black, textural dissolves suggesting an amalgam approaching script. 3) Dark, fast-paced symmetry in mixed weave of tones moving from oranges & yellows to blue-greens, then retreating (dissolves of zooming away) to both rounded and soft-edged shapes shot with black. 4) Elaborate petal-like, stamen-and-stem-like, multicolored flowers rising in white space until the whole field is as if crushed by floral designs in madly-swift mixtures of every conceivable previous (in the PERSIAN SERIES) shape, evolving back to brilliant petals against what was as at beginning of #4. 5) Dark blood red slow shifting tones (often embedded in dark) / (often shot-thru with parallel wave-like lines) composed of all previous shapes AND flowers as if trying, linierally, to evolve a glyph-script.”

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“Brexicuted” by Chris Shepherd (2018)

My old college friend and prolific animator and mentor, Chris Shepherd made this short film last year about the political issue currently dominating British politics at the expense of literally everything else.

Wherever you fall on the debate it’s pretty funny. I was lucky enough to see it last autumn at the Encounters film festival, but it is currently available on YouTube.

Posted here in celebration of Withdrawal Agreement Day in Parliament (haha!).

(You might have to click through to watch.)

“Date Night” by Father John Misty (2018)

Can’t stop listening to this.
Great animation too.

CREDITS:
Directed and Animated by Chad VanGaalen
https://chadvangaalen.bandcamp.com

LYRICS:

“Nothing surprises me much
And my hobbies include laughing in the dark
Do you wanna go to the farm? Do you wanna go to the park?
I’ll get you ice cream if you give me your card

Nothing impresses me much
I’ve got a great attitude and a map to the stars
I got your number from that sign in the lawn
I also want to vanquish evil but my mojo is gone

(I want you)
C’mon, I bet you know most of my friends
They’re some real exclusive dudes from just around the bend
They’re playing demos. Oh, they’re wearing Dries
I can escort you down the runway I just joined the police

Just right now
So you wanna be a grifter like me?
Are you hearing impaired with your own URL?
I’m the second coming, I’m the last to know,
I didn’t get invited but I know where to go”