Watch this Doc: "The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness"

Curator: Brian Rea
date: May 15, 2015
Categories: Art
Tags: Film
I saw this film recently on Netflix that follows Hayao Miyazaki and the efforts of Studio Ghibli. It's a lovely documentary—very spare and reflective—directed by Mami Sunada. The film reveals Miyazaki's passionate and sometimes painful struggle to help his audience rediscover their childlike selves. All while he himself struggles to stay connected to his own passion of making such monumental, beautiful films in the 21st century.

Its simple premise reminded me of another documentary, Gubben i Stugan, which translates to The Old Man in the Cottage. It's a Swedish film Nina Hedenius directed in 1996, and is exactly what the title says. It follows one year in the life of an elderly man living in Kestina in the forest. It has no narration and the only audio is the sound of the forest and the man's activities. It's as spare a movie as I've seen, but you connect so quickly to this man, his daily tasks and the passage of time. 
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L.A. Photographer Sarah Conaway

Curator: Brian Rea
date: May 14, 2015
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Sarah Conaway is a Los Angeles photographer I came across a few years ago. I don't know a lot about Sarah or her work, except that I have a piece of hers in my living room that I truly love. It passes the "if your house was on fire, what would you take" test.

Restrained and timeless is the best way to describe her work. I look at this piece every day and still find new things in it to fall in love with.
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L.A. Artist David Jien

Curator: Brian Rea
date: May 13, 2015
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David Jien is a fantastic artist based in Los Angeles. I don't know much about him, but I've enjoyed his graphite and colored pencil drawings since he graduated from Art Center College of Design. He has a show at the Richard Heller Gallery in Los Angeles of drawings and sculptures that's definitely worth a visit.

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Becky and Joe's Tame Impala Stop-Motion Music Video

Curator: Brian Rea
date: May 12, 2015
Categories: Art
Tags: music

TAME IMPALA- Feels Like We Only Go Backwards from Becky & Joe on Vimeo.

I love seeing animators experiment with unusual materials to create stop motion projects. The music video for Tame Impala's pretty song, "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards," is a good example. It was made by Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling using a lot of plasticine collages.
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Swedish Filmmaker Roy Andersson

Curator: Brian Rea
date: May 11, 2015
Categories: Art
Tags: Film
Roy Andersson is a Swedish filmmaker best known for his immaculately crafted commercials and short films. His most recent film, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting On Existence, won the Golden Lion for best film at the Venice Film Festival. 

Much of the work Andersson produces is made within Studio 24. It's a massive space in Östermalm, Stockholm, where he and his team build incredibly detailed sets to shoot the films, often in one take.

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