Last night the monthly Gridlords event happened bigger and crazier than ever at the Hollywood theater in portland, OR and it was amazing! I had a front row seat and took tons of photos that I want to share with everyone. Sorry about some of the fuzzy shots, I didn't want to use a flash. The flat images are shots of the movie screen as animations were playing.
Eamon Espey and Lisa Krause put on an amazing multifaceted puppet show version of Eamon Espey's comic Ishi's Brain. I interviewed Eamon for Gridlords and you can read the interview by clicking here. There were masks, shadow puppets, live music making, moving components in the set, and Lisa's wonderful marionette work with the Ishi puppet in the top photo.
Lori D. debuted her animation called the Records Keeper. It was really beautiful! You can see her paintings and more by clicking here. The animation reel on her website is super fun.
I wish the photo had come out better. It was a still shot of Stephan Gruber's brand new animation called Edible Rocks. I highly recommend exploring his website full of mystical wiggling images that will fill you with joy! Click here to get magical.
Here are 2 pics from Wee Wee Attractors by Leif Goldberg and Ursa Goldenrose. This was a fun and frenzied collaboration of animated drawings by a grown up (Leif) and a little girl (Ursa). You can see a few more fo Leif's videos by clicking here.
Here are 2 shots of Lilli Carre's beautiful Like a Lantern animation. This piece was so rich and wandered through a poem of words and moving pictures. The whole animation had this soft texture, like the images were etchings, it was really captivating. She has some really great excerpts from her animations (and there are a bunch!) on her website, click here to check those out.
Marsuplala, a collaborative project between artists Wally C. and Alex Chiu, put on a great show with animation, stage sets, huge costumes, eye ball balloons, audience participation (I ended up dancing on stage wearing giant cardboard muscle arms), video and original music. I wish I could have gotten a less blurry photo of Wally's costume, he had on giant arms but you can see better photos of that on their crazy dance-a-thonic website! Click here to check out Marsuplala!