Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Brothers Quay Exhibit at the MOMA

So I was recently alerted by my buddy Keith Lo Bue about an exhibit at the MOMA in NYC which features a retrospective of the mysterious and odd Brothers Quay....not the Quay Brother, mind you, the  Brothers Quay.  This moniker should immediately give you the impression of old world aesthetic...which, as it turns, is entirely accurate.
 The Brother's Quay are stop-animation filmmakers, whose use of discarded dolls, a modified antiquites, and crumbling decaying sets to express a morose and somber mood.  A cross between the Brothers Grimm and Post World War I German film.  There films are simultaneously beautiful yet...not.  Poetic yet brutish.

Some of you might be familiar with a scene they directed in the film Frida...the infamous Dia de los Muertos doctor scene:

This is my favorite film Stilnacht I: Dramolet

My work has been very much inspired by these films.  The use of busted dollies and broken remnants of times gone by.   Fortunately I will be in New York next month so heading to the MOMA is definitely on my list of todos.  The exhibit consists of a number of puppets, sets, and props used in the films.  Of course, the films are on view as well as a diverse collation photos and other bits of memorabilia.

The other day Keith, posted about a competition related to the MOMA exhibit put on by Zeitgeist films.  This is photography competition using Quay inspired images of your creations.  Keith had entered a number of very nice I decided to give him a run for his money and enter my own.  If you want to enter your own entries here's a link to do so:

Here's what I submitted: Brush Boy

and here is my favorite of Keith Lo Bue's entries:

Now if you want to vote some of the entries you do it through Pinterest.  All you need to do is go to the following link and either "Repin" or "Like" the photo.

Hope to see some of your entries!

1 comment:

Thespoena McLaughlin said...

There is so much going on in both of these pieces. I feel as though I could stare at them for hours searching for ...what I don't know, just searching. Amazing creations, I wish you both Good luck!