Friday, April 30, 2010

Circus Exhibition Now Open

Tinderbox presents Circus as part of the Sogo Festival.
First Floor (beside Cafe Togo) Powerscourts Centre, Southwilliam Street, Dublin.
Open Friday 3 - 6
Saturday & Sunday 12 - 6

Live Performances
Friday 4 - 6 Aoife Casey Performance
The artist uses the body clothed in elaborate costume as an object interacting with
the space of the gallery. Accompanied by harpist Murakami Junshi

Saturday 1 - 3 The Glór Sessions
Music & Poetry Session with poet & MC Stephen James Smith

Saturday 4 - 6 Lisa ONeill and Friends
Live music session

Sunday 12 -2 Game Piece dance performance / StorySketch
The Narrative Arts Club and special guests will provide an afternoon of “eye-contact theatre”.
Sketching enthusiasts are invited to draw the storytellers, performers, the audience OR the story itself.

Sunday 4 - 6 Aoife Casey Performance

(see Friday)

Full Listings for SoGo festival events here.

Thursday, April 29, 2010


Hi Claire,

First post here! I look forward to many more...

Pim Palsgraaf

Taxidermy sculptures by Pim Palsgraaf.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Supersweet Illustrations
I've recently joined and this is my first post so hopefully it works.;-)
This is some work I did recently for a london based online magazine Supersweet. Have a look!

Hammy in my Brain

At what point do you know you've gone mad or if you know your mad are you not really mad at all

Steph Von Reiswitz

Some interesting work by Steph Von Reiswitz that i found here Le Gun while looking for agents and representatives for freelance illustrators.

If anybody has any advice on developing yourself as a freelance illustrator, please do share.

Origami Fun!

Includes handy diagrams and animations.

Monday, April 26, 2010

I met the Walrus

Saw this a while back and totally forgot about it until I found it on Graham Lineham's blog. I like the style of animation and the sentiment.

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan snuck into John Lennon's hotel room in Toronto and convinced him to do an interview. 38 years later, Levitan, director Josh Raskin and illustrators James Braithwaite and Alex Kurina have collaborated to create an animated short film using the original interview recording as the soundtrack. A spellbinding vessel for Lennon's boundless wit and timeless message, I Met the Walrus was nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Animated Short and won the 2009 Emmy for 'New Approaches' (making it the first film to win an Emmy on behalf of the internet).

Watch video

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Here's a little picture I did today of a dragon enjoying a picnic. Hope it brings a chuckle!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

My card!

Hi guys,
Above is my winning entry for the recent Rothar competition. The card has been distributed around various locations in Dublin, including Hogans. :)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Storytelling a la carte with StorySketch, Library Bar Extension, Thursday 22 April

Sketch artists are invited to draw as the inspiration moves them, while two of Dublin's most daring and innovative storytellers, Adam Wilson and Coilín “The” Oh-Aissieux, perform stories from a menu. Ask for your favourites, or for something new: Arabian Nights, Irish mythology, tales of shamanism, mermaids, and much more.

Disclaimer: These stories may contain scenes of misogyny, race hatred, extreme violence, graphic sexual content, strong language and witchcraft, which some listeners may find inoffensive.

We will grant free admission to future storytelling shows to those artists whose art works we use, with their permission, to promote the club. See for example Susan Levinsohn's portrait of The Oh-Aissieux above, and Sarah Bowie's magical sketches here:

Library Bar Extension, Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2.
Show starts at 8 pm sharp. Doors 7.30 pm.
Admission: EUR 6. Concessions: EUR 2. Can't pay? Don't pay!

Mammuth - French Film *new*

I am very excited to present here the new French production with Gerard Depardieu. This film was presented in the Berlinale this winter. The 2 directors, Bruno Délépine et Gustave Kervern, have always been refusing the conformity of our modern society and draw here the portrait of one singular man, Depardieu as you've never seen him.

A slaughterhouse worker, heavy and reticent, has just turned sixty and his colleagues have organised a farewell party to celebrate his retirement. The man began his working life at the age of sixteen; he has never lost a job, or been off sick. But then he discovers in an interview at the works’ pension fund that, during the course of his chaotic working life, no fewer than six of his employers have ‘forgotten’ to register his earnings. If he is to receive his pension he will have to furnish the necessary proof of employment.
Egged on by his wife, the protagonist climbs onto his old seventies ‘Mammoth’ motorbike that has earned him his nickname, and returns to the places of his youth. His journey puts him in touch with former workmates, old friends and long-lost relatives. Gradually, he begins to realise that, back then, everyone used to think of him as an idiot, and – what’s worse – still do.

Self-doubt begins to gnaw at him. This, coupled with his memories of his first love, Yasmine, who died in a dramatic motorcycle accident, soon outweigh the initial reason for his journey. He is saved from the doldrums however by his young niece who introduces him to naïve art – and her unconventional girlfriends. This encounter awakens the enthusiastic poet that had clearly slumbered within him all along.

Please enjoy this poetry applied to a simple man, a good man.

See below the video...with English subtitles!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Monday, April 19, 2010

Miranda July

Here's a drawing of miranda july that I just finished. Its not really how I wanted to go with it but it just happened this way, as things do. I recently went through a 'miranda phase'. Fran posted a link on her blog not so long ago to an interview with her and it reminded me to watch 'me and you and everyone we know' again. That led to me reading her book of short stories, which I loved, and then there's stuff like this. Hard not to love, or at least like :)

The Creative Lives

Barry McGee Feature from TheCreativeLives on Vimeo.

The Creative Lives is a documentary project aimed at inspiring people to create their own work by giving them a view into the world of today’s contemporary artists. Each documentary not only shows how these artists create their work, but also attempts to find out why they do what they do and who has helped or inspired them to get to where they are. My goal is to hopefully inspire young artists to pursue their dreams by showing how some of the great contemporary artists of today started their careers and how they continue to grow and change their artistic perspective. I hope you enjoy the project and the artists within.

Check out videos here.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Woolly warmer

Here's a cool little stop motion video by Lovo Films for Belgian Natural Gas. I particularly like the shower and the steam at the end. There's also a nice little making of video here.
Thanks to Eleanor McCaughey for the find!

Friday, April 16, 2010

All stays in the family

These are works of art that my kids did when they were young.
Art in the boxes are in our blood.
I leave them to enjoy them while I'm going to do mine that I'm a little embarrassed.
Good and creative weekend everyone!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Quote: gary taxali

There's an interview with gary taxali in this month's Computer Arts magazine. I liked this quote.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

SoGo Festival - Volunteers Wanted

Hi everybody!
I'm happy to announce Tinderbox's curation of yet another exhibition!
Circus is a group show set in a beautiful gallery in the Powercourt
center as part of the SoGo festival (Friday 30th April - Sunday 2nd May).
Artworks presented from Tinderbox members along side work from other established artists.

We have planned a set of pop up events to take place over the course of the weekend including live music, spoken work and theatrical performances.

It's shaping up to be a really exciting event! Would you like to volunteer to help with any of the following?:
- installation of the exhibition
- running of the events
- supervision of exhibition.

Post here or email me if you are interested in helping out.
Hope to hear from you soon

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Lifelike Paintings

Alexa Meade paints people to look like paintings of people!

Joyce Readings at Sweny's Pharmacy

The intrepid volunteers and lovers of James Joyce who are keeping open the great Ulysses landmark, Sweny’s Pharmacy at 1 Lincoln Place in Dublin (pictured above), are embarking on an another Joycean odyssey. They will be reading Ulysses out loud there every week. At the moment they are not sure how long the marathon will last. “As long as it takes,” says Wendy Conroy of the newly founded Sweny’s Volunteers, adding that the Ulysses Reading Group will meet every Monday between 11.30am and 1pm until they have reached the very last line.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

My Vegetable Spider - Help Needed!


A while back I posted about the RPM Challenge, where musicians create an album in the month of February. Well, that's all done now, and one of the tracks that came out of it was 'My Vegetable Spider'. This was intended as a sort of lullaby/nursery rhyme, but ended up like this (right-click and save, if you like):

Canabrism - My Vegetable Spider

This is where I thought I'd try something new - asking for artistic assistance to create a music video!

Basically, if any of you feel like sketching/drawing/sanding/leafing anything inspired by the song, then please send it to me - danfoley (aaht) podcomplex (dot) com - and I'll incorporate all submissions into a video somehow.

Anything at all would be greatly appreciated, whether a five second sketch, or a photo of a something, or a something of a something... I would be really interested to see how a song might translate to visuals via your good selves!

PS The pic is from Till Nowak's digital vegetables (no connection to the spider)...

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Me Cards

some blantant self promotion, one of the cards I had made up, more on the drawing rant blog, , and a link there to my other personality Half Glimpsed Things

Cecilia Carlstedt

Very nice (if not slightly girly) illustration by Cecilia Carlstedt

"Re-envisioning" film posters

Monday, April 5, 2010

illustrations inspired by Film


Book Cover Design

I must admit, I recently broke the first rule of how to judge a book. I bought The Humbling by Philip Roth entirely because I liked the cover.
Here's some more beautifully designed book covers.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Sonar by Renaud Hallée

Sonar is a simple yet hypnotic visualistion of sound that was animated in Flash.

Sonar from Renaud Hallée on Vimeo.

Double YAY!!!!

......just want to say Hi to all the lovely tinderboxers I met on the monday.
It felt really special and I wish that I'd had more time to talk and ....that it would never end .
Yay for all the seriously good work being made and ........till the next time :)