- Felipe Lima, 26 March 2013, 14:00 PM
Felipe Lima, 9 March 2013, 11:25 AM
Longtime readers of my column here may remember that I’m a huge fan of Thom Andersen’s Los Angeles Plays Itself.
Tonight, Los Angelinos have a rare opportunity to see an equally incredible earlier film by Andersen, Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer. Completed in 1974, while Andersen was attending UCLA, this film is a pretty straightforward biographic documentary about one of the first men trying to capture motion on film (if you don’t recognize Muybridge’s name, you’ll absolutely recognize his photos).
This film is very rare and has seldom been shown. We have the UCLA Film and Television Archive to thank for this screening, as they’ve worked closely with Andersen to restore the film, blow it up to 35mm, and retime the colors to more closely match the tinting of Muybridge’s original photographs and photogravures. From Thom Andersen himself: “For me, it’s a whole new film that finally fulfills my intentions.”
See it tonight at 7:30pm at the Hammer Museum. Buy a $10 ticket here. Enjoy!
Felipe Lima, 23 February 2013, 15:48 PM
I’ve been a big fan of the Colby Poster Printing Company since moving to LA and have done my best to profess that love online over the years.
When my friend Jeff Deutchman asked me to design a poster for his election day ‘participatory’ documentary, I essentially handed off design duties to Glenn Hinman and his team, then did my best to sing Colby’s praises on the film’s blog. I also took the opportunity to shoot a few photos:
Later that year, Incase released their Curated by Arkitip product range with one of my favorite dudes, C. R. Stecyk III. Craig and I worked pretty closely on the video for that project and in the process of discussing it, we decided to reproduce one of his classic Colby editions — remember these?
A few shots of the actual printing process even made it into that video (silkscreen that time, not letterpress)…
And this photo of Glenn’s definitely one of my favorites-
Sadly, the Colby Poster Printing Company closed it doors at the end of 2012. The end of an era and I can’t imagine most street corners and telephone poles in LA will ever look quite the same. Stecyk designed their final poster:
We can at least hope that the famous durability of their card stock means that some of what’s still up might survive into the spring. And we can be grateful that ForYourArt has organized a show celebrating Colby’s history and their long legacy of collaborating with artists on unique editions. The show opens tonight, 6-9pm at ForYourArt’s new-ish space at 6020 Wilshire Blvd (across the street from the LACMA). Lots of homies involved like Stecyk, Cali DeWitt, Brian Roettinger, Scott Benzel, Cody Hudson… and lots of thugs like Peter Coffin, Allen Ruppersberg, Ed Ruscha, etc.
I haven’t seen the show yet, but I’m excited to and so much in support of ForYourArt for championing Colby that I put together this little unsolicited video flyer for the show. Just some titles over footage of a few letterpress split fountain blanks that I took to China with me a few years ago. Never known what to do w/ this stuff…
So adios Colby, thanks ForYourArt, and hopefully see you all tonight-
(↑ a chipped letterpress S Glenn gave me a few years back)