Sunday, August 2, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
- The museum Site: http://fryemuseum.org/exhibition/1455/
- A review in the Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/entertainment/2009248210_frye22.html
- A review in the Seattle Stranger: http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/go-figure/Content?oid=1572833
I particularly like Javanese shadow puppets (wayang kulit) and derivatives.
The intricacy of their lacey outlines appeals to my love of complication and my preference for 2D and pattern over 3D and volume. I bought a wooden rendition of one of these several years ago at an International music festival, and I need to re-look at the film THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY, where I think they play a role. It was fascinating to learn that Julie Taymor began her long career in puppertry in Indonesia.
One of the most impressive pieces at the exhibition was a video of a shadow puppet show by Kara Walker, giving movement to her intricate and grotesque silhouettes.
LINKS ON JAVANESE PUPPETS:
- Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayang
- Chinese shadow puppets: http://www.artadox.com/shadow-journey-to-the-east-on-rawhide-wings/
Contemporary Shadow Puppets for Sale: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5122615