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Monday, January 25, 2010

MoMa: Tim Burton Take Two

I went to the Tim Burton Exhibit at MoMA this past weekend.  I would first like to thank my boss for letting me use his MoMA Membership Card.  If it were not for that card we would not have been able to go. It was sold out! So thank you John. 

It was very crowded and hot.  You were elbow to elbow with people the entire time.  It was hard to get around the exhibit without bumping into someone and it was almost impossible if you were trying to see something against the flow of traffic.  Other than that it was great.  Really great. 

I enjoyed it immensely. The mind of Tim Burton has got to be one of the most interesting and odd worlds I have ever seen.  I loved it. I was in a trance of color, amusement, crazy worlds which inspired me to want to be more like him.  It was rubbing off step by step. 

The exhibit ends April 26th and I highly recommend it.  

Here are some of my favorite pieces. 

One of my favorite pieces in the exhibit were the schematic drawings of the characters, sets and ideas.  To see how his mind worked was fascinating.  There was work displayed from all different steps of his thoughts.  The schematic drawings were fantastic but to see what they evolved into was unbelievable.  I kept on saying look at that, no look at that one, wow look at this. 

One of my favorite details about his work are the characters he portrayed within shadows.  I loved it. I kept looking for shadows. Depending on the story, scene or setting the creatures had shadows that were almost the devil or angel within. It was interesting to see what character the shadow would take and basically was the main point of the piece. 

Another great aspect of his crazy mind were the creatures and monsters.  I mean, who comes up with this stuff? Tim Burton that's who. They were so bizarre but awesome.

Another one of my favorite details about some of the pieces are the positive and negative ratio. For example, this piece below. He doesn't even draw in the arms. He only draws in the hands but you know what he means. Do you know how hard that is to do.  The angles those hands are drawn in at are so perfect.  I bet it only took him a few minutes to draw this piece.  

I also loved the color on black. There was so much to look at. I almost couldn't keep focused on one thing for too long because the next thing was just as inspiring. 

Tim Burton is so creative he can even make furniture come alive. I love this series! 

There were also some scripts, captions, letters from Tim Burton and notes about his movies and the way he envisioned them. Those were very cool to read. 

Then of course there was the Batman Returns section.  The drawings, watercolors and paintings of the Penguin were my favorite. There was one I wanted for my apartment. 

The Nightmare Before Christmas is probably one of his most famous and the drawings were just memorizing. The details, colors and compositions were unbelievable.   Here are the images from the storyboard. 

So, go now. And, go on a week day. It won't be as crowded. 

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