‘Black Forest’, A Trippy, Looped Video by Charles Huettner

'Black Forest', A Trippy, Looped Video by Charles Huettner

'Black Forest', A Trippy, Looped Video by Charles Huettner

This clever animation above was created by Charles Huettner, a Pennsylvania based illustrator and animator. It’s about… well, I’m not sure what it’s about. But it features this little, black critter that falls from a tree, absorbs a bunch of little black slug guys and then turns into some kinda’ humanoid. But then this jellybean looking guy climbs out of his body and rockets onto the tree, killing the humanoid thing-y. Totally weird, right?

Well here’s the thing. You need to Control + Click the video (or right click if you’re a Windows user) and select Turn Loop ON. This weird little short will play over and over until you’re content. I watched it about 4 times in a row last night, it’s just so weird to see it happening again and again. Charles created this clip for loopdeloop, a site devoted to looping films, which I highly suggest you check out as well.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

May 26, 2011 / By

‘Strawberry Shortcake’ by Tom Rubnitz

'Strawberry Shortcake' by Tom Rubnitz

'Strawberry Shortcake' by Tom Rubnitz

Tom Rubnitz shot Strawberry Shortcake in 1991, right at the end of the Cold War and the height of VHS camcorders. The Chicago born video-artist unfortunately died of AIDS when he was only in his 30′s, but he still nonetheless helped build the image of RuPaul and the East Village drag queen scene by featuring them in his shorts. No one else but Tom Rubnitz could’ve put transvestites, cheap food, and neon colors together to form artistic masterpieces that have already been viewed by 1,000,000+ individuals because of the internet. If you feel like this clip makes you want to see more of Rubnitz’s work then you’re in for a surprise…a pickle surprise.

Daniel

Bobby Solomon

May 26, 2011 / By

Please Welcome Daniel & Alec… And A Call For (Female) Writers

Daniel Rolnik Alec Rojas

There’s a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes here at The Fox Is Black right now, and if there’s one thing I’m most excited about is getting more unique voices on the site. So after a bit of looking around, I came across two fellas that I thought fit the bill. The first guy is named Daniel Rolnik, he’s the guy on the left. Daniel lives here in Los Angeles and is the biggest ball of energy I’ve seen in my life. The guy introduces himself to everyone he runs into and he writes a mean interview. The second guy is Alec Rojas, who’s technically a legal advisor but I think another life he was some kind of shaman working for Jim Morrison. He’s got a great taste in food and music and is entrenched in the LA music scene. Daniel is going to providing daily posts on the site and Alec will be helping out much like Philip does, one or two posts a week. Please give them a warm welcome, I think you’re going to enjoy what’s coming.

But there’s just one problem… the site has become a sausage fest, and that needs to be remedied. So I’ve decided to simplify things a bit and I’m looking for two amazing female writers. It doesn’t matter where in the world you live, so long as you’re ahead of the curve on art, design, food and fashion. You know the difference between a passing fad and an upcoming trend and you want to inform people on the rad shit that’s out there. I want to find the female equivalent of me, wherever you are.

So please hit me up with an email of your work, specifically your blog that you keep freshly updated and the reasons why you think you’d make The Fox Is Black a thousand times better. Send it to thefoxisblack at gmail and be sure to title it New Writer for The Fox Is Black. We already have a couple of strong applicants but I wanted to open the flood gates a bit more. If you’re picked for a daily writing assignment, you will be paid after a short trial period.

Thanks everyone for sticking around this mad house. I promise that our content will continue to be the best, and that I’m not going to write any less, in fact, this just makes me work even harder.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

May 26, 2011 / By

Sneak Preview of the Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA (74 Photos)

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

Tim Burton Exhibit at LACMA

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Yesterday Kyle and I had the opportunity to see a sneak peak of the upcoming Tim Burton exhibition at the LACMA’s new Resnick Pavilion, which opens to the public on Sunday, May 29. The exhibit is a retrospective of Burton’s career, starting with his early work as a kid growing up in Burbank and how he slowly became the creative genius we know today. The exhibit is filled with a mix of everything like paintings, sculptures, videos, short films, movie props and even a huge, black light installation.

My favorite part was seeing all of the old drawings and sketches he did when he was younger. You can totally tell that he was really bored when he was growing up, and channeled this boredom into art. But so many of these little drawings were the seeds of ideas, which would eventually translate into larger ideas, some even progressing into characters in his films.

There were also a ton of movie related sketches and items such as Jonny Depp’s costume from Edward Scissorhands, 3 Batman mantles and even the eyeballs used for Large Marge from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. Another awesome part was The Nightmare Before Christmas section which contained about a dozen maquettes from the movie and about two dozen Jack Skellington heads. I’m a huge fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas so I was totally nerding out in this section.

I really liked the show overall, but Kyle mentioned that the exhibit could have been way more creative overall. Maybe they could have ran it during Halloween? Or maybe they could have made the experience more interactive and less… a standard exhibit. Especially after seeing Art In The Streets so recently, it’s hard not to make a comparison. Nonetheless, if you’re as big of a fan of Tim Burton’s work as I am you’ll still love this show.

Under the cut I’ve posted 71 more photos from the show, so if you don’t live in L.A. or don’t plan on visiting in the next 3 months, you’ll get a good taste of what the show was all about. I hope you guys enjoy it!

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Bobby Solomon

May 26, 2011 / By

The Flaming Lips and Prefuse 73 Join Together and Get Weird

The Flaming Lips and Prefuse 73 Record

The Flaming Lips and Prefuse 73 Record

The Flaming Lips and Prefuse 73 Record

The Flaming Lips and Prefuse 73 Record

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The Super Moon Made Me Wanna Pee!!! by The Flaming Lips with Prefuse 73

To some extent, this was a psychedelic meeting waiting to happen. The Flaming Lips has teamed up with Prefuse 73 to release a four track, limited record… in Oklahoma. Far out, right? From the most serene to the most artificial of noises, Prefuse 73 and his many incarnations are collages of sound, retrofitted and mashed into the same sonic canvas. And the Flaming Lips’s often go to as many different musical places as possible, but never venture outside their sonic universe.

The overlap from these two groups resides in their galactic forays. This conceptual little record might as well be music to take for a planetarium, and names of the songs are exactly what they mean. Lead track, The Supermoon Made Me Want To Pee!!!, feels exactly like that: a frantic drum beat and pace pushes the song until it ends into a satisfying-as-a-piss ambient synth. Heavy Star Moving… takes shape as a slow celestial dirge, with guitars contrasting to create a sweeping fuzz for Coyne to sing over. Be Like That…That…That… might as well be a lost transmisson from space while Guillermo’s Bolero rocks as a piano driven synth blend. It’s star gazing and light-show fun.

These hand pressed records are imbued with a variety of colors, as colorful as the music they contain. I’d kind of want to have one for that day I buy a really expensive telescope to pair with a record player. Or go outside with a telescope with a portable record player. Or gaze at the stars with a beer and google skymaps. When’s the next supermoon? Seriously… when?

You can also see more photos of the all the records that were pressed by clicking here.

Alec

Alec Rojas

May 25, 2011 / By

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