September 28, 2009

Animator Jim Trainor Speaking at CMU on Sept 29!

Jim Trainor is a Chicago-based animator/filmmaker and comic artist (Sun Shames Headhunting Moon) who will be joining Carnegie Mellon University's Lecture Series on Tuesday, September 29th at 5pm at McConomy Auditorium (5000 Forbes Ave or here for a campus map). Admission is open and free to all! The School of Art at CM says:
JIM TRAINOR has been making animated films since he was thirteen. Since that time his medium has changed little. His preferred technique is black magic marker on typing paper. “The Fetishist” (1997), a portrait of a serial killer, took him eleven years to make and is highly unpleasant, though perhaps not in the way you might expect. A series of films about animals – “The Bats”, “The Moschops”, “The Magic Kingdom”, and “Harmony” – followed, and have been widely screened, sometimes under the collective title “The Animals and Their Limitations”. “The Magic Kingdom” was featured in the 2004 Whitney Biennial in New York. In 2000 Trainor was hired as a professor of art at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he is now lodged happily. He is currently at work on a new series of films, “Nascent Humanity”, of which “The Presentation Theme” has just been completed (2008). He is now at work on “The Ugliest Woman in the World” (estimated completion date: 2011), the story of a peripatetic culture-heroine whose hideous skin disease turns out be merely starchy foodstuffs clinging to her skin. Beyond filmmaking, his passions include looking closely at birds and insects and reading forgotten anthropology books of the 1920s. He is rumored to be the world’s foremost authority on headhunting.

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