Saturday, January 2, 2010

You should go to the Tim Burton exhibit at the MOMA

Today I walked into the Tim Burton exhibit at the MOMA curious, and I attended in hopes of learning more about this man's journal from sketches to screen.

I left as a fan. Seeing his notes, early works, sketches on newspapers and drawings he most likely did not plan on saving and showing one day, appealed to me most.

Remember at the start of Edward Scissorhands when the machines start to come alive and work, and the cookie cutter machine stomps cookies? I loved that, that machine was there!

I like to find out, and know at what moment during an artists pursuits help to launch them into the next level, or a prosperous level. I enjoyed the timeline on the wall of Tim's pursuits and career. Also I noticed that a lot of his early sketches, characters, he kept hold of and used even many, many years later. A reminder that it is important to save things we create even if we are not sure it will turn out to be anything later. Ex: His early sketches of spirals would show up throughout his work later works many times.

I respect his journey and I enjoyed reading also the prologue and handwritten details from creating the story-boards for some of his amazing films. He has such an imagination, very unique, a one-of-a-kind man.

He worked as an apprentice artist at Disney Studios and I wondered if this experience helped to plant some seeds for his future.

Pee-wee Herman, which Tim Burton directed, was one of the first movies with adult characters that I ever saw. I'll never forget his red bike. Pee-wee was very creepy to me then and still is creepy today. It was also the first time and maybe the one time in my life I heard the word Alamo. Now that my fiance' is from Texas I know what it is and all, but for a kid it was a piece of history I gained from Pee Wee.

The details in Tim Burton's films is something to notice.

How many times you have seen a character stitched up, whether on their body or clothing?

I haven't seen Mars Attacks, Planet of the Apes, Big Fish, Ed Wood or James and Giant Peach (did read the book though), and I should see Beetlejuice again to really remember it...so I am sorry to admit I have a lot of movies to still see from him, but while going through the exhbit it doesn't matter how many you have or have not seen yet, I felt as if I was going in and through Tim Burton's mind, getting a taste of what is behind what he creates as I walked through the exhibit. Yes it was a packed exhibit, packed more than a subway car during rush hour, yes it took over 30minutes to walk through it, but oh my god, it was worth it.

Movies I have seen:
Batman and Batman Forever, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Pee-wee's Big Adventure, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands.

I love the artistic and creative story telling within the work I have seen.

Came home and watched Sleepy Hollow with my fiance' --we actually went to the town of Sleepy Hollow a couple years ago, a cool place to visit for a day trip from NYC.

I will be seeing his Alice in Wonderland, and I'd like to one day shake Tim's hand.

More on the exhibit here: http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/313

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