I initially found out about the flipbook show through the Durham Comics Project founder, Amy Godfrey and since collaboration is the new business model, I decided to make the effort to participate. I’m really glad I did. Along with other flipbooks, “Lifeguard Rescue” will be on display from August 18-29.
A flipbook is the simplest form of animation and some of the flipbooks on display at the Carrack will be filmed by the artist Hyewon Grigoni, who is putting the show together. So while you can flip the book in your own hands, some flipbooks will be photographed using stop-motion animation. Pretty cool, huh?
I should probably mention my own surprise that I will be a part of a gallery show of any kind. After all, I am the kid who often had to be reminded at the door of fine art museums that under no circumstance was I to touch anything! Back to the Carrack. Try to let go of all your prejudices about museums: A place where people gather to enjoy themselves while standing for hours and hours; a place to enlighten and learn history, with a 6-inch text book in hand; a place to roam around and view artwork, behind a taped red line. Unlike other museums, the Carrack has its own flavor and is a completely volunteer-run organization whose mission is to give artists a beginning. Thus the name Carrack; carrying the artist a great distance, giving two weeks of exhibit time and space.
Back to my surprise at being an actual “exhibitor” in an art gallery (albeit in a small way): I have many happy memories of going to art museums and seeing some amazing creations, but I always tried to touch things when no one was watching. I am very tactile, which is probably why I am happiest when I am creating with my hands. I always imagine that one day I will be in a museum and the docent will say, “And here is El Greco’s famous painting, “Christ Driving the Money Changers from the Temple” and right here is where a kid from Durham, NC touched the painting. If you look closely, you can still see his fingerprints.” I’m the cartoon character hiding in the back.