- cinema kissing
- Love is… by Kim
- two posters for my best thing
- writing my best thing – frances stark interview
Lovers with 3d Glasses, 1943, by Arthur Fellig aka the magnificent Weegee, an artist more more usually associated with photographing sidewalk corpses at crime scenes
First of all we need to state that the Bioskop is pro-Love. In fact we are quite romantic people.
But secondly, this writer at least, believes Kim Casali’s and Bill Asprey’s Love Is… comic strip may be one of the reasons its hard for modern people to fully believe in the existence of love.
Frances Stark’s chubby, playmobil/lego-like animations in my best thing, triggered long repressed memories of Kim’s schmaltzy cartoons, which seemed to be everywhere when I was a child. As a kid there was something vaguely disturbing about Love is… what exactly were these genital-less couple with their seventies hair – adults or children? And what were the gnomic captions all about? As a child I assumed they must mean something. (I was wrong.)
googling through images of love is… I found this parody, which brings the cartoon and My Best Thing into the same orbit -
and the less rude one… (click on it to expand)
Frances Stark talks about the making of My Best Thing…
To write you need days and days to just be able to like pick up a book and let things kind of like you know float around and I just … I didn’t have that time and so… I got really really freaked out and thinking like oh I’ve lost language I don’t have the ability to like to deal with anything discursively or blah blah blah. And so, um, I’m like really stressed out and I’m working in my, I’m working in the University and I’m making shows and I discover this like fantastic time killing, ha, um… haha, acitvity, ahh on the internet. Like a nice stress relief etc, and I got really… into it. and um as I was in… doing that… like… I was doing it in my studio you know. At a certain point I realised it was essentially writing. Like what I was doing was writing. Because I was like… [mimes typing]... you know kind of performing, I don’t… you know just being myself, but, on a keyboard and in front of a camera. um not always with the camera but… yeah that I was sort of like pulling stories out of these people and telling my story… and then the more people that kind of I would get involved with the more complicated all the stories became and… and at a certain point it just seemed like wow I’m actually writing.