Saturday, April 19, 2014

ANOTHER CAROUSEL PERFORMANCE!

IT'S CAROUSEL SEASON
What's Carousel? It's the comics/cartoon/sequential art slide show produced by the multitalented R. Sikoryak. With each show, Bob (R.) invites a mix of artists to present and read their work. Some of the work has musical accompaniment, some artists invite friends to do voices with them, sometimes there is live drawing. It's never the same group of people and always a great show!

Back in the old days, Carousel was actually performed with slide projectors or various types of overhead projectors using slides, filmstrips, transparencies, or what-have-yous. Now it's typically done with some kind of presentation hard- and software.

Last week, I premiered the performance of my newest mini Pictorial Anatomy of 007 at the Asbury Park Comicon. If you didn't make it to New Jersey, don't worry! You can catch me in a Carousel performance as a part of the Remix Festival:

Saturday, April 26, 2014    12:00 – 12:45 PM
The New School, Theresa Lang Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor
The amazing Lauren R. Weinstein, Jason Little, and R. Sikoryak will also present. 

A DESCRIPTION OF THE FESTIVAL
The RE/Mixed Media Festival is a celebration of collaborative art-making and creative appropriation. It’s the artists’ contribution to the ongoing conversation about remixing, mashups, copyright law, fair use, and the freedom of artists to access their culture in order to add to and build upon it. RE/Mixed Media Festival IV will be held on April 26-27, 2014 at The New School, in cooperation with the School of Media Studies, and Parsons The New School for Design; and at CultureHub, in NYC's East Village.
Other RE/Mixed events all day, Saturday & Sunday.  The Festival schedule is posted on line at http://remixnyc.com/2014/schedule/

ANATOMY OF 007 AT ASBURY PARK
Here's a photos (taken by Danny Hellman) of the Asbury Park Carousel...
Somewhat unusual in that we used a monitor instead of projections.
The Pictorial Anatomy of 007 was one of my best sellers at Asbury Park.  How do you get your mitts on a copy? You can purchase them from me at the Carousel show, and I will try to get them offered online within the next week or so.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

NEW LINEA ALBA

STARTED IN 2011 AND FINISHED IN 2014
New Linea Alba 

While recovering from abdominal surgery in October of 2013 (I'm fine!) I decided to drag up an anatomical illustration self-portrait project that had been sitting on my shelf for a couple years. You might notice that this is my hairstyle from awhile back. I was compelled to finish it with my updated anatomy and memorialize my new scar. I scanned a page from a relatively "ancient" paperback of Shakespeare plays for the background to add antiqued "authenticity."


A scan of the original image, page 24 of the book.

New LInea Alba is based on an anatomical plate published in the early 17th century. The plate belonged to a deceased (at the time of publication) and prominent anatomist named Guilio Cesare Casseri. The artists making the plates were Odoardo Fialetti and Franceso Valesio. The book this illustration is found in De humani corporis fabrica libri decem was authored by Adriaan van de Spiegel. Confused? You don't have to be! Visit my favorite website, Historical Anatomies On The Web to discover a treasure trove of... well exactly what it sounds like. Plus bibliographic and biographic information on the authors. It's the best!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

UPCOMING SERIES: ANATOMY AND MOVEMENT



WHAT WAS THAT, AGAIN?

Okay massage therapists, bodyworkers, Pilates and yoga teachers, how long has it bee since your anatomy training? How much of it do you remember? It's embarrassing to realize how much I've forgotten on a topic when I sit down in a class for a refresher. I bet I'm not the only one who could use an in-depth review in any number of topics.

I can't help you remember your astrophysics learnin', but I am offering a great workshop for review and new discoveries in musculoskeletal anatomy, basic kinesiology, and movement analysis.

It's called ANATOMY AND MOVEMENT and will be held every other Monday afternoon (1-5p) in Manhattan at the Center for the Advancement of Therapeutic Arts (CATA) from March 3 - May 19, 2014. Hope to see you there!


Thursday, February 13, 2014

OUT OF RETIREMENT FOR ONE LAST CAPER

THIS IS THE SOUND OF ONE HEART BREAKING
I used to be a choreographer. Did you know that? Had a dance company, made some dance films, and worked with lots of extremely talented people. One of those talented people, James Urbaniak, asked me to choreograph a music video he was directing for Drazy Hoops. Love James, love Drazy. Timing was right. Couldn't refuse. 

The video refuses to load from You Tube, but you can see it here.



Sunday, February 2, 2014

PERFECT CARTOON ANATOMY

POPEYE GETS AN X-RAY
Sure the anchor doesn't quite fit within the outline of his body, but these x-rays are exquisite communicators of anatomy, personality, and emotional state. Brilliant! (But all that radiation and smoking that pipe aren't going to do him much good later on!)







These stills are from the 1938 I Yam Lovesick...




Thursday, December 5, 2013

ANATOMY CLASSES FOR TWO NEW PROGRAMS

ERICA BLOOM COMPREHENSIVE PILATES CERTIFICATION

January of the new year kicks off with a three day weekend of anatomy lectures by yours truly for the Erica Bloom Comprehensive Pilates Certification. Friday evening January 3, and the afternoons of the 4th and 5th will be devoted to an anatomy intensive. On the syllabus are introduction to: anatomy and some kinesiology; tissues of the musculoskeletal system; an overview of the skeleton and musculature of the trunk, lower extremities, and shoulder girdle; as well as a foray into the mechanics of respiration. As usual I will draw on a live model, who will perform Pilates exercises. I hope the models are in good shape! I tend to make them repeat the exercises for a long time while we discuss different aspects of muscular contraction, joint movements, alignment, etc.

Interested in this Pilates certification program? Visit ERICA BLOOM PILATES PLUS.

Here I am on the left wearing magenta shoe laces,
with some of the teachers for the CATA Graduate Studies program.

THE CENTER FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF THERAPEUTIC ARTS (CATA) - GRADUATE STUDIES PROGRAM

LMTs, check it out!

CATA (formerly Massage Space NYC) has put together a comprehensive Eastern and Western track studies program for New York state licensed massage therapists. The two tracks offer advanced hands-on and lecture programs for practitioners interested in honing their therapeutic talents through the application of new knowledge, skills, and understanding of therapeutic options in clinical practice. The program is a year long or one can take individual units. Classes start in January. I will be teaching (guess what?) Anatomy And Movement classes starting in March.

Here is a description of my class: 

This workshop series describes the relationship of musculoskeletal anatomy to the body in motion, and in active or passive stillness. Skeletal anatomy, joint structure and movements, muscular anatomy, basic kinesiology, palpation, and movements/exercises from a variety of physical disciplines will be examined to demonstrate how muscles and structures relate and react during activity.
We will also investigate faulty alignment during activities, and the kinds of stresses our anatomy is subjected to due to misalignment. A discussion of the ways in which this information could be utilized by massage therapists and other health professionals to develop treatment strategies for their clients is another key component of the course.
Kriota will palpate and draw on a live model (wearing a unitard), locating bones and joints as well as describing muscular layering. As the model demonstrates movement, exercise, and activity, we will transpose two-dimensional visualization onto a living, moving body.
Using a regional approach, the trunk, upper extremities, and lower extremities will be explored in separate classes. Be prepared to move by wearing comfortable non-restrictive clothing.
Although sections may be taken independently, each section contains unique material that will not be reintroduced in consecutive classes. Participants should anticipate cumulative use of information and not expect re-introduction of concepts presented in previous classes.
Topics Include:
  • THE TRUNK
  • THE UPPER EXTREMITY
  • THE LOWER EXTREMITY


  • 24 CE hour NCBTMB / NYS-certified



    Sunday, November 24, 2013

    ANATOMY FOR ARTISTS AT A.V.A. GALLERY

    IN-CLASS EXERCISES FROM THE ANATOMY WORKSHOP

    A couple weekends ago, November 9-10, I taught an Anatomy for Artists Class at AVA Gallery in  Lebanon, NH. It was a blast! AVA partnered with the Center for Cartoon Studies so we had a great mix of "artists" and "cartoonists." I'm using "quotes" because I think you could argue that they were all artists, but some of the cartoonists might argue that they'd rather be cartoonist... whatever.

    We (un)covered the musculoskeletal system. As always, I loaded everyone with tons of information about the body. The class is not a figure drawing class per se, but an anatomy drawing class. I ask everybody to try to recognize the structures under the skin that give the body form and then draw them from a live model. Not easy if you're not used to it. People really challenged themselves, worked outside of their comfort zones, made some great sketches, and hopefully took away lots of techniques for looking at and rendering the body.

    I took some casual photos of some of their work on my phone. I didn't think to note who drew what at the time (stupid, I know!) so I'm hoping that people might see their work, let me know, and I can identify them. 

    Here are the pics: