the curator gallery

Random thought?? So Stan is a skilled artist in his own way, he creates taxidermy creatures and cobbles together various crafts. What if one of the tourists who comes in is a snooty gallery curator and sees the stuff around the Shack and is like “Mr. Pines, this is exactly the kind of avant-garde outsider art my gallery is looking for. There is a certain je ne sais quoi to these, and people will pay a hefty sum for these eccentricities”  “Don’t know what Juno says quack is but you had me at ‘hefty sum’. So that’s how  Stan gets to be in an art gallery with all his stuff on display everywhere. He drinks a lot of wine, and eats all the fancy cheeses, and wrangles patrons. “My oh my, what is this delightfully quirky creature?” “What’s it look like, it’s literally a squirrel-duck. Lookin’ at it costs you five bucks.”  I mean, Stan being in a fancy art gallery opening (with his stuff being displayed) is hilarious to me for some reason?

Kacper Kowalski at The Curator

Several years ago, Polish photographer Kacper Kowalski turned his back on his career in architecture and began a new pursuit taking photographs from a paraglider or a gyrocopter at around 500 feet above the central European landscape. This beautiful observation of nature’s seasonal transformations is part of a series documenting the onset and experience of winter from above. (At The Curator in Chelsea, through Dec 17th). Kacper Kowalski, Seasons/Autumn #29, archival pigment print, 27 x 41 inches, 2015.

zayn works so hard to achieve a level of closeness with his fans whether it’s through intimate listening parties, curating a public virtual gallery of fan art, or creating inside jokes and interacting with his own oc fanmade rp accounts…he truly meant it when he said his fans were like extensions of his friends and family and it makes my heart so warm :)

Art never responds to the wish to make it democratic; it is not for everybody; it is only for those who are willing to undergo the effort needed to understand it.
—  Flannery O’Connor
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Artists in Action!

Meet Ryan McFadden and Kevin Iwaki, two Coordinators in Nickelodeon Animation’s Archive and Resource Library! We can’t get enough of their super passionate personalities and the incredibly valuable work they do for the studio from cataloguing archives to curating art galleries. This is the epitome of the dream team, people!! 

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1) What is your role here at Nick? How long have you worked here?

Ryan: I am the Creative Projects Coordinator with the Nickelodeon Animation Archive and Resource Library. What my position really amounts to is a Treasure Hunter, Researcher, Historian, Caretaker and Gatekeeper to Nickelodeon’s vast collection of traditional animation resources. I have been with the company for about 4 ½ years. 

Kevin: I am the Collections Coordinator at the Nickelodeon Animation Archive and Resource Library and I’ve been here for about two and a half years. My role at the studio is to catalogue and preserve all the original production artwork from our classic 90′s animated shows like Ren and Stimpy, Hey Arnold! and Rock’s Modern Life as well as more recent shows like SpongeBob SquarePants, Fairly Odd Parents and The Legend of Korra.

2) How did you get started in animation?

Ryan: From a professional standpoint, I got my start as an intern in 2011 with the “Tape Vault”. At that point in time there was no Animation Archive as it exists today. The library was a small section of the Post-Production department and was responsible for cataloguing and storing the final master tapes of all the shows being produced at NAS.

From a personal standpoint, I got my start as an authentic 90′s Nick kid. I was obsessed with the shows that were on Nickelodeon during my childhood: Ren and Stimpy, Rocko’s Modern Life, Rugrats, The Angry Beavers, etc…Really, my career as a Nickelodeon historian began at that time. Nothing could have prepared me for this position than having lived through and experienced the phenomenon of Nick’s golden age in the 90′s. 

Kevin: Like how anything starts in this business, I knew some people who knew some other people so after I graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts I got a position at the Warner Bros. Corporate Archives. My project was to help support the archive with all of their projects from curating exhibits like Comic-Con and the Paley Center to archiving and preserving all of their historical assets like Michael Keaton’s Batman costume to original Looney Tunes production art by Chuck Jones and Maurice Noble. After two and half years of discovering more Warner Bros. history than any book published, it was time to move on, and I was ready for a more unique experience in archiving. That’s when I heard about Nickelodeon, and their project to build an animation archive and library. I knew this was a great opportunity to really make a difference, and I wanted to be one of the founders of this archive. I would say the rest is history, but my story at Nickelodeon is still being written.

3) What is your day-to-day like? Any interesting routines?

It’s always a bit different on a day-to-day basis. Some days we’re at a warehouse, digging through thousands of boxes of animation assets that have been untouched and all but forgotten for decades. On other days we’re meeting with members of the studio and providing them with art and reference materials. On other days we’re traveling offsite to setup and install art galleries. Really, our job is anything but routine and we enjoy that. Variety is the spice of life, as they say.

4) What continues to motivate you to work in animation?

It really boils down to our passion for this particular content. We feel personally responsible for the legacy and well-being of our artwork and history and we can see the value that an archive of classic Nickelodeon material brings to the studio and to our audience. It really reinforces the backbone of our brand and fuels the fires of creativity. It’s an honor to be in the position that we’re in.

5) What are the favorite parts of your job?

Our favorite parts of the job are the aspects that deal with people. We love meeting all of the various members of the studio and animation/entertainment community. They’re awesome, fun-loving people. We actually got the chance to go up to Skywalker Ranch this year and meet all of the Lucasfilm archivists. It was incredible! We’re huge fans of Star Wars and Indiana Jones. To get the chance to see their production assets was a life-changing experience. We saw the original Ralph McQuarrie concept art from Star Wars and even got to hold real lightsabers.

6) Tell us about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.

We’re very proud to have been agents of change in the studio and to have worked towards bringing our department from a humble tape vault to a thriving animation archive. Aside from that, we assisted in mounting a successful gallery exhibition at California State University Fullerton for the 25th anniversary of Nick Animation this past year. At the opening, several of the creators and architects of the early animated programs (Vanessa Coffey, Arlene Klasky, Jim Jinkins, Stephen Hillenberg, Mark Marek, Chris Viscardi) were in attendance and gave monumental speeches detailing their careers and experiences. It was surreal!

7) What/who inspires you?

We feel inspired and affected by practically everyone we meet and all of the art we come across, so it’s hard to pick just one person or thing. Above all, our families have always been very supportive of our efforts here. We’re both very grateful for the insight and support of our families and they certainly are an inspiration to each of us personally.

8) What is your advice for aspiring artists or people interested in entering animation?

There is a lot of cliché advice floating around Hollywood, but it’s often very true. It’s important to know/affiliate yourself with the right people and to be at the places where those people are. It’s all about being at the right place at the right time, and to be ready to seize the right opportunities. Be confident in your skills and abilities, but don’t get too cocky, and always try to be the type of person that people want to have around them.

9) Do you have a mentor or someone else who’s been an impactful person on your career?

Before we really started to build our own archive, we got the opportunity to tour several incredible archives: Disney, Paramount, Warner Bros., Sony, NBC Universal, The Writer’s Guild Archive, LACMA, The Japanese American National Museum and Lucasfilm. We are a very young archive when compared to these others, and the professionals that staff them graciously shared a lot of wisdom and experience with us on these tours. They really opened our eyes to the way things work in a successful archive and helped us figure out how to go about achieving our goals in our own archive.

10) What are your favorite hobbies?

Ryan: I am a musician. I love to play guitar, bass and also use software like Pro Tools and Ableton Live to compose all sorts of music.

Kevin: I love collecting high-end toys, and my office has some of my Marvel and Star Wars collections on display, which always starts a conversation with visitors. I’m also a Disneyland Annual Passholder and love going to Club 33 with my friends.

11) What is one of the most challenging aspects of your job?

We have a pretty small crew and are constantly spinning projects of all different kinds on all different timetables. Sometimes balancing all of them proves challenging, but we take it as a sign of growth and progress. We are hoping to expand our team in the not-so-distant future.

12) What is your spirit animal?

Ryan: Reptar.

Kevin: Something epic like Harry Potter’s Patronus Stag…

13) Favorite Nickelodeon show?

It’s a toss-up between The Ren and Stimpy Show and Rocko’s Modern Life. Both were such boundary-pushing shows and had such unique and powerful styles. We consider both to be examples of fine art. There’s a special place in our hearts for Hey Arnold!, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Avatar: TLA/Korra too, for the same reasons. You don’t even have to be a kid to really enjoy these shows…they have something for everyone and are really a commentary on the human experience. A lot of Nick cartoons have that kind of depth and, truthfully, we get very excited about all of the shows we’ve done here at Nick.

14) Favorite Nickelodeon quote or catchphrase?

Ryan: “I can’t see my forehead.”  -Patrick Star (Patty Hype)

Kevin: “You sick little monkey!” –Ren Hoek (Stimpy’s Invention)

15) Favorite snack?

Ryan: Probably pizza…I seem to have an addiction. I think I could eat pizza every day for the rest of my life and actually enjoy it. I think I could get along with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pretty well.

Kevin: It’s a tie between a Krabby Patty and a Scooby Snack.

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FINALY I`ve finished it! 

Silent Spring.

Acrylics on 100% flax canvas ( 400 g/m ).

50x60 cm , 1,5 cm depth.

SOLD