How to Draw a Bunny (2004)
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The story of the life of artist Ray Johnson is cloaked in mystery not only at the moment of his death, but also throughout a career that was difficult to know and to understand. As one of the seminal figures in the Pop Art era, Johnson is known as "the founding father of mail art" and as a "collagist extraordinaire." But, overshadowed by those like Warhol who manipulated that world in a very dissimilar manner, he was also a reclusive and sometimes enigmatic figure who has been called "New York's
Mar 12, 2004 Limited
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A coherent statement of mystery at the beginning and a resolution of that mystery at the end don't make up for the general repetition and tedium in between.
Serves as worthy tribute to a true original, an 'artist's artist' for whom life itself was a singular mode of expression.
Cumulatively [Johnson's] collages, letters and performances -- and his legend -- compose a self-portrait of striking wryness and complexity.
A not-always-engaging look at the strange life of Pop artist Ray Johnson.
The film itself becomes not so much a portrait of Ray Johnson as a collage. Maybe that's exactly as it should be.
Simply put, Ray Johnson was neither good nor original. All that he did in his 'art' was done before and better by others. That the same can be said of his documentarian's film may be a small synchronicity, but that's all it is. What it is not is art.
As rewarding a 90 minutes as you can devote to a subject who did his best to remain eternally unknowable.
In the end, you may not know Ray Johnson any better than his friends - you know stories, but not what motivated him to do what he did... Still, an interesting portrait.
If you have any interest in Raymond Johnson and his pop art, maybe you, too, will learn How to Draw a Bunny.
a unique and fascinating look into the life of a unique and fascinating individual
Director/editor John W. Walter takes Johnson's own approach, piecing together individual reflections on the man to create a portrait of an artist
This is one of the most compelling character studies to hit the screen in a long time.
This enthralling documentary ... is at once playful and haunting, an in-depth portrait of an iconoclastic artist who was fundamentally unknowable even to his closest friends.
How do you make a movie about the most famous unknown artist in the world?
Walter assembles a fascinating portrait of the influential, if largely unsung, artist as constant performer.
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