How to Draw a Bunny (2004)
Critic Reviews for How to Draw a Bunny
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.
A seamless model of form and content.
Audience Reviews for How to Draw a Bunny
Ray Johnson made art, he did his thing, he had a creative surplus of ideas flowing in his noggin, he wasn't focused on fame or money, he found joy in expressing himself in mostly unlucrative mediums. He had a lot of personality, he carried himself as a wonder. This documentary covers all that, pulling dead talent out of obscurity, for a collage artist reborn from the ashes of infamy, featuring this, that and Warhol, during the pop art days in New York.
While the work of Ray Johnson seems very interesting, and his death enigmatic, I'm having trouble making it through this documentary. The thing is, Johnson was so reclusive and enigmatic, that nobody has much to offer about him other than variations of "I didn't really know the guy but he sent me this really cool postcard once." I think I would be better served with a book of his artwork than this so-far static documentary.
Limited audience biopic. To the extent anything about abstract artist Ray Johnson lends itself to the description "straight-forward", "How to Draw a Bunny" is a straight-forward documentary about the man's life. The films spends some time on building mystery over Johnson's eventual suicide at 62 but the mystery turns out to be a little less surprising than the ending of "Titanic". Otherwise the documentary traces Johnson's life from childhood through the growth of his reputation in the abstract art community presenting mostly unknown contemporaries with the exception of Christo and his wife Jean-Claude. These friends, fellow artists and others can give little insight into understanding Johnson's remote collages or his unusual behavior. Ultimately, whether you enjoy the film depends on whether you find an interest in Johnson 's art and life which limits the audience for the film severely.
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