The Late Ray Harryhausen's Spirit Flourishes at The Hive
Article and Photos by: Scott Feinblatt
The Inspirations of a Titan
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A few months ago, I had the honors of
introducing the readers of Rue Morgue
magazine to an art gallery called The
Hive and announcing The Hive's
upcoming show: A Tribute to Ray
Harryhausen. Since then, The Hive has
won the readers' poll in LA Weekly for
Best Art Gallery in Los Angeles, and the
exhibit of works influenced by the late,
great Ray Harryhausen has opened.
The Hive is already well-known by many
local genre fans due to the types of art
that are typically showcased therein. As
in many art galleries, The Hive
showcases: paintings, sculptures, prints
and various other types of media. The
It should come as no surprise that Stephen
Chiodo's contribution to the Harryhausen
exhibit reflects distinct traces of his own
trademark (he and his brothers are the
artists who created the cult film Killer
Klowns from Outer Space).
distinction is that these works typically portray subjects of grotesque and comic book proportions; thus, the
patrons include: cineastes, fanboys and goths in addition to members of “jet set” art circles.
This sculpture by Henry Cram depicts Ray Harryhausen with one of his
many famous creations -- a swashbuckling skeleton.
Since this show is a tribute to a
powerfully influential creator of
similarly styled works, its contributing
artists paid tribute with homages that
communicated great affection for both
the man and his iconic creations.
Furthermore, in spite of the current
advances in cinematic animation –
both stop-motion and computer
generated – the humanity and nuance
of character that has been
demonstrated by Harryhausen's
creations since the 1940's make them
as important studies in the arts of
animated character and creature
creation as any that are available.
This whimsical depiction of everyone's favorite gorgon, "Medusa," was created
by Emily Hillburg.
The Tribute to Ray Harryhausen exhibit is a testament to the love
that both resident and guest artists of The Hive have for character
creation. To gaze upon their works is to feel the magic that many
people felt the first time they watched Jason and the Argonauts,
Clash of the Titans (1981) or any of the numerous films which
showcase Harryhausen's work. In this way, these homages succeed
in bringing the spirit of Ray Harryhausen back to life – at least
through the month of October. The exhibit ends November 2.
This bust of Harryhausen, created by Casey Wong, has a rather sad title: