Exhibition The Art of Blue Sky Studios
From March 25th untill September 18th 2016 at the Art Ludique (Museum)
A Bath of Colors
Over 800 pieces of artwork from Blue Sky Studios – the animation team behind the beloved Ice Age franchise – are exhibited.
The exhibitions starts with a journey through the XXth century, with artists as Winsor McCay, James Stuart Blackton, and John Randolf Bray, masters in caricature and short narration in few panels. We discover at that time that cartoonists as Heinrich Kley created, with rigour and details, developped anthropomorphized animals (representing their contemporaries) in comics strips with a "biting wit", as described during the exhibition.
This legacy is the heritage of the Blue Sky Studios, especially of Peter de Sève (who himself illustrated the New Yorker's covers). The main path is very well structered, with maquettes, videos, and amazing resin sculptures of the Studio's mein and most loved characters. Interesting as well the "backlighted digital panels" that we find during the visit.
I found no other expression for this exhibition than "a bath of color": it is an amazing journey in the artists creativity, their wish , throught simple or more elaborated techniques, to express not only the "human feelings" in the shapes of animals, but also to awake our deepest emotions throught the colors.
If you loved their characters, you'll have the pleasure to understand how they were thinked, builded and brought to life.
- POSITIVE: the organisation/ disposition of the elements
- NEGATIVE: full price of the ticket 16.50€
If you love drawing brig you sketchbook... you have amazing sculptures of Michael Defeo and Jon Dodelson that helps you to have a vien on the characters on 360°... very useful!