Overture: MoonHare #09

Released Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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MoonHare #09, by Overture.
15% of the sale of this print goes to 826 National.

Overture is a creative unit of Jason and Aya Brown exploring the unconscious through storytelling in animation, illustration and live performance. They have developed collaborative processes, improvisational in nature, that enable them to reach creative places neither could arrive at on their own. In this way they tell stories that are for everyone, strange but familiar, reaching toward a common human core.

Neither attended art schools but with their self-grown methods and seeing all work they produce, personal, commissioned or commercial as equal, connected expressions of their joint vision, Overture has managed to expand into the world and continues to grow.

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About the print:
This illustration is from a larger series that tells a story about a great earless hare, The MoonHare. The MoonHare is a character we originally came up with for an animation we completed recently and which will premiere later this Summer, called Ludic Chase.
The MoonHare was a great hare that was pinned to the moon by its ears after losing a battle with the giant, Hobomuck. The power of the moon ran down into the hare's tale, collecting and growing heavy until the weight was too great and it tore loose of its ears and fell to the earth. Still containing the power of the moon, it became the MoonHare and now travels between this world and the dream world, bringing dreams of significance to those whose path it crosses.
This print is available in multiple sizes. It was digitally signed by the artist. The 8x10 and 11x14 prints are numbered by The Working Proof, and the 20x16 prints come with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Learn more here.


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What has inspired you recently?
Recent inspirations: Plant life, events in Japan since 03/11/11, long distance running visions, dance, water

Our most recent big inspiration has been dance. What dance is and what motivates us to dance, and what happens to us when we dance is something we are studying deeply right now. We both love to dance and it has played a role in some of our work, but the depth and power of dance we are just starting to get into.

Why did you choose to pair with 826 National with your print?
We've chosen to pair our print with 826 National. We have been fans for a long time! Doing good things for children always deserves lots of support and doing it with creativity and a lightness of spirit should stand as a model for anyone embarking on any endeavor.

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How have you seen art transform the world around you?
In too many ways, it transforms all things, all the time. It is the catalyst, the change and the result and works on folks' conscious and unconscious, causing all sorts of related outcomes. It is the division of cells in the development of new life of this world.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
Ah! Picking one is too difficult. If we went with a living artist we'd love to be mentored by Alejandro Jodorowsky. His work and approach to life and art has deeply informed our own. Any opportunity to learn closely from him would be incredibly beneficial.

For deceased artists it would be a toss up  between Michael Ende and Hundertwasser, both are huge inspirations to our work and our lives for different reasons and learning directly from either of them would be life changing.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
Ah, a recent new artist interest of ours is Allison Schulnik! We saw her show, Mound, at ZiehrSmith gallery in New York last fall and it was really great. Her animation, Mound, is beautiful as is her ceramic work.

Adrien Rhodes (aka rec.tangle) is another artist people should know about. He is a musical artist and we worked with him on Ludic Chase, our upcoming animation, and are working with him on some other projects as well. He hasn't released anything in a while, but his last album, Heavy Maple, is wonderful!

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