Brief-description: A glimpse of the underground animation wizard’s experiments in video, candy-colored creature features and 3-D technologies.
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About: With over three decades of pushing the boundaries of video and animation, filmmaker and photographer M. Henry Jones’s work flirts with perceptual phenomena, color and sound relationships. The Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State presents an exhibition of the underground animation wizard’s experiments in video, candy-colored creature features and 3-D technologies. The Flying Slatherpuss and Other Portals Into The World of M. Henry Jones is a glimpse at his life’s work.
M. Henry Jones’s cutting-edge, stop-motion work established his career in the 1970s, creating short animation films for musicians in the East Village of New York City, predating MTV and what is now known as music videos. The East Village movement of the 1970s and 1980s continues to attract the public's imagination around the world and has sparked renewed interest in his distinct creativity. Some his meticulous craftmanship designed during the pioneering years of the neighborhood's evolution as a center of social life and creativity are being remastered for film exhibitions nationwide.
“M. Henry Jones has constructed a lifelong art practice that celebrates a sense of play so intense that it partially veils the dedicated hard work that makes his projects possible. As a teenager Henry would
make stop-motion animations set to his favorite songs,” said Burchfield Penney project preparator Thomas Holt and exhibition co-curator. “Time moves very differently for him. He spent countless hours of shooting film frame by frame to bring his imagination to life. Hard work and play fuse into one force and continues to fuel his career to this day.”
Born in Texas and raised outside of Buffalo, New York in the town of Wilson, Jones began making short animated films at age 12 and worked at Artpark in his teens. These early experiments with cut-outs, stop
motion, and claymation won him a Kodak Teenage Movie Award and a full scholarship to the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan in 1975 with a scholarship to the School of Visua