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Tin House Reels: André da Loba

This week, we’re excited to screen André da Loba’s “On Thoughts.” Da Loba is a toymaker, children’s book maker, illustrator, and videomaker who made dozens of versions of this film before finishing it in what he called the long, hot summer of work (2012).

Da Loba began the ­video as a sort of book trailer to the children’s book he was making of the same title. But “the motion piece took on a life of its own and I ended up with something totally different,” he said. After working through a silent version, a 15-second version, and in utilizing about 600 linoleum print images, he landed on some helpful collaborations that shaped the final product.

“[The silent version] was pretty interesting, but my friend Eugénio Roda made such a beautiful poem for the piece that I had to include the voice,” says de Loba. “The person I chose to read the English version was Mac Premo, a fellow artist and movie maker who shares a studio with me at the Invisible Dog Center in Brooklyn.”

“What got me into motion was an art-history class back in Portugal,” he has said, “where I had to do a report about Nam June Paik and Bill Viola. That was how I found Len Lye, Norman McLaren, and the motion-art crowd. I also grew up with silent movies and Czech stop-motion animations, which are a great source of inspiration for me.”

André da Loba is a published and exhibited artist whose work has received international acclaim. As an illustrator, animator, graphic designer, sculptor, and educator, Andre’s combination of curiosity, experience, knowledge and unknowing serves as the constant medium with which he creates and inspires. His work is an invitation and a challenge to change the world, however big or small it might be. Born in Portugal, he lives in Brooklyn where he is secretly happy. “On Thoughts” was a winner of the first annual International Motion Art Awards.

Tin House Reels is a weekly feature on The Open Bar dedicated to the craft of short filmmaking. Curated by Ilana Simons, the series features videos by artists who are forming interesting new relationships between images and words.

We are now accepting submissions for Tin House Reels. Please upload your previously unpublished videos of 15 minutes or less to Youtube or Vimeo and send a link of your work to tinhousereels@gmail.com

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