I’m kind of swept away after meeting one of Sweden’s most talented, contemporary artists in his studio here in Gothenburg, Sweden today – Johannes Nyholm.
2013 has started well.
Johannes Nyholm is an artist and film director who’s work are presented in a wide range of forums. I’m sure you have seen, or heard of the trailer Las Palmas for example (16.8 million views on Youtube as of this writing). In the main role, as a middle aged lady (and drunk, disturbing tourist) is Johannes’s 21-month-old daughter.
Had a lot of laughs watching the FULL MOVIE during the holidays. Hanging above, one of the characters in the bar.
Johannes has previously made a bunch of music videos for bands such as The Knife, Little Dragon and The Tallest Man on Earth. In my hand above, the mini gitar from the great video The Tallest Man on Earth – It will Follow the Rain.
Johannes is also famous for the short claymation films The Tale of Puppetboy.
“A very lo-fi and raw claymation about a nervous clay figure named Puppetboy. The style is very hands on, DIY, but with a precise touch of facial expressions and tense atmosphere. A combination of slap stick and romantic, erotic drama.” (IMDb).
I actually held the clay puppet boy in my hands today, yes! Gosh.
This Christmas the short film Puppetboy (Dockpojken) appeared on Youtube, the best Christmas present. A half hour live action short film about an obsessed animator and a film crew doing a documentary on him (Johannes). The movie has received a lot of awards at festivals around the world.
The super nice shadow puppet play Dreams from The Woods is a nine minutes of fragile shadowplay about love and sorrow, featuring the Girl, the Bird and Death. Watch the full movie here.
I do like the concept of being able to support an artist by buying the possibility to see a treasure as a whole. And all for a small amount ($1.99 / 1 Euro / 10 kr). Maybe artists can feed on what they do in greater extent in the future.