AndyToad

chrysalis

Posted in andytoad, muse by andytoad on May 8, 2014
Winter's grasp is broken by Spring's circle of enchantment and Beltane rituals

Winter’s grasp is broken
by Spring’s circle of enchantment
and Beltane rituals

Holiday with Cthulhu

Posted in andytoad, mask, photography by andytoad on December 24, 2013

Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s brilliance and his most charming creation Cthulhu – Here is a series of photos created with my friend Adam for the holidays.

Yuletude Greetings from the Elder Things and Deep Ones!

Eggnog

Eggnog

 

Group Action

Group Action

 

Mistletoe

Mistletoe

 

 

 

 

Bread and Puppet turns 50

Posted in performance, puppetry by andytoad on December 2, 2013

Shatterer of Worlds
A church-space slowly fills with multitudes of roughly shaped figures.
Perhaps mythic ancient figures – golems, women of Willendorfs, pygmies, giants.
Handmade beautiful grotesques. 
Songs whisper forth from the shadows – found object instrument/machines whistling, klinking, whirring, rattling. 
Puppets are conjured an audience is swallowed.

Below are some photographs from the recent appearance of the Bread and Puppet Theater at the West Park Presbyterian Church, NYC. Taken November 24th, 2013

Shatterer of Worlds curtain    photo: Andytoad

Shatterer of Worlds curtain       photo: Andytoad

 

Shatterer of Worlds    photo: Andytoad

Shatterer of Worlds       photo: Andytoad

 

Shatterer of Worlds    photo: Andytoad

Shatterer of Worlds       photo: Andytoad

 

Shatterer of Worlds    photo: Andytoad

Shatterer of Worlds       photo: Andytoad

 

Shatterer of Worlds (Peter Schumann)    photo: Andytoad

Shatterer of Worlds (Peter Schumann)       photo: Andytoad

 

Shatterer of Worlds    photo: Andytoad

Shatterer of Worlds       photo: Andytoad

 

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Debut Showing: Ghost Lines

Posted in collaboration, costume, dance, performance by andytoad on November 28, 2013

Coming Soon!
The premiere of a new evening length piece – Ghost Lines – by my friend and collaborator Cori Olinghouse.
Ghost Lines incorporates live performance and film with costume design by me!

Illustration by Lauren Simkin Berke

Illustration by Lauren Simkin Berke

GHOST LINES

December 12-14, 2013
Thursday-Saturday at 8:00PM
Danspace Project:
131 East 10th Street (at Second Avenue)
New York, NY 10003

Using an archival impulse to channel a lost movement history, Cori Olinghouse’s latest work contains echoes ranging from silent film comedians to Dada, Surrealism, and Oskar Schlemmer, the Bauhaus’ choreographer of unusual visual ballets. A cast of accomplished dancers: Michelle Dorrance, Elizabeth Keen, Mina Nishimura, and Eva Schmidt scramble through multiple personalities and pseudo stories.

As part of the evening, Olinghouse and film artist, Shona Masarin merge creative processes with a 16mm black & white film that uses traditional animation techniques, hand processing, chemical experiments, collage, painting, and drawing. In the film, Olinghouse acts as a medium, conjuring imagery from our collective unconscious, allowing a series of imagined spaces, forms, characters, and personalities to drift through her body, take form, and dissolve again. Drawn to the mechanics of the medium as it relates to perception, kinetics, and optical illusion, they look for rhythms and startling chance compositions that confuse, seduce, and assault the senses.

Costumes by Andrew Jordan
Lighting designer Kathy Kaufmann
Sound design for live choreography by Ryan Ross Smith
Sound design for film by Andrew Hurst

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE:  Danspace Projects

Photograph from the set of Ghost Lines

Photograph from the set of Ghost Lines    photo: Andytoad

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Posted in andytoad, mask by andytoad on November 27, 2013
© AndyToad

© AndyToad

Family Reunion

Posted in art, inspiration, museum by andytoad on August 29, 2013

Some friends I met recently on a visit to Detroit, hanging out in the Detroit Institute of Art.

Ritual Figure early 1900's , Unknown Artist, Kongo Culture, Democratic Republic of Congo

Ritual Figure
early 1900′s , Unknown Artist, Kongo Culture, Democratic Republic of Congo

Female Figure 1300's, Unknown Artist, Chancay Culture, Peru

Female Figure
1300′s, Unknown Artist, Chancay Culture, Peru

Standing Warrior with Club 100 B.C.E. - 400 C.E., Unknown Artist, Jalisco Culture, West Mexico

Standing Warrior with Club
100 B.C.E. – 400 C.E., Unknown Artist, Jalisco Culture, West Mexico

Cryptid Miscellanea

Posted in andytoad, costume, drawing, mask, NYC by andytoad on August 22, 2013

Earlier this summer I was asked by illustrator Bil Donavan to take part in a mythology themed drawing night at the Society of Illustrators.  It sounded like fun so I gathered together some of the creature costumes that I’ve created over the past few years and took them to over to the Society. Working together with three models I created a motley crew of fantastic beings that were then drawn by the illustrators in attendance.  Such fun! It was such a great experience to see my designs come to life and be rendered in pen, ink, watercolor…  - with such amazing illustrative talent!  Below are a few images that were graciously shared with me by the artists.

Illustration by Clifford Faust

Illustration by Clifford Faust

 

Illustration by Clifford Faust

Illustration by Clifford Faust

 

Illustration by Joan Chiverton

Illustration by Joan Chiverton

 

Illustration by Clifford Faust

Illustration by Clifford Faust

 

Illustration by Stefano Imbert

Illustration by Stefano Imbert

 

Illustration by Clifford Faust

Illustration by Clifford Faust

 

Illustration by Joan Chiverton

Illustration by Joan Chiverton

 

Illustration by Joan Chiverton

Illustration by Joan Chiverton

 

Illustration by Clifford Faust

Illustration by Clifford Faust

 

The Minotaur modeling    photo: Bil Donavan

The Minotaur modeling    photo: Bil Donavan

 

Illustration by Stefano Imbert

Illustration by Stefano Imbert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Man From the Sea

Posted in andytoad, collaboration, costume, mask, performance by andytoad on August 15, 2013

Photographs of a costume recently made with Baxton Alexander.

Costume and photography collaboration with Baxton Alexander

It came from the deep to watch the sun set       photo: Andytoad

Shells skirt and mask

Shell skirt and mask       photo:Andytoad

Old Man From the Sea Mask

mask detail       photo: Andytoad

Voyagings

Posted in andytoad, collaboration, video by andytoad on July 31, 2013
Raven_Wings

gif stills from Eidolon: Raven Sequence (2013)

 
…But every night I see the rubbery things, 
Black, horned, and slender, with membranous wings…

……………………………..From Night-Gaunts by H.P. Lovecraft

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Blob experiments

Posted in costume, performance, process by andytoad on June 30, 2013

 

Liz_Blob_Tests_001

Liz_Blob_Tests_002

BLOB-1

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