Tuesday, December 17, 2013

MCA Chicago Works show opening reception tonight 6-8pm

My BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Lilli Carré solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago opens today! Opening reception is tonight, Dec. 17th, from 6-8 pm, free for IL residents! Please come say hi!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Chicago Works solo show at the MCA

For the past handful of months I've been secretly working away nonstop on a solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, opening on December 17th and up through April 15th. It is part of the MCA's Chicago Works series, focusing on new work being made by emerging and established Chicago artists.

I'm creating all new work for the show, and will have projected animation, works on paper, and a series of ceramic pieces. I've been so lucky to work with the incredible Michelle Puetz, who curated the show and has been working on it with me over the past months. So, mark your calendars for December 17th if you want to see a whole range of new work and experimentation created through much blood, sweat, and tears!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Heat Spell

My friends made this wonderful interactive animated story called Heat Spell! It's a collaborative project, spearheaded and envisioned by the talented Jo Dery and created with her animation students, designed for the web as if by magic by Nate Beaty.

It connects the experiences of ten neighbors suffering through a Chicago heat wave, and allows you to choose the order in which you tie the stories together. The project is super charming and well worth exploring!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Ten x Ten release event this Saturday

I'm stoked to be a part of the Ten x Ten project this year! Full scoop on the series is below:

Ten x Ten 2013 investigates the relationship between color and sound. Through exploring the underlying concepts of synesthesia, both academically and intuitively, artists and composers have worked together to produce artwork that takes the form of both a fine art print and an original score.

10 Chicago artists were paired with 10 Chicago contemporary (classical) music composers to each produce a work. Using a joint statement of intent as a focus, each visual artist has created one 10 inch by 10 inch scale print, published by Spudnik Press Cooperative. And each composer wrote a piece performed and recorded by Palomar Ensemble that is being pressed onto 12” vinyl.

The final package that will be released on Saturday, November 16, 2013 will be a suite of 10 prints and a record with 10 corresponding compositions issued on record. The entire package will be sold for $35 and includes admission to the debut concert and exhibition at Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art. This project is presented by Access Contemporary Music, Homeroom, and Spudnik Press. Tickets are available here, get 'em while they're hot.


My sister Claire Carré and her husband Charles Spano are fundraising to create their first feature film together! It's a sci-fi film called Embers. I am making a limited edition screenprint based on their film as one of the possible rewards for their contributors. You can read all about the film on their campaign site here. I can't wait to see this film!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Thanks to everyone who came out to the Eyeworks 2013 screenings in Chicago! Next stop: Richmond VA, then Brooklyn NY!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Eyeworks in Chicago this Saturday Nov. 9, in Brooklyn Nov. 15 & 16

Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation 2013 Preview Trailer from Eyeworks Festival on Vimeo.

Eyeworks Festival 2013 is almost here! It's happening in Chicago this Saturday November 9th at the Nightingale (full lineups, times, and tickets for Chicago here), then a screening for students at VCU next weekend, and all three programs at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn on Nov. 15 and 16th (full lineups, times, and tickets for NY here). If you want to make sure you get a seat, it is highly recommended you purchase tickets online in advance!

We are very excited about what we are showing this year, and also our printed goods! 2013 poster by Sonnenzimmer right here.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation 2013!

Film still from Harry Smith's animated feature Heaven and Earth Magic (1962)

The 4th annual Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation is almost here! For those in or near Chicago, please mark your Calendars for Saturday November 9th at the Nightingale Cinema
(1084 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL)

Screenings at 2:30, 5:00 and 7:30 PM

$10 admission for each program
The 2013 Eyeworks Festival is sponsored by the Canyon Cinema Foundation & the Video Data Bank.

The 2013 Eyeworks Festival lineup includes:

Matt Abbiss, Collection of short works, including Orbit and Forming.
Luigi Allemano, Improvisation no. 1: Cumulative Loops,
Lisa Barcy & Jim Trainor, The Ordovicians
Brandon Blommaert, aaa[A]aaa
Robert Breer, Man and His Dog Out For Air
Paul Bush, Furniture Poetry
Barry Doupé, Whaty
David Lebrun, Tanka
Alexandre Louvenaz, Minotaure
Oskar Fischinger, Allegretto
Michael Frei, Not About Us
Jake Fried, Down Into Nothing
Paul Glabicki, Object Conversation
Stefan Gruber, Lightweight
Lawrence Jordan, Solar Sight II
Sawako Kabuki, Here, There, and Everywhere
Manfred Mohr, Cubic Limits
Sarina Nihei, The Play of Independent Heads
Africanus Okokon, New Everyday
Eduardo Paolozzi with Emma Calder & Susan Young, 1984 (Music for Modern Americans)
Michaela Pavlátová, Words, Words, Words
Jenni Rope, Tiikerimuuri
Edwin Rostron, Of Unknown Origin
André Ruvio, O Dilúvio
Georges Schwizgebel, Rapture of Frank N. Stein
Anu-Laura Tuttelberg, The Fly Mill
Michael Whitney, Binary Bit Patterns
Karen Yasinsky, No Place Like Home
& many more

The 7:30 program will be a screening of Harry Smith’s legendary feature-length collage animation Heaven & Earth Magic.

More info, posters (a new Sonnenzimmer beauty!) and fest trailer to come soon! 

Friday, October 18, 2013

AAIEEE! at the Kohler Arts Center

Opening this weekend at the Kohler Arts Center is AAIEEE!, an exhibition focusing on the fusion of comics and fine art and the influence of artist Ray Yoshida. AAIEEE! is part of The Open Eye, a collection of shows around Yoshida's work, collections, and influence. I'm very happy to have my work shown there alongside friends and inspirations. I am definitely going to head up to Sheboygan to check out Yoshida's home collection of amazing objects while it is on display at the Kohler as part of The Open Eye!
Ray Yoshida in his Chicago residence. Photo: c. 1974, Courtesy of Mary Baber.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Monday, September 16, 2013

Eyeworks interview on Edge of Frame

Animator Edwin Rostron (who has some really good work online that you can watch here) has started a shiny new website devoted to experimental animation called Edge of Frame. He just posted an interview he did with Eyeworks and it can be read here. Thanks to Edwin for talking to us about the festival, and I'm really looking forward to keeping up with his site as it grows.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

helsinki comics festival

What a fantastic festival! I've been wanting to go to Finland forever and am a big fan of the unique and gorgeous comics being made in Finland right now, so it was an absolute pleasure to be a guest of the Helsinki Comics Festival this year. Alexander and I spent the week in Helsinki and had a blast.

 We started off the trip with the official festival-hosted Finnish sauna experience! I thought it'd be awkward to be naked and sweating when meeting the other international cartoonists and publishers for the first time, but it is now my new favorite way to meet people. 

The festival begins!
 The fest took place in downtown Helsinki, in Lasipalatsi Square. There were satellite gallery shows and events connected to the festival that could be found around the whole downtown area.

I had some pieces up in these black poster stands sprinkled around the square.

 This intimate pop-up theater was right next to the festival tents, and we showed an Eyeworks animation program twice per day for those who dared venture into The Black Box.

Doing a panel with Bill Kartalopoulos, who is such a smart interviewer and asked great questions. Thanks Bill!

We got this eye-poppin' batch of comics at the festival, looking forward to sinking my teeth into these beauties.

One special gem of note is this amazing Priit Pärn book, Tagurpidi, first published in 1980, that we got thanks to Joonas and Elina Sildre! I will learn Estonian if for no other reason than to read this book.

 Holy cow, just look at what Michelangelo Setola drew in my copy of his book Dormire Nel Fango, out from Canicola... Without a doubt this is one of the most lovely dedication drawings I have ever had in a book.

 I also drooled over Tommi Musturi's new large and colorful new book called Beating, which collects his drawing, painting, and illustration work. It's a beaut! This spread is the festival program illustration he made for the Eyeworks Festival in 2011. I had to restrain myself from buying everything at the Huuda Huuda table.

In two different bars in the area, I spotted this framed photo of the actor Matti Pellonpä, who is in a bunch of films by Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki. His film Shadows in Paradise is one of my very favorites, so you can imagine my glee at finding out that the Kaurismaki brothers were the bar owners! It's like my fantasy of Helsinki was right on the money.

There were multiple festival events planned for every evening of the festival weekend, all fun and well-organized. We hung out quite a bit throughout the weekend with the extremely talented batch of Canadian cartoonists Julie Delporte, Joe Ollmann, Philippe Girard, Michael DeForge, Howard Chackowicz, John Martz, and Conundrum Press publisher Andy Brown. What a wonderful group of people! Here everyone is drawing wildly on a table cloth at the Kafe Moskova bar.

 We were told by a very drunk and passionate-aggressive Finn (who is documented in this hilarious Joe Ollmann drawing) that this painting in the bar was of either a very beloved body guard or a hitman, it was unclear.

We had some time to explore around town and peek into shop windows, too.


I got a chance to take a ferry to Suomenlinna Island, a sea fortress which began being built in the mid 1700's. It sits across a group of six small islands and visitors can wander the cobblestone streets and explore and crawl around on everything.

The last night of the trip, a group of us ended up at a country western themed bar with some live music, and it was a perfect note on which to end the festival!

The next day Alexander and I flew from Helsinki to Stockholm, but due to foggy weather our connecting flight home to Chicago was delayed a full day. So it turned out that we had an extra night of our trip to wander around Stockholm. We spent the evening bumbling around the medieval area of Gamla Stan.

 (Sorry, Alexander...)

It was a wonderful trip and festival experience. Thanks so much to organizers Kalle, Maura, Otto, fest volunteers, and everybody who made it possible for me to be there! I met so many great folks and was exposed to so many good new comics and cartoonists. Now I am home and still riding the wave of inspiration from the trip. Kiitos to all!

Monday, September 2, 2013

helsinki comics fest and hoo dunnit

I'm very, very excited to be a festival guest at the Helsinki Comics Festival this year! I can't wait to read and get my mitts on more Finnish comics. I made a new screenprinted / foil stamped, two-sided accordion book for the festival, called Hoo Dunnit. I'll have these with me and a bunch of other stuff at the festival this weekend.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

NYT Sunday Review - economics and prediction

I drew this illustration for a piece in the Sunday Review of the New York Times today! It's about economics and the sciences making (or not making) accurate predictions about the future. Thanks to AD Alexandra Zsigmond!

Friday, August 9, 2013

pfc - jugglers - open eye - autoptic

I am very excited to be in Minneapolis next week to participate in Pierre Feuille Ciseaux #4, ('Rock Paper Scissors' in French), an experimental comics laboratory / residency. You can read about it over here. I also have some work in The Jugglers exhibition which opens on Tuesday the 13th at Co Exhibitions. On Saturday evening at 7 at the Open Eye theater, we will be presenting an Eyeworks Festival animation program, shown along with the dreamy undersea shadow puppet play performed by Sara Drake / Pup House. Then on Sunday August 18 (my favorite day of the year!) I will be tabling at the Autoptic Festival with Laura Park. It's going to be an amazing whirlwind. Just look at all these incredible Anders Nilsen posters!!