Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Muppets 4-EVER

How COOL is Marc Palm's Muppets-themed piece to the right? So cool in fact, the artist extraordinaire, who moonlights as a video store clerk by day, drew inspiration from American artist and illustrator R. Crumb's cover for Janis Joplin's 1968 album, Cheap Thrills.

Palm's painting is a part of the "Muppet Rawk II" exhibit at Seattle's Ouch My Eye Gallery. As the story goes, participating artists had to rework any album cover with Jim Henson's Muppets as the main theme. Awesome!

Palm says via his blog: "When I got to join in on this I searched a little bit for some cool covers. The previous show had some gems in them see here. I knew that I had to do something really cool. So when I ran across Cheap Thrills over and over in lists of the "best rock covers ever". Someone had to do this cover with Muppets! I wasn't sure if I could really do it, but I thought I'd bite off more than I could chew and do it myself.

If you're in Seattle, catch "Muppet Rawk" May 9th through May 31st at the Ouch My Eye Gallery. Wish I could!

In other Jim Henson-related news, if you're in the NYC tomorrow, be sure to catch a special screening of Henson's short film, Youth '68 at 92YTribeca. Long before making a name for himself with Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, Henson made short films, including the hour-long documentary, Youth '68. It debuted April 21, 1968 as a part of the "NBC Experiment in Television" series. Tomorrow's screening will mark its first public viewing in over 40 years.

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