Period & Style
Exclusive Episode #090: Animatronic Designer Jon Dawe reveals the process behind the robotic creature effects in artist Paul McCarthy's sculpture Bush and Pig. Dawes previous work, as part of Stan Winston Studio and Tatopoulos Studios, includes special effects and mechanical designs for the popular films "Jurassic Park," "Hellboy," "Underworld," and "Fantastic Four," among others. Paul McCarthy's video-taped performances and provocative multimedia installations lampoon polite society, ridicule authority, and bombard the viewer with a sensory overload of often sexually-tinged, violent imagery. With irreverent wit, McCarthy often takes aim at cherished American myths and icons—Walt Disney, the Western, and even the Modern Artist—adding a touch of malice to subjects that have been traditionally revered for their innocence or purity. Whether conflating real-world political figures with fantastical characters such as Santa Claus, or treating erotic and abject content with frivolity and charm, McCarth'ys work confuses codes, mixes high and low culture, and provokes an analysis of fundamental beliefs. Paul McCarthy is featured in the Season 5 (2009) episode Transformation of the Art:21—Art in the Twenty-First Century television series on PBS. Learn more about Paul McCarthy: http://www.art21.org/artists/paul-mccarthy VIDEO | Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Susan Sollins. Camera: Bob Elfstrom. Sound: Doug Dunderdale. Editor: Lizzie Donahue & Paulo Padilha. Artwork Courtesy: Paul McCarthy. Special Thanks: Jon Dawe.