New online animation community MyToons.com will host the internationally acclaimed traveling art exhibit, DRAW, in conjunction with the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Film/Interactive and Music Festival. Honoring the connection between animation and artistic drawing, the installment will be in place March 9-31 at Gallery Lombardi’s new location in Austin, Texas.
The DRAW exhibit pays tribute to the fundamental building-block of visual and graphic art, the drawing. Featured works will include pieces from world-class animation artists, influential musicians, graffiti artists, tattooists, pop artists, fashion designers, skaters and comic book legends.
‘In today’s digital world, we often forget that animations and graphics are rooted in the historic art of the basic drawing,’ motes Rusty Mills, a five-time Emmy award-winning animator and director of animation for MyToons.com. ‘As a supporter of all artistic ventures, MyToons.com recognizes DRAW as the perfect outlet to bring us back to the root of pure and raw art; not to mention a great opportunity to see works from so many creative visionaries all in one place.’
DRAW debuted in New York in October of 2006 to an audience of more than1500 people. The exhibit’s stop at SXSW will feature original works by more than 150 vanguard artists including Mills, HR Giger, Clive Barker, Moby, Barry McGee, KAWS and Ron English. MyToons.com has additionally invited to local animation artists to feature their work amongst these renowned artists.
The MyToons.com DRAW exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery Lombardi hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with extended hours for other special events. In conjunction with DRAW and SXSW, MyToons.com is also sponsoring several events Gallery Lombardi and the Austin Museum of Art throughout the month of March. For more information, go to
www.mytoons.com and www.fusegallerynyc.com.