Friday, August 24, 2012

Candelabra in the Wind?

Via Boy Matt: Was sorry to read that Liberace's ex-chauffeur Scott Thorson is dying of anal cancer."Beyond the Candelabra," the upcoming Liberace biopic starring Michael Douglas as Lee and Matt Damon as Scott, is based on his memoir -- a too-absurd-not-to-be-true tale of fame, wealth and plastic surgery. So given the fact that he only got a paltry $95,000 settlement after suing for millions, it would be nice for him to live to see it through to fruition. (The Liberace-inspired reconstructed face he got to keep for free.) 

All this Thorson talk reminded me of something. I'm not sure how I possibly did this, but it appears I never blogged about a performance by Daniel Barrow I saw at MoMA's PS1 in Queens a couple of years ago, in which the Winnipeg-based artist sets in motion a story based "very loosely" on the life experiences of Liberace's most notorious boyfriends -- all through the use of transparency sheets! (The show is called "The Face of Everything," and Thorson's new mug does not go unrecognized!) It's hard to explain, but you know how animation is really just a bunch of drawings that are viewed in rapid succession? Barrow, a genius of sorts who also has a thing for Liz Renay, Rip Taylor, Charles Nelson Reilly and both Wayne and Madam, somehow manages to accomplish a similar effect on an overheard projector, all the while telling the story -- and controlling the lights, music and atmosphere. It was so incredible, in fact, that I was (apparently) left blogless.

It you ever get the chance to see him perform, I highly recommend it. The Liberace biopic? Based on the early photos, I'm not so sure.  

Visit Daniel Barrow's official site HERE.

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