Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Beauty is Embarrassing
Beauty is Embarrassing is a documentary based on the life/career of artist Wayne White. Wayne was not only one of the set and puppet designers for Pee Wee's Playhouse and won three Emmys for his work, he was also the voice for many characters. He won a Billboard award for best Art Direction for Peter Gabriel's "Big Time" video and later designed the sets for the award winning Smashing Pumpkins "Tonight, Tonight" video.
His wife is writer and artist Mimi Pond; I cannot imagine the dinner conversations. Their two kids are artists too. Wayne had it all and walked away but could not be happier. This is the story of working your way to top and realizing it wasn't quite what you wanted. If you are interested in art in anyway, you must see this. Even if you aren't, you will laugh out loud as Wayne explains how he came up with his ideas and how he had no clue what the heck he was doing.
He spends his days taking thrift store art and painting clever/witty phrases on them. Warning: if you watch this documentary you are going to want to move down the road from Wayne and his neighbors.