Dash Shaw

Wheel of Fortune

April 20 – June 30, 2019
Project Room

Wheel of Fortune (2011) is the result of a challenge artist Dash Shaw posed to himself. Created by pausing an episode of the television game show, Wheel of Fortune (1975–present) every 3 seconds and making a drawing, Shaw wanted to see how few drawings he could make and still have the sequence hold together as an animation. It was also a chance to explore the content of the show — branded as “America’s Game,” and introduced by hostess Vanna White as honoring “life, liberty, and the pursuit of cash and prizes.”

Dash Shaw is the cartoonist of many graphic novels, such as “Doctors”, “Bottomless Belly Button”, “BodyWorld”, “New School”, and “Cosplayers”. He also wrote and directed the animated feature “My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea” (starring the voice talents of Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham, Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph and Susan Sarandon) which premiered in the 2016 New York Film Festival main slate and the Toronto International Film Festival. It continued to play film festivals throughout the world, and had a U.S. theatrical release in 2017. It’s currently available on Netflix streaming in North America. It was one of ArtForum Amy Taubin’s “Best Films of the Year.”

He’s directed a music video for Sigur Rós and animated sections for documentaries and television. His comic short stories recently appeared in the Fantagraphics anthology series “Now”. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Image: Dash Shaw, still image from Wheel of Fortune, 2011, hand-drawn animation, 7 minutes 33 seconds

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