Here’s What’s Up With That Felix the Cat Animation on the Side of NeueHouse

Two artists bring “cartoon architecture” to L.A.
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Artists are constantly trying to manipulate their mediums and stretch the boundaries of canvases large and small. The side of a building is fair game for a mural, but what about turning a large Hollywood wall into a family friendly short film starring Felix the Cat?

WHO: Drew Heitzler and Sam Sharit are artists with extreme talent in the digital space. They collaborated on a video exhibition for Hammer Museum’s Venice Beach Biennale, but this is the first time the two have stepped out onto the streets of Hollywood for an art installation. This week, they’re revitalizing Felix the Cat on the very streets where he was first broadcast over a hundred years ago. To add another layer of significance, Felix is being projected on the CBS Radio building (now home to the coworking space NeueHouse), the very edifice where the cartoon was first created.

WHAT: Using a combination of old film reels and animation, Heitzler and Sharit create “cartoon architecture.” The characters in the short utilize all aspects of the façade. The bit with the balloon is pure genius. There is even a nod to the immensely successful 1920s jazz hit “Felix kept on walking.” Go see it for yourself…you’ll see what I mean. Its creative energy will inspire you with its mischievous wit.

WHERE: NeueHouse Hollywood, 6121 Sunset Boulevard. The projection launched October 14 and runs through October 25.

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All images by Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com

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