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Barron Storey: What To Do In The Face Of Failure

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  • August 15, 2014

“Nobody draws better than Barron. Not you, not your little sister, your architect dad, not your rebellious ex-boyfriend who draws with his own blood, not the most talented kid at your art school. Not your favorite artist in the whole world; I’ve seen the work with my own eyes. Nobody draws better than The Barron.” – David Choe

We had a chance this week to sit down with Barron Storey, who is not only amazingly talented in his own right but has taught the likes of Dave McKean and David Choe. We sat and talked with him about what inspires him to make art, and the results are packed into this minute and a half short film.

Temple of Art: Paper Planes
Direction & Cinematography: Allan Amato
Concept by: Olga Nunes
Editing: Olga Nunes & Elisabeth Evans
Music: Jason Seigler
Featuring: Barron Storey
Barron told us about a cassette tape he’d found of a series of “nonlectures” E.E. Cummings did at Harvard in 1952. Cummings’ words stayed with him over the years, finding their way over and over again into the pages of his journals, and the emotional fabric of his art.


After some digging around, we managed to dig up the inspiring audio from E.E. Cummings talking about art as a circus act. From the Cummings piece, Him:

So much of the wonderful footage didn’t make it into the short film, but will certainly end up in the Temple of Art documentary! You can still preorder the documentary here, as a DVD or HD download.

Temple of Art, Allan Amato, Dave Mckean (Mirror Mask, Sandman), Barron Storey (Sandman:Endless Nights, Marat-Sade Journals), Kent Williams (Kent Williams:Ophthalm, The Fountain), Jason Shawn Alexander (Abe Sapien, Batman-End Game), David Mack (Kabuki, Daredevil), Bill Sienkiewicz (Electra Assassin, The New Mutants), Grant Morrison (Batman:Arkham Asylum, The Filth, Happy), Jim Mahfood (Clerks, Tank Girl), Stephanie Inagaki, Kozyndan, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, Megan Hutchinson, Denys Cowan, Mark Buckingham, JAW Cooper, Junko Mizuno, Roman Dirge, Brian Thies, Christine Wu, Hueman, Jasmine Worth, Satine Phoenix, Matthew Levin, Soey Milk, Rovina Cai