The inaugural post in our new series highlighting art outside the art scene illuminates the 75 year old circus mural that inspired the Toys R Us giraffe, hidden under the ceiling of a bar in Midtown Houston.
It’s an everyman’s Citizen Kane set under Texas skies, interpreted through the alienation of a Sam Shepard play and the quiet longing and restrained hope of a Wim Wenders road movie. In other words, it is really, deeply good.
The film’s succession of vignettes—from bar conversations to poetic studies of Vienna, great works of art, and museum visitors—is a deftly constructed story of the connections of strangers and a sublime rumination on life and art.
Filmmaker/photographer Bill Daniel‘s work has been in countless prestigious museums and festivals, but he’s more focused on connecting with artists, outsiders, and oddballs than big money or art stardom.