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Wayne White Documentary "Beauty is Embarrassing" Makes Phoenix Premiere During Design Week

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The colorful, inspiring work of artist, cartoonist, and sculptor Wayne White is featured in the recent documentary "Beauty is Embarrassing."

The film, screening on September 26 (during Phoenix Design Week), showcases White's struggles and accomplishments as he continues to maneuver the difficult lines of work, life and art.

If you aren't familiar with White or his work, here are a few basics that'll get you amped up to buy your tickets through the AIGA website.

5. White's Word Paintings

White's more recent inspired word paintings have garnered quite a bit of attention. These works consist of three-dimensional text fused onto vintage landscape paintings with the words usually provocative and humorous in nature.

4. Art Direction on "Tonight, Tonight"

In 1996 The Smashing Pumpkins' video for the song "Tonight, Tonight" racked up plenty of awards at both the Billboard and MTV Music Video Awards. White's Georges Méliès styled sets played a giant role in the video's overall concept and success.

3. Pee-wee's Playhouse Set Designs

Talking armchair's, weather reporting kite's and a red-headed marionette bully could only exist in the bizarre (children's?) show "Pee-wee's Playhouse." White's contributions to the set and puppet design work won the show three Emmy awards.

2. George Jones Giant Puppet Head

White honored country singer George Jones by creating "Big Lectric Fan To Keep Me Cool While I Sleep" at

Rice Gallery

. The idea to construct the 22-foot puppet came to White while he was spending time in Houston. Jones' song "Ragged but Right" had been stuck in White's head while he was dealing with the blistering June heat.

1. "Beauty is Embarrassing" Trailer

The "Beauty is Embarrassing" trailer, alone, will have you clearing your schedules and marking your calendars for the big event on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at ASU COOR Hall. Room 170. Tickets are available on AIGA's eventbrite event page for $4 to $10, and at the door for $15. The movie starts at 7 p.m. and check in starts at 6:45 p.m..

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