How to Draw a Bunny

Director: John W. Walter
Year Released: 2002
Rating: 3.0

Small overview of the life of avant-garde artist Ray Johnson - who also developed mail art and was a master at collages - and his mysterious 'suicide' when in his sixties that may have been a work of art in itself. While his peers were trying to become famous, Johnson kept on in his own private world, even turning the process of selling his art into an elaborate project involving mailed proposals and constant negotiations. The video footage of him at a party shows the man to be amiable and approachable - and the man is always painted as being eccentric though never crazy and never on drugs or drunk - so that his death by drowning almost makes perfect sense. It's a stirring portrait: not too flashy and quite direct.