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Henry and the Bags

This Henry piece was created several years after Henry and the Animals. It's a little messy so it hasn't been seen nearly as much. 

The character began at a photo shoot in 1987 when Grottesco was building FORTUNE: The Rise and Fall of a Small Fortune Cookie Factory in New Mexico. The company was also showcasing a collection of short works so for the photo shoot, anything was game as long as it was striking. Actors were pulling things from trunks, trying anything and everything. Our long time lighting designer, Ian Rosenkranz, had the hat and the camera. Flax had the teeth. Rosenkranz shot black and white and a character was born. Much later came the voice and another year or two later Henry and the Animals premiered at a benefit in Ann Arbor.

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