Tom Olson’s flipbook Rapunzel’s Uncle Fred has been adapted into a 24″ x 36″ archival, acid-free print, as recently shown in North Adams’ Gallery 51. In this twist on the timeless classic, Uncle Fred’s beard turns not so much into a ladder as into a hairy scribble threatening to take over the world–or at the very least the printed page.’
About the Artist
Tom Olson was a young philosophy student in Ithaca, New York, when he decided that flipbooks were a more effective means of communication than pamphleting. Between the years 1978-79, Olson created a timeless series of flip books exploring life, love, loss, and the adventures of a little circle. Today, he lives in Washington, DC, where he is happily married with two daughters and has a successful career as an attorney.