Nick Genova

31 07 2011

This young man has been making videos for quite some time. Mostly skate vids. He’s got a good eye. And a wicked sense of humor. I love his stuff. This video is called the Death of the Obselete. Very funny.

This is his sight on Vimeo




30 07 2011

My grandfather used to sneak out during the day to a brick wall that existed between he and his farming neighbour. Under a rock he would find the latest pulp novel. In that way my grandfather and his friend would exchange books, reading them in those lazy afternoons when it was too hot to work in the fields.

Short listed in the C.B.C. national poetry contest and a finalist in the EPIC Eppie Awards for poetry. These poems are dedicated to the dime novels and pulp fiction, the disposable culture of its day.

Read Trash

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29 07 2011

What I love about some fashion shoots is the use of narrative. It is a staged story. Without dialogue. Everything is in the relationship of shots. Dark Days is like that. Something is happening. Perhaps demonic. Or sexual. Certainly dramatic. We impose a story line on the settings that are presented to us. And if that story is somewhat vague… no matter. We are tuned in.

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Gloria Vilches

28 07 2011

What great fun. Gloria Vilches’ pieces are filled with amusing slants at life. Great visual ideas. In short she is fun.

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‘Could we put it under Woody Allen?’

28 07 2011

The shopkeeper asked me, ‘where do I put this damn book?’

‘On the shelf,’ I responded cheekily.

He looked at me as if he could think of some place else he could put it.

I said as if apologizing, ‘under fiction.’

‘But its poetry,’ he said.

‘Well, okay. Under poetry.’ I reluctantly conceded. No one buys books in the poetry section. I was hoping to put it under Romance Novels.

And thats my problem. The title makes it sound like its a technical manual. Its supposed to be a satire on BBC television documentaries. So its about television. Except that it gets reviewed under movies. And movie reviewers object to its structure. Back and forth between story and commentary.

I shrug my shoulders.

‘Could we put it under Woody Allen?’

FREE download.  Making Movies.

‘The magic of film is recreated, taken apart, examined and lovingly satirized in an unusual work of fiction. David Halliday imagines a BBC documentary about ‘the well known Canadian film maker Samuel Bremmer’. We see moments of the films themselves; we hear the words of the actors, the designers and the commentary of the director, Samuel Bremmer. The illusion of film, and how it is created against a backdrop of money problems, personality clashes, jealousies, ambitions, love and vanity. Originally published by Press Porcepic.’

Dina Linnik

26 07 2011

Dina is a Ukranian artist. I don’t have much information on this artist. The work is interesting especially these profiles which I loved. I worked on quite a few of these myself. None of mine that I can recall were this simple. (Not that either is a bad thing) You can check out the homepage of this artist at

dina linnik

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26 07 2011

“Two factions of children in separate schools find themselves at odds. One is humiliated but rises to take vengeance on the other. It was war. And the children loved it.”

Based on actual events this story takes place in the 1950s in a small suburb west of the City of Toronto. Many years have passed but some of the children who participated in this story still remember it.

You can get a free copy of this book at the following sight.



Adrian Kenyon

25 07 2011

The first thing¬† you noticed about Kenyon’s work is the incredible detail. It has all that detail you expect in a Brueghel or Bosch. Or perhaps Van Eyck. The second thing is his politics. His views on war, the environment, modern Western culture are quite obvious. The two impressions work against each other on the net. Because of the limited size of the monitor screen you cannot appreciate the impression these works would have in a gallery. But on the screen they have little theatric/dramatic effect. Still, I think they are interesting.

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood

23 07 2011


The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Edwin Drood dies. But why? His girlfriend never understood him. Though she feared for her life at times. His enemies were numerous. But would they kill one of their best dealers. Did he cheat someone in a drug deal? Or was it something else. About the world. About himself.



Rudolf Hausner

23 07 2011

Hausner was a war veteran. After the war he and others created surrealist groups. Was this a way to deal with the memories of the war? I don’t see much evidence of that in his work. What I see is a man who is trying to create some rational explanation for the world. Through the sub-conscious. (I’m not sure that the sub-conscious exists. But there certainly were nightmares.) His work attempts to be fun. But there is no frivolity. That I can see in my limited exposure. Fun becomes serious. Everything seems balanced. The existence of the random seems under control. Or am I reading into his work? That’s the thing about surrealists/collagists, you can’t help yourself.

video Rudolf Hauser

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