I can’t swim

28 02 2013

I’ve got flooding…

The Dissolving Personality

Sarah Eisenlohr

28 02 2013

Sarah Eisenlohr. There is something so marvellous in Ms Eisenlohr. The mix of small and large. A very Gulliver type of experience. And always fascinating.

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And now for something completely different.

27 02 2013

this is a great little flick… very funny

The Year of Halloween

Tonight’s film is the 2008 short The Black Hole by Phil Sansom and Olly Williams.  This clever tale of an office worker’s irresistible discovery took the grand prize in Virgin Media’s inaugural short film competition and, although it might skirt the edge of what some would consider horror, the rapid fire one-two punch of temptation and consequence was enough to raise my hair a bit, kittens.  Enjoy!

Short Film "The Black Hole"

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Mario Sanchez Nevado

27 02 2013

“I’m moved by the surreal and oniric world. My leitmotif is to find the colors in grotesque visuals, and tint them with irony. I’m attached to the human emotion and that’s what I try to portray.” Mario Sanchez Nevado

His work is lovely. If I have one reservation it is that I have many of the same ideas elsewhere. Still, I do love to look at them.

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Margaret Brundage

26 02 2013

I’ll bet when I was a pre-teener that I gawked at her covers thousands of times. Interesting artist and article.

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Margaret Brundage circa 1930 Kittens, February is Women in Horror Month, and I’d like to kick things off here at The Year of Halloween with a gallery of vintage horror art by artist Margaret Brundage, one of the few female cover artists of the pulp era. Struggling to support a family during the Great Depression, Margaret, a freelance fashion illustrator in the 1920’s, became the principle cover artist for Weird Tales between 1933 and 1938, translating the look and feel of contemporary women’s magazines to the lurid pulp magazine covers of the era.

Cover of Weird Tales (November 1935), feature story is Robert E. Howard's Shadows in Zamboula. Cover art M Brundage

Originally signing her work with only her first initial, the controversy of Ms. Brundage’s provocative covers skyrocketed when she was revealed to be a woman in 1934. Although some contemporary authors dismissed her art as “trash” – even spreading rumors that Margaret used her teen-aged daughter as a model (in reality, she only had one child – a son) – the…

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Roy Lichtenstein

24 02 2013

I had a huge comic book collection when I was a kid. Over a thousand. A couple dozen, I later learned, were worth considerable money. My mother threw them all out. Perhaps I was traumatized but I have never had a warm feeling for Lichtenstein’s work. Lichtenstein did receive considerable criticism. Many said he was parodying modern pop culture. If this is the case why would you create so many different paintings in this style.

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George Hugnet

24 02 2013

First of all let me be the first to apologize for Mr. Hugnet’s name. It sounds like some sort of apparatus. His work is exciting. Especially to those of us with a(n) historical bend. (Like Richard III)

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Hugnet was part of the surrealist movement in the 30s. He was later expelled from the group. In a lot of his work he seems preoccupied with females. But he does little with the form. Like a lot of early collages, his work appears frantic, slapped down in a  hurry to give an impression of a lack of concentrated thought. As if the images did not come from intelligence but impulse.

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Francis Bacon

24 02 2013

I have imagined that if an alien race had landed on earth and one of them was an artist, this is how he would have painted human beings.

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23 02 2013

Is there anyone who doesn’t like Magritte. And bowler hats.

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I love Magritte. How could you not? He’s funny. And he’s Belgian. (I lived there for four years. My son was born there. My wife is Belgian. Outside of the weather, its a wonderful place on the planet.) Magritte has affected many artists. But it is his love by the public that is so interesting. No one asks if his work is art. They just smile.

I created one piece with Magritte in mind.

This is an excerpt from a Wikipedia article on Magritte.

Magritte’s work frequently displays a juxtaposition of ordinary objects in an unusual context, giving new meanings to familiar things. The representational use of objects as other than what they seem is typified in his painting, The Treachery of Images (La trahison des images), which shows a pipe that looks as though it is a model for a tobacco store advertisement. Magritte painted below the…

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Iyan de Jesus

22 02 2013

Maybe its the details. Almost a throwback to the paisley of the 60s. I like Iyan de Jesus’s work.

The colours remind me of some of the early paintings of Ed Kuris.

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