Archive | Art

Black Moon/Dave Cloud

Dave Cloud

Last Wednesday afternoon my Facebook wall began to light-up with the frantic news that outsider musician and Nashvillian par-excellence, Dave Cloud, was in an intensive care unit as a result of his battle with cancer. The news came out of nowhere for most of the rocker’s friends and admirers, and last Thursday’s announcement of his death came so quickly that most are still trying to wrap their heads — and hearts — around the wide, wild space Cloud and his art once occupied.

For the uninitiated, here’s a bit of the man’s bio:

By day a volunteer book reader for the blind, Cloud undergoes a transformation at night, and for over three decades has entertained patrons of local dive bar Springwater, often with his band The Gospel of Power. Cloud’s unpredictable performances can be uproarious, jaw-droppingly bizarre events, delighting some while frightening others. His musical amalgam of experimental garage rock and lounge crooning—defies easy categorization, but his delivery makes the experience hard to forget.

Read the rest
Continue Reading

#PORNCULT’s Terms of Use

circular war face logo-1

TERMS OF USE [READ THE MANIFESTO]

 

BY READING THIS SENTENCE YOU HAVE AGREED TO THESE TERMS OF USE. (all rites reversed—reprint what you like.) KSC613X.>> #PORNCULT is not responsible for any insanity resulting from reading these TERMS OF USE. #PORNCULT is not responsible for your involvement in #PORNCULT. Thru the transitive properties of quantum solipsism, MONITOR and /or subsidiary gods, goddesses, memes, and jokes are the sole property of your brain. I AM WHO I AM & I AM YOU.>> #WeAreResurrected. hey diddle diddle. the cock played the fiddle cause it was long & strong. then came along a lady who was anything but dainty & the cock played her all night long. YOUR REALITY IS TOO MAINSTREAM SO I MADE MY OWN. MYTH is ART that attempts to explain something that transcends reason. A MYTHIC EXPERIENCE is a personal experience that transcends reason, like a psychic experience. You can also exercise belief in a myth (like having sex in the name of a hyper-dimensional pornstar) to create a mythic experience, and we call that FAITH.… Read the rest

Continue Reading

Hilariously Bad Book Covers on Amazon

Oh, the world of self-publishing. This may be the funniest thing I’ve seen since Cracked introduced me to Dinosaur erotica. (Yes, there really is a book titled “Mounted by the Gryphon.” Let that sink in for a moment.)

Reach for the Moon‘s minimalist vibe is really something.

“Behind the Gem” and “Love Laws”

Behind the Gem” and “Love Laws

Check out those forlorn eyes.

How could John Haynes not be tempted?

Heads up! I think Michael Jackson is part of the King’s Secret Service. Spoiler alert, anyone?

“Signed Confessions” and “Haunted”

Signed Confessions” and “Haunted

Existential crises with MS Paint.

 

You can check out more of these over at Sad and Useless.

Read the rest

Continue Reading

“The Nose” by Nikolai Gogol

David Goehring (CC BY 2.0)

David Goehring (CC BY 2.0)

“The Nose” by Nikolai Gogol, translated by Claud Field.

I

On the 25th March, 18—, a very strange occurrence took place in St Petersburg. On the Ascension Avenue there lived a barber of the name of Ivan Jakovlevitch. He had lost his family name, and on his sign-board, on which was depicted the head of a gentleman with one cheek soaped, the only inscription to be read was, “Blood-letting done here.”

On this particular morning he awoke pretty early. Becoming aware of the smell of fresh-baked bread, he sat up a little in bed, and saw his wife, who had a special partiality for coffee, in the act of taking some fresh-baked bread out of the oven.

“To-day, Prasskovna Ossipovna,” he said, “I do not want any coffee; I should like a fresh loaf with onions.”

“The blockhead may eat bread only as far as I am concerned,” said his wife to herself; “then I shall have a chance of getting some coffee.” And she threw a loaf on the table.… Read the rest

Continue Reading

Think of Me as You Will (about John Duncan and “Blind Date”), 2002

Think of Me as You Will (about John Duncan and “Blind Date”), 2002 from Thomas Nordanstad on Vimeo.

“Think of Me as You Will” is a short documentary/interview with John Duncan. Duncan is a performance artist notoriously known for his project “Blind Date.” According to Wikipedia, “Blind Date, involving intercourse with a female corpse followed by a vasectomy, both conducted in private, was presented as an audio-only event to an audience in a darkened warehouse, a demonstration of how men are conditioned to turn emotional suffering into rage.” In this short film, Duncan talks about his process and reactions to Blind Date, stating that his chief concern was making himself suffer.

Read the rest

Continue Reading

The Devastating Stereotype of the Artless Scientist

Still from The Imitation Game. Copyright StudioCanal and The Weinstein Company.

Still from The Imitation Game. Copyright StudioCanal and The Weinstein Company.

via Medium.com:

This article contains minor spoilers for the plots of The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, The Social Network, and A Beautiful Mind. Also containing these spoilers: history.

The “genius-as-asshole” stereotype has become the modern day equivalent of the “genius-as-madman” stereotype put forth by films like A Beautiful Mind. In The Social Network, Mark Zuckerberg is shown as an asshole with little regard for his closest friends and an obsession over a girl he dated once; again, reality doesn’t actually mirror this, but it makes for a good story.

Biopics are always going to compact and contort history to make it into a compelling 90-minute tale. I don’t actually have a problem with this in and of itself, and like I said, I enjoyed most of these films (I haven’t seen The Theory of Everything and have no interest in seeing it).

Read the rest
Continue Reading

Australia’s Temple Of Weird

Last week we told you about Lonnie Hammargren’s Museum of the Weird in Los Angeles. This week we go down under to tell you about Australia’s Temple Of Weird and its shit machine, courtesy of Roads & Kingdoms:

Standing outside Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) the first thing that hits you is the smell of manure.

It’s a biting cold day when we disembark from the MONA ferry, push past the crush of tourists, and walk up the imposing steps emerging into, unexpectedly, a tennis court. Straight ahead is a metallic, boxy building that emits a faint fecal order. I enter thinking it is the toilet (perhaps with a sewage leak?) only to find the ticket counter.

"Sidney Nolan Snake" by jeffowenphotos - Tasmania, The Mona (CC)

“Sidney Nolan Snake” by jeffowenphotos – Tasmania, The Mona (CC)

 

Visiting MONA is like peering through the looking glass. Deep down in the museum’s cavernous underbelly—inside that mirrored box building—sits Wim Delvoye’s cloaca machine, otherwise known as “the shit machine.” The Belgium artist’s vast array of whirring tubes and bags mimic the workings of the human digestive system.

Read the rest
Continue Reading

Wolfgang Grasse (1930 – 2008) – Temporal Misift

Wolfgang Grasse (1)

“Wolfgang Grasse is a temporal misfit, with artistic skills and attitudes that stand out, in our time, as a witch or an alchemist stands out… his work can be traced back to Bosch, Bruegel and Max Beckman.” — Art News

The world that Grasse created on his canvas is more than fantastic, it is magic. He was the wise-old magician. Through his paintings, he cast a spell on the viewer and in that perpetual moment of truth, revealed two thousand years of human degradations.

His painting possesses a haunting menace which appropriately reflect the moral and social values.

Wolfgang Grasse was born in Dresden, Germany, in 1930. After private artistic training first by his grandfather, Feidrich Grasse, and then later studying in Italy, he returned to a partitioned post-war East Germany. There he was imprisoned for his cartoons crtical of Soviet propaganda. He was sentenced to serve 25 years in prison.  After serving 8 years of this sentence, he was granted an amnesty and released.

Read the rest
Continue Reading

How your eyes trick your mind

Via BBC Future [Follow the link to see more optical illusions]:

Visual, or optical, illusions show us that our minds tend to make assumptions about the world – and what you think you see is often not the truth.

Throughout history, curious minds have questioned why our eyes are so easily fooled by these simple drawings. Illusions, we have found, can reveal everything from how we process time and space to our experience of consciousness.

Scroll down our interactive guide to find out why.

Early illusions

Illusions have a long history, going as far back as the ancient Greeks.

In 350BC, Aristotle noted that that “our senses can be trusted but they can be easily fooled”.

He noticed that if you watch a waterfall and shift your gaze to static rocks, the rocks appear to move in the opposite direction of the flow of water, an effect we now call “motion aftereffect” or the waterfall illusion.

Read the rest
Continue Reading