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Artist Vincent Castiglia Paints With His Own Blood

PIC: Vincent Castiglia (C)

PIC: Vincent Castiglia (C)

Painting with your own blood isn’t anything new, but artist Vincent Castiglia does fantastic work. Click the link to see a gallery at Beautiful Decay. I can only imagine how difficult of a medium blood must be to work with, what with the coagulation and all. Most of his art is NSFW, but if you’re browsing Disinfo, then you probably work for a tolerant work place or are on your own time. Or just taking your chances with the IT department. (No shame – I used to.)

Via Beautiful Decay

For this blood artist, the unusual medium works in service of larger themes. In extracting blood from his own body, sometimes 15 vials at a time (less than a blood donation), he allows the literal life-giving substance to more deeply examine fertile powers of mankind. With the careful painting of milk-filled breasts and deliberate vaginal imagery, Castiglia celebrates the allegorical implications of motherhood and childbirth.

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New Photography Exhibit: Warhol, Burroughs, Lynch

Warhol, Lynch, BurroughsAndy Warhol is better remembered for his paintings, and even his films, than for the hundreds of photographs he took in the last period of his career. William Burroughs’ legacy counts writing and even painting before his drawn-on photographs. David Lynch is a known cinematic genius who happens to love capturing still images of massive industrial spaces.

Each of these tertiary bodies of work would be fascinating to see on exhibit, but a gallery in England has decided to display photos by all three artists in a trio of contiguous exhibitions. I know, it’s blowing my mind right now. Here’s the word from Channel 4:

They’re three of the key counter-cultural figures of the 20th century: Andy Warhol the pop artist, William Burroughs the cult novelist and the film maker David Lynch.

Now a trio of exhibitions at London’s Photographers’ Gallery shows us another side to these men – the view from behind their stills cameras.Read the rest

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George Zimmerman Is Now Selling Original Oil Paintings On eBay

paintingsTaking into account the abysmal artistic quality, six-figure price, and notoriety of its creator, could this be considered the worst art in American history? Tampa’s Bay News 9 reports that George Zimmerman is selling his signed paintings on eBay and bidding is skyrocketing:

It appears George Zimmerman has turned to painting, and is selling his own, original artwork on eBay not one week after prosecutors dropped domestic violence charges against him.

Zimmerman’s brother, Robert Zimmerman Jr., has confirmed the auction is real, and said the painting is, indeed, the work of his brother, who was acquitted of murder in July for the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford.

The painting’s starting bid was set at $50, plus an additional $40 for expedited shipping from Sanford, according to the auction page. As of 10:50 p.m. Monday, the leading bid was $99,966.

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Pakistani Folk Art and US Drones Collide in These Ornate Paintings

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Repurposing something to say the opposite is punk as fuck, and magick in my book.

via Gizmodo

Pakistani-American artist Mahwish Chishty was originally trained in painting miniatures in her native Lahore. But these days, Chishty is also emerging as a notable conceptual artist abroad, treading the potent line between Pakistani and American culture. Yesterday, in an interview with Mother Jones, Chishty discussed her paintings of American drones—which she covers in traditional Pakistani ornamentation.

More than 2,000 people have been killed in drone strikes in Pakistan since the early 2000s, mostly in the rugged northwest. The proxy war, Chishty says, “triggered her imagination,” and she began a series of paintings that feature the familiar shapes of the MQ-9 Reaper and other UAVs covered in ornate decoration. The patterns are borrowed from a tradition amongst truck drivers in Pakistan, who cover their vehicles in rich ornamentation and color as a means of pure self-expression.

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Arcane Archetypes: The Occult Art of Beau Stanton

Picture: Detail of High Priestess - Beau Stanton (C)

Picture: Detail of High Priestess – Beau Stanton (C)

From Juxtapoz Magazine comes this short feature on the occult-influenced art of painter Beau Stanton, whose show Arcane Archetypes will open next week at New York’s famed Last Rites gallery.

Arcane Archetypes explores connections between the symbolism of the Tarot, interpolating the imagery of this ancient system of divination with modern visions of a modern world in decay.

The artist says:

“My first intention with this body of work was to create a series of images that instill a lasting imprint into the viewer’s subconscious. As an initial point of departure I started to research one of the most recognizable and iconic sets of images, the Major Arcana of the Tarot. After studying several existing decks, I discovered that some of the images shared common ground visually and conceptually with several paintings I had created in the past. This lead me to fuse elements from both my existing visual language and the ancient iconography of the Tarot to construct a revived interpretation of the Major Arcana.

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William S. Burroughs: Paint it Blacker

As many readers of these here illuminated letters surely know, the great author/Beat ghost/junky/exterminator William S. Burroughs also added the title of “painter” to his resume before his death in 1997. He began painting in his later years while living in Lawrence Kansas, but his relationship with painting and painters began much earlier.

I like to trace Burroughs’ origins as a painter back to his 1959 meeting with Brion Gysin. Gysin was also a polymath and his written work is as underrated as his paintings were during his lifetime. Gysin died in 1986 and while his sometimes-stunning prose has yet to be reconsidered, the publication of a few great books and the organizing of gallery retrospectives have seen his visual art getting the respect it deserves all these years later. Of course, Burroughs was way ahead of the curve: “I don’t think I’d seen painting until I saw the painting of Brion Gysin,” he once snarled.… Read the rest

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Hacker Exposes George W. Bush’s Bizarre Oil Paintings

Can a psychologist explain the significance of continually painting yourself bathing? Via The Smoking Gun, leaks from the email accounts of members of the Bush family revealed no nefarious Illuminati-style plottings, but did turn up this:

The apparent hack of several e-mail accounts has exposed personal photos and sensitive correspondence from members of the Bush family, including both former U.S. presidents. Included in the hacked material is a confidential October 2012 list of home addresses, cell phone numbers, and e-mails for dozens of Bush family members, including both former presidents, their siblings, and their children. The posted photos and e-mails contain a watermark with the hacker’s online alias, “Guccifer.”

The hacker also intercepted photos that George W. Bush e-mailed two months ago to his sister showing paintings that he was working on, including self-portraits of him showering and in a bathtub.

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Painter Creates Cosmic Paintings in Minutes

Artist Brandon McConnell creates some pretty stupendous outer space images with a few cans of spray paint, some pages ripped from a magazine, a blow torch and a handful of other tools you’d find at a local hardware store.
The finished paintings are reminiscent of the covers of sci-fi paperbacks from the 1950. Nice stuff, and with a little bit of practice you could probably do the same.

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iPad Painting App For Cats Unveiled

Most of the pet-oriented phone apps have been dismal as one would expect (chasing a virtual mouse bouncing across the screen, et cetera), but Paint for Cats should be cherished for allowing the expression of nonhuman creativity. Art of the future should not be restricted to humans. Metro UK writes:

A ball of string used to keep cats entertained – but it seems an iPad is more appealing to the our feline friends these days after a US company opted to develop some new tablet Apps specifically for them.

The app [Paint for Cats] makes a colourful paw imprint when a cat touches the screen. It was recently tested at an animal shelter where it received a positive response, with bigger cats such as lions and tigers even taking to it.

Creator TJ Fuller said: ‘I had seen so many YouTube videos of cats playing with iPads but of course they were playing games designed for humans… I would love to do a game for dogs but they generally don’t react to that sort of stimuli like cats do.

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