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Archive for July, 2006


Czech book covers


Some nice jacket designs from the Twenties and Thirties at the Smithsonian. I’ve been looking at a lot of Constructivist and Suprematist design recently and some of these come out of those styles. The Shaw jacket above was part of a series. Some of the companion designs can be seen in the excellent A2Z and […]

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The art of Cai Guo-Qiang


Inopportune: Stage One (2004). 9 cars and sequenced multi-channel tube lights. Inopportune: Stage Two (2004). Tigers: papier-mâché, plaster, fibreglass, resin, painted hide. Arrows: brass, bronze, bamboo, feathers. Backdrop: Styrofoam, wood, canvas, acrylic paint.

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Felipe Von Borstel


Made in Brazil 1. Made in Brazil 2. Made in Brazil 3 Chic News. (Link changed after page was deleted.) A Flickr page.

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Queer Noises


Beyond Bowie and Frankie, there’s a whole secret history of gay pop, reports Alexis Petridis ‘Wilder, madder, gayer than a Beatle’s hairdo’ It was the love that dare not sing its name—or was it? Beyond Bowie and Frankie, there’s a whole secret history of gay pop, reports Alexis Petridis Tuesday July 4, 2006 The Guardian […]

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Good Night and Good Luck


Only just caught this and it’s an excellent piece of work from Clooney and co. (his second time as director). Impossible not to see parallels between Ed Murrow’s determination to expose the excesses of McCarthyism with the current battles between the press in America and the belligerent rabble currently occupying the White House. Senator Joe […]

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Haunter latest


My book of Lovecraft adaptations and illustrations, The Haunter of the Dark and other Grotesque Visions (Creation Oneiros), is now available for pre-order from a number of outlets, including Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Barnes & Noble. Publication is officially set for September 15th, 2006. Sample pages and other news here. “At its far edge, horror shades […]

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Flowers of Love


Flavor Lab in New Orleans make some incredible wallpaper designs. This Art Nouveau-inspired ‘Flower of Love‘ design almost demands that any room it decorates be used solely for drinking absinthe and smoking opium. Flavor Lab 4213 Chartres Street New Orleans LA 70117

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The art of Paul Laffoley


Geochronmechane: The Time Machine from the Earth (1990).

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Barta’s Golem


The Pied Piper. Jiri Barta is a great Czech animator whose 1985 film, The Pied Piper, is an extraordinary, hour-long re-telling of the familiar fable. In Barta’s version, the medieval town and its inhabitants are rendered as beautifully-carved, Expressionist wood figures, and Barta twists the story in a darker direction by having the Pied Piper […]

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Nova Swing


The always excellent M John Harrison has a new sf novel out soon, Nova Swing, set in the same future as his masterful Light. You can read a sample of it on his website. Harrison, along with Moorcock, Ballard, Alan Moore and Iain Sinclair, is one of Britain’s finest living writers. He’s the creator of […]

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