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Archive for July, 2007


Patrick McGrath at Bldgblog

Patrick McGrath at Bldgblog Another great interview covering subjects from Edmund Burke to Ballard and “the new Gothic”.

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The recurrent pose 5


A specific homage to Flandrin’s painting this time by Phuzzy0 at deviantART. Earlier variations are linked below. My own Fallen Angel variations are now available as signed prints as well as CafePress products. Elsewhere on { feuilleton } • The recurrent pose archive

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Ingmar Bergman, 1918–2007


Obituaries: Guardian | NYT

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Occultism for kids


My battered 1973 Gollancz hardback. Cover illustration by David Smee. It may be all Harry Potter starter homes crowding the imaginative landscape these days but the lush fields of the early Seventies bred a peculiar brand of wizardry and wild romance, something I was reminded of recently by reviews of a new compilation of psychedelic […]

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Another lazy meme post


Yes, I know it’s simply promotion for a movie you’ve already heard more than enough about…so sue me. This actually came out looking more accurate than I expected since some smart Flash programming allows for a fair amount of variation. And having a monotonous wardrobe probably helps in my case. In fact the Simpsonizer on […]

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Impressions de la Haute Mongolie revisited


Impressions de la Haute Mongolie – Hommage á Raymond Roussel (1974-75). When I wrote a short reminiscence about Impressions de la Haute Mongolie last March I really didn’t expect I’d be watching it again just over a year later having waited thirty years for the opportunity. But now we can all see José Montes-Baquer’s collaboration […]

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The Demon Regent Asmodeus


The Demon Regent Asmodeus (2006). Alan Moore readers have finally discovered my little easter egg on the Mindscape of Alan Moore DVD so I can now talk about the creation of this miniature work. Director Dez Vylenz and I thought it would be nice to have a hidden extra somewhere on the main disc and […]

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Game boy


Photography by Joan Crisol.

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Weel done, Cutty-sark!


Brad David wrote last week asking about the picture I used on the recent Jack Rose poster design. I’d seen this engraving for years in various books but was unsure of its provenance so the enquiry made me curious as well. The picture in question is an illustration for the poem Tam O’Shanter by Robert […]

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Still No Country for Old Men


We’ve got a trailer and website for the new Coen Bros. film at last. Don’t panic, I won’t bore you to death over this one. Good news is it looks like a very faithful adaptation. Previously on { feuilleton } • No Country for Old Men

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I’m out of town for a few days so the archives plug-in has been enabled to throw up some previous postings at random.

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Design as virus 1: Victorian borders


There’s nothing new about drawing attention to the viral nature of design, whether in the repeated use of motifs and styles or the way in which typefaces breed and proliferate; Jonathan Barnbrook alludes to this process directly by calling his font house Virus. The plate above comes from a Victorian book I bought several years […]

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New things for July


Motorway City by Hawkwind, Flicknife Records single (1983). This month’s issue of Record Collector magazine has a feature about Hawkwind which featured my Motorway City sleeve among its illustrations. It was odd seeing this again, being a single it doesn’t turn up so often and it has the distinction of being one of the oldest […]

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Obverse Paintings by Fred Chuang


Au-gel (2006). Resuming my mixed-media, collage work, and experimenting with gold-on-gold effects, this small painting incorporates the figure, printed on tissue paper with “printed” bird wings. The textural effects in the wings suggests a more “butterfly” metaphor, but the texture of the feathers can be more clearly seen in the actual work. More of Fred […]

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White Noise: Electric Storms, Radiophonics and the Delian Mode


Many sounds have never been heard—by humans: some sound waves you don’t hear—but they reach you. “Storm-stereo” techniques combine singers, instrumentalists and complex electronic sound. The emotional intensity is at a maximum. Sleeve note for An Electric Storm, Island Records, 1969. An Electric Storm by White Noise is reissued in a remastered edition this week. […]

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Masterpieces of Persian painting


Shamseh, Unknown artist, Indian Moraqqa?. First half of 17th century, Golestan Palace. Sixteen pages of paintings at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. Previously on { feuilleton } • Prince Iskandar’s horoscope • Calligraphy by Mouneer Al-Shaárani • The Journal of Ottoman Calligraphy • Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East

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Wanna see something really scary?


Xeni Jardin and Boing Boing readers reminisce today about the childhood traumas inspired by Sesame Street characters. Wimps, say I, although in fairness I was too old to be frightened of Muppetry by the time that stuff appeared on British TV screens. Scariest thing in the Coulthart household, easily out-classing anything on children’s television (Doctor […]

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The art of Agostino Arrivabene


Lo psiconauta (2006). Capriccio con ruderi di città ideale (2003). Vanitas su zolla di viole (2006). I’ve tagged this as “gay” since the first painting is featured in the controversial Arte E Omosessualita’. Da von Gloeden a Pierre et Gilles at the Palazzo della Ragione, Milan. That exhibition has caused as stir with Catholics who […]

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Why Arthur magazine rules


Arthur #1–25. What is the vision behind Arthur? “The biggest underlying idea is that the culture drives everything else. Culture creates the metaphors and the landscape on which politics and economics and so forth take place. And so then you ask: What kind of culture are you making, or taking part in, or helping to […]

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The art of Bob Pepper


Forever Changes (1967) by Love. Art by Bob Pepper, design by William S. Harvey. Following yesterday’s post about Philip K Dick covers (and Erik Davis’s appraisal of the DAW cover), I decided to check out Bob Pepper’s work a bit more and it quickly became obvious I should have joined the dots with this particular […]

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Philip K Dick book covers


650 Philip K Dick covers here although no thumbnails for ease of browsing. Interesting seeing how many publishers have tried to bracket Dick as a typical science fiction writer when many of his books are marginal sf at best. Then there’s the curiosity of the translated title, Substance Mort for A Scanner Darkly being one […]

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Moorcock on Ballard

Moorcock on Ballard Great interview at Ballardian.

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Prince Iskandar’s horoscope


The horoscope of Prince Iskandar, grandson of Tamerlane, the Turkman Mongol conqueror, by Imad al-Din Mahmud al-Kashi, showing the positions of the heavens at the moment of Iskandar’s birth on 25th April 1384. From the Wellcome Trust image collection. Considering the Wellcome Trust’s medical background, there’s a surprising amount of non-scientific material in its image […]

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Architectural renderings by HW Brewer


Birds-eye view of Birmingham in 1886. Rome in 1890. There’s little information online about HW Brewer, a Victorian illustrator who specialised in depictions of cities viewed from the air for magazines such as The Builder. He also imagined how cities might have looked in times past, as with these views of London in the sixteenth […]

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Daniel Nassoy


Concluding a week of shadows and chiaroscuro, Daniel Nassoy‘s photographs of the male body in all its splendour are on exhibition at Violette and co, Paris, until the 28th of this month, and then again in August.

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Masonic fonts and the designer’s dark materials


The trailer for The Golden Compass turned up this week, the first part of Philip Pullman‘s His Dark Materials trilogy, and I can’t help but note that the film’s designers have chosen Jonathan Barnbrook’s Mason font for the titles and the rest of the typography. This isn’t so surprising given that Mason has been used […]

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The vinyl frontier

The vinyl frontier The changing face of music retail.

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Chiaroscuro II: Joseph Wright of Derby, 1734–1797


An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump (1768). As promised, one of my favourite chiaroscurists. The impression Joseph Wright’s work made on me at the age of 13 was one of many revelations from my first visit to the Tate Gallery. The paintings which struck me most of the older works there were […]

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Forty years of freedom after centuries of injustice


left: Maggi Hambling’s Oscar Wilde monument near Covent Garden, London. “Yes, we shall win in the end; but the road will be long and red with monstrous martyrdoms.” Oscar Wilde, after his release from Reading Gaol in 1897. “Forty years ago in Britain, loving the wrong person could make you a criminal. Smiling in the […]

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Sly Stone’s Higher Power

Sly Stone’s Higher Power New interview with the lost groover.

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Heavenly Love and Earthly Love by Giovanni Baglione (1602–1603). Chiaroscuro\, Chia`ro*scu”ro\, Chiaro-oscuro\, Chi*a”ro-os*cu”ro\, n. [It., clear dark.] (a) The arrangement of light and dark parts in a work of art, such as a drawing or painting, whether in monochrome or in colour. (b) The art or practice of so arranging the light and dark parts […]

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Advertising poster for Job cigarette papers by Alphonse Mucha (1898). The law forbidding smoking in public places finally came into effect in England on Sunday, something that the nation’s smokers are still coming to terms with. I’ve never been a smoker but have always been easy-going about the activity, having had smoking parents and been […]

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Shadows at Compton Verney


The Candles by Christian Boltanski. The Shadow is an exhibition at Compton Verney from Saturday 30 June–Sunday 9 September, 2007. I’d been considering a post about shadows in art for a while so this has forced my hand. There’ll be some follow-ups in the coming week, work permitting. I’m busy with a big new piece […]

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London Pride


One of the exotic creatures at today’s London Pride march. More pictures at this Flickr pool. Marchers braved wet weather and renewed terrorist threats after two unexploded car bombs were found on Friday. (And where that matter is concerned, The Register has a rebuke to the inevitable hysterics.) On a related note, this site has […]

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