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Archive for November, 2010

 

Ten titles and a cover

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The Very Best of Charles de Lint. Art by Charles Vess. Over the weekend I found the time to finally update the book design section of the site, adding new pages for most of the titles I’ve been working on recently. There’s still a couple of things missing but I’ll add those in due course. […]

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Charles Méryon revisited

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Le Petit Pont (fifth state) (1850). A short piece about the Paris etchings of Charles Méryon (1821–1868) was one of the first posts I made here. I’ve little to add to what I said four years ago other than to point out that the Internet Archive has The Etchings of Charles Méryon available for download, […]

Posted in {architecture}, {art}, {black and white}, {books}, {cities} | 4 comments »

 


Weekend links 38

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Arriving in the post this week was Lovecraft Black & White, an Italian book whose contents are spelled out in the title, black-and-white illustrations based on the work of the Providence master. Among the featured works is my 1999 rendering of Azathoth. There’s more about the book here and here. Also on the work front, […]

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The recurrent pose 39

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Here we go again, this example of the Flandrin pose being from 1924. The photograph is by Karel Egermeier and features in Paysage des Olympiques, a book devoted to studies of athletic youths with text by Henry de Montherlant. The author’s Uranian interests are well-documented so for once we can abandon any pretense that the […]

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Peter Christopherson, 1955–2010

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Coil, circa 1984. John Balance (left) & Peter Christopherson (right). Photo by Lawrence Watson. The depths of the night sky Reflects in his eye He says “Everything changes And everyone dies.” Coil, Blood From The Air (1986) Yes, everyone dies but you don’t always expect it this soon, six years after the sudden loss of […]

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Len Lye

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Rainbow Dance (1936). Fortunate Londoners can see a BFI screening of early film shorts by Len Lye (1901–1980) this Friday at the NFT. (Details here.) Lye is one of the pioneers of abstract cinema and his work still astounds for its inventiveness and playful interaction between synchronised image and music. Many of his works were […]

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Metropolis!

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Design by Boris Bilinsky (1927). The restored version of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927) was released in the UK this week by Eureka Video and my head is still spinning from having finally seen the missing scenes I’ve read about for years. There’s little I can say about the film itself that hasn’t already been said […]

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And back again

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Normal service has been resumed. Thank you.

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In another place

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Where we’re from the birds sing a pretty song, and there’s always music in the air. My internet connection has been steadily degrading over the past few days to the extent that I’m now reduced to posting this via the antiquated miracle of dialup. Things will be quiet here for the next day or so […]

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Weekend links 37

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Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom is fifty-years old this year, an occasion celebrated with a limited UK cinema run and a reissue on Blu-ray and regular DVD. This was the film which famously ended Powell’s career as a director in Britain for reasons which have never been quite clear. Was the film’s critical vilification the culmination […]

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The art of Joan Ponç, 1927–1984

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Ésser del Cap (1977–78). A pair of works by a Catalonian artist whose varied and occasionally Surrealist output can be viewed here. There’s further work and career details here but not in English. Via. Sin título (1982).

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Scenes from a carriage

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One of John Tenniel’s illustrations for Through the Looking-Glass (1871). The collaboration with Carroll, and the production of this clairvoyant illustration gave Tenniel the chance to accuse the killer, whose identity he knew – because he had, at some level, shared in the crime. His capped (or crowned) Guard wears the Diamond and stares, eyeless, […]

Posted in {art}, {black and white}, {books}, {collage}, {fantasy}, {illustrators}, {surrealism} | 4 comments »

 


Bindu Shards by James Turrell

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Dhatu (2010). The intensities of colour found in some of James Turrell’s light works might warrant the description “psychedelic” at times, although “transcendental” is probably more apt when it comes to his immersive environments. Dhatu is one of the latter, a new installation at the Gagosian Gallery, London, where a room filled with changing shades […]

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Through the Psychedelic Looking-Glass: the 2011 calendar

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Looking-Glass House. So here it is at last, this year’s much-delayed calendar design, the sequel to last year’s well-received Psychedelic Wonderland. I’ll get the business stuff out of the way first: would-be purchasers should go to the CafePress shop here while for a better preview of all the artwork look here. Update: This calendar is […]

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Compass Road by Iain Sinclair

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I was hoping to get my delayed 2011 calendar launched today but other work needed completing so here’s an interim post. Think of your journey through mortality as a sequence of valid movies and the pain is ameliorated. Forget the tedious 60-minute division of the lecture hall or dead television (quartered by adverts): arrange just […]

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The art of Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis, 1875–1911

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Rex (1909). Another relatively obscure Symbolist, Mikalojus Ciurlionis was a Lithuanian artist and composer whose painted output might have graded to total abstraction if he’d lived a few more years. This site has a substantial gallery section and details of his life and other work. The Offering (1909). Previously on { feuilleton } • Delville, […]

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Weekend links: Hodgson edition

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Masters of Terror, Vol 1, Corgi Books, 1977. No illustrator credited. It was all happening this week so there’s a lot to get through. Are you ready? Deep breath… For ye Hogge doth be of ye outer Monstrous Ones, nor shall any human come nigh him nor continue meddling when ye hear his voice, for […]

Posted in {art}, {books}, {design}, {electronica}, {fantasy}, {film}, {gay}, {horror}, {lovecraft}, {music}, {occult}, {painting}, {politics}, {science fiction}, {science}, {surrealism} | 2 comments »

 


Cephalopod bride

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This week’s Photoshop researches lead to interesting encounters. Previously on { feuilleton } • Fascinating tentacula • Jewelled butterflies and cephalopods • Haeckel fractals • Octopulps

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A Shameless Longing by Josh Quigley

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Cody and Zach (2008) by Josh Quigley. I’m still besieged by work this week so here’s another quick post. Arriving in today’s inbox was a notification of an opening at the Michael Mazzeo gallery, NYC, for A Shameless Longing, an exhibition of Josh Quigley’s narrative photographs. The reception is next Thursday, November 18, and there’s […]

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Fabulous fascinators

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Dancer Ruth St Denis in a costume for Radha from 1904, sporting a fine example of the fascinator headdress. I’ve always been, er…fascinated by these things so it’s encouraging to see them making a slight comeback, as with the unique piece below by artist Lisa Falzon. Ms Falzon has a new Etsy shop, Moth and […]

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Gilliam’s shaver and Bovril by electrocution

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Pears Soap ad, Illustrated London News, March 16, 1895. I’ve been working feverishly this week to complete page designs for The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities which will be published next year by HarperCollins. This is a sequel of sorts to 2003′s Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases to which […]

Posted in {animation}, {books}, {design}, {fantasy}, {film}, {science}, {technology}, {television}, {work} | 2 comments »

 


The art of Alia Penner

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Kenneth Anger poster (2009). Alia Penner, like Arik Roper, is another talented member of the omniversal Arthur posse as well as being an illustrator, designer and photographer in her own right. Her title designs opened the Missoni promotional film which Kenneth Anger directed earlier this year, and her work on paper follows a distinctly psychedelic […]

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Darq Dreamz

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Fey Saturn. Arriving as a welcome palliative for the sudden seasonal gloom, Mikel Marton’s autumn photo series is an exploration of homoerotic paganism and occult tableaux he calls Darq Dreamz. “Photography is the medium that allows me to be a medium,” he says. “Some of the photos added to the collection are from a series […]

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Weekend links 36

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Mervyn Peake’s Caterpillar from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland finds itself used to promote High Society, an exhibition at the Wellcome Collection devoted to the long history of human drug-taking. There’s more about the exhibition here and also an accompanying book by Mike Jay from Thames & Hudson. Related: The Most Dangerous Drug: A group of […]

Posted in {art}, {books}, {design}, {drugs}, {gay}, {illustrators}, {magazines}, {music}, {occult}, {painting}, {pulp}, {science fiction}, {television} | 2 comments »

 


Arik Roper relaunched

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Cover art for Howlin Rain by Howlin Rain (2006). Artist Arik Roper was in touch this week with news that his website—showcasing album cover art, book illustration and graphic designs—has been relaunched. A world of psychotropic fungi and luscious ink-stained visions awaits you here. Cover art for Magnificent Fiend by Howlin Rain (2008). Elsewhere on […]

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Jabberwocky

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The Jabberwock (2010). ’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe; All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe. “Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun The frumious Bandersnatch!” He took his vorpal sword in hand: […]

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Design as virus 13: Tsunehisa Kimura

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Waterfall by Tsunehisa Kimura. Continuing an occasional series. Japanese artist Tsunehisa Kimura (1928–2008) was initially inspired by the polemical graphics of John Heartfield to create his own photomontages, a painstaking collage technique now rendered obsolete by Photoshop. Kimura’s work exchanges Heartfield’s satire for an overt and frequently apocalyptic Surrealism, as in his most visible piece, […]

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The recurrent pose 38

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Shiny bequiffed poser wants to be left alone to contemplate…something or other. An example of the Flandrin pose from the beefcake era which comes via a Vintage Gay Themed Photos set at Flickr. Elsewhere on { feuilleton } • The recurrent pose archive

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Steampunk Reloaded

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Cover design by Ann Monn. Cover image by Dan Jones / Tinkerbots. Here at last is the steampunk anthology I mentioned back in September and whose interiors I designed. This is another Tachyon publication, and also another anthology edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer. I went further with the design for this than I have […]

Posted in {art}, {books}, {comics}, {design}, {illustrators}, {science fiction}, {work} | 10 comments »

 


Wilfried Sätty: Artist of the occult

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After last week’s post about Wilfried Sätty‘s illustrated Poe, I thought I’d follow it up with this 1970 interview from Man, Myth & Magic, a part-work publication which built weekly into a seven-volume “illustrated encyclopedia of the occult”. In the back of each issue there was a two-page feature, Frontiers of Belief, usually featuring more […]

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