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• Before Stanley Kubrick fixed an image of Alex and his droogs in the popular imagination, artists could get away with playing on the threat of biker gangs as Wilson McLean does in this vaguely psychedelic cover from 1969. (McLean’s interpretation may possibly derive from a 1965 edition.) LibraryThing has a collection of Clockwork Orange covers […]

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Cover by Valentine Hugo for Contes Bizarres (1933) by Achim d’Arnim. See Hugo’s interior illustrations here. • “In spite of the blood-drinking pursuits of Rollin’s protagonists, there’s very little in the way of body horror to be found. His undead are sensual, romantic creatures that are frequently delicate of mind and body. These movies attempt […]

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More hypercubes

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A few more extensions of the idea, not all of which have much to do with Hinton’s concepts beyond the name. Salvador Dalí with hypercube (1952). Photo by Francesc Català-Roca. Hypercubic Metropolis (2002) by Peter Gric. HyperCube (2012) is an installation by artist Jaap van den Elzen and sound composer Augusto Meijer which combines the mirror […]

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Kusama’s Self-Obliteration, a film by Jud Yalkut

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Yayoi Kusama’s art has often been classed as psychedelic—some of her mirrored rooms were featured in the travelling Summer of Love exhibition in 2005—but this is more a consequence of her activities meshing with the interests of the late 60s than anything else; her preoccupations always seem a lot more personal and obsessive. Jud Yalkut’s […]

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Light Leaks

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A scattered array of fifty mirror balls reflect light from three projectors, filling a room completely with small reflections, casting patterns that fill the visitor’s peripheral vision. Creating a curious space that alternates between a meditative state, and an uneasy imbalance. An experiment in combining a found object with computer vision to create a profound […]

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Alice in Liverpool

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Alice and the Caterpillar (1865) by John Tenniel. It’s perhaps surprising that an art gallery, rather than a library, is holding a huge survey exhibition about Alice, but then Carroll’s creation has been and still is the inspiration of artists, photographers, theatrical designers, animators, film-makers. Thus Marina Warner writing about an exhibition of art based […]

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Eno’s Luminous Opera House panorama

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I’m a bit late with this one but better late than never. Brian Eno’s illuminated transformation of the Sydney Opera House, part of the city’s Luminous Festival, was widely publicised last month but I never got round to checking it out properly. This week Thom drew my attention (thanks Thom!) to this panorama by photographer […]

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Infinite reflections

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Fireflies on the Water by Yayoi Kusama (2002). One of my favourite contemporary artworks, Fireflies on the Water by Yayoi Kusama, receives a new showing at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Her mirrored room features 150 lights and a pool of water and while most photos show an impressive work, none of them can match […]

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Yayoi Kusama

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Infinity Mirrored Room—Love Forever (1994). “It is not controversial to describe Yayoi Kusama as Japan’s greatest living artist,” says Hannah Duguid in The Independent. I made a post about Kusama’s artworks in 2006 and now her work is in exhibition at the Victoria Miro gallery, London. For this exhibition, revered Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has […]

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Maximum Silence by Giancarlo Neri

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Not an album cover design by Storm Thorgerson but an artwork of 10,000 lights by Giancarlo Neri which filled the grounds of the Circus Maximus in Rome earlier this week. Neri’s earlier work, The Writer, a huge table and chair, was also shown in Rome as well as appearing on Hampstead Heath in London. What […]

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The 14-Hour Technicolor Dream revisited

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left: event poster by Hapshash & the Coloured Coat. right: International Times 14-Hour Technicolor Dream special issue, April 1967. The ICA goes psychedelic, baby. Lucky Londoners get to gorge themselves on this lot next Saturday. 2007 is a year of many anniversaries: twenty years since Acid House, thirty since the release of Never Mind The […]

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The art of Yayoi Kusama

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Infinity Mirror Room—Love Forever (1966/1994). Mirror, light bulbs, stainless steel, wood. Narcissus Garden (1966/2002). Watermall, 2000 mirror balls. Fireflies on the Water (2002). 150 lights, mirrors and water. Infinity Mirror Room, Rain in Early Spring (2002). Since the late 1950s, Yayoi Kusama has used painting, performance, sculpture, and installation to develop a highly personal formal […]

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