Sunday, July 31, 2011

“Surrender, or I’ll release the lesbians”

I found this animation and it the original post said it is awesome. I saw it was 17 minutes and was about to let it pass. SEVENTEEN MINUTES! CRAP, AS IF I CAN FOCUS FOR THAT LONG!!!! I've got many more websites to browse on this lazy sunday afternoon, slightly hung over, before I start doing something constructive today. But it really is worth it. You might even want to see it twice, that would be 34 minutes. Crazy.

The External World from David OReilly on Vimeo.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Happy b-day, Grandert!

This one's for you.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Andrew Hem

I love these paintings! Andrew Hem makes such awesome use of the material, great vibrant colors and superb loose style. He comes from a graffity background, but made it to the regular fineart galleries. There is also a lovely sketchbook section on his website and more high resolution close-up snapshots of his paintings on the blog. I'd love to see some originals of those paintings, I'm sure the detail and texture must be stunning.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Alan Moore Interview

I just found a one and a half hour interview with Alan Moore from 2007, on It's a very interesting listen and I think I'll have to listen to it all over again at least once.

During the course of the interview, Moore discusses (of course) his comics, his thoughts about art and magic (and why they're the same thing), and why low-budget B-movies are more imaginative and magical than big-budget blockbusters. And much more. He's a fascinating person indeed.

You can download the interviews in three parts here:
Part one
Part two
Part three

...or listen through Youtube, part one of nine starts here:

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Data Is Nature

I don't really know anything about this blog, just discovered it by accident, but it seems interesting enough! I think especially Jenjen might be interested in the aesthetics and concepts?

Weekend WTF: Peter Serafinowicz


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Westpakete - Heaven And Hell Machine in a box

I finally finished my Art Care Package today: Heaven And Hell Machine in a box :)
For the project "Westpakete" - initiated by friends of mine, the artist group "Microwesten" - 50 artists were asked to create their own version of an Art Care Package"/"Art West Package". This is mine: A (much) smaller version of my recent installation "Heaven And Hell Machine".
Here you can also see a little slight show of all the different packages.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Nice trick or great work?

I came across these cool portraits by Gium TiĆ³ Zarraluki and I think they are really cool. They have a lot of expression and a weird feel to them. I only noticed after a while that they are painted on magazinecovers and parts of the faces are leftovers from the underlying phtographs. This partly makes them so weird, but it also makes the works less special I think. On one hand I like the idea of distorting the 'perfect' portraits on glossy magazines, on the other hand by doing it over and over again it might become a trick. I wonder if the works are created from a certain feeling or from the posibilities the original image offers. Probably both. But i'd like to see what happens if those characters would be recomposed, interact together and become more than a funny portrait. Still very inspiring work all together! Here's lots of 'm!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Weekend WTF: Ittma Hohah

Ok, here's a Swedish classic from 1947 (edit: the song is from '47, this film clip is from 1956)... Povel Ramel in yellowface performing his song about Ittma Hohah Om Butn Baba, self-tormentor. I put it under the WTF header especially for those of you who don't speak Swedish, for whom it must be quite the incomprehensible mindfuck... but I couldn't resist providing a (rough, flawed and 'liberty-taking') translation of the lyrics below. Enjoy!

Wherever my skinny body is shipped,
it does not need protection,
I can withstand all of life's pains

Of all the people I know,
nasty neighbours and enemies,
no one can torment me like I can.

For I am Ittma Hohah Om Butn Baba, self-tormentor
and I come all the way from Chitn Potn Bah,
just south of Potn Chitn Buh, in India

It would take several days to list all I can suffer
Every saturday I burn myself at the stake
I eat glass and I love soup made out of nails
In my breakfast sandwich I put arsenic

For I am Ittma Hohah Om Butn Baba, self-tormentor
and I like it better here than in Chitn Potn Bah,
just south of Potn Chitn Buh, in India

I was going to show you two or three of my favourite tricks
but at the moment my cobra, who bites, has a cold
my fire breathing technique is very refined
but at the moment my throat is ruined from hard liquor

So you won't get to see any tricks today, cause I'm not feeling well
But if you doubt me, then you can all go to Chitn Potn Bah,
just south of Potn Chitn Buh, in India

Thursday, July 7, 2011


Meet illustrator par excellence Daan Botlek. He studied in Rotterdam too, a few years before me, and you'd meet him every now and then at the bars, always with his sketchbook ready, no matter how late or drunk. He never felt comfortable in the 'classic' illustration business, he was more of an autonomous illustrator and over the years he has devellopped a very unique and recognisable style. His drawings look simple, but are extremely complex. The clear lines and subtle use of shading, combined with a great sence of composition reveal a huge knowledge of form and shape. He can be funny in a slapstickish way, but also graphicly intelligent like Escher. Who knows one day he will be the next Escher. Or the first worldfamous Botlek maybe? He has tons of work on his flickr, his website doesn't seem to work right now. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Nice cover

I like it.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Weekend WTF: Maruosa

The WTF to end all WTFs. (Warning: make sure to turn down the volume a bit first)