Posts Tagged Art

An Exploration of Woodcut Collage

30 June 2010

Six Woodcut Collages

This collection of woodcut collages appears in Harter’s Picture Archive for Collage and Illustration, published by Dover. Each was composed entirely of images contained within the book, demonstrating the possibilities of antique line engravings as source material for compelling, original art. “Lyrehc” was composed strictly by cutting and pasting. The other five compositions were enhanced by a photoprint technique. After being assembled they were enlarged to twice their original size in order bring out details. The artist then used pen, ink and white paint to clean imperfections in the lines, blend them together, outline figures, shade areas, and so on. One can imagine the possibilities of hand-rendered color, or of incorporating fabrics, pressed plants, and other materials.

“In Vatican Fresco, Visions of the Brain”

29 June 2010

It has been hiding in plain sight for the past 500 years, and now two Johns Hopkins professors believe they have found it: one of Michelangelo’s rare anatomical drawings in a panel high on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

Michelangelo was a conscientious student of human anatomy and enthusiastically dissected corpses throughout his life, but few of his anatomical drawings survive. This one, a depiction of the human brain and brain stem, appears to be drawn on the neck of God, but not all art historians can see it there.

Read more at NY Times

Woodcut Illustrations by Gustave Doré

19 June 2010

Gustave Doré

Gustave Doré (1832 – 1883) was a French artist, engraver, illustrator and sculptor known for his powerful, iconic imagery. If you are not already aware of Doré as an artist, you will likely recognize his work nonetheless. His depictions of scenes from The Bible, Paradise Lost, Don Quixote, Perrault’s Fairy Tales, The Divine Comedy, and other great works of the Western canon are endlessly referenced. The original volumes in which Doré’s illustrations were published were often ornate folios and massive family Bibles, permitting his work to be shown on a scale befitting its grandeur. His work was bold, ambitious, and meant for the centuries.

Most of these images were provided by Wikimedia Commons, where you can find a more extensive gallery of Doré’s work.

Victorian Photocollage

18 June 2010

Sixty years before the embrace of collage techniques by avant-garde artists of the early twentieth century, aristocratic Victorian women were already experimenting with photocollage. The compositions they made with photographs and watercolors are whimsical and fantastical, combining human heads and animal bodies, placing people into imaginary landscapes, and morphing faces into common household objects. Such images, often made for albums, reveal the educated minds as well as the accomplished hands of their makers. With sharp wit and dramatic shifts of scale akin to those Alice experienced in Wonderland, these images stand the rather serious conventions of early photography on their heads.

To see more, visit the Met’s “Playing with Pictures” exhibition page.

Elizabeth Siegel has published two books of Victorian photocollage:

Playing with Pictures:
The Art of Victorian Photocollage

The Marvelous Album of
Madame B

“Quoque Vegrandis” by Marked Doll

5 June 2010

Marked Doll
Opens in New Window

It’s either a children’s book for realistic parents or a cannibal’s pornography. Like all art type stuff it’s open to interpretation, have fun.

A Schizophrenic’s Concept of Time

29 May 2010

A Schizophrenic’s Concept of Time

Good night Moon.

Good night little bear.

I left you in your room.

You aren’t there.

Good bye my little bear.

The crack in the plant, under the fence in front of the yard, with the help of the moon and the neglectful spoons has my bear now.

Stealing from the Schizophrenic.

28 May 2010

Stealing from the Schizophrenic.

There was a man with unconditioned hair and long coat and little glasses and a funny big personality.

He wanted to see my chest and everything else with his camera, he told me how to bend.

And he talked and talked and talked and kept talking for hours, days, forever.

He doesn’t feel good, he has those me’s now, thousands of me’s from then and I wonder what he did with my parts.

The important parts, the parts that he said define me.

I know what he does in the darkroom.

The Schizophrenic’s Acceptance

27 May 2010

The Schizophrenic’s Acceptance

A blessing and a curse.

During the lucid moments I am aware that these things will kill me and that is not the lamentable part.

Paying rent, a bill, social interaction, there is a regret in those moments when my worlds fall apart and this blessing of mine asserts its gifts.

When a lucidity returns a brief period of retrospective pain is experienced but then, again the blessing speaks, sometimes to comfort, usually to torment.

And that is comfort enough.

Enough to continue the social destruction for now, as I wait for my gift’s final interaction.

Ten Russian Surrealists

17 May 2010 Surrealist Galley

Original paintings for sale at

Carl Jung’s “Red Book” Revealed — and It’s Amazing!

15 May 2010

The Red Book

The psychology of Carl Jung (1875-1961) is largely concerned with dreams, archetypes, and the unconscious. Whereas modern psychology has leaned heavily toward empiricism and clinical treatment, Jung believed in exploring dreams and inner realms for their significance, drawing upon art, mythology and literature to understand and identify the archetypes comprising our collective unconsciousness.

When he began experiencing visions and hearing voices at the age of 38 he made a choice not to seek a treatment to turn them off, but to deliberately cultivate them; to explore, to analyse…and to record. Until very recently, Jung’s “Red Book,” or “Liber Novus,” was closely guarded by his heirs, who vehemently denied access even to scholars. When they became aware that partial draft manuscripts had begun circulating, however, they finally consented to its publication.

The Red Book is not a stale, clinical exercise in self-reflection, but an otherworldly narrative where Jung discourses with gods and devils, and in which he is instructed to tap his madness as a source of creativity. It is a red leather folio, beautifully illuminated on parchment with over 100 stunning illustrations. It was published by W. W. Norton in September 2009 as an 18″ x 12″ facsimile edition, including an English translation and footnotes. You can now get it on Amazon.

To learn more, check out Holy Grail of the Unconscious at the NY Times Magazine.

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