Archive for the 'Art' Category

Apocalyptic Rides

Posted in Art, Humor on November 26th, 2012

Sculptor Carrin Welch used her artistic powers to summon these apocalyptic rides. By the powers of her craft she called forth the Rocking Horses of the Apocalypse and proved to many that eschatology need not be a grim and foreboding subject of study.

Rocking Horses Of The Apocalypse

Sadly, while Ms. Welch’s powers were strong, only three of the Rocking Horses Of The Apocalypse appeared at her call. Pestilence was indisposed due to illness. :lol:

Related Reading:

Sh*t My Dad Says
A Rocking Horse Catholic
Rocking Horse Christmas
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
The Rocking Horse: A History of Moving Toy Horses

Steampunk Princesses

Posted in Art, Movies, Society on October 20th, 2012

I’ve showcased reconstructions of Disney Princesses before and I’m doing it again because the concept of altering these characters to be less insipid deserves repeating and Korean artist Inshoo’s rendering of them as steampunk adventuresses is awesome.

steampunk-cinderella Cinderella
steampunk-dorothy Dorothy
steampunk-snow-white Snow White
steampunk-ariel Ariel

I really don’t think these characters would be waiting around for a Prince to save them or heading off to see the Wizard in hopes that he’ll have a solution. All four of them look more like they’d solve for the problems themselves and let the Devil pick up the pieces. ;-)

Related Reading:

The Cartoon Introduction to Economics: Volume One: Microeconomics
The Best of the Rejection Collection: 293 Cartoons That Were Too Dumb, Too Dark, or Too Naughty for The New Yorker
The Mysterious Benedict Society
Steampunk Vixens Paper Dolls

Retouching Venus

Posted in Art, Society on April 6th, 2012

Venus – The Roman Goddess of love and beauty has been the subject of much art throughout history. So much and firmly was Venus associated with love, beauty and sexuality that, over time, “Venus” came to refer to any artistic depiction in post-classical art of a nude woman, even when there was no indication that the subject was the Goddess.

Of course, in this lesser, modern age, retouching Venus would be needed for Her to meet society’s standards of female beauty.

The Sanitized Venus – Safe For Modern Sensibilities

Yes, the works of the Great Masters would have to retouched and photoshopped before they would be acceptable as anything more than an admonition to young girls showing how “wrong,” “stupid,” and “unhealthy” are ancestors’ views of beauty were.

It’s so much better to focus on our more “enlightened” of health and beauty and showcase a more modern Venus.

The Modern Venus – Venere di Anoressia

And yes, in order to maintain her weight and beauty, that hibiscus flow is her food ration for the day, along with a little cocaine during the day and a bit of heroin in the evening.

Of course, this is the evil that one must expect these days. The devolution of standards of beauty has followed the normal, entropic course.

Is it Halloween? I See Skeletons Dipped In Wax

It’s just accelerated towards dissolution faster than before because society has really never had an intersection of political forces, the weight-loss industry, the fashion industry, drug dealers, and terrorists driving this sort of degeneration before.

This is a correctable situation though. It just takes society – and individuals within society – putting in the effort to change things and exercising a willingness to put a permanent end to those people, no matter who they are, who are fostering, enabling, and profiting from this entropic spiral.

Related Reading:

The Art of Zentangle: 50 inspiring drawings, designs & ideas for the meditative artist
Botticelli: Masters of Art (Masters of Art (Prestel))
Nevada: Jackpot!
The Birth of Venus: A Novel (Reader's Circle)