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Does Art Presage Life?

Posted in Art, Humor, Politics on September 10th, 2014

Oscar Wilde once wrote, “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life,” and this sentiment has been oft repeated since then. But, as a corollary to that, does Art presage Life?

Obama Headshot Graffiti
Does Art Presage Life?

Judging by this bit of graffiti I found, I’m will to bet that Obama sure as Hell hopes that doesn’t. Especially because graffiti – Oh! Excuse me – Street Art – is created by his core constituency and by constituencies that often side with him and the Democrats in general.

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. 😆

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. 😉

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.

Shogunate Wars

Posted in Art on February 1st, 2012

Star Wars is definitely one of the most successful Sci-Fi franchises in history despite george Lucas’ apparent attempt to sabotage his own creation – Episodes I, II, and III anyone? 😥

One of many indications of of Star Wars’ lasting success is the quantity and quality of fan art surrounding it, especially those that skillfully transpose Star Wars onto other genres.

Seii Taishōgun Palpatin’s Bakufu

Digital artist Clinton Felker provides us with a stunning series of Star Wars fan art depicting Boba Fett, Darth Vader, and a Stormtrooper as feudal Japanese warriors.

These are, to my mind, absolutely awesome images and I always thought that Darth Vader would have favored Sasaki Kojirō’s Ganryū school of swordsmanship, so I especially like that piece.