Poster courtesy of Wrong Side of the Art.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Pretty good documentary on Norweigan Black Metal. Centers around Gorgoroth.
Worth watching, if just for the amazing ending.
"We went to Norway to interview Gaahl, lead singer of the band Gorgoroth. Gaahl really believes in this whole ideology behind what he's doing—he's not just some rockstar fronting a band. The thing with Black Metal is, in Norway, everybody is exactly the same. There's nothing to rebel against, because everybody's really well off. It's one of the richest countries in Europe. There is no lower class, it's like middle-class white kids everywhere—no one has anything to complain about. And he's this sort of eccentric figure amidst this sea of contentment and sameness. The way I see it is, in America you have guys like 50 Cent who are supposed to be the "villain." Kids like him cause they're parents hate him, and that's basically what Gaahl is. He's their musical villain so to speak. But there's a lot of different sides to the scene."
Needless to say, my brother and I were more than a little surprised.
My mom laughed and explained, the photos were taken by a writer/artist named Hal Painter in 1966. He was writing a piece on Anton LaVey's recently opened Church of Satan in San Francisco and needed some photographs to go along with the article.
My parents had modeled for him before (that story is for another time) and my dad knew a great spot, in Fall Creek State Park.
Neither of my parents know if the pictures were used or if the article was even written, much less published. If anyone has a copy of an article on The Church of Satan by Hal Painter, I would really like a copy.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
The Art Hustle's, Simeon Lipman sent Healey's URL over and told me to check out his work. Simeon hit the nail on the head, I'm in love.
David Healey specializes in action figure mash-ups and repaints. Normally, I can't stand clear figures, but his are so beautiful that I can't help but love them. Besides an IG-88 head on a wrestler's body, this guy is straight out of one of my fantasies. I gotta get my hands on one of these somehow.
The colors for his 3.75" mash-ups of his work is dark, with thick blues, grey cream infused greens, and what I would call gutsy greys (you may call them spineless blacks. HA.) His limited palette creates a real sense that these are all truly from a secret collection of toys that you and I weren't allowed to have. The Gallo wine family makes special apple cider only for the Gallo children, these action figures are for kids better than us.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Kilgallen was part of the San Francisco Mission School art squad. She was married to Barry McGee and their artistic styles were very similar. If marriages were based on artistic similarities, McGee's and Kilgallen's pairing would be simply blissful.
I have really liked Kilgallen's work since I saw it on the cover of Juxtapoz magazine. Her simple style and use of color is courageous and inspiring.
"Margaret Kilgallen (1967–2001) is considered by many to be one of the most influential, yet under-recognized, Bay Area artist of her generation. Kilgallen, along with a handful of other artists such as Barry McGee, Chris Johanson, and Alicia McCarthy, came to emergence in the late 1990s, as part of an art movement that is now commonly referred to as the Mission School.
On view in the gallery will be a selection of works-on-paper and paintings on canvas, some never before seen. Many of the works are painted on discarded pages from books, emphasizing Kilgallen’s resourcefulness and economy of materials. This is also reflected in the canvas works, most of which were cut and sewn together by hand, giving the paintings a quilt-like quality. The imagery depicted includes her iconic motifs such as leaves, trees, topography, and female figures, all of which exemplify Kilgallen’s delicate and adept hand. Her humble, almost folkloric, style pushes some of the imagery into simple abstractions of color, lines, and repeating shapes. This exhibition offers an intimate look into Kilgallen’s very personal and singular vision."
Thursday, June 23, 2011
All 207 original pages will be in the show. So, if you're like me, and have not yet read this tome, head on down to the museum and read it from the original artwork.
"Crumb initially approached the Old Testament (based on the King James Bible) with the intention to lampoon tradition, yet he soon became deeply inspired by this 'text so great and so strange that it lends itself readily to graphic depictions.' He ambitiously undertook a complete, literal adaptation of the Book of Genesis: over the course of five years, Crumb made 207 individual, black-and-white drawings into which he incorporated every word from all fifty chapters."
The show runs until September 25, 2011.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Thor vs. The Grey Gargoyle.
Some of the old Marvel cartoons from the 60's just struck out. A lot of the relationships between characters were glossed over. This version of Journey into Mystery #107 hits a home run.
Monday, June 20, 2011
The magazine was founded in 1960 by Georges Bernier (aka Le Professeur Choron,) François Cavanna, and Fred Aristidès (aka Fred.) Hara Kiri was nicknamed "Journal Bête et Méchant" (Stupid and Vicious Magazine.) The early covers depicted cartoon samurai.
In 1961 Hara Kiri was banned from sale and display to minors. As the bulk of the magazine's sales were from newsstands, the ban on displaying the magazine to minors effectively killed sales. The ban lasted six months and was lifted in February, 1962.
In late 1963 they started using photographs on their covers and really hit their stride in terms of branding.
The magazine's circulation then ebbed between 80,000 and 100,000 per issue. Many newsstand vendors stopped carrying the magazine due to the headaches the police inflicted, unaware that the ban had been lifted.
A weekly version of Hara Kiri lasted only a year. In 1970 a joke about the death of Charles deGaulle and the deaths of 146 people in a nightclub got the weekly version permanently banned.
While Hara Kiri was profitable for most of it's run, the debts incurred by the group's other pet projects, such as the weekly and a television version of Hara Kiri, grew into a mountain of debt. Hara Kiri was sold to an Italian company in 1986.
Jokes about Nazis and pornographic images got Hara Kiri banned from newsstands once more in 1987.
Hara Kiri died in late 1989. It has been revived a handful of times but most readers of the original are not fans.
If your not impressed by the level of violence or nudity in my selection. A complete gallery of covers can be found HERE. (Clicking on this link will result in your eyeballs seeing images of fake violence and real naked bodies.)
I love the above image of the Clockwork Orange girls. The top image looks almost exactly like the cover of Tina Fey's autobiography. The gallery below has this WTF image of a woman's ass with a knife in her back and a freshly laid golden egg. I don't get it, but it's rather striking, and, hey, free ass.
Squirm at the uncomfortableness of this video as you learn how to protect your children from child rapists, courtesy of the Hara Kiri television show. Very creepy, but the punchline is funny.
Friday, June 17, 2011
I can't find a website for Mr. Todd, but here are some pics from the La Luz De Jesus Gallery site.