Teun Hocks

Dutch artist Teun Hocks doesn’t cut corners. His striking images are carefully created using brushes and camera. No digital montage tricks: Hocks hand paints backdrops on which he then photographs himself in bizarre poses. His work exhibits a delightful sense of silliness. (Click to make bigger).

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His work has a whiff of Réné Magritte, but with a delicious dollop of whimsy…

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Self Portrait.

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Chandelier.

Teun Lamp

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Shooting Stars.

Link to his website, and a link to a recent interview on the publication of his book, ‘Teun Hocks’, published by Aperture.

Bjork’s Wanderlust Video

The video is a big (150Mb Quicktime) download, but it is one of the most quirky promos you will have seen for a long time, so kick aside a little space on your hard drive and enjoy this.

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The promo was created by Encyclopedia Pictura (Lots of annoying Flash and pop-ups) and produced by Ghost Robots.

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The only thing that is real in the whole show is Bjork’s face, hands and feet.
In the next week or so there will be a 3D version of the video. A truly mind boggling concept.

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My personal favourite in this video is the D-I-Y rivergod that looks as if he’s been cobbled together from images found in a Taschen coffee table book. The alpenhorns at the beginning are well worth the download. Just turn your speakers up good and loud! Number 11!

(Via Catsuka)

Art & Design in The British Film # 17 Vincent Korda

Continuing a series about Art Directors in the British film industry up to 1948, when the book containing these articles was published.

This chapter deals with Vincent Korda. (1897 – 1979)

(Korda was responsible for the art direction of many UK made films, as well as international productions, and among his many credits are The Four Feathers, The Thief of Bagdad, The Third Man, The Longest Day, and The Yellow Rolls-Royce.)

Vincent Korda has always been in the enviable position of being able to build lavishly, but his ideas have also been on a scale worthy of lavish treatment.

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Don Juan. Dry point. London Films, 1934
This was to be Douglas Fairbanks’ last film performance.

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Marius, Watercolour 1931
Directed by Korda’s brother Alexander and Marcel Pagnol.

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The Shape Of Things To Come. Pen and wash. London Films 1936

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I, Claudius Pen and watercolour. An unfinished film by London Films. 1937

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The Four Feathers. Conté and Gouache. London Films 1939 (Directed by Vincent’s brother, Zoltan)

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The Lost Illusion AKA The Fallen Idol. Pen and wash. London Films 1948

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Oy Vey! Enough With The SPAM, Already!

One of the most bizarre benefits of having a googlemail account is that all my e-mail spam is in Hebrew.

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(Click the thumbnail pictures to enlarge them, please) (Fnarr Fnarr)

I have no idea why this might be, and if anybody can explain it to me, I’d be delighted to hear the reason for it.
At first sight, the immediate benefit is that I don’t get any goy spam. On one hand this is a good thing, because I haven’t a clue as to what any of it might mean, so I can happily follow Google’s advice to “Delete Forever” the weekly accumulation of spam cruft. On the other hand though, I feel I might be missing out on something.

I want to know if this Jewish variety is more alluring than the regular flavour of spam. I mean it’s lovely to start most normal days knowing that you are only two clicks away from a college degree, you’ve also won fabulous riches in a lottery that you have no recollection of having entered, and there are several deposed dictators just gasping to share lurid amounts of money with you and their widows / executors as well as magically swelling your mighty organ with many inches of newfound manhood that will have the ladies sobbing and gasping with desire. But what’s on offer from the Hebrew speaking spammers? Are they offering even more (circumcised?) inches to my manhood than the regular deal? Even richer Nigerian widows? Can anyone tell me?

More seriously, there’s one rather fundamental question that just will not go away: What are Hebrew speakers doing associating themselves with something so screamingly non-kosher as SPAM??? – (Warning: Unwarranted music and Surrealism ahead.)

The top of the googlemail spam page has a keyword related link, of course, and it’s always related to SPAM, the famous canned quasi meat. Today’s suggestion was for “SPAM SKILLET CASSEROLE”
Just feast your eyes on this recipe:-

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I love the casual way the writer casually calculates the preparation time as 0:00! Very precise, that!
Which aspect of spam cheers you up and makes you feel good, rather than irritated? Would it be less annoying in Balinese?
And when was the last time you ate the famous tinned, er, meat? Scout camp? Guide Camp? Last weekend, recovering from a hangover?

Bon appetit, already!

Jason Seiler – Illustrator & Caricaturist

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Senator Barack Obama painted for The Chicago Magazine – October 2007

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Senator Hillary Clinton, for The Weekly Standard

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A self promotion piece. The expression on Bush’s face is perfect.

As well as his published illustration, Jason also works as an online tutor at Schoolism.com

You don’t have to be a student there to look at this painting video he released recently.
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My personal favourite has to be his picture of Napoleon Dynamite, painted for The Wittenburg Door in July 2006.
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Against my first instincts, I have become rather fond of Napoleon Dynamite. Perhaps because of my daughter’s uncannily accurate impersonations of him… “Go-o-osh!”

Jason has a blog as well as his website.

Countryman’s Cooking – W.M.W.Fowler’s Cookery for Men

The forthright and wildly eccentric musings on food and its preparation written by an RAF bomber pilot who returned from prison camp after WW2 to his bleak homeland where rationing and a long tradition of terrible cuisine frustrated his yearning for a decent meal.

Leslie Phillips reads from WMW Fowler’s definitive cookery manual for men. First sold 40 years ago by Willie Fowler in his local pub and recently rediscovered in a charity shop, these joyfully wicked musings retain a surprising relevance today. Abridged by Neil Cargill.

BBC Radio 4

First clip: The introduction.
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The common cormorant.
Second clip: How to cook a cormorant.
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The Adam and Ron Show

Artists Ron English and Adam Neate will share more than their ideology in an upcoming two man show at the Elms Lesters Painting Rooms (London) in May.

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Press it. You know you want to….

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(Thanks Damien, Thanks Edward.)

The two images above are the work of the American Ron English, and they neatly encapsulate his intellectual approach to his art, wherein every cultural icon is up for grabs and ripe for reinterpretation.

Have a look at this excerpt from “POPaganda: The Art and Subversion of Ron English”. He’s working in a thoroughly post modern arena whose early pioneers were Hippies, Yippies and Adbusters.

Adam Neate’s label is “Street artist” which might help to justify the alignment of these two artists in the same exhibition, and they found they shared common ground when Neate wrote a gushing fan letter to English.

Neate first came to public attention by leaving thousand(s?) of his paintings on the streets (and the pavements too, presumably) of London, for people to take, or leave, at will.

These links will give you a flavour of his work.
(Via)