Monday, February 28, 2011
Martin Wittfooth, A Milder Fate Than Tyranny
Gerald Rose, illustration for Nessie The Mannerless Monster By Ted Hughes
thanks to Hazel Terry's Classics of Children's Illustration Flickr set
Michael Sowa, Haunted City
Di Liu, two photos from the Animal Regulation series
Shuichi Nakano, Premonition of Storm and Chill at 5:25
from the Searching for Paradise series
Chris Appelhans, Midnight Party
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Hassan Massoudi, Peace
This post was already on my mind since I love Arab art and calligraphy,
today I dedicate it to all the Arab people fighting for their rights...
may your victory come soon!
Bird shaped calligraphy, 17th century Iran,
from the Museum für Islamische Kunst in Berlin
Françoise Joire, Arabalphabêtes
19th century Turkish wall painting in the shape of a lion, thanks to gramatologia
unidentified calligraphy found at BibliOdyssey
poster by Mehdi Saeedi
for more images and links check out
BibliOdyssey's beautiful Zoomorphic Calligraphy post
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Frans Haacken, Peter und der Wolf, 1958
Stanislav Kolíbal, Kalevala narrated to children, 1962
Bruno Munari, Cappuccetto Verde
Saturday, February 19, 2011
It's a crazy, scary, surreal time for Italian politics, and like many I am torn between
anger and frustration at the sad state of our democracy and hopes for a real change.
Outraged by the shameless, vulgar, arrogant machismo of our political rulers,
last night I consoled myself rewatching one of my favorite icons of Italian style,
narrating and playacting the bizarre sex lives of animals.
A few years ago Isabella was encouraged by Robert Redford to create a series
of very short films intended for the new audience of mobile Internet and You Tube.
irreverent, funny and sexy take on educational nature documentaries.
Rossellini then wrote, produced, directed and starred in some very unusual
but scientifically sound videos about the mating habits of insects.
The highly successful Green Porno project won two Webby awards in 2009,
and was followed by two more series about sea animals and a book.
Green Porno's offspring Seduce me focuses on the often bizarre rituals
that precede mating, and features creatures ranging from salmons to snakes
to cuttlefish. Two series have been produced, for a total of ten videos.
The recent Sundance festival also premiered Animals Distract Me, the new
Rossellini film following
The feature will debut on Earth Day (April 22nd) on Discovery Channel's Planet Green.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Kiki Smith, Wolf Girl
Sebastiano recently gave me for my birthday the beautiful catalog
The volume displays a varied collection of art exploring the contamination
of human and animal forms in imagery ranging from early mythical monsters
to contemporary social satire. A fascinating selection, including the stunning
Daniel Lee photograph below, which has inspired me to restore to life
Animalarium's long-dormant homage to woman-animal hybrids
with this proud pack of wintery creatures.
Daniel Lee, Juror no. 4 (Fox Spirit)
Nicole Claveloux, La femme loup
Xiaoqing DIng, Fox and Girl
Jennybird Alcantara, Hiding Place
Julianna Swaney, Wolfgirl
Sandra Dieckmann, Fox and Half Human
Ryan McGinley at Designaside
Eugène Grasset, Three Women and Three Wolves,
thanks to sealmaiden
Felipe Prado, thanks to Baubauhaus