Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Marcel Dzama is an artist from Winnipeg, Canada who paints small and surreal figurative watercolors. Even if you've never heard of him, you've probably seen his influence on young artists today.
The paintings are hard to categorize, but if I had to free associate some things they connote for me I'd say WWII, Little Red Riding Hood, the forties, Grimm's Fairy Tales and bleak winters. There are dominating themes of sex and violence, illness and death and repressed emotions. Some characters are missing limbs, some are dressed in stylish military garb, some smoke cigarettes and dance gleefully with tree people. His predominant color choices are hunter greens, deep roses and layered browns. He's mentioned previously that he achieves his desired browns by painting with root beer.
I just treated myself to a collection of Dzama's drawings from McSweeney's. Included was a copy of one of his eclectic scrapbooks. Even outside of his artwork, he definitely has a penchant for old timey photos, nature and science, military paraphernalia and other oddities.
Above are some of his paintings. Below are a couple pages from his scrapbooks...
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Winter solstice came and went. Which means the daylight will begin to slowly invade the night hours. Minute by minute. Creeping oh so quietly. In the meantime, we still have months of winter to contend with, so a girl's mind gets to wandering. My urge to travel is overwhelming.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
look across to the building parallel to you.
there are plants in the windows, outlines of hunched figures,
starched white shirts and gray gray gray.
they are living your life backwards.
they are living your life upside down, inverted, inside out.
they are in love, they are lonely, they are angry, they are wistful.
they are curious about you.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Three cheers for useless, nerdy cataloging! Actually this wasn't useless at all. It came in quite handy for researching my top ten scary muppets of all time.
Yeah, so I was a scaredy cat as a kid. Although I would jump around manically every Sunday night when I heard the "Den den den den-den-den," there were many, many muppets that freaked me out (some more easily explained than others). I have arranged them here from "I find you vaguely unsettling" to "Dear lord you are going to kill me."
1. Dr. Bunsen Honeydew
3. Sam Eagle
"So angry! So patriotic!"
4. Swedish Chef "Leave those lobsters alone! Look out, lobsters! He's got a knife! Look out chicken!"
"Yikes! Lips too big! Eyebrows too bushy! Too Big!"
6. Lew Zealand
"Don't you throw a fish at me, you. Don't you throw a slimy smelly fish at me!"
7. Alice Cooper
10. Louis Kazagger (Sportscaster)
"That pointy nose! That pointy wiggly nose! You are going to kill me aren't you???? AAAHHAHHHHHHHHHHH!"
Monday, December 1, 2008
1. Man Called Aerodynamics-Guided By Voices
2. Left-handed-Lali Puna
3. Mistaken for Strangers-The National
4. Only Shallow-My Bloody Valentine
5. Here Come The Warm Jets-Brian Eno
I didn't pick these songs because they are cheery and fun (but that could be another post). I picked them because they are robust and angry. They have gravitas. Like a good butternut squash soup. Er, what?
Anyways, since I am technologically challenged I have yet to figure out how to post songs to my blog, but when I do I will post these songs and spread the heavy, heavy love.