Good morning. I just put together a collection of weird and humorous gifs for your enjoyment. If you could see inside my brain, this is what my brian looks like on Monday (actually Sunday…maybe I should start going to church). I wish it was my job to find these…oh yeah, it is! Happy Monday!
Sometimes when a person looks deeply into things, society at large labels them an outsider. So was the case with Paul Laffoley and the art world who labeled his magical art as outsider. I cannot say I understand Paul’s work, but I will say that it moves me to the edges of my imagination. When I gaze at his pictures, I feel as if he is answering questions about the universe that I have not been able to articulate. His work is so many things at the same time – cosmic, scientific, ancient, earthbound and otherworldly. Check this out: have a look at his work and find out for yourself how you can be moved by a Paul Laffoley painting…SPACE IS THE PLACE!
Text & Photos by Jorge Silva
Just a mere three weeks after Scott Kelly played in that very same room, it was time for Michael Gira to grace the stage at Passos Manuel (a venue that once was a cinema and that maintains its’ seated places). The rain that had been plaguing the town for days wasn’t enough to keep everyone confined to their homes and so the place was sold out.
Although the Swans played in this same town before, this was the first time as a solo performance for its’ founder and mentor. Michael Gira arrived with his trademark cowboy hat, having his guitar as his only companion – if we exclude the sheer volume being delivered by his amp, although he was playing an electro-acoustic.
Ferdinand Cheval (1836-1924) was a postman by day and a pebble-dashing architectural artist by night. One day he literally stumbled on a strangely shaped stone, picked it up and took it home. From then on, if he found any stones he liked on his daily mail based wanders he would pick them up and take them home.
Ferdinand Cheval lived in Châteauneuf-de-Galaure, in the Drôme département of France. He left school at the age of 13 to become a baker’s apprentice, before changing careers to become a postman later in life.
KRIEGHALLEN is a collective effort paying tribute to the legendary albums that were recorded in the 1990s at Grieghallen studio, Bergen, Norway. This 32-page book showcases 20 of today’s most respected dark artists from all over the world into a gorgeous, bleak and evil collection of illustrations. The curator, Valnoir of Metastazis Design House calls these artists “nostalgic from a time time when Norwegian Black Metal didn’t need to be trve to be true, but also dangerous, controversial, mysterious, worshipped by a few and despised by the rest, unlike the pathetic circus that we’re all witnesses of nowadays.” He has certainly compiled an impressive list of contributors, featuring the likes of Sin Eater, Daniel Corcuera, French, Seldon Hunt and Cloven Hoov. Kreighallen is published by Timeless (FR) and only 300 are available here (stock is low so hurry!). Check out some of the illustrations below…
HÄXAN: Witchcraft Through the Ages, Benjamin Christensen’s 1922 silent movie about witchcraft, was highly controversial because of the “graphic” portrayals of nudity and the dark arts, and was banned from screening in the US. A collection of photos of said demonic images is now up for auction here. Check out the images below as well as an excerpt from our review (full review here)…
Häxan is a film of fact and folklore, broomed witches sailing through twilight, and serpent- tongued devils beckoning young maidens into eternal damnation. Potentially much more accessible to young viewers than other silent-era films, Häxan has become a certified classic, and now heralded as one of the most skillful and unique works of its time.
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I love street posters – they tell you what’s happening in your city, but they’re also artistic wallpaper for our streets. These hilarious street posters may not be “art” in the literal sense, but they are fucking funny. Anyone who has had a bike stolen, or lost a pet to a motorist, should feel free to express their anger via a funny hand made poster. I will enjoy it. Why not make strangers laugh? It will make the world a better place. In that way, maybe art can save the world (see below).
via Bored Panda
Our technologically-obsessed society often finds it hard to grasp the reasons behind asceticism: for what reason should one forsake all of one’s earthly possessions and live excluded from society? This stunning set of portraits by Brooklyn-based photographer Joey L puts us face to face with religious ascetics who have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of spiritual liberation.
Saint Hoax is an artist whose paintings are a commentary on pop culture and politics. Who is Saint Hoax? That’s a mystery, but whomever he or she is, they have been invited to display this hilarious series of drag portraits of world leaders in London, but were denied a visa due to the tumult in their home country. And obviously revealing their identity may cause problems for them in their home country. It makes you think about how lucky we are to openly laugh our asses off at our political leaders. These drag portraits are fucking priceless, and you can see the process of transformation below. Here is how Saint Hoax characterizes both a drag queen, and it corresponds perfectly to a political figure:
The recipe for an iconic queen:
1- Flamboyant name
2- Fierce persona
3- Defining outfits
4- Personalized hairdo
5- A trademark feature
6- One hell of a PR team
Text Brad Feuerhelm
Photography Brad Feuerhelm & Janie Jones
via Dazed Digital
Death and photography have always been a close collaborator in my world and in 2011, I visited the Capuchin Catacombs for the first time. I became aware of the crypts in Palermo in 1998, when I started collecting vintage photography of death rites and customs in Europe. I had bought an old photograph of the crypt from the 1880s, which featured an astonishing cluster of bodies and coffins lining the cement walls of its subterranean arches and halls. Later, I would see further photographs by Peter Hujar and Sigmar Polke of its crypt residents.