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Topic: DISCUSS YOUR FAVORITE VISUAL ART & ARTISTS
HOLDEN
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Posted: Feb. 10 2004,9:27 pm

hey neighbors. surely the topic's titled explains itself. we had something like this on the board a couple years back. noticing that we now have a movie reccomendations thread, & a thread for the artists among us to discuss & show our own work, i thought it'd be fun to have a thread wherein we recommend/show/discuss favorite painting, sculpture, photography & the like by OTHER people...but mainly i've started this because i found something that i've been ITCHING to share :eyemouth: :

[URL=http://www.io.com/~iareth/codindx.html

i no longer remember when or where or under what circumstance i FIRST encountered Codex Seraphinianus, but the Arts Library at our local university (UC Santa Barbara) owns a copy & i recently perused it for, i think, the third time, each time separated by several years. ( funny thing is, for being 1 of my favorite books, i've never had any particular desire to own a personal copy, but this may change.)
mainly i think that this will appeal to the taste for the FANTASTIC shared by just about everybody here on the board. many of the links on the page cited will show you more images from the book & documents about it & about Luigi Serafini.
did any of you ever see or know about this book or about Serafini? do tell!
&...on a DIFFERENT NOTE ENTIRELY, a link to a site about Weegee (Arthur Felig) 1 of my favorite photographers:

http://www.icp.org/weegee

Edited by HOLDEN on Feb. 10 2004,9:37 pm

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HOLDEN
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Posted: Feb. 10 2004,9:39 pm

alright, dammit, let's try that first link again:

http://www.io.com/~iareth/codindx.html

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adam white
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Posted: Feb. 20 2004,11:58 am

I make comics, and a lot of them are on-line at http://www.opi8.com under the heading "White Noise"... so I'm looking at other people's stuff constantly.  Right now, I'm very taken with:

***Jon Morris: http://www.ape-law.com/jeremy  I had the good fortune to do a story with John on the www.opi8.com site for the White Noise collection of comics called "When Your Gravity Fails."  He's a brilliant cartoonist with a very warm, expressive style.  His strip about the youngest son of Frankenstein, "Jeremy" was a well-loved webcomic institution for years.  Check out http://www.wheoum.com for his latest work.

***Steve Lieber: http://www.unrewarding.com/steve/  I've never been so lucky as to work with Steve, but he is super-great, and one of the most talented (and charming) men in comics.  His work with Greg Rucka on "Whiteout" earned him a well-deserved Eisner award.

***Theo Galaday: http://www.galaday.com/  I did a comic with Theo called "Wulf and Eadwacer" for the White Noise collection on www.opi8.com - he currently works, I believe, for an animation company in Texas.  The amazing thing about that gorgeous painted style of his - it's not painted!  He does everything digitally!  As far I know, he works pretty exclusively on a whackum tablet, and then just adds layers and layers and layers of color with Photoshop.  He's an extraordinary talent.

***Trevor Brown: http://www.babyart.org/  Trevor Brown produces seriously twisted art, most of it airbrushed, that has been featured in a series of Japanese books that I have snatched up eagerly for the last couple of years now.  Man... this stuff is doubleplusevil... and it's great.

***James Woodward: http://www.vonphantasi.com  I've done a couple of comics with James, both for his project, "These Things Happen" and for the White Noise collection (both at opi8).  He's got a wonderful way with watercolors and an unerring sense of composition.

Well, five different artists is probably enough to start with, but man.... there are so many more.  Seriously, this is what I think about all day.  
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HOLDEN
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Posted: Feb. 20 2004,3:24 pm

Adam, out of all these i'd say that (so far!) my favorites are Leiber & Galaday, especially Leiber's b&w drawings. i'll read the comics when i have time, then get back to you with a thoughtfull response. always glad to talk to someone else here besides me who appreciates cartooning! :beer:
say...were you already familiar with Codex Seraphinianus or with Weegee's photos? Weegee started out as a police crime scene photographer then branched out, his debut photo book entitled Naked City. it's GREAT!

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adam white
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Posted: Feb. 20 2004,5:23 pm

Never seen Codex Seraphinianus before, so that is something new to explore.  Thanks!  

I am definitely familiar with Weegee's work - that guy was incredible!  I know a lot of cartoonists use his work as photo reference when they're trying to do period stories.  The pictures are real life film noir.  Like a James Cain or Ellroy novel come to life.

Wasn't there a movie made about his life?  Can't remember for sure, but I seem to recall something like this...

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HOLDEN
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Posted: Feb. 21 2004,6:03 pm

yes. the movie is called Naked City. i haven't seen it.

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russalka
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Posted: Mar. 01 2004,9:55 am

Weegee is one of my all-time favorites, "Their First Murder," one of his best! I also enjoy Luc Sante's compilation of early 1900s police photographs, "Evidence." Van der Zee's funeral photographs in the "Harlem Book of the Dead" are some of the best I've seen, even with the sappy xtian overlays! As far as comix go, Roberta Gregory's "Bitchy Bitch" is a HOOT! Even though I used to work in the field, I haven't been looking at a lot of the current stuff like I used to--too much time in the studio, I guess--but I will check those folks out! :color:

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HOLDEN
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Posted: Mar. 01 2004,8:36 pm

say, Russalka, since i know you've done sculpture, who are some of your favorite sculptors?

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russalka
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Posted: May 30 2004,7:26 pm

Hey, Holden, sorry for the big time lag! I just haven't been checking categories, I guess. My BIG favorite at the moment is Ed Kienholz. He and his wife Nancy have done fabulous work, creating installations of entire streets, hotel corridors, etc. Their most famous work was "The Mental Hospital" which features two identical cast figures of old men in the kind of filthy enviornment only a state-run facility can provide. He has also cast an entire car in bronze, part of an installation called "Mine Camp" (pun intended) which replicates (in bronze) the hunting camp he and his dad used to set up. He has done excellent pieces on abortion, government corruption, and the link between xtianity and violence. That one is called "The Big Double Cross" and has a huge cast bullet inside a metal cross form. He's dead, unfortunately--buried in a Packard with the ashes of his favorite dog, cards, some money and a bottle of wine. My kinda guy. Check him out; you won't be sorry! :smoke:

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Samaelz
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Posted: July 03 2004,1:45 am

:headbang: this artist Dave McKean blows me AWAY! If you've never seen his pooh man WOE, Your DEPRIVED.

http://www.mckean-art.co.uk/  

http://www.dreamline.nu/

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