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Incredible Animal Hand Painting
09.16.2009
02:23 pm
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Handimal artist Guido Daniele:

Since 1986 Guido Daniele has been working and improving his personal usage of airbrush: he paints back-stages in different sizes (the biggest ones can be 400 square metres) for artistic and advertising pictures, tv commercials and tv programmes. He also creates trompe l’oeil, both in private houses and public buildings.

In 1990 he added a new artistic experience to his previous ones: using the body painting technique he creates and paints models bodies for different situations such as advertising pictures and commercials, fashion events and exhibitions.

(via C33)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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09.16.2009
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Boarded Up by James Reynolds
09.16.2009
01:16 pm
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I love this!  Artist James Reynolds on Boarded Up: “With more and more businesses being forced to close down, the sight of bare wood across the windows and doors is now commonplace and unsightly. By pasting the wooden panels with actual images, this problem is solved.”

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Boarded Up by James Reynolds

Posted by Tara McGinley
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09.16.2009
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Surrealism Makes You Smarter!
09.16.2009
12:50 pm
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In that case, so must growing up reading William Burroughs, the Illuminatus trilogy, conspiracy theory books, dropping acid and listening to Firesign Theatre records!

From Science Digest:

Reading a book by Franz Kafka ?

Posted by Richard Metzger
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09.16.2009
12:50 pm
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Banana sex cult leader hunted by police in Papua New Guinea
09.16.2009
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From Telegragh.co.uk:

Police in Papua New Guinea are hunting the leader of a sex cult who promised villagers a bumper banana harvest if they had sex in public.

The man and his followers fled naked into the wilderness when police tried to arrest them at the weekend, the Post Courier newspaper reported.

It said the villagers in Morobe province, about 120 miles north of the capital Port Moresby, had been promised their banana harvest would increase 10-fold every time they had sex in public.

It said the cult leader was wanted for a range of alleged offences over the past four months, including threatening people and illegal sexual activity.

Inspector Adam Busil said officers had surrounded the man’s hut early on Saturday but he refused to come out. The suspect then made a dash for freedom with about seven naked followers.

“He used his two wives as a human shield to avoid being shot at by the policemen,” he said.

“They were called on to surrender but they refused.”

He said extra officers were being called in to track down the members of the group.


Banana sex cult leader hunted by police in Papua New Guinea

 

Posted by Tara McGinley
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09.16.2009
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Glenn Beck’s Crackpot Guru
09.16.2009
10:43 am
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WE ARE DEVO! Fascinating and super scary article in Salon about W. Cleon Skousen, the late right-wing Mormon crank and author of The Five Thousand Year Leap and The Naked Communist.  Although he died in 2006, thanks to Beck’s touting of The Five Thousand Year Leap (which he claims “changed his life”) Skousen’s got a #1 best seller on Amazon. The Five Thousand Year Leap serves as the philosophical underpinning of Beck’s so called 912 Project. I had never read anything about this guy before this article—having better things to read than books Glenn Beck recommends (although I did like The Coming Insurrection a lot, Glenn!)—but I’m even more convinced now that Beck and his army of idiots are shaping up to be an American version of the Taliban. Who thought life in America in 2009 would so resemble a freakin’ Jack T. Chick comic?!?!?

NewMajority‘s David Frum has called Beck’s hero one of the “legendary cranks of the conservative world, a John Bircher, a grand fantasist of theories about secret conspiracies between capitalists and communists to impose a one-world government.”

From the Salon article Meet the Man Who Changed Glenn Beck’s Life by Alexander Zaitchik:

What has Beck been pushing on his legions? “Leap,” first published in 1981, is a heavily illustrated and factually challenged attempt to explain American history through an unspoken lens of Mormon theology. As such, it is an early entry in the ongoing attempt by the religious right to rewrite history. Fundamentalists want to define the United States as a Christian nation rather than a secular republic, and recasting the Founding Fathers as devout Christians guided by the Bible rather than deists inspired by the French and English philosophers. “Leap” argues that the U.S. Constitution is a godly document above all else, based on natural law, and owes more to the Old and New Testaments than to the secular and radical spirit of the Enlightenment. It lists 28 fundamental beliefs—based on the sayings and writings of Moses, Jesus, Cicero, John Locke, Montesquieu and Adam Smith—that Skousen says have resulted in more God-directed progress than was achieved in the previous 5,000 years of every other civilization combined. The book reads exactly like what it was until Glenn Beck dragged it out of Mormon obscurity: a textbook full of aggressively selective quotations intended for conservative religious schools like Utah’s George Wythe University, where it has been part of the core freshman curriculum for decades (and where Beck spoke at this year’s annual fundraiser).

But more interesting than the contents of “The 5,000 Year Leap,” and more revealing for what it says about 912ers and the Glenn Beck Nation, is the book’s author. W. Cleon Skousen was not a historian so much as a player in the history of the American far right; less a scholar of the republic than a threat to it. At least, that was the judgment of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI, which maintained a file on Skousen for years that eventually totaled some 2,000 pages. Before he died in 2006 at the age of 92, Skousen’s own Mormon church publicly distanced itself from the foundation that Skousen founded and that has published previous editions of “The 5,000 Year Leap.”

As Beck knows, to focus solely on “The 5,000 Year Leap” is to sell the author short. When he died in 2006 at the age of 92, Skousen had authored more than a dozen books and pamphlets on the Red Menace, New World Order conspiracy, Christian child rearing, and Mormon end-times prophecy. It is a body of work that does much to explain Glenn Beck’s bizarre conspiratorial mash-up of recent months, which decries a new darkness at noon and finds strange symbols carefully coded in the retired lobby art of Rockefeller Center. It also suggests that the modern base of the Republican Party is headed to a very strange place.

Meet the Man Who Changed Glenn Beck’s Life

W. Cleon Skousen: The Mythology Surrounding His FBI Career

Posted by Richard Metzger
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09.16.2009
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Tangled Up In Blue (And Red): The Paintings Of Bob Dylan
09.16.2009
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These are just two of the hundred or so paintings by Bob Dylan going up next fall at Denmark’s National Gallery in Copenhagen.  As Culture Monster reports:

Publicists for the show were able to provide images of two works that will appear at the museum.  Both images come from Dylan’s “The Drawn Blank” series.

In the first image (above), titled “Train Tracks” (2009), Dylan revisits his obsession with railway tracks that he has depicted in numerous paintings in the past.  This latest variation features a blood-red sky dominating an anonymous rural landscape.  The earth seems to reflect the hues of the sky as the railway stretches into infinity.

In the second image (below), titled “Man on a Bridge” (2009), Dylan once again depicts a favorite visual subject—a man in a hat standing solitary in what appears to be a European city.  The musician has created many variations on this striking composition.  In a statement, the museum’s chief curator, Kasper Monrad, said that several of Dylan’s images “reveal an affinity for some of the modernist masters, not least Henri Matisse’s works from the 1920s.”

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Won’t be making it to Denmark next year?  Well, below you can watch a Drawn Blank slideshow.  It’s set to Dylan’s exceedingly lovely, Suze (the Cough Song).

 
A Look At New Paintings By Bob Dylan

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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09.16.2009
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Until The Kingdom Comes: New Work by Simen Johan
09.15.2009
09:26 pm
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Stunning, disturbing, majestic new work from Swedish photographer Simen Johan at Yossi Milo Gallery in New York, until October 31, 2009.

Until The Kingdom Comes via Dossier magazine’s blog

Posted by Richard Metzger
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09.15.2009
09:26 pm
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The (Very) Graphic Novel Story Of O
09.15.2009
05:20 pm
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As spotted in The New Yorker’s Book Bench:

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Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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09.15.2009
05:20 pm
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The Japanese Moonwalking Championships
09.15.2009
04:17 pm
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Japan Probe alerts us to a recent Moonwalking Championship, held, presumably, before the death of Michael Jackson himself.   To make more seamless the homage, some of the contestants opted to perform in blackface—a stylistic choice that still has the power to shock (witness the Mad Men “moment” of three weeks ago, here).

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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09.15.2009
04:17 pm
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Gordon Gekko: A Man for the Ages
09.15.2009
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Wall Street villain Gordon Gekko is planned to return in a new sequel, entitled, er, “Wall Street 2” and set to follow Gekko as he is released from prison just in time to get involved in the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers. Hopefully he’ll get a new cell phone. Unfortunately, he’s also getting a new sidekick… Shia LaBeouf. Groan.

Wall Street is, in my opinion, Oliver Stone’s best movie, and a critical text of American literature and film. Watch it back to back with “American Psycho” to understand the sociopathic mentality that drives the axle of America’s wheel. Screenwriter Stanley Weiser took an incredibly complex world and made it seem storybook-simple; probably the kind of thing Americans need now to make sense of the “what the f—- just happened??” factor.

One thing that struck me, in reading about the original Wall Street, was multiple quotes from Stanley Weiser saying how many people had approached him over the years telling him that Gordon Gekko had inspired them to go into investment trading. Having known a few real-life Gekkos, and also more than a few people (of the younger generation) who took Patrick Bateman from “American Psycho” as their own personal life paragon, it seems that, well, people love bad guys… and also seem incapable of understanding satire.

Weiser says:

Stanley Weiser, screenwriter of the original film, has complained that real-life traders looked on Gekko as more of a hero than a villain.

“After so many encounters with Gekko admirers or wannabes I wish I could go back and rewrite the greed line to this: ‘Greed is good. But I’ve never seen a Brinks truck pull up to a cemetery,’” he said last year.

I wonder how many of the people who f’ed the country this time around were living out their own private Oliver Stone fantasy?

(Telegraph: Wall Street 2: Michael Douglas and Oliver Stone reunite for sequel)

Posted by Jason Louv
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09.15.2009
03:01 pm
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