Great visuals--art and graphic design for smart people
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Probably long overdue: a thread specifically devoted to visual arts and graphic design.
Not to be confused with our lengthy "Film" thread(s).
Just to get us started, a site Sherron just forwarded to me, featuring minimalist posters of various mental afflictions:
And if you haven't visited "Web Urbanist":
My wife likes these folks.
Great visuals. Not sure about the "smart people" part?
Some great Polish book cover art from the 70s and 80s
Thought I should re-post Thomas Allen's pulp and western-inspired book covers:
Love this guy.
>6 Love the poster text art, and >7 love the Polish covers too.......and >8 love the pulp inspired Foley art. Very inspirational for my arty aspirations.
10: Although James Lileks is a rightwing nutcase, his takedown of Better Homes and Gardens' 1970s decorating manual is epic and it was one of the first sites on the Internet that gave me hours of laughing therapy.
Here is my favorite page in that entire thing.
11: I was never really certain about his political views, but I enjoy his snark commentary on vintage retro stuff.
The universe to play with:
(Very cool site my wife forwarded to me.)
Looks like it's time for a quick stroll through my bookmarks. These are mostly design related or interesting collections of vintage print design.
#14, wow, I got stuck on vintage ad browser for about 40 minutes, great old ads there, thanks
One of my favourite artists - http://www.bascove.com/. Bascove has illustrated many books covers including http://www.amazon.co.uk/Old-Rosa-Novel-Two-Stories/dp/0802134068/ref=sr_1_1?ie=U..., http://www.amazon.co.uk/Doorman-Reinaldo-Arenas/dp/080213405X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8..., http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:AMixtureofFrailties.png and others by authors like Robertson Davies and Ellis Peters' Cadfael series.
Ed for nonsense
There needs to be more statues of demons eating babies.
A picture is worth a thousand words:
Donald Trump and Roy Cohn Happy Monday!
Another doozie from Gord:
OMG. 'Much more realistic than holding recoilless rifles, lobbing grenades, shooting M1s (prone, sitting, standing), pointing Thompson machine guns.
Two places for political cartoons, one historical and one contemporary:
Thomas Nast cartoons and the 1872 election:
And a political cartoonist's blog appropriately named "The Pain!":
Aw dammit, Karl I just peed myself over that "skeet shooting' cartoon...
Edward Tufte, graphic design guru:
"Star Wars" recruiting posters:
33: Love the parallels with actual totalitarian posters. It would be great for some language geek to keep the poster images -- especially the ones with the Empire and Darth Vader on it -- and put North Korean text in it. That would be awesome.
33 those are wonderful. I sent to Chris and his wargaming buddies.
Anna: More "Star Wars" fun:
Classic covers and posters from the 1960's. Lotsa femme fatales:
A book with a new way of doing "hyperlinks":
A Christmas present idea for your resident sky fy geek:
I'm not sure if those better embody the phrase "retro" or "wacky." Think I'll settle for "crazed wholesomeness."
I'll go along with that.
If only the future had turned out to be as interesting as those folks envisioned it...
45: "Crazed wholesomeness" -- Come visit Rochester, MN. You'll get crazed wholesomeness by the bucketful. I've never been to a place so obsessed about wanting to be average and ordinary. Bladerunner meets Mayberry, minus the fun parts of both, but including huge dollops of "health Nazi" condescension and Joel Osteen watered-down religious sanctimoniousness. Granted, it's not a terrible place to live, but it's not a wonderful place to live either.
Re: our non-jet packed future:
"The jet-man, on the other hand, no longer seems to know either adventure or destiny, but only a condition. Yet this condition is at first sight less human than anthropological: mythically, the jet-man is defined less by his courage than by his weight, his diet and his habits (temperance, frugality, continence). His racial apartness can be read in his morphology: the anti-G suit of inflatable nylon, the shiny helmet, introduce the jet-man into a novel type of skin in which 'even his mother would not know him'. We are dealing with a true racial conversion, all the more credible since science-fiction has already largely substantiated this metamorphosis of species: everything happens as if there had been a sudden mutation between the earlier creatures of propeller-mankind and the later ones of jet-mankind..."
-- "Jet-man", Mythologies by Roland Barthes
"Come visit Rochester, MN. You'll get crazed wholesomeness by the bucketful." That would make a really cool billboard.
Barthes - I like the writing, but the meaning appears somewhat inscrutable.
I am just using this space to announce that my sister actually purchased The Gallery of Regrettable Food for me as a birthday gag gift. While I think Lileks' site of ugly old advertising is funny, particularly the "interior desecrators" part that I've mentioned here before, it is unfortunate that he is such a wingnut politically. Ah well. (Also, I think he lives in Minnesota? Or somewhere in Flyover Country. :))
GALLERY gets some good reviews--people find it screamingly funny. Do you?
It was funny. He has a way of mocking old advertising that is quite amusing. I thought some of it was sort of pointless though. Casseroles are what they are, and no, they don't photograph well - so? We still eat them.
"Casseroles are what they are, and no, they don't photograph well - so? We still eat them."
Which begs the question, can haggis be artfully arranged on a plate?
"I thought the presentation of the stuffed guts was particularly attractive, didn't you, Cyril?"
There was a section mocking some WWII pamphlets that had recipes for organ meats and stuff. Those were kind of interesting, quite apart from his humor.
I intend to pay a visit to our pal Ian Sales in merry old England some day. And if he offers me steak and kidney pie or some other Limey abomination, I'll convert HIM into tripe.
More on, sigh, airships:
Cliff, you'll get pork pie and bloody like it. And a pint of proper real ale.
Well, I'm a Guinness man, kid, so I think we'll see eye to eye there.
Pork pie. Isn't that a HAT?
You can wear it on your head if you want. But don't be surprised if you get some odd looks from people.
If you like zeppelins, you'll love dieselpunk:
Steampunk rocks. So do Zeppelins - it's airplanes that give me the shudders.
Paper art in support of Scottish libraries:
Bookplates by the Russian artist Vladimir Zuev
For Bulgakov fans - see the second example.
A pal sent me a link to this site that features pages from scrapbooks kept by Stan Brakhage's wife. Gorgeous collages:
Also click on the commentary by Yale professor Richard Demming. It gives some background on the Brakhages' relationship and how that informed and inspired Stan's films.
65: Your film reminded me of Brakhage ... or if Brakhage and David Lynch went on a road trip to Saskatchewan.
Rejected book covers via Cracked.com:
"...if Brakhage and David Lynch went on a road trip to Saskatchewan."
Lovely. Great blurb. Thanks, Karl.
Avant garde stained glass in Moscow metro station via Dark Roasted Blend:
Tintin + HP Lovecraft = Awesomeness!
This site highlights sketchbooks, journals and travel diaries of artists. Very cool and beautifully presented:
Abandoned vehicles of war courtesy of those jokesters at Cracked.com:
"In May 2011, Scott Haefner -- less of an "international superthief" and more of a "casual boat fan" -- managed to break through fleet security and spend an entire weekend photographing the remaining fleet. He and a friend boarded the ships and hopped from vessel to vessel for 48 hours, using only an inflatable raft and a few other supplies you could buy from any camping supply store. One of the greatest surprises Scott stumbled upon while out dicking around on the ghost armada was the Sea Shadow (IX-529)."
Gerhard Richter at work:
Richter overload. I just couldn't resist. This critic is unintentionally hilarious:
I didn't realize the Guardian also had this one. Its is better, I think:
Not really graphic design, but a great visual anyway:
Needless to say, I support our troops. I'd want to the same thing, especially if I had to risk my life day after day, then get back to base where some wingnut donated Bill O'Reilly books. WTF, seriously?
Very, very weird. I guess if the troops run out of toilet paper...
From BOING BOING. Weird Hallowe'en photos:
A visual of all the bank mergers in the last 20 years:
"Too big to fail" in an easy visual format.
I kind of like the panda and (??) Invisible Man? on iphones.
The REST of them are just plain obnoxious.
The book-centric art of Jonathan Wolstenholme:
More great book-related art. My wife sent me this one:
Zappa album artist Cal Schenkel:
Like, wow, man, groovy!
Cracked does it again:
I had forgotten about this thread. Thanks for restarting.
Speaking of the Pompidou, not a fan of Josef Albers' paintings but looove his work on paper:
My wife sent me this:
In response to the photos in #93, I wrote this snippet, which Sherron posted on my Facebook page:
"Ahab stalks it still, through the swollen underbrush, its trail wide and easy to follow, marked by pulverized tree trunks, a long, deep, snaking rut in the soft loam of the forest floor.
He will follow it to the very gates of Perdition, if necessary, his hate a goad, relentless and all-consuming.
Hobbling along in the wake of the great whale, knowing it is somewhere ahead, moving easily across the earth, surging forward with powerful thrusts, swimming through seas of bright green."
95: Well, he wasn't wrong. The Russians just got the execution wrong and the Marxist Germans were slaughtered by WW 1 vets / proto-Nazis. Still undecided about which has been worse for humanity: the gulag system or credit default swaps?
97: Perhaps. But both the gulags and credit default swaps did cast millions free from their personal property. But if Stalin wasn't such a slacker and did send Ayn Rand to her well-deserved place in the gulags, we might have been spared the last few years economic turmoil. And gulags were no less efficient or humane than any Fortune 500 corporation. Nomenklatura, apparatchiks, trusties, and zeks. In both economic systems, the hierarchy is the same with the same results.
Then again, living in the US with the nascent Tea Party will do that to a person. Might make me into a Maoist simply out of spite and for my own personal amusement. One death is a tragedy, a million deaths means more job vacancies and not having to deal with internal hires.
Wow. My wife sent this my way...
99: While those are really attractive pieces of art, I can't help but mourn the book that can never again be read. :)
Any Edward Gorey fans out there?
Interesting and beautiful, just heard about this on facebook, though the article is old.
Anyone for some gender-fluids cops and athletes?
I love the music in the Pompidou videos:
This is old, but Seurat's drawings are worth seeing over and over:
A Believer article on the Codex Seraphinianus:
Behold! The pangolin!
Well, it's a visual piece...
(My wife is a puppeteer and mask-maker--blame this one on her.)
Grab a pencil - http://twistedsifter.com/2010/08/dalton-ghetti-miniature-pencil-art/
Those pieces are quite remarkable. Steady nerves required, fantastic coordination and dexterity.
Meanwhile, I can't scratch my forehead without poking myself in the eye.
Is it visual art? Music? Both? The "singing, ringing tree":
Authors and their self-portraits:
(From my wife)
Check out the Mars panorama:
Amazing lost and/or abandoned places. "Magnificent desolation", to paraphrase Buzz Aldrin:
(My wife Sherron sent me this one)
Another one from Sherron--where children sleep:
War portraits--fascinating and troubling:
Reminds me of photos of those Commanders in Chief, before, during and after.
Poor slobs (ie, the Presidents).
More essentially BS photography exploiting our credulity towards the photograph. I recall reading a novel dealing with just that subject. Who was it wrote that thing? I can't remember ... as I recall he went on to ruin his career with nonfiction. What was that guy's name?
Portraiture like this is highly manipulative. Remember, if the shutter is open for 1/250 of a second, you are looking at one of almost a million equivalent moments occurring in a single minute. It represents nothing. On top of that, the portraitist is in complete control of the lighting. The lighting is set up for the desired effect, and the photographer shoots until she gets a picture that reflects her preconceived narrative. Then we pretend that the eyes are the window to the soul, etc.
BibliOdyssey: Books, Illustrations, Science, History, Visual Materia Obscura, Eclectic Bookart
Lamborghini Ecosta, aka, the car that made Bladerunner real:
Yes, it's a supercar and it has all the usual luxury vehicle baggage ... still, one has to admire just how bonkers the design is.
Jeez, that's ugly. What happened to all the cool cars they used to build, the ones designed by Bertone and Pininfarina?
Probably gone, since both those designers are dead. Still, visceral and divisive reaction is always a good thing. Remember how they rioted at the performance of Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" and the Cannes audience booed David Cronenberg's Crash
The Ecosta won't be to everyone's taste -- I'm more of a Miura/Testarossa/F40 classicist myself -- but the design aesthetics of Art Nouveau and Bauhaus were equally divisive.
Ah, Taste, you fickle goddess!
I'm a sucker for these audio slideshows at The Guardian:
"Ah, Taste, you fickle goddess!"
# 134 Nevertheless, this doesn't imply our faculties of criticism and reason are completely wayward and undependable.
Critics slammed Nicholas Cage in "National Treasure II" before it even hit the screens. It turned out to be a smash hit with the general public. Does that mean it was really a good movie? Nope.
I am not one to ignore when people 'vote with their feet' (I've often cited it myself) but I also watch out for instances when too much stock in placed in what tilts 'the people'. After all, at one time the public loved watching blood sports in Coliseums; with shallow troughs engineered into the aisles so they could stick their fingers down their throats and vomit in order to consume more food.
Lovely retro, steampunk, weirdo images:
Ian, check out the pieces "Le Grand Voyage" and "Les Envahisseurs".
Work places of the brilliant and creative:
(Sent to me by Sherron)
Great stuff, Cliff.
I'm having trouble wrapping my brain around #25, however. WFB should have been a bit more inspired.
Wonderful, surreal portraits by a 14-year old Massachusetts kid--Sherron sent these to me:
...and how about this one, another Sherron pick. Miyoko Shida, literally balancing on a feather:
(Make sure to watch it through right to the end.)
Cliff, I just spent a bat-shit crazy day dealing with people that should be featured in Jon Ronson's next book.
That was truly amazing. Thanks for the grounding; thanks for sharing.
Some people take performance to a whole other level, don't they?
And, remember, not ALL of us are psychopaths...
Wow, I could write an M.R. James-type ghost story about every one of those photos.
Good find, Harry!
#7: Wow. Those covers are surrealist masterpieces.
There are so many terrible books covers about these days, makes you despair...
Bee-yoo-tiful photos of post-Soviet architecture:
Sadly, we here in the UK can't access that, as it's not funded by the licence fee and so is closed to UK licence fee payers.
Yeah, I don't get that either.
How about a pictorial look at the 1939 New York "World's Fair":
#145 That is remarkable. I am surprised that hasn't been copied by cirque du soleil or the blue man group.
Surreal photo manipulations:
Just what the doctor ordered, more pictures of beautiful libraries:
This one from my wife--photos of abandoned toy factories:
Another beauty from Sherron:
A few wise words from Mark Rothko:
Watched Simon Schama's documentary on Rothko last night and found it mesmerizing.
Bob Dylan, visual artist:
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