Sunday, February 28, 2010

Taming light

Stanley Kubrick was a great picture-maker – his images are eternal, but more than that, the concepts and emotions behind them endure. He was a filmmaker whose aim was to draw a map of the landscape of the human spirit – the soul and the imagination. Kubrick is more than just a consummate storyteller or technical genius; for the artists paying tribute in this exhibition, he stands as something greater; a genuine film artist; the master of composition, colour, movement and spectacle.

John Maguire, October 2009

This exhibition was held in Dublin at the Light house Cinema in October of last year. The gallery however is available online and can be viewed at the website:

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Francis Bacon reproduction

A painting by Francis Bacon has been copied – so it can go on show in Kirklees. The original of Figure Study II is considered too valuable to be put on public show.

It remains locked in secure storage by Kirklees Council’s cultural staff who will not say how much it is worth. But now a reproduction of the work has been commissioned and it will go on show later this week.

The painting, Figure Study II by Bacon, one of the 20th century's most influential artists, was presented to Batley Art Gallery by the Contemporary Art Society in 1952. Over the years the issue of displaying the important work in Batley has surfaced from time to time.

The reasons the painting has not been able to be displayed are numerous but primarily related to security and the impact on insurance, due to the painting’s value. There are also fears about possible damage when it is being moved and transported.

Whenever Kirklees Galleries lend the work, and it is often in demand, they need to be sure that the borrowers can meet certain security, insurance, transport and environmental conditions.

Now the work has been copied and the resulting reproduction will be formally unveiled at Batley Art Gallery.


I think if I was going to a gallery to see a painting, I would want to see the original or not at all. They may as well be putting up a laminated print of Steven Segal.

Worth visiting that link above as it has quite a bit of info relating to the man himself (Bacon that is, not Segal!)


SA Studios Global's Film Marketing Division has teamed up with Quentin Tarantino, Upper Playground and The Weinstein Company to present, THE LOST ART OF INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS.

February 18th, 2010 from 6p - 9p the world will get to preview and purchase the “Lost Art of Inglorious Basterds” at The Upper Playground Art Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles. All proceeds from this program will be donated to The American Red Cross to help the victims of the Haiti Earthquake.

This creative team has assembled the following select group of accomplished artists, David Choe, Sam Flores, Estevan Oriol, Grotesk, Jeremy Fish, Patrick Martinez, Alex Pardee, Dora Drimalas, Munk One, N8 Van Dyke, Rene Alamanza, Morning Breath and Skinner Davis, to create their own poster art based off their interpretation of the Oscar Nominated film, “Inglourious Basterds” artwork.

More here

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Support your local judge!

Spotted this over at Kev Lewell's blog. It is a fan film by Steven Sterlacchini and you can check out more at: Apparently it has been in the works for a while, but based upon some of the recent updates on the blog it seems to be moving forward at quite a steady pace. The pic directly below is of the artist Greg Staples who has drawn for 2000AD in the past(strips such as Dredd and Slaine) he has been cast as a young Joe Dredd.

Loving the costume; really has an old school feel to it and the Dredd is very reminiscent of Bolland's classic take on the character.

Let's hoping they can get it off the ground!

A Brief History of Pretty Much Everything

God and I thought my stickman jumping off a diving board and being eaten by a shark was good...

I have no idea why the atomic explosion at 2:38 turns into a giant penis though?

And why are there no women in it?

Probably some pseudo-feminist "radical" statement on how man is fu*king over the earth... Yeah! OK, now I get it.

Bloody art students.