Bottle Episode

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 10:15 pm
flwyd: (inner maiden animated no words)
The last several Cat and Girl comics have done some interesting things with real world objects.

Originally posted by [ profile] catandgirl at Bottle Episode
flwyd: (red succulent)
I just noticed this post in one of my excessive browser tabs. I probably wanted to say something more, but you'll do just as well exploring from these two links:

One of the coolest things I saw at MoMA on my recent New York visit was a collection of short abstract films by Len Lye. A Colour Box, for instance, is perhaps the greatest post office commercial ever.
flwyd: (Trevor shadow self portrait)
The Son of ManI learned today that some of my favorite paintings are by the same artist. Unlike the dysmorphic anatomies of Picasso and wildly divergent realities of Dalí, Belgian surrealist René Magritte created perfectly ordinary scenes with a subtle and cunning twist. In many cases, one could have a fulfilling discussion about a Magritte painting without having seen it, but having heard a description. They can also be contemplated for several minutes in solitude, your brain playing a cat-and-mouse game with truth and meaning.

The Treachery of ImagesRené François Ghislain Magritte is a trickster more like a Zen master than a merry prankster. The casual observer glides over the image, but when his consciousness engages he has a "Hey, wait a minute..." moment. In addition, I approve of his bowler-infested world.

This discovery brought to you by some seriously awesome MacBook stickers.
flwyd: (charbonneau ghost car)
Family friend, painter, ragtime pianist and composer, and all-around great guy Scott Kirby has, for the last few years, lived in France and painted the American Great Plains. His art will be shown in Boulder next week. The images on his website are small and gorgeous. The paintings displayed will be large and gorgeous :-) His artist's statement is worth reading too. On his recommendation, I went out of my way to visit Charbonneau, a ghost town in western North Dakota. It was well worth the trip.

A Rare Chance to View The Visionary Art of Scott Kirby

"Visions of the Great Plains," an exhibit of spectacular drawings and watercolor paintings by Scott Kirby, will come to Boulder on Wednesday, January 9, from 6 to 9 pm, at the Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Ave.

Kirby, who is also an internationally renowned pianist and composer, has devoted the past several years to a visual exploration of the vastness and emotional intensity of space that he has experienced on journeys through the plains and prairies of the American West.

The one-night exhibit is free and open to the public.

Examples of Kirby's visionary art can be viewed at
flwyd: (santa fe church ironwork and cross)
Don't go to church on Sunday
Don't get on my knees to pray
Don't memorize the books of the Bible
I got my own special way
Bit I know Jesus loves me
Maybe just a little bit more

I fall on my knees every Sunday
At Zerelda Lee's candy store

Well it's got to be a chocolate Jesus
Make me feel good inside
Got to be a chocolate Jesus
Keep me satisfied

Well I don't want no Anna Zabba
Don't want no Almond Joy
There ain't nothing better
Suitable for this boy
Well it's the only thing
That can pick me up
Better than a cup of gold
See only a chocolate Jesus
Can satisfy my soul

When the weather gets rough
And it's whiskey in the shade
It's best to wrap your savior
Up in cellophane
He flows like the big muddy
But that's OK
Pour him over ice cream
For a nice parfait

Well it's got to be a chocolate Jesus
Good enough for me
Got to be a chocolate Jesus
Good enough for me

Well it's got to be a chocolate Jesus
Make me feel good inside
Got to be a chocolate Jesus
Keep me satisfied

Tom Waits, "Chocolate Jesus"
Chocolate Jesus statue

A New York art gallery has decided to cancel an exhibit of a chocolate sculpture of Jesus Christ after protests by a US Catholic group.

I heard about it from The Onion.

Note particularly that he's not wearing a loin cloth.
flwyd: (transparent ribbon for government accoun)
[Transparent Ribbon for Government Accountability]At the Denver Women's Chorus concert all the singers wore awareness ribbons of varying colors. Looking through the program, my thoughts immediately explored the question "What ribbon would I wear if I were in the women's chorus?" My favorite colors are iridescent blue, transparent, and reflective. (I may not be sexually queer, but I've got some pretty queer preferences.) What might a transparent ribbon stand for? Government accountability!

In an energetic mood tonight, I sat down with MacGIMP and a GNU FDL SVG black ribbon graphic. After a few hours of tinkering, I came up with a few versions I like, shown below. I'm soliciting reader feedback. Is the text clear? Are there effects I should consider? Do you like the overlay or side text better? Is the icon (above) readable? You can view this in your journal style instead of mine if you have a color scheme without a white background. (I tested the text over black, white, and several garish 16-bit colors.)

After I've incorporated feedback, I'll post the .xcf files, write a few paragraphs about why government transparency is important, and encourage its copyleft spread. Until I've had a chance to give it a first go around, though, I request that you link to this post rather than the images directly. I'll update this post and make a new one when I feel the ribbon is ready to take flight.

The images (~160KB) )
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