I saw this image in an episode of Roel van broekhoven en Geert Maks's "In Europ (an episode about horrific revenge on the german's). I googled the picture and would like to keep it on loan on this blog so that I can look at it everytime I am here. This is such a loaded image when you know it's context. This photographer Lee Miller taking a bath in the bath of the führer. Her boots neatly in front of the bath. There are two exposures which seem to have been taken seconds after eachother. There is the dramatic historical context. The fact that a liberal american woman reporter is sitting in the bath of a fascist leader. The venus-like statue on the table which whose movement is mirrored by Lee Miller. The small portrait of Hitler, who aparantly was so narcistic that even when he was taking a bath he needed an idealized image rather than a mirror. This photo is endlessly fascinating....
Cooper is debunking the myths about webdesign. Very good article. I know he's talking about me and my fellow imagemakers/designers. Yet he's so right.... and we're so wrong in thinking that the web is just another medium.. this food for thought.
1500 Covers of Urania, an Italian Sci Fi series ... incredible artwork and some really crazy images; monsters, semi nude women, it's all there. Illustrator is Karel Thole. Yes a dutchman who moved to Milano in 1958. Graphic Designer, Cartoonist, Illustrator, dopehead? I came across it googling for the illustrator of a sixties edition of Don Camillo which I found lying on a desk at my wife's parents.
GrainEdit is a nice bloglike site with interviews with the best illustrators. They also have and even more interesting site on flickr where they keep and store the goodies. Hot Damn! Vault after vault is opened. Where does one find the time tom cherish all these delicacies?
I found out about this very good book-designer called Paul Sahre from New York. He designs mostly book covers but also makes pretty illustrations. He's amazing with both typography and imagery. All his covers are distinctie, very funny, original and they fit the content beautifully. Paul, if you read this, I hope you don't me showing the ten people who read this blog your artwork. If you do, please let me know.
No need to write the great American Novel.
It has already been written.
This is it. Vonnegut
in his fiction wrote that all you
need to know how to live is in the Brother's
Karamazov, but it's not enough anymore. If you live
in America, this is the supplement. In the negative sense.
One almost should enjoy this novel one sentence at a time.
Each one is genius. I also like the way Delillo micromanages words,
and sentences. The page is extremely claustrophobic, but it is an
extremely cozy nook. The vividness with which this novel comes alive is
perhaps its triumph. Delillo has described the journey of David Bell so
well, that one can live in it vicariously, and doesn't have to make it
themselves. I do not want to make that cross country sojourn anymore to
writhe the experience out of Americana, get some vital juice out of
being an American. He describes the currents and undercurrents very
The heart of the book is, I believe, on page 130.
...Something else was left over for the rest of us, or some of the
rest of us, and it was the dream of the good life, innocent enough,
simple enough on the surface, beginning for me as soon as I could read
and continuing through the era of the early astronauts, the red carpet
welcome on the aircraft carrier as the band played on. It encompassed
all those things that people are said to want, materials and objects
and the shadows they cast, and yet the dream had its complexities, its
edges of illusion and self-deception, an implication of serio-comic
death. To achieve an existence totally symbolic is less simple than
mining the buried metals of other countries or sending the pilots of
your squadron to hang their bombs over some illiterate village." [...]
I think this is what Americans are striving to ultimately do,
(speaking of the general culture) and this is of course, as Delillo
points out in the novel is not only destructive but impossible.
He also talks truth about the role of statistics in the national
consciousness. Everyone, will, or should find a foible of Americana
that they can appropriate as knowledge, something to call their own
form now `till death.
One can get distracted, but the entire message for me is this:
There is nothing in the American culture worth having. On the fringes,
or in the mainstream. Pick your poison. A book dedicated to this is
monumental. This really is, I think, the great American Novel, which is
as fertile today as it was in 1971.
came across this blurb on amazon. "For Mark Osteen, the most bracing and unsettling feature of DeLillo's work is that, although his fiction may satirize cultural forms, it never does so from a privileged position outside the culture. His work brilliantly mimics the argots of the very phenomena it dissects: violent thrillers and conspiracy theories, pop music, advertising, science fiction, film, and television. As a result, DeLillo has been read both as a denouncer and as a defender of contemporary culture; in fact, Osteen argues, neither description is adequate. DeLillo's dialogue with modern institutions, such as chemical companies, the CIA, and the media, respects their power and ingenuity while criticizing their dangerous consequences. Even as DeLillo borrows from their discourses, he maintains a tenaciously opposing stance toward the sources of collective power."
I think this is remarkably well put. And it explains an attitude/dialogue which I try to hold high.
This weblog is all about book covers. Good stuff for book- and illustration lovers (oui, moi) It also has a post about a bookdesign by Seth (I'm a big fan). I saw this book in the store this afternoon and it's very pretty. Here's a funny comic of a talk given by seth and Chris Ware. thanks to strippedcomics.
When browsing in the bookstore I came across a beautiful cover illustration. I (barely) remembered the last name"tait" and when I came home I googled it. Her name is Alice Tait and boy what a gems I found on her website.
By the way I bought a wonderful book: the collected stories of Joan Didion: We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live. And that's the truth.
Submarinechannel: Supposedly this is one of the 100 websites you must have seen (before you die?), I mean this part of the site: All the great leaders, opening sequences and so on of movies. Subtitle: Forget the film, watch the titles. A delight it is indeed.
This is a great intro for "300" by Garson Yu of yU+co (interview here). Found this on Motiongrapher, a pretty and elaborate and very informative site about, you guessed it, motion graphics. There I also found a clip of a commercial by 180 Amsterdam for HTC, the Iphone rip-off. Very nice.
This piece of furniture designed by Giuseppe Canevese features the artwork of graphic artist Guido Crepax (1933-2003), who was influential in the development of European comic art in the second half of the 20th century. His most famous storyline, featuring the character “Valentina“, was created in 1965. (quote from here and here) Creator of Erotic comic art, graphically brilliant.