Mr. Loftis and Being a Geek remind us of just how important art can be.
One of the great jewels in the crown of American singers, performing an unlikely song that meshes with his life so well that tears well up in my eyes when I hear it.
Here is juxtaposition art that deals with two subjects very close to my heart: Gorey draws Lovecraft.
The work is a clever combination of banality and horror — something that both Gorey and Lovecraft handled deftly.
I’d buy these prints in a flash if I could find them.
The Clocktower apartment complex in Brooklyn apparently had its penthouse studio up for sale recently:
A lovely juxtaposition of life and art.
This piece of artwork came my way via Facebook this evening (Thanks, Mark!):
That got me to thinking about this wonderfully educational, sweet-natured video from Harlan Ellison:
Yes, Virginia, artists need money for groceries and rent, just like the rest of us. Think about that the next time you feel the urge to ask that artist friend of yours for just a quick sketch, or a quick coaching session for that three-minute monologue.
If they take snorting developing fluid, they’re goners.
(Thanks so much to Sandy S. for the tip.)
Occasionally, you run across morality preserved in a piece of art that makes you just say, “….wow.”
Here’s what I ran across today:
Yeah, it has some religious references in it, but Chaplin’s speech (from The Great Dictator) is still one of the great humanist soliloquies.
“Art is individualism, and individualism is a disturbing and disintegrating force. There lies its immense value. For what it seeks is to disturb monotony of type, slavery of custom, tyranny of habit, and the reduction of man to the level of a machine.”
–Oscar Wilde, from The Soul of a Man Under Socialism
I’ve discussed the connection between moral behavior and art. Tatsuya Ishida hits the mark repeatedly, and makes you laugh at the same time.
(The action above makes more sense when you know that Criminy–the little guy with the glasses–who loves books, has a book from Hell that likes to chew up other books.)