Factum Arte in Madrid has made an animation film
based on Giovanni Battista Piranesi's Carceri d'Invenzione prints; and have also built many of his pieces
which shows the workings of his imagination, merging his architectural ambitions with his obsessive interest in antiquity.
Giovanni Battista Piranesi
was a source of inspiration for, among others, Goya, Poe, Escher, Max Ernst, De Chirico. [more inside]
posted by adamvasco
on Jun 13, 2012 -
The paintings of Sergey Tyukanov are rich in colors, in characters, in details, delightful the eyes from the first sight. Each work is like a little world, where people live according to different rules. Normal proportions not respected in his works; surrealism characterizes his art the best, and traces of the Russian customs and traditional costumes may be spotted without much difficulty. It all seems to happen in a Russian fairytale or in the nightmare of an artist-because only in the head of an artist’s genius, such a nightmare could be born.*
posted by Trurl
on Sep 28, 2011 -
Cult books come and cult books go - that's part of what it means to be a cult book. A few keep reappearing, however. They get discovered over and over by successive waves of admirers. After the third or fourth reappearance, the suspicion begins to arise that this isn't a cult book, after all. It's a masterpiece with problems. Islandia is such a book.
- Noel Perrin, "The Best of All Imaginary Islands" [more inside]
posted by Trurl
on Jul 18, 2011 -
Good Show Sir
- a blog of the worst science fiction and fantasy book covers from the deepest depths of second hand bookstores around the world.
posted by Artw
on Mar 27, 2010 -
After being beaten into a brain-damaging coma by five men outside a bar, Mark Hogancamp built a 1/6th scale World War II-era town in his backyard. Mark populated the town he dubbed "Marwencol
" with dolls representing his friends and family and created life-like photographs detailing the town's many relationships and dramas. Playing in the town and photographing the action helped Mark to recover his hand-eye coordination and deal with the psychic wounds from the attack. [more inside]
posted by dobbs
on Mar 16, 2010 -
Anyone who has spent time browsing through Deviant Art
has almost certainly run into the cartoons of a young Australian woman named Gemma Wilson
. She is fond of Harry Potter, snakepeople and (occasionally) torture and hermaprodites. She has a fan club
. And she has detractors
. Make of this what you will.
posted by metasonix
on Jun 26, 2007 -
Parting the Veil of Faery
: The Colmore Fatagravures
, said to date from the 1890s. "A Scottish adventurer, inventor, and photographer named Neville Colmore
claimed to have constructed a device capable of '...parting the veil of Faery...' The device, which he called the Spectobarathrum, along with all of the images he claimed to have made were believed destroyed in a fire. I believe some of these images and related artefacts may have survived." [via Apothecary's Drawer]
posted by mediareport
on Jun 19, 2007 -
(NSFW-but not porn) Never GIS "little mermaid," large size images, and click the second image from the left out of curiosity.
If you do, don't
look at the other
galleries at the site, hypnotized
. Furthermore, follow any
of the links
at your own peril
. If you manage to make it to the Renderosity pages, you are expressly forbidden from looking at every single page
of art by these three artists
. Under no circumstances look at these unabashed masterpieces: "Damnedly Wanted," "Nooo, you ARE hansome," "9/11 Remembrance," "Cure for cancer,"
and god knows how many more
. If you follow these instructions carefully, you will have successfully avoided the fairy(faerie, fae), poser, chibi, furry, and koshini scenes for the day.
posted by BlackLeotardFront
on Nov 29, 2005 -
The Fantastic in Art & Fiction
- Cornell University's bank of nearly 300 images of the fantastic, the grotesque, the macabre, the marvelous and more "from works spanning a period from medieval manuscripts and printed incunabulae, to the early twentieth century."
posted by madamjujujive
on Nov 16, 2003 -
Fashion comes and goes, but art that might have come from the side of a van is forever. The cover artists from Dragon magazine
, a staple of my pimply years, all have websites now, from Keith Parkinson
to the ghastly Clyde Caldwell
to Larry Elmore
(who is putting his old Dragon
, online). The grand master of bodacious barbarian babe art, Frank Franzetta
, has a site, too. Relive your adolescence through gleaming swords, vanquished dragons, and hyperdefined musculature! (Warning: Not all pictures are work-safe.)
posted by snarkout
on May 24, 2002 -