Sunday, August 16, 2009

T shirt Shop

Ladies and Gent's I'd like to draw your attention to a Tshirt shop that my esteemed associate John and I have started up.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

My top 5 weirdest artists -No.1 Henry Darger

Henry Darger - is RIGHT BEHIND YOU!

Nobody thunk it

The world of American folk art is , of course rife with eccentricity but Darger was certinly ahead of the curve. They say there is a fine line between genius and insanity and Henry Darger pole vaulted over that line and then ran screaming over into insanity covered with excrement , tearing his clothes off.

Known locally around his Chicago neighbourhood as 'That old hobo who talks to himself ' Darger died in 1973. His landlords, upon clearing out his apartment, found that he was the author of "The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion” the worlds longest fictional novel at 15,145 total pages. About two people have read the entire thing and both went insane after the first five pages. They also found a 10 year daily weather journal and an eight volume, 5,084-page autobiography.

The tale is of child heroes and evil warriors on another planet fighting a battle that resembles the civil war. Darger appears as a character multiple times in his own story as both hero and villain alternately saving the seven Christian 'Vivian girls' from heathen 'Glandelinian' soldiers and slaughtering them in ways too horrible to transcribe. It had hundreds of illustrations, large brightly coloured fantasy landscapes, his human figures were traced from magazines.


Having way with words and evidently highly intelligent Darger had been placed in an adult mental asylum after his parents death and his diagnosis with the condition of 'self abuse' (don't you just love the olden days?) and only escaped at the age of 19 which does kind of explains the whole craziness thing.

Ye Olde Psychiatrist

Darger is commonly believed to have had no significant relationship with another human being in his life and it is supposed that he never saw a woman naked (Would you have dated him?) This may explain why all the little girls in his story (often depicted naked ) have penises...Yes you read correctly . It doesn't not explain ,however, why he depicted them strangled, decapitated and dismembered so often in his work.

Yeah...You don't want to see that

Craziest Moment

It depends on who you believe, his whole life was pretty much one long crazy moment but...

It may be significant that the incident in Darger's mythos that starts the Glandeco-Angelinian War is ‘the loss of a photograph of Elsie Paroubek'. Well if you the into account that Elsie Paroubek was a 10 year old murder victim , killed just after Darger escaped from the asylum and correlate the two events then....You may just have a moment that stood out . Not that I'm saying... Well Um...Yeahhh. Can you libel the dead?

Did you know?

That there is a crazy old man living in the apartment above you writing a 30,000 page epic about a family of mice? Oh...and there are heads in his fridge.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

My top 5 weirdest artists -No.2 William Blake -The Mystic

William Blake -The Mystic

''Holy Shit! An angel!''

Ok I know he's better known for his poetry than his painting but like the individual that stole the top spot Blake's writing and pictures combine to form an epic mythology. As weird as he was Blake is still by far the coolest person on this list.
Blake was ahead of his time as a slavery abolitionist, feminist and critic of the Church. Such things made him a social outcast during his life.
In fact he was so far ahead of his time we have yet to catch up with him and he is widely regarded as batshit insane. He experienced 'visions' from an early age when seeing the face of 'God' through a window caused the 4 year old Blake to scream hysterically.

Blake may have been dyslexic

After that he spoke with ghosts and saw Angels on a regular basis.

'The Ghost of a Flea'

A living flea

He also made up his own religion . He was the L. Ron Hubbard of his era. He wrote several philosophical 'Prophetic' books outlining his world view including characters like the Evil creator God Urizen, Tharmas the God of Strengh, Urthona imagination and Luvah or love, also known as 'Orc'. Actually maybe he was 'The J.R.R. Tolkien of his era.

Blake on a normal Saturday night

Did you know?

Blake once said:

''Do what you will, this world's a fiction and is made up of contradiction.''
William Blake

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

My top 5 weirdest artists -No.3 Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali - A Man Posessed

Salvador Dali was one of the most intriguing men in the history of art, melding psychology, spirituality and physics into a complex artistic web...Now with that out of the way I can focus on telling his true life story for the rest of the blog.

Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, (really) was born on May 11, 1904, at 8:45 a.m. GMT in the town of Figueres, in the Empordà region, close to the French border in Catalonia, Spain. As if having seven , hard to spell, names wasn't traumatic enough he was also the only little boy in his school with a moustache.(after extensive google searching I have found no pictures of a clean shaven Dali, which can only lead me to conclude that he was,in fact, born with the moustache.) This set him apart from the other children and he was called 'Hair lip' at school, causing him to run away to Milan at the age of 12, hoping to graduate from the Art Academy there.

Salvador Dali , shortly after birth

The moustache had other plans.

In the beginning it was content to be an average , if well kept 'Tache. The mild mannered Dali pampered it, swelled its ego and it began to bully him. Soon the opinionated moustache was finishing his sentences for him and forcing him to agree with it's radical ideas.Dalí was expelled from the Academia in 1926, shortly before his final exams, when he stated that no one on the faculty was competent enough to examine him. No one could understand why he would say such a thing. It was so unlike him.

It was at about this time when his skills as a painter suddenly improved drastically with no apparent reason. he made his first visit to Paris, where he met with Pablo Picasso. By this time the moustache had become a diva, demanding to be waxed at least 5 times a day and decorated according to the season.

More moustache now, than man, Dali surrendered to it's will.

The moustache began to evolve...Possibly growing into his brain, totally eclipsing Dali's personality. The Moustache had ambition and talent and it became one of the worlds greatest artists.

Its True.

The Moustache had a long and very successful life. Only succumbing to greyness at the age of 106.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

My top 5 weirdest artists -No.4 Hieronymus Bosch

4) Hieronymus Bosch. - The time traveller.

It is my firm belief that Hieronymus Bosch had a time machine.

I say this because there is no way anyone could have painted what he did without the aid of both bad sci fi movies from the 50s and strong LSD from the 60's.

The flux capacitor

David Lynch could not imagine the stuff Bosch painted if he put Amy Winehouse and Robert Downey Jr. in a blender and drank the result.

Very little is known about Bosch. I know that he was born in the Middle Ages when they ate lead for good luck and bathed babies in mercury so that may have been a factor but I guess we'll never know. If Van Gough was the Kurt Cobain of Painting then who was Hieronymus Bosch? I'm going to have to go with Frank Zappa or Maybe an 'I am the walrus' era Lennon

Craziest Moment.

Painting 'The Garden of Earthly Delights.'

This one adds credibility to my Time machine theory as it is clearly inspired by an accidental stop off at Disneyland and painted on his return not knowing what the hell he'd just seen.

See 'Splash Mountain' in the background?

Did you know?

That only 25 works have been officially ascribed to Heironymus Bosch? Including this self portrait?

Not pictured, his apprentice Marty

My top 5 weirdest artists No. 5 : Vincent van Gough

5) Vincent van Gough - the least insane of the bunch.

Vincent van Gough, worried that his work may be overshadowed by a temporary lapse of judgement.

Before he decided to become an artist Vincent van Gough worked as a preacher. He was dismissed for 'overzealousness.' In 19th century Holland that would have had to be pretty damn overzealous. This gives us some idea of the man's personality

Already an intense sonofabitch, a case of syphilis and a fondness For brain rotting absinthe didn't help matters. Neither, one supposes, did the fact that he never sold a single painting in his entire life except to his long suffering brother Theo who 'continually and selflessly provided financial support.' Living in continual poverty and discouragement finally took it's toll.

Vincent , we of recession era Ireland understand your pain.

Kurt Cobain was once called 'The van Gough of his era'. Sure! I can see the similarity. They both shot themselves because they couldn't deal with the pressure of fame and obscene wealth right?

Some guy who died unrecognized and poverty stricken.

Craziest moment:

The van Gough ear moment reminds me of that 'Tori Amos pig picture.' A single act of bizarre behaviour that would overshadow the artists work forever.

The van Gough of her era

The difference is that van Gough's ear was not a publicity stunt but the ultimate reaction to a disapproving clean-freak roommate Paul Gaugin's endless bitching.

Vincent chased Guagin out of his house with an open razor then cut off this own ear lobe. Although if you'd been forced to listen to yet another lecture about putting the caps back on you paint tubes by an uptight obsessive compulsive you might have done
the same thing.

Paul Gaugin. disapproving of your messy desktop.

Did you know?

That van Gough was the van Gough of his era?