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Nemo Soda

Posted in art, candy coated nightmares with tags , on January 23, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Nemo Soda draws us into a fairy tale world where the inhabitants are twisted, sickly and strange…

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The fine-lined detail is out of this world, nearly dizzying, inviting us to look closer…and closer still.
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These drawings contain worlds within worlds. I let my eyes wander over them slowly, delighting in the tiny surprises that eluded me at first glance.
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Nemo Soda

Holiday Desktop Goodies

Posted in absurd, anthropomorphic, art, candy coated nightmares, christmas, decoration, ephemera, food, humor, kitsch, krampus, meat, skulls and skeletons, TV, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

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Meaty-Christmas

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Most of the pics in this post require no comment…but don’t skip this androgynous, anthropomorphic pothead (see what I did there?). I find its lean, wiry body very disconcerting.
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Walter McDougall

Posted in absurd, art, candy coated nightmares, illustration, monsters, vintage with tags , , , , , on December 6, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Thank you, Monster Brains for posting a HUGE collection of Walter McDougall illustrations (click to enlarge).

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McDougall was a prolific newspaper illustrator in the late 1800’s. His work is sublimely imaginative and bizarre, dancing on the border of surrealist children’s fiction…and nightmares. The captions are brilliant.
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I confess, I saved all 86 images in the post because I plan to read them like bedtime stories. Each image is a vignette unto itself, often with a single sentence presenting a strange predicament and/or creature.
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Somehow, these fragments coagulate into stories when I see them…hazy at first, but overflowing with possibilities.
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See the collection of images HERE.

Stefano Bonazzi

Posted in candy coated nightmares, photography with tags , on September 19, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

As September draws to a close, I’m always tempted to shift into full Halloween mode (but I try to restrain myself because, surprisingly, not everyone is obsessed with Halloween). Let’s start setting the mood with some evocative photography from digital photography artist Stefano Bonazzi.

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These strange portraits traverse the ominous open fields and enclosed spaces of a nightmare world.
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All of the characters are masked, mysterious, alienated; they conjure an odd sense of unease in the viewer.
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We find beauty, subdued and obscured…
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…identities lost…
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…a sense of the subject being consumed.
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Check out Stefano Bonazzi’s work and feed your nightmares.

Desktop Goodies 9/9

Posted in 80's, absurd, Books, candy coated nightmares, dolls, ephemera, humor, monsters, photography, retro, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 9, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

McDonald’s Icecapades…how was this not traumatizing for children (or was it)?
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This looks like the Codex Gigas.
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And then we have the Holy Bible, which apparently has a wider readership than I had suspected…
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Seduction for Dummies (*groan*).
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Make sure you order a DIET soda with this to save calories.
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Puts things in perspective, no?
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So true…
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A dinosaur’s preferred travel method.
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I wish I did!
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I couldn’t find an artist for this image anywhere. Any ideas?
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Ah, finally a realistic series.
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Pants on fire!
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Stefano Cerio: Winter Aquapark

Posted in candy coated nightmares, decay, photography with tags , , on August 27, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Stefano Cerio has an interesting photo series taken at a water park in China during the off season (that anthropomorphic mile high sandwich with all the fixin’s, including…goldfish…is tops!).

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Cerio’s photos remind me of Banksy’s new creation, Dismaland (which is excellent and may get its own post, but I’m skipping it for now due to the massive coverage it’s already getting).
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Stark, raw, real…stripped to bone without the hoards of happy travelers that pepper the grounds in warmer weather…we see the gloomy haze of winter transform these attractions into something disquietingly lackluster.
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Leslie Ditto

Posted in art, candy coated nightmares, surreal with tags , , on May 30, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Ironically, I haven’t posted about many of my very favorite artists here. I tend to post new links as I come across them, or scan the hundreds of websites in my bookmark queue. Artists like Leslie Ditto have been bookmarked in my “artist” folder (a separate entity with upwards of 1,000 links) for many years and consequently, despite their brilliance, get glossed over.

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But who could not adore her beautiful candy coated nightmares?
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I was lucky enough to see this one in person at a group show:
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Amazing stuff.

Leslie Ditto

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