Archive for May, 2015

Miran Kim

Posted in art, surreal with tags , on May 31, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

To day I bring you a few selections from Miran Kim.

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This one reminds me of myself as a little girl, staring precociously into the strange Rorschach blots of my surroundings, flying pig in tow…because I always believed in the impossible.
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Have you ever wondered…does the soul taste like peppermint?
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Whatever this frigid monster is…I love it.
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Miran Kim

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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.

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Anthony Howe

Posted in sculpture with tags on May 29, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Many thanks to my friend Burton for introducing me to Anthony Howe, whose kinetic sculptures will make you feel like you’re looking at awe inspiring alien beings.

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They stand alone as quality art in a still frame…but you must watch them move and come alive.
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No really…watch.

Check out the rest!

Hoang Tien Quyet

Posted in craft, paper with tags , on May 28, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

We’ve all seen traditional crisp, pointy origami figures defined by their straight lines and sharp edges. Hoang Tien Quyet uses wet folding to bring some soft curvature to his creations.

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This technique seems to bring these creatures extra dimension, life…personality.
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Has anyone ever tried wet fold origami?

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Edward Pustovoitov

Posted in art, surreal with tags , on May 27, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Though many people conceptualize “paradise” as some variety of tropical oasis, my vision is always more akin to glowing wooded areas. They feel so rich with life, and so inviting…

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Russian surrealist painter Edward Pustovoitov clearly has a gift for nature scenes, but he also paints impossible vignettes that trick the mind’s eye…
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…and images that grab the viewer emotionally. There is some ineffable quality in this woman’s expression that really captivates me.
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A traveler in strange lands…
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Edward Pustovoitov

Camille Rose Garcia: Mirror, Black Mirror

Posted in art, Books, candy coated nightmares, wish list with tags , , , on May 26, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Camille Rose Garcia has come out with a new book. All of her books are phenomenal, and Mirror, Black Mirror is another example of her inimitable creation.

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From the publisher:
Mirror, Black Mirror is the long-awaited monograph from artist Camille Rose Garcia. The paintings in this book represent a dynamic period in the artist’s life when Garcia fled the confines of LA and relocated to a cabin in the woods. The creative transformation that came as a result of this change is clearly reflected in an awakening of color and a new approach to pattern while still retaining Garcia’s beloved signature style.
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Garcia blends pop culture references with a satirical slant on modern society. Her layered, broken narrative paintings of wasteland fairy tales are influenced by William Burroughs’ cut-up writings and surrealist film, as well as vintage Disney and Fleischer cartoons, acting as critical commentaries on the failures of capitalist utopias.
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Mirror, Black Mirror

Return of the Hatbox Ghost!

Posted in death, decay, skulls and skeletons with tags , , , on May 25, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Long Forgotten, a one stop shop for the Internet’s most interesting and thorough Haunted Mansion history, recently announced the return of the beloved Hatbox Ghost.

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His glowing head moves from it’s rightful spot into the hatbox he carries.
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It would have been amazing if they used actual props to create the face, as opposed to computer graphics…but they did stay pretty faithful to the original character (isn’t this one of the best ghosts ever?).
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I’ve previously posted about Hatbox Ghost here and here.

See more info and bonus facts on Long Forgotten.