Archive for surreal

In Surrealism, No One Can Hear You Scream

Posted in art, sci-fi, surreal with tags , , on September 8, 2010 by shewalkssoftly

Just wanted to share this wonderful little piece from PARA ABNORMAL.

Magritte meets Alien…perfect.

PARA ABNORMAL previously featured here as part of my Halloween countdown.

Tony Tasset

Posted in sculpture, surreal with tags , on July 20, 2010 by shewalkssoftly

Sculpture time! Tony Tasset’s been making news lately for his giant eyeball sculpture in Chicago.

But that’s only one of his fantastic pieces. Some other favorites of mine:

Blob Monster…

This reminds me of the Seldec Ossuary.

The most defeated Paul Bunyon I’ve ever seen.

See more at the Kavi Gupta Gallery

Fantastic Planet (La Planete Sauvage)

Posted in animation, film, surreal with tags , , on May 7, 2010 by shewalkssoftly

The other day I watched Fantastic Planet (La Planete Sauvage), and I highly recommend it. This 1973 French animation is like the surreal alien lovechild of Dr. Suess and Salvador Dali.

A band of humans — known as Oms — are kept as domesticated pets by an alien race of blue humanoid giants called Traags in director Rene La Loux’s animated sci-fi classic, said to be based on the Soviet occupation of the Czech Republic. The story centers on an Om named Terr, who escapes his subjugation with a Traag learning device and eventually uses it to educate other Oms and incite them to revolt.

It was incredibly interesting to watch a depiction of human beings treated the way we treat our tiny pets (I wish people would be more careful handling little animals!).

I tried to find some good screencaps, but none of these do justice to the fantastical creations in this film.

If you like strange, wonderful things (and old school animation with visual pencil cross hatching!)…see this movie.

Homunculus

Posted in animation, anthropomorphic, candy coated nightmares, film, surreal, video with tags , , , , , on January 10, 2010 by shewalkssoftly

Here is a fantastic little short film from Humble TV.

Conceived of and directed by Sam Stephens, Homunculus is a dark and twisted fable of spontaneous generation and untrammeled id.

Taking its title from the Latin word for “Little Human”, the piece is an associative mashup between the two concepts behind the word: The first being middle-age alchemical beliefs that “little men” could be spontaneous generated from dead or decaying matter. The second being Carl Jung’s usage as a personification of pure id. These ideas, combined with our love of Dutch still life’s “beautiful decay,” sowed the seeds for this unique little monster of a film.

I can’t wait to see what else these guys come up with!

Emma Hack

Posted in art, surreal with tags , on February 19, 2009 by shewalkssoftly

Emma Hack’s body painting works are absolutely unparalleled.

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I’m completely transfixed by the way she blends her subject with the background, morphing them into a single entity that seems to shift between two and three dimensions in the observer’s perceptual field.

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Such an incredible eye for artistic reproduction…

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Can you believe it’s only paint?

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See more, and prepare to be amazed.

Giant LEGO Figure Washes Up

Posted in absurd, humor, surreal with tags , , on November 4, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

It took a while for a news story to pop up that rivals my escaped giant feces story in its absurdity. But the weekend brought us…

A Giant Beached LEGO Figure

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It makes me smile to think of ships carrying such ludicrous cargo. I like to believe the entire ship was populated with these giants. Go ahead and indulge in some imaginative hypothetical accounts of this whole story went down.

Chen Changwei: People Belong to Dog

Posted in home, oddities, sculpture, surreal with tags , , , on October 6, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

You really have to see this way to (allegedly) “add stunning originality to your art collection”

Artist Chen Changwei breaks with tradition, reinventing the Chinese zodiac in a series of surrealist busts in the time-honored tradition of p√Ęte de cristal.


“People Belong to Dog,” $12,250.00 (yes, you read that right)

And check out this Special Edition:

“People Belong to Elephant,” $76,500.00 (oh yes, you read THAT right too)

Are there actually people walking this earth who can throw down 76 and half thousand dollars for an elephant bust? Shouldn’t there be professionals to counsel these folks on better spending choices?

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Andrew Huang

Posted in animation, film, surreal with tags , , on September 19, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

Andrew Huang is an artist, animator and director who makes rather impressive short films and music videos.

I just revisited “Doll Face;” a surrealist piece of anthropomorphic tragedy in which a robot struggles to attain a human physical ideal found on TV. Perhaps all young girls should view this short film as a cautionary tale.

The clips in Huang’s Art and Experimental section use film projection to lend life to inanimate sculpture (very cool visual illusions). Simple paper mache and yarn take on life.

I love the creeping branches that give way to…well, something you should see…in the end of All Remote & No Control. This video wonderfully defies time, space, nature and gravity, all with a perfectly apocalyptic color scheme.

Thanks so much for the reminder of Huang’s work, Matt!

Jiri Barta

Posted in animation, film, surreal with tags , , on September 11, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

I’d like to be a fly on the wall in Jiri Barta’s brain (albeit very briefly, for fear of losing my already tenuous grip on reality).

Okay, okay…so I’m actually a very grounded individual. But life hasn’t yet pummeled the imaginative dreamer out of me either.

Hence my love of Barta’s Labyrinth of Darkness; a collection of short stop-motion animation ranging from six to 55 minutes and encompassing many types of mixed media. Amazing diversity of material and style.

I particularly love “The Club of the Laid Off;” a portrayal of a decaying warehouse used as a dumping ground for unwanted dolls and mannequins…who come to life and engage in awkward acts of typical human debauchery. The chipped rotting faces, frozen in painted joy create a clumsy desperate scene.

Honestly, I speak only for myself when praising Barta, knowing full well that creepy surrealist stop-motion does not possess universal appeal. A high tolerance for the strange and unusual is necessary to love his films.

Martin Wittfooth

Posted in art, surreal with tags , on September 10, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

Martin Wittfooth’s surrealist paintings are nothing short of stunning. He has a penchant for plant and animal chimeras, and a tendency to juxtapose nature with the not-so-subtle influence of human destruction and decay.

He also has a few sculptures that are incredibly well done.

I look forward to seeing more of his artwork. I’m very impressed. Have a look!