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From artist Joe Forkan’s ‘series…

‘…of paintings and drawings exploring layered narratives, using masterpieces of Western art and the Coen Brother’s film The Big Lebowski as a starting point.’

Now that’s an artist’s statement.

Above: paintings based on The Incredulity of St Thomas (Caravaggio, 1602) (1,2); Wanderer Above the Sea Of Fog (Caspar David Friedrich, 1818); Supper at Emmaus (Caravaggio, 1601); Oath of The Horatii (Jacques-Louis David, 1784); The Lamentation (Peter Paul Rubens, 1614) and Portrait of Pablo de Valladolid (Diego Velázquez, 1637).

Original artworks here.



You can count on us.

We lied.

Sibling of Daedalus writes:

Further to your WWI tank competition, a copy of a propaganda poster circulated by the American-Irish Defense Association, an organisation set up in 1940 to argue for American support for Irish participation in the defence of the Atlantic and the British Isles.

Controlled by the British Special Operations Executive, AIDA, as it was known, became the source of mockery in the pro-neutrality paper the Irish World after it published a propaganda paper referring to ‘the Irish Free State’ ‘which hasn’t been for some years’.

A 1941 cable subsequently sent by AIDA to Eamon de Valera calling on him to protect ‘the Atlantic lifeline of civilization’ did not result in any change in neutrality. It seems that America, after all, could not count on the Irish. Nice poster though!

Pic via Ebay

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Take My Lightning But Don’t Steal My Thunder: artist Alex Chinneck’s theatrical painted and carved foam and metal installation at Covent Garden in London: a 40 foot long ‘building (modelled on the original 1830 Covent Garden Market building) whose upper half appears to float above its stone base.

Available to explore until Friday.



My feeling is that as far as creativity is concerned, isolation is required. The creative person is, in any case, continually working at it. His mind is shuffling his information at all times, even when he is not conscious of it. (The famous example of Kekule working out the structure of benzene in his sleep is well-known.)
The presence of others can only inhibit this process, since creation is embarrassing. For every new good idea you have, there are a hundred, ten thousand foolish ones, which you naturally do not care to display.

From a recently unearthed, previously unpublished essay from 1959 by scientist and science fiction writer Isaac Asimov.

READ ON: Isaac Asimov Mulls “How Do People Get New Ideas?” (Technology Review)


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A mesmerising short by underwater photographer Dustin Adamson, filmed during a recent visit to Papua New Guinea featuring the colourful sub aqua shenanigans of the Nudibranch sea slug, to wit:

Nudibranchs are generally small, a bit like a traditional slug. But these slugs are much more interesting that the ones we find in the garden. The different shapes, colors, and sizes make each species of nudibranchs unique. Hopefully with this video that is up close and personal with the nudi’s, you gain the appreciation for their beauty.