Monday, May 18, 2009

Urban Exploration #1: Cats, dolls, Stalin etc. (from a Lvivski courtyard)

Urban snapshots taken on whim (click to enlarge)...  

From an old courtyard in the city center:

Location/Time: courtyard B off Khmelnytskoho St., Lviv on 5.17 @ approx. 16:00

The photographer is an armed version of the solitary walker reconnoitering, stalking, cruising the urban inferno, the voyeuristic stroller who discovers the city as a landscape of voluptuous extremes. Adept of the joys of watching, connoisseur of empathy, the flâneur finds the world 'picturesque.'

-Susan Sontag, on how the camera has become the tool of the flâneur

Thursday, May 14, 2009

WATCH: Surrealist stop motion, "Street of Crocodiles" by the Brothers Quay

Going to Drohobych this weekend and it got me to thinking about Drohobychian author/artist Bruno Schultz, which then got me to thinking about the Quay Brothers' stellar interpretation of his novella, Street of Crocodiles.

Set in the author's home town during the interwar years, when there was forced assimilation and a growing consumer culture, it is a surreal analysis of a spiritually bankrupt society. And the film is a barren and highly stylized exploration of the novel's desperate psychologies:

Street of Crocodiles (1986) 1/2

Street of Crocodiles (1986) 2/2

SEE ALSO: Tool's reworking of the Quay Brother's imagery

Prison Sex (1995)

SOVIET ANIMATION: Hedgehog in the Fog (1975) by Yuriy Norshteyn

LOOK: Naïve artist, Nikifor from Krynika

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

"Delinquent School Girl 2" or "Anya's First Bardo"

Original Delinquent School Girl

Delinquent School Girl 2 is the first in an ongoing series, called Anya's Bardos. Watch as she begins her travels through time, space and memory...

Stay tuned to see where the street car takes her....

Saturday, May 9, 2009

LOOK: Nasty Lvivski graphic artist, Volodomir Pinigin

Stumbled upon some prints of his etchings at a gallery yesterday. And they are just plain nasty: Giger bio-machines and Arcimboldo veggie head reversals collide in surreal, sometimes gestalt compositions. Excuse the generic description (it does no justice), but not much by way of background information for me to offer, nothing online in English. Check him out (click to enlarge):

More here

LOOK: Lvivski cult graphic artist, Bohdan Soroka
LOOK: Naïve artist, Nikifor from Krynica (Poland)
LOOK: Neoprimitive artist, Nikolai Nedbailo from Moscow