November 15, 2012
November 13, 2012
Stumbled on this artist while googling another Frank Mechau, one who illustrated a book by Aldington in 1931.
See Frank crouching in front of a mural sketch.
November 11, 2012
October 30, 2012
During the hurricane (not so bad in Philly) I posted some NASA photos of past storms on But Does it Float. (Unusually topical for me, I know.) I used a Goethe quote found in Auden's A Certain World: A Commonplace Book. Here's the full quote:
Many years ago, as now, my mind strove with eager delight to study and discover the creative life of Nature. It is eternal unity in manifold manifestation; the great is little, the little is great, and everything after its kind; ever changing and yet preserving itself, near and far, and far and near, and so shaping and re-shaping itself—to marvel at it is what I am here for.
The reason why I prefer the society of nature to any other is that nature is always right and the error, if any, can only be on my side. But if I hold converse with men, they will err, then I will, and so on forever, and we never get to see matters clearly.
Everything factual is, in a sense, theory. The blue of the sky exhibits the basic laws of chromatics. There is no sense in looking for something behind phenomena: they are theory.
On the next page Auden gives a fun Lichtenberg aphorism:
If nature be regarded as the teacher and we poor human beings as her pupils, the human race presents a very curious picture. We all sit together at a lecture and possess the necessary principles for understanding it, yet we always pay more attention to the chatter of our fellow students than to the lecturer's discourse. Or, if our neighbor copies something down, we sneak it from him, stealing what he himself may have heard imperfectly, and add to it our own errors of spelling and opinion.Image: Hurricane Dean, 2007, NASA
October 28, 2012
October 26, 2012
|Harmony Music, 1998|
|Southern Region Series -Static Cloud, 1998|
|Southern Region Series - Nocturne, 2000|
|Magic Dance, 1998|
Chinese, b. 1964 Born in the hometown of prints, Yunnan in 1964. Zhang is a talented painter. He graduated in fine arts department from Yunnan Arts University. He had been vice-director in fine arts department of Yuxi Normal University, he is currently the vice-principal of Nieer Arts University. His way of creating is passionate but conscientious and careful at the same time. The style is simple but touching. He constantly conveys the characteristics of people, events, places and objects that he'd experienced vividly through his tactful academic skills. No matter in China or abroad, we could find his gorgeous work in many significant architectures. He's one of the artists whose works are quite popular for collection. Zhang is still in his summer of life, won several important art prizes in these years. All reveals his infinite artistic potential. In 1998, his oil painting works participate in "Art Taipei 98", in 2004, Zhang participated in the first Gallery Fair in Beijing. In 2006, he's one of the invited artists of Munich oil paintings exhibition and held "Revitalized Homeland-Zhang Handong Solo Exhibition" in Taipei.
October 24, 2012
October 23, 2012
October 20, 2012
October 19, 2012
October 12, 2012
Some freakier leftovers from my big 50 Watts post of
compliments Josef Skrhola
August 30, 2012
May 13, 2012
May 7, 2012
|China Sketch, January 1937|
"Santa Claus delivers a new child into a world of violence and death"
Illustrator: Zhu Jin-lou
|Modern Sketch, November 1935|
|China Sketch, November 1936|
"China as sleeping giant. 'Give me Liberty or Death.'"
Illustrator: Li Xuan
|"A Typical Chinese," 1936 photomontage|
|"Assorted Pictures from the North," 1934|
Photomontage artist: Fen Zi-li