depicted below is the roman catholic illustration of the Egyptian sun god AMON RA as a demon prince, used to help convert non believers this was a common practice to alter other religions gods into demons. they used a combination of animals elements to create an image then pare it with a seal.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Dragonfly in Pacific Northwest Native American art. Dragonflies are symbols of love (Norse mythology) and holiness (China & Japan). Either way, they are symbols of superstition. Chemicals from their bodies are still used as fever reducing drugs.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Francis Ford Coppola meets AA Milne; Marlon Brando meets Winnie the Pooh; Vietnam meets the Hundred Acre Wood. Mexican artist Artemio's new film offers a jarring juxtaposition of mediums, as a cuddly, happy-go-lucky bear is outfitted with the crazed ramblings of Apocalypse Now's Colonel Kurtz. Is it a commentary on the invasion of Iraq, a critique of the entertainment industry's glorification of war, or both? Whatever you take away from this bizarrely affecting film, one thing's for sure: you'll never be able to watch The Tigger Movie in the same way again.
– Rob Hinchcliffe
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Cai Guo-Qiang is one of the most prominent living Chinese artists. Trained in theatre design, in 1999 he won the International Prize at the 48th Venice Biennale. He is best known for his firework-based set-piece installations and for drawings made using ink and gunpowder. In November, a set of 14 untitled drawings by the artist sold at Christie’s, Hong Kong, for £9.5m ($19.1m)—setting a new record for a Chinese contemporary artist at auction. Next month the Guggenheim in New York, will host Cai’s first major retrospective, “I Want to Believe”. The show will coincide with the publication of a limited edition, potentially self-combusting book (nine copies only) entitled Danger Book: Suicide Fireworks, published by Ivory Press and personally annotated by the artist. Cai is currently also serving as artistic director of visual and special effects for the Beijing Olympics this summer alongside film-makers Steven Spielberg and Zhang Yimou who are artistic consultants. His compatriot, artist Ai Weiwei who collaborated on the design of the Olympic “bird’s nest” stadium in Beijing with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, has now disassociated himself from the event, referring to China’s “disgusting” political conditions. Cai declined to answer our questions about Ai Weiwei’s statement or the growing international lobby for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics in protest at the human rights abuses within China and the regime’s support for the Sudanese government.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
EXENE CERVENKA BY WAYNO
Gypsy Café Announces Exhibition of New Works by Wayno
"Animalia Astrologica: The Chinese Zodiac"
Animalia Astrologica is a series of twelve paintings, representing the animal signs of the traditional Chinese zodiac.
The paintings, in Wayno's distinctive cartoon pop style, use a limited palate consisting mainly of the traditional red and gold colors of the Chinese New Year. The animals depicted are anything but traditional – they're shown behaving like Westerners at New Year's time. We see a snake drinking champagne, pigs kissing at midnight, a dragon with a hangover, and an ox making a list of resolutions.
Wayno is a cartoonist, illustrator, and writer based in Pittsburgh. His clients include The New Yorker, Nickelodeon Magazine, Rhino Records, McGraw-Hill Books, Entertainment Weekly, The Guardian, Pittsburgh City Paper, Table, and The New York Times. He is a member of the National Cartoonists Society and the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators, and is a founding board member of the ToonSeum, Pittsburgh's museum of the cartoon arts.
Animalia Astrologica runs from February 5 through March 30, 2008 at the Gypsy Café, located at 1330 Bingham Street on the South Side. The café is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday, and for dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Complete restaurant hours are posted at www.gypsycafe.net
For additional information, call the Gypsy Café at 412-381-4977