art-and-furyKris Kuksi - detail sculpture. Ode to Herculaneum

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Bruce Conner, Sound of Two Hand Angel (Detail), 1974

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Antoine Bruy - Scrublands 

"From 2010 to 2013, I hitchhiked throughout Europe with the aim of meeting men and women who made the radical choice to live away from cities…"

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"A Lungless Laugh" - Inspired by the short story "A Warning to the Curious" by M. R. James.  I haven’t been sharing many of the paintings I’ve been making in this M. R. James series because they’ve become part of a secret project that I’m extremely excited to see come to fruition, but I had to post this ghoul because I like how it turned out, it’s from my favorite James story, and also to start the Halloweening season off on the right foot !


Theater Series | Hiroshi Sugimoto | Socks Studio

Starting in the late 1970s, Hiroshi Sugimoto took pictures of cinemas interiors and drive-ins with the aim of encapsulate the whole lenght of a movie in a single shot. He left the camera shutters open throughout the running of a movie and the glowing screen of the cinemas was left as a trace on each take. A somehow uncanny light resonates in the dark cinema halls. At a further glance, this central light ethereally underlines the rich architectural details of the theater interiors. You might want to confront Sugimoto’s work with Michael Wesely’s, a photographer that uses to take photographs featuringi  3 years long exposures: read “The passing of time“, (on Socks).

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Hassan Massoudy(Iraqi, b.1944)

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© van veen, siepermann, bacher


Don’t you dare forget this evening because I certainly will not. Good night, gentlemen. [clicks his heels] DOLF IS RIGHTEOUS!

Dolf is Alfred’s Archenemy and first appears in episode 4. In the first episode Dolf’s parents, a crow and a blackbird, can be seen making disparaging comments on the eggs of Alfred’s mother. Both are dressed in traditional German garment. The father wears Lederhosen, a feathered hat and, in the Dutch original, speaks with a heavy German accent, while Dolf’s mother is seen in a dirndl outfit.

Dolf gradually develops from a mere naughty schoolboy, to a merciless dictator, an arms dealer, a reckless politician, and overall criminal. Though the show clearly portrays Dolf’s acts as inherently negative and wrong, it also provides the background on how Dolf became who he is. For example, when a child, Dolf is prone to blame others for problems in which he too played a role. Dolf mentions that his mother died very early and that his father neglects him due to alcoholism. Dolf can also be seen to express a sense of self hate and poor self image; as he is disgusted by the fact that he is only part crow, and paints his orange beak black to disguise his true identity. When Alfred accidentally finds out about this, he cannot understand why Dolf is so ashamed and urges him to drop the secret and tell others about it. Dolf however is petrified and convinced that his friends will make fun of him, and makes Alfred swear he will never tell anyone about it.

Episode 22 through 25 are essentially an allegory of the rise and fall of Fascism/Nazism, with Dolf himself, though wearing a Napoleonic uniform, as a clear caricature of Adolf Hitler. It begins with Dolf returning from abroad, in a train with Austrian markings, and meeting up with his friends. He then discusses the current political climate in Great Waterland, and expresses disgust of it. Dolf then decides to found a political party, the later National Crows Party, for which he goes to Alfred to lend money. He explains his ideas, but Alfred refuses and Dolf barges out of Alfred’s house in a fit of rage. Alfred and Henk express their fear of Dolf, but Henk reassures Alfred that Dolf will never gather enough money to fund his intended party. Not much later however, Dolf inherits a huge fortune. He founds his party, which through promising employment and change, quickly becomes a major and powerful political movement. Dolf eventually stages a coup d’etat and takes over the country. Political opponents, including Alfred, are imprisoned on the charge of high treason. Alfred and his friends barely escape and flee abroad to the neighboring country of Great Reedland. Not much later the King of Great Waterland himself flees as well, and Dolf proclaims himself Emperor Dolf I. (x)

My ship! My ship! My beautiful new boat!


The time setting of the cartoon is somewhat surreal. On the whole the technology and dress of most characters seems appropriate to the late 20th century, and yet Alfred and Paljas/Boffin often travel in a spaceship with a technology far more advanced than that, while many characters such as the King’s staff, Scratchpaws the cat, and Dolf in his Napoleonic incarnation wear clothes more appropriate to previous ages. Other surreal elements to the cartoon include such strange characters as the evil genie of the bottle, living chess pieces from Alfred’s chess game, Pied Piper style Clown On The Moon, and aliens who appear like ducks except for their human-style feet, and a “dream” style Wild West episode during which Dolf seems to become aware that he is a character in a cartoon. (x)