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 War Games31 comments
picture25 Jul 2006 @ 00:53, by i2i. Visual Arts, Graphics
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 I wanted to add some pictures.16 comments
picture24 Feb 2006 @ 21:00, by poetsong. Visual Arts, Graphics
Digital art is relatively new and who knows where the boundaries will end, especially with 3-D potential. When I create digital pieces, I prefer to begin with something living or a beautiful piece of landscape rather than a color palate, and then build around it. At times I'll leave traces of a mountain or leaf within an abstract picture, tying the art to reality.

Here is a piece of art in progress.  More >

 The Strange Circumstances of the Jade Phoenix Medallion6 comments
6 Feb 2006 @ 06:58, by skookum. Visual Arts, Graphics
I have no pic yet.  More >

 Mohammed Cartoons926 comments
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3 Feb 2006 @ 00:25, by ming. Visual Arts, Graphics
So, I mentioned the controversy about a Danish newspaper having published some Mohammed cartoons, which has created a huge negative response across the Muslim world. You know, Danish people being beaten up, Red Cross workers having to return home, countries closing their embassies, terrorist groups issuing death threats, etc.

French newspaper France Soir printed the cartoons recently, in the name of freedom of expression. The Egyptian owner of the paper fired the Editor in Chief. The employees of the paper got together and are demanding that he'll reinstate him.

It seems to be a very hot issue as well here on my little blog. Several thousand people more than normal came by here in the last two days. Some of them were Muslims trying to explain their righteous anger. Some of them were folks looking for an opportunity to bash Muslims. Some of them were Danes who're puzzled about the whole thing, and explaining what really happened.

I didn't see the actual cartoons before now. And, sheesh, I'm glad I found them. No wonder the Danish people are puzzled about what all the bruhaha is about. Because one would have to be extraordinarily vigilant or imaginative to find anything offensive about them. Essentially, like you might draw Jesus as a longhaired guy in sandals, you'd probably draw Mohammed as a guy with a beard and a turban. Duh. And most of the cartoonists here took the task in a tongue-in-cheek self-deprecating way. Like, the one above there. The text says "Hmmm, I can't quite seem to recognize him". A sort of comment on the fact that Mohammed rarely is pictured, so the blondehaired Danish guy can't really pick him out. Disrespectful? Why?

The only one of the pictures that even could be construed as offensive would be the one showing a guy with fanatical eyes and a turban in the shape of a bomb. Shouldn't really be a surprising choice to anybody, as a lot of what one hears about Muslims is fanatical people blowing themselves and others up as suicide bombers in the name of their religion. The drawing captures what mood one might imagine such people to have. Is that some kind of condemnation of all Muslims? I don't see it that way.

I suppose that the people who're so upset probably haven't seen any of the cartoons at all. And probably will close their eyes if they see this posting here.

I'm not religious, but I can imagine the point of a rule against the depiction of some religious figure. To avoid idolatry. I.e. that people start worshipping the picture of something or someone, rather than dealing directly with it. Aha. Well, seems like the opposite happened here. People are worshipping the lack of a picture, and rioting against pictures, and worshipping all sorts of interpretations, rather than just listening to what the man actually was saying. Or maybe he just wanted them to listen to God, rather than starting to worship him, which also sounds reasonable enough. But, again, the opposite is what happened.

Also, check out the Mohammed Image Archive. See, of course it isn't the first time that somebody drew a picture of Mohammed. There are lots of pictures, including some by Muslims, including pictures on magazine covers, in books, on paintings, etc. It is just that none of those created any kind of similar uproar.  More >

 Horizon5 comments
picture1 Feb 2006 @ 05:19, by koravya. Visual Arts, Graphics
Twice a Day Dawn.  More >

 Graham Seidman, Beat Photographer passes Dec 19/05
picture20 Dec 2005 @ 17:47, by judih. Visual Arts, Graphics
Graham first started photographing Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso back in the late 50's in Paris. He was there as a Vet, living as an ex-pat, in the Beat Hotel.

I first met him on Litkicks.com [link], a site that was then dedicated to the Beats and all that surrounded them. Now it's changed format, but there are still rich archives of Action Poetry, articles about Ginsberg, Kerouac, Corso and Kesey, to mention a few.

Graham Seidman was a brother to me, a cousin, a relative, a true blood connection. That's how it felt, anyway, from the first time I asked him to share his photography to the active e-mail interaction we shared. He was putting together a book of his stories and often I'd get to proof-read. (How I loved it when he asked if I'd care to see his latest story!)

When we walked the Village in NYC that summer of 2003, he told me tales of Ginsberg picking up one-night stands and the irrepressible Corso, who would just leave the flat and come back with beautiful women who offered to pay his rent. Unfortunately, I had no tape recorder so I had to write it all down from memory a few days later. He corrected every detail before he let me post it on Litkicks. How I wish I'd taped him.

He was a sweet, brilliant man. Highly political, blessed with amazing good sense and courage. He went from American to Parisian to Puerto Rican to Floridian.

He was a man who could not resist a triple-thick pastrami sandwich, and me, my partner and my son dug into impossible sandwiches with him at the 2nd Avenue Deli. I took his picture, he took mine. That's him you see wondering if his camera was going to cooperate at the very moment he was hoping to strut his lens for us.

I wonder if his family will carry on with his projects - photography exhibits, including huge photo montages of the holocaust, and his book of Beat Tales.

Here's a link to an article I wrote of our meeting that day, posted at Litkicks:
Graham Seidman

and here's the link to a site I put up for him to preserve his photos and stories: Graham Seidman's Eye on the Beats There you can see the famous Beat Walk for those who want to visit Paris and see the sites.

Maybe Jeff Starrs ran into him one day. I believe he and Nicole, a sculptress, hung out in Toulousse.

Rest in peace, dear Graham.
Zichrono l'vracha.
May his memory be blessed  More >

 Seven of Cups3 comments
picture19 Oct 2005 @ 04:36, by uncleremus. Visual Arts, Graphics

Divinatory Meaning: Dreams, castles in the air. Illusionary success. Selfish dissipation; deception.

Reversed: Good resolutions. Slight success must be followed up. New will and determination.  More >

 Utata.org - photography takes us back to basic truths
picture18 Oct 2005 @ 05:54, by judih. Visual Arts, Graphics
This is simply a beautiful place to chill, come back to basics and feast your eyes and mind. The ultimate relax.

Utata.org offers brilliant photographic essays and collective projects. Check it out:[link].

Take a nap [link]

by Catherine Jamieson.

Or walk in the Rain[link] with Greg Fallis.

But my favourite so far is the activating Verbiage [link], photographs of verbs.

Take a look at Shaking on your right. Excellent. Click over.
[link].

best to you all,

judih  More >

 NightLightAmerica3 comments
picture22 Sep 2005 @ 04:56, by koravya. Visual Arts, Graphics
And if the Light should flicker,
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Well, who knows what then?  More >

 So it is...2 comments
picture 11 Jun 2005 @ 08:18, by skookum. Visual Arts, Graphics
Pic.. by me.. (c) 2005 Marissa A Spencer

so it is.. often so.. we lead each other in turn.. to places we've never been  More >



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