Category Archives: Art

Enigmatic, Elegaic, Extraordinary

It’s called “Tales From The Loop”. It has taken several forms: an art book, a role-playing game, and now a TV miniseries of eight episodes available on Amazon Prime Video. It’s a world that has emerged from the imagination of … Continue reading

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Erwin Olaf: I Am

My blog post about the photographer Jimmy Nelson reminded me to write a post about another photographer whose work I really like: Erwin Olaf. There’s recently been a major exhibition of his work in two museums in The Hague, and … Continue reading

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Steve Ditko

The Guardian reports today that Steve Ditko has died aged 90. He was one of the great comic book artists. I remember as a boy going round the corner to the newsagents in Walpole Avenue, in Douglas, Isle of Man, … Continue reading

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The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

As well as visiting the Crawick Multiverse last week, I also visited another of Charles Jencks gardens: the Garden of Cosmic Speculation. Whilst both gardens share common themes, and the use of sculpted landforms, there were also marked contrasts between … Continue reading

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Note To Self…

…wait until after the 7th September 2014 before visiting the Rijksmuseum. Why? Because until then, my least-favourite philosopher, Alain de Botton, has apparently filled the Rijksmuseum with giant Post-it notes of his own. It doesn’t sound promising: De Botton’s evangelising … Continue reading

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Indistinguishable From Magic

Arthur C. Clarke once wrote: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. That’s the thought behind this video: Box. (hat tip: Richard Wiseman)

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A Talent is Lost

The sculptor and designer Graeme Gilmour has died far too early at the age of 48. I never had the privilege of seeing any of his outdoor theatre events, but I treasure my evening in the Amsterdam Schouwburg theatre watching … Continue reading

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The Grand Reopening

I’ve always enjoyed visiting the Rijksmuseum, the grand old lady of Amsterdam’s many museums. However, she’s been closed since 2003 for a refurbishment that was supposed to have been completed in 2006. Here we are in 2013, and she’s about … Continue reading

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Carmen – “Habanera”

…as you’ve never seen it before…   Strangely, I seem to have remembered the same odd places from the 1970s as well… August Schram – clearly someone who has the same odd recollections, even if he is too young to … Continue reading

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The Lady With An Ermine

The UK’s National Gallery has just opened a major exhibition of Leonardo Da Vinci’s works. It’s a blockbuster, completely sold out, and the buzz has also reached the Netherlands, with articles in the Dutch press and items in the media. … Continue reading

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Someday, I’ll Go Back To Heaven

A large package was delivered yesterday morning. It turned out to be a work of art. My dearest friend, Len Curran, had, amongst his many other talents, an eye for Art. Many was the time during his travels abroad that … Continue reading

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Hannes Bok

I made a connection today. Between the artist called Hannes Bok, who produced some rather unsettling art, and the man called Hannes Bok who possibly died of starvation.

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“Up-to-the-minute 17th Century Technology”

I blogged a couple of weeks ago about the theatrical magic of Frankenstein. I regret that I haven’t made the effort to see earlier broadcasts of NT Live. And one production that I hope will be broadcast for NT Live … Continue reading

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The Story of Wind and Mr. Ug

Vi Hart describes herself as a recreational mathematician. She’s also a pretty good storyteller, as evinced by this little tale set on a topologically challenging world.

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A Day Out

Yesterday I left Martin in charge of the dogs while I travelled to Rotterdam for a day out with a couple of old colleagues. I arrived at midday, and the original plan was to stroll from Central Station down to … Continue reading

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Through A Glass, Darkly

A web site that I often visit is Golden Age Comic Book Stories. The curator (Mr. Door Tree) often amazes me with visual treasures from comic book art and book illustrations. Today, I see that he has another serving of … Continue reading

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Dench Sequence

I am not good at art. Therefore it is humbling to see how an artist creates an image that resonates. Here’s Derren Brown’s time-lapse portrait of Dame Judy Dench. Personally, I think it’s a stunning piece – almost, but not … Continue reading

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Lesbian Robots

What an extraordinary video…       Quite beautiful.

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A Plug for a Plug

Bloody brilliant. One of those "why didn’t I think of that?" moments. I hope Min-Kyu Choi makes a fortune.

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If A Building Could Dream…

Interesting art installation… 555 KUBIK | facade projection | from urbanscreen on Vimeo.  Hat tip to Rationally Speaking.

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