Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Mighty Boosh

Surreal English insanity. This show is so very incoherent it makes the plot line of Family Guy look like Shakespeare, yet there is something engrossing about the surreal ramblings that just draw in the audience. So interpret it as you will enter the realm of the mighty boosh.

South Park Rules

Just putting it out there, South Park is amazing. I have seldom found any funnier social commentary that straddles all sides of the issue, the animation is singular and memorable and if you don't like it that makes me sad.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Offensive=Art ?

Artist Paul McCarthy recently made a giant inflatable dog turd sculpture. Why is this art? Is this art simply because it offends the sensibilities of people who do not want to have a giant inflatable dog turd in their face? It also proved to be a safety hazard when it blew away from the Swiss museum it was at in a storm and ended up in the yard of a children's home. I don't consider this to be art. What does this make me think about? How does this make me consider the piece? It's a giant inflatable shit for crying out loud! Just because something is offensive should not mean it is automatically art.

H.R. Giger

Everyone is familiar with H.R. Giger, even if they may not know it. Have you every seen the iconic science fiction movie Alien? The you know well the works of Giger. His work seems to appear to be an amalgam of flesh and machine. His work often appearing in very dark colors, close to greyscale, and having everything very elongated and ribbed with pipes and fittings appearing very surreal. In fact Giger has been described as a surrealist artist. You can see his work either by searching the internet or at his website here. A lot of his work seems to have sexually explicit overtones, and many people are put off by the sometimes disturbing nature that his work takes on. I like his work for a couple of reasons. One, the Alien would never have been the same without him, and two I like the surreal quality his work has. The blending of machine and man make his work interesting to look at even though the sexual nature is often disturbing and very explicit. If you want to see an example of the more disturbing work click here, but know that I have warned you.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Skwisgaar Skwigelf, Toki Wartooth, William Murderface, Pickles the Drummer, Nathan Explosion. They are the most brutal metal band of all time. Millions flock to the remotest parts of the world to hear them play just one song, thousands are killed and it's all just a cartoon. For those who are not familiar with Dethklok, they are the metal band from the Adult Swim cartoon Metalocalypse. What does this have to do with art? Well if you watch the cartoon, the style of animation presents itself with a very distinctive feel. The characters are quite clearly cartoons, yet the realist of the movements, the speech and the attention to detail in finger placement during guitar solos makes it a very unique show. This dichotomy allows you to blur the line between cartoons and reality. The cartoon is also a satire of popular culture, which can be quite scathing at times. I believe that this causes people to think about the meaning of the show therefore making it, in my mind, art. When you look at some of the full music videos you can see some very interesting stylistic choices with placement and juxtaposition of images. You can see a music video for Bloodrocuted here. The quality is poor, but it may give some insight into the style of the videos