Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Metamorphosis: Fantasy Visions in Starewitch, Švankmajer and the Quay Brothers


This video explores last years exhibit featuring the works of master stop motion animators Ladislas Starevich, Jan Svankmajer and the Quay Brothers.


"Metamorphosis presents the works of four key figures in the field of animated films: the pioneering Polish animator (born in Russia) who made his home in Paris, Ladislas Starewitch (1882-1965), the Czech master, Jan Švankmajer (1934), and the Quay Brothers (1947), who were born in Pennsylvania but have lived in London for the past three decades. Three unique filmographies that, nonetheless, have a great deal in common: an eccentric universe of slumber where innocence, cruelty, voluptuousness, magic and madness coexist. A troubling, poetic, lucid and, at times grotesque, at times phantasmagorical, landscape of people who love the unproductive and futile." - quote taken from the CCCB webpage devoted to the exhibit.

"After I went to Prague to suggest the show to him, Švankmajor wrote me this wonderful letter saying that he envisaged it like a huge cabinet of curiosities. He said, 'at museums you learn things, but with a cabinet of curiosities you experience them'. Museums tend to impose a 'rational' order on exhibits by putting the same sort of things together, we wanted to juxtapose different kinds of objects: a Goya print with a shell; a painting with an African mask, inviting imaginative narratives between them. Švankmajer created his own cabinet of curiosities for the show. He brought 150 objects over from Prague that represent some 10% of his own private collection!" - source
  Metamorphosis Exhibit - 1 Metamorphosis Exhibit - 2 Metamorphosis Exhibit - 3 Metamorphosis Exhibit - 4 Metamorphosis Exhibit - 5 Metamorphosis Exhibit - 6 Metamorphosis Exhibit - 7 Metamorphosis Exhibit - 8 Metamorphosis Exhibit - 9 Ladislas Starewitch Jan Svankmajer - Sculpture 1 Jan Svankmajer - Sculpture 2 Jan Svankmajer - Sculpture 3 Jan Svankmajer - Sculpture 4 Jan Svankmajer - Sculpture 5 Photos from the exhibit found here.
Photos of Jan Svankmajer's shell and bone sculptures found here and here.
Additional photos of Svankmajer and Starewitch exhibits found here. 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Otto Neumann

Otto Neumann - Grotesque 8 - Multi-legged Insect Grotesque, 1920-22Multi-legged Insect Grotesque, 1920-22

Otto Neumann - Grotesque 6 - Grotesques with Insect, 1920-22Grotesques with Insect, 1920-22

Otto Neumann - Grotesque 4 - Gladiator Defending Himself in a Boat, 1920-22Gladiator Defending Himself in a Boat, 1920-22

Otto Neumann - Grotesque 5 - Man with Broken Leg in Wheelbarrow, 1920-22Man with Broken Leg in Wheelbarrow, 1920-22

Otto Neumann - Grotesque 12 - Grotesque on Stilts, 1930Grotesque on Stilts, 1930

Otto Neumann - Divine Comedy (Satan) 1927-28Divine Comedy (Satan) 1927-28

Otto Neumann - Divine Comedy (Devis with Barrator) 1927-28Divine Comedy (Devils with Barrator) 1927-28

Otto Neumann - Divine Comedy, (The Opportunits, Smitten by Monstrous Insects) 1927-28Divine Comedy, (The Opportunits, Smitten by Monstrous Insects) 1927-28
 Otto Neumann - Grotesques Biting, late 1920'sGrotesques Biting, late 1920's

Otto Neumann - Dancing Grotesques, 1927Dancing Grotesques, 1927
 Otto Neumann - Figure in a Boat, late 1920'sFigure in a Boat, late 1920's



The black and white scans were taken by me from an old book on Neumann that I dug up in a nearby library. The 3 yellow tinted images were taken from an article on Neumann's grotesque series of works at 50 Watts. Details on the life of Otto Neumann can be found on his Wikipedia page.

Monster Flip Cards

Monster Flip Cards - 1 Monster Flip Cards - 2 Monster Flip Cards - 3 Monster Flip Cards - 4 Monster Flip Cards - 5 Monster Flip Cards - 6 Monster Flip Cards - 7 Monster Flip Cards - 8 From the collection of Donald Deveau.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Anton Pieck

Anton Pieck - Illustration from Grimm's fairy tales,1942 edition (2)Illustration from Grimm's fairy tales, 1942 edition

Anton Pieck - Illustration of Cuchulain from "Heroes Of Mankind," 1941Illustration of Cuchulain from "Heroes Of Mankind," 1941

Anton Pieck - Illustration of Beowulf from "Heroes Of Mankind," 1941Illustration of Beowulf from "Heroes Of Mankind," 1941

Anton Pieck - Illustration of Odysseus from "Heroes Of Mankind," 1941Illustration of Odysseus from "Heroes Of Mankind," 1941

Anton Pieck - illustration from Grimm's fairy tales,1942 edition (1)Illustration from Grimm's fairy tales,1942 edition

Anton Pieck -  Illustration from "The Garden of the Gods, Part I. Battle of Good and Evil," 1939Illustration from "The Garden of the Gods, Part I. Battle of Good and Evil," 1939

Anton Pieck - Illustration of the green monster, from "The Ring Of Seven"Illustration of the green monster, from "The Ring Of Seven"

Anton Pieck - DragonDragon

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Hans Eggimann

Hans Eggimann - King Mammon, 1923King Mammon, 1923

Hans Eggimann - Gossip, 1923Gossip, 1923
 Hans Eggimann - The Creation of Adam, 1923
The Creation of Adam, 1923

Artworks found at Brier Hill Gallery

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Hans Reitz

Hans Reitz - Damned in Hell, 1899Damned in Hell, 1899

Hans Reitz - Night Scene with Goats and Devils, 1898Night Scene with Goats and Devils, 1898

Artworks found at The Morgan Library and Museum.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Henrique Alvim Correa - War Of The Worlds Illustrations, 1906

HENRIQUE ALVIM CORRÊA -he War of the Worlds, L'Vandamme edition announcement poster, 1906
The War of the Worlds, L'Vandamme edition announcement poster, 1906

HENRIQUE ALVIM CORRÊA - L'arrivée des Martiens, from The War of the Worlds, Belgium edition, 1906 (illustration is featured as the title page of Book I - The Coming of the Martians)L'arrivée des Martiens

HENRIQUE ALVIM CORRÊA - Martians Blast House, from The War of the Worlds, Belgium edition, 1906 (illustration is featured in Book I- The Coming of the Martians, Chapter VIII- "Friday Night,")Martians Blast House

HENRIQUE ALVIM CORRÊA - Death of Curate, from The War of the Worlds, Belgium edition, 1906 (illustration is featured in Book I- The Coming of the Martians, Chapter X- "In the Storm,")Death of Curate

HENRIQUE ALVIM CORRÊA - Martians on the Move, from The War of the Worlds, Belgium edition, 1906 (illustration is featured in Book I- The Coming of the Martians, Chapter XII- "What I Saw of the Destruction of Weybridge and Shepperton,")Martians on the Move

HENRIQUE ALVIM CORRÊA - Abandoned London, from The War of the Worlds, Belgium edition, 1906 (illustration from Book II - The Earth Under the Martians, Chapter IX - "Wreckage,")Abandoned London

HENRIQUE ALVIM CORRÊA -Martian Viewing Drunken Crowd, from The War of the Worlds, Belgium edition, 1906 (illustration from Book II - The Earth Under the Martians, Chapter VII - "The Man on Putney Hill,")Martian Viewing Drunken Crowd

HENRIQUE ALVIM CORRÊA - Martians Land, from The War of the Worlds, Belgium edition, 1906 (illustration is featured in Book I- The Coming of the Martians, Chapter III- "On Horsell Common,")Martians Land

HENRIQUE ALVIM CORRÊA - Martian Emerges, from The War of the Worlds, Belgium edition, 1906 (illustration is featured in Book I- The Coming of the Martians, Chapter IV- "The Cylinder Opens,")Martian Emerges

HENRIQUE ALVIM CORRÊA - Martian Gas Cannon, from The War of the Worlds, Belgium edition, 1906 (illustration from Book I- The Coming of the Martians, Chapter XV- "What Had Happened in Surrey,")Martian Gas Cannon