not necessarily about everything that i dropped off on the paper!: January 2005

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Feeding the birds

Think I gotta be feeding the birds, so don't really know when my next entry's gonna be posted in here cuz holidays are all over & 2nd semester has just begun too & thus am absolutely flat-out.
Digital Eng, Electromagnetism, Power Conversion, Network & Communication Systems & so on & on.
Hope you all the best.


Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Munch's Scream in cartoons

The famous Norwegian artist, Edvard Munch, painted "Scream" in 1893. It was also made as a lithograph. "Scream" has been described as the boldest expressionistic experiment Munch ever made.
The followings are some cartoonic versions.

Edward Munch's the Scream with Mister Blobby in the background
by Fish-Head

Edward Munch's the Scream Falling down through a plank in the bridge
by Fish-Head

Edward Munch's the Scream hiding in a snorkelling outfit in the water at the back of the painting
by Fish-Head

by Arvid

by Angonoa

by Massoud Ziaei Zardkhashoui / Iran

Munch's Scream

Preface: After I drew The Fetish Scream as my Halloween entry for my blog, my brother who'd seen my work e-mailed me & asked me to write about Scream (preferably on Scream & cartoons) in here, considering the fact that it is undoubtedly a very famous icon of modern art & no wonder why & how it is still being quoted by other artists around the world. So here is a very brief history of Scream on surface:

The Scream (Skrik, 1893) is a seminal Expressionist painting by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. Regarded by many as his most important work, it symbolizes modern man taken by an attack of existential angst. The landscape in the background is Oslofjord, viewed from the hill of Ekeberg. The Norwegian word skrik is usually translated as "scream", but is cognate with the English shriek. The Scream has come more and more to be accepted as Edvard Munch's most significant motif - the very symbol of modern man, for whom God is dead and for whom materialism provides no solace. Munch wrote several versions of a prose-lyrical associated with the motif, one of which reads:
I was walking along a path with two friends - the sun was setting - suddenly the sky turned blood red - I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence - there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city - my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety - and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature.

Edvard Munch
Scream, 1895

In the late 20th century, The Scream acquired iconic status in popular culture. In 1983-1984, pop artist Andy Warhol made a series of silk prints of works by Munch, including The Scream. The idea was to desacralize the painting by devaluating its originality and making it into a mass-reproducible object. However, as remarked above, Munch had already begun that process himself, by making a lithograph of the work for reproduction. Munch translated The Scream into lithograph in 1895 so that it could be reproduced all over the world.

Andy Warhol and Erró are examples of artists who quote Munch's The Scream in a most direct manner. Warhol's 1983 pop version of The Scream is part of a series of silk prints in which he reproduces a number of Munch's main works such as Madonna and The Brooch/Eva Mudocci and Self-Portrait with Skeleton Arm. The Scream possesses special status among these because it stands as an icon of the modern experience of being alone in the crowd. This theme can also be seen as a continuation of a number of Warhol's other themes, which are also centered on death, an example being his Marilyns and Death and Disaster series.

Andy Warhol
Scream, 1984
Synthetic polymer silkscreen print on canvas, 132x96.5cm

As with other masterpieces from the history of art such as Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, Warhol exploits the status of The Scream as an icon, an aspect of the work he underlines by re-using it. Yet at the same time he devalues its originality, because by contrast with the painting, the silk print can be endlessly mass-produced. In the context of the consumer society mimicked by pop-art, he questions art as a consumer product.

Ding Dong, 1979
Acrylics on canvas, 140x130cm

Erró's variations on The Scream are also in the pop genre. Yet by contrast with Warhol's cold aesthetic of the surface, Erró gives his creations a critical and satirical twist. In Ding Dong (1979), he decks Munch's work out in comic-like features. In The Scream, the scream is specifically set against the racket from a group of children in a school playground, while in The Second Scream (1967), the scream has to drown out what is clearly an infernal din from a plane, which becomes a reference to the occupation of Norway and, more generally, to the horrors of World War 2.

The Second Scream, 1967
Acrylics on canvas, 75x85cm

The works' reproduction on all kinds of items, from tee shirts to coffee mugs, bear witness of its iconic status as well as of its complete desacralization in the eyes of today's public. In that respect, it is comparable to other iconic works of art, such as Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. The Scream is an emotionally very potent work, and the banalization of the image in popular culture can be interpreted as an attempt to defuse the feeling of unease it inevitably provokes in the viewer.

The inflatable scream

An American moralist, Robert Fishbone, discovered a gap in the market when in 1991 he started selling inflatable dolls of the central figure in the painting. His St. Louis-based company, On The Wall Productions, has sold hundreds of thousands of them. Critics will observe that by taking the figure out of its context (the landscape), Fishbone has destroyed the unity of Munch's work, thereby neutralizing its expressive force.

As one of very few works of modern art that are instantly recognizable even to people who know very little about art, The Scream has been used in advertising, on television & in cartoons. The work has also fascinated film makers. Ghostface, the crazy slasher in Wes Craven's Scream horror movies, wears a Halloween mask reminiscent of the central figure in the painting. Child actor Macauley Culkin's pose in front of the mirror, in Home Alone by Chris Columbus, also refers ironically to Munch's work.

I will post some cartoon samples related to Scream in my next entry!
For now safe everyone!

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

To unblock Orkut in Iran...

Please spare a minute, click here & sign petition.

David Shrigley


Selected Paintings:

To become more familiar with David & his works,
visit his personal website by clicking on the link below:

Monday, January 10, 2005

DCP narrative / Part 2 ( The Final Part )

...underneath pool tables while trying to bust a move to his favourite James Brown song which was bloody fun to hear & rather smooth like the surface of Venus. Then he tried to hump J-Lo like a dinosaur in front of a street club. A few minutes after he took her to Master's house where she very unexpectedly giggled & asked for curry so Master cooked her some curry but it was too spicy for her & she vomited it all on herself; then Master went crazy & put the rest on her body & started licking it while Biggleworth was just watching so instead of stripping for Biggleworth, she then went down on Master!Full Stop.

by moostive & some other DCPers
Edited by moostive
Thanks to all!

Saturday, January 08, 2005

DCP narrative / Part 1

The other day I robbed a toilet from a restaurant, then played it like a guitar, made pudding out of it afterwards but very suddenly slipped on soap & twisted my ankle so called an ambulance but it was way too late; however I managed to feel better with some ex-lax in carrying out some Chinese food alongside some other toys like legos and dildos & Lincoln logs which I never figured out how I ended up with more than 100 recipes for cooking fried rice that chef had hidden in the back of his pant pockets that I wasn't aware of the big fat mole right next to it on my liver which shaped just like "Star of David" painted with green, white & red & with glitter was a picture of Ben Stiller humping a manikin which was actually made of cactus; but the story's not gonna stop cause in fact Ben Stiller is unquestionably our super-hero with a large harmonica who celebrates Chanukah, but he's also involved with some sort of dancing to polka music that goes like Bibbidy Boppady Boo & talks about having fun with sex dolls & the care bears. His little friend named Mr Biggleworth likes to spin & flirt with monkeys & loves pink with yummy glitter & jerks off while looking at the Barney the dinosaur who's wearing an "I heart Barney" tee-shirt & is also making loads of purple thongs for his mom while beating off some sort of ugly looking picture of fridge magnet which looked like kebab & had a beautiful face like Amy Lee & liked to sing a song About sniffing coke & eating cookies underneath pool tables...To be Continued!

by moostive & some other DCPers
Thanks to all!

Friday, January 07, 2005

The story of my to-do-list

I had to teak so many tasks off my to-do-list today but I very sadly got them all done so quickly just like in a sec, then I just got too bored & sort of depressed as I wasn't sensing anymore tension & I felt there's absolutely no pressure on me at all; but I had to cheer myself up a bit anyhow so went out on my bike to have a ride around the farm but it rained so came back home as fast as I could, however when I got home I was completely wet so not to catch a cold I had to take a hot shower but the heating wasn't working & thus there was no hot water in the pipes, so at that point all I could think of was to call the "British-gas" to send one of their engineers over to get this thing fixed but then I just realized that I can't get any signal on my cell in this place but anyways at the very least I was happy that I was faced with this new problem. I had another task in my to-do-list to accomplish by tomorrow. I simply wasn't bored anymore!

by moostive

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Serdar Chakirer Cartoon Competition

Hah, guys this is weirdly funny.
A friend of mine Khossrow who is a cartoonist & lives in Tabriz/Iran told me that he's seen an old artwork of mine in the book of 2002 Serdar Chakirer cartoon competition, I never knew about it though so when I first heard it I was like "Wow, this is it !", We just celebrated the beginning of the year 2005 & after 3 years I finally got to know that one of my cartoons had been published in Turkey!

Monday, January 03, 2005

Italian mixed herbs

Once upon a time I very suddenly looked through a very, very big white mirror trying to figure out what really was inside my nose which was so badly annoying me that frankly looked like a big lorry I always wanted to ride so to have stimulated my nose somehow in hope of pulling that thing out of it, I picked some berries from my grandma's garden and stuffed it with some sort of Italian mixed herbs which was very strong yet addictive for my nose but however it didn't become useful so found an old dildo then underneath my sister's pillow which was more likely to be a cucumber rather than a dildo that I wanted to pick my nose by, however I took the chance & grabbed the dildo & guess what?! Right now I own my dream lorry!

by moostive & BMW

Sunday, January 02, 2005

As cheesy as possible

Once upon a long, long, ago there was a massively giant rat who liked cheese with chocolate syrup who liked sex with a pillow stained with cum & ketchap sauce. One day another hot massive girl rat burped on ratty, they had hot sex & had babies who got eaten by a fish in a very dark morning. Finally, not surprisingly fish got constipated, then took some laxatives but they didn't help so he died.

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Mark Ryden

Mark Ryden was born on January 20, 1963 in Medford, Oregon, but grew up in Southern California. He received a B.F.A. in 1987 from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

Mark's paintings instantly trigger a warped deja vu. His work recalls a parallel universe of 1950s Golden Books and the whimsy of Lewis Carroll. His cheery bunnies, rendered in the glowing hues of children’s books, are likely to be carving slabs of meat rather than frolicking in the forest. Ryden’s work mingles superb technique with outre images to create a world of strange and disturbing beauty. “At once intriguing and unsettling, baffling and enchanting, [Ryden’s] works ... are subtle amalgams of many sources and influences as wide-ranging as Psychedelic and Vienna School artists Neon Park and Ernst Fuchs, to classical French formalists Ingres and David.”
--Rick Gilbert-Panik

Mark was part of a very creative family. His father, Keith, made his living painting, restoring, and customizing cars. Mark’s mother, Barbara, while dedicated her life to raising her 5 children, was always busy with a creative project and encouraged her children in the pursuit of art. Mark’s older brother KRK, an underground artist notorious in the counter culture, gave Mark an early introduction to art.

Mark’s paintings are treasured by collectors from Australia to Sweden. A few of his clients include Stephen King, Leonardo DiCaprio, Patrick Leonard, Ringo Starr, Danny Elfman, Kirk Hammett, Paul Leary, Chris Carter, Don Was, Kidada Jones, Bridget Fonda, Henry Selik and the famous anti-mogul Long Gone John.

Currently, Mark paints high atop a magic castle in Pasadena, California. You can find him late at night in his studio among his many trinkets, statues, skeletons, saints, and old toys that he collects for inspiration.

Click here for more info!