Category: Art

Midsummer Night Dreaming

The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen, man’s hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report, what my dream was…

Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing circa 1786 by William Blake 1757-1827

Titania and Bottom circa 1790 by Henry Fuseli 1741-1825

Titania-coressing-the-head-of-Bottom-by-Johann-Heinrich-Fuseli

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Ubik makes you feel brand new again

ubik 1st edition

“I am Ubik. Before the universe was, I am. I made the suns. I made the worlds. I created the lives and the places they inhabit; I move them here, I put them there. They go as I say, then do as I tell them. I am the word and my name is never spoken, the name which no one knows. I am called Ubik, but that is not my name. I am. I shall always be.” 

In 2005, Time Magazine named Ubik one of the 100 Best English Language Novels since 1923. The 1969 Doubleday printing is one of the rarest Dick first editions. Since I cannot as of yet afford this coveted item I decided to revamp the iconic cover. It is one of my favorite novels by Philip K. Dick and the original image struck me with its simplicity of design. Here’s my edit:

ubik freelance subversive revamp

Why People Die Forever…

odilon redon melancholy-1876

One time Old Man said to Old Woman, “People will never die.”

Oh! ” said Old Woman, “that will never do; because, if people live always, there will be too many people in the world.”

“Well,” said, Old Man, “we do not want to die forever. We shall die for four days and then come to life again.”

“Oh, no!” said Old Woman, “it will be better to die forever, so that we shall be sorry for each other.”

“Well,” said Old Man, “we will decide this way. We will throw a buffalo chip into the water. If it sinks, we will die forever; if it floats, we shall live again.”

“Well,” said Old Woman, “throw it in.”

Now, Old Woman had great power, and she caused the chip to turn into a stone, so it sank. So when we die, we die forever.

Enter the Void

Just saw the film Enter the Void recently. Well, it kinda tripped me out.. Labeled a “psychedelic melodrama” by the director Gaspar Noé , it really does uhh pull you into “a void” of sorts. The storyline and character development is sorta sophomoric but that’s not what this film is about. The film lures you in like a nightmare does. What really stays with you is the visual experience and camera work which is certainly out to blow some minds. You get a feel of what it’s like to have an out of body experience and that’s certainly worth admission to visit “the void”. Visually oriented and kinetic, it’s a shame it totally flopped at the box office. Perhaps it just might become a cult film of sorts for all the weird ones staying up late into the night thinking about death and smoking DMT. If you’re up for a trip into the afterlife, have read the Tibetan Book of the Dead and want to see one artists interpretation of what happens when you die, then check it out. Just make sure to watch it real late into the night, alone..