Monday, October 31, 2022

Happy Halloween 2022!

Happy Halloween!

The night is still
And the frost, it bites my face
I wear my silence like a mask
And murmur like a ghost

"Trick or treat"
"Trick or treat"
The bitter and the sweet

The carefree days are distant now
I wear my memories like a shroud
I try to speak, but words collapse
Echoing, echoing

"Trick or treat"
"Trick or treat"
The bitter and the sweet

I wander through your sadness
Gazing at you with scorpion eyes
Halloween... Halloween

A sweet reminder in the ice-blue nursery
Of a childish murder, of hidden lustre
And she cries

"Trick or treat"
"Trick or treat"
The bitter and the sweet

I wander through your sadness
Gazing at you with scorpion eyes
Halloween... Halloween

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Friday, October 28, 2022

BEAUTY: Art--Misc. Skulls And Skeletons For Halloween

Top to bottom: Feng (study) by Scott Prior; La Petite Mort by Megan Ellen MacDonald; Skull Study, 1880-81 by Karl Stauffer-Bern; Skeletons Playing Pool, artist unknown; Stop Running and The Empty Room by Mia Bergeron; The Visit by Juan Soriana; Memento Mori (hand-dyed wool and brass mounted to wood) by Lana Crooks; Punk by Scott Daniel Ellison

Thursday, October 27, 2022

BEAUTY: Painting For Halloween--John Spinks

I love the whimsical skeletons of John Spinks. But I especially love the one on crutches...

John Spinks is represented by Tillou Fine Art.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022


Argentinian collage artist MUMI uses vintage, antique, and even ancient imagery to create wonderful, layered works that feel like Medieval and Renaissance portraiture but through a skewed, surreal lens.

Top to bottom: A orillas del cielo; Dreamland; El huésped; Guardián de las cenizas; Healing Nature; Insomnia; Magma Melting; Magnificent Nature; Mi jardín primitivo; The Search

You can buy prints and more at MUMI's sites (links at this Instagram page):

Friday, October 21, 2022

Just watched...

..."Moonage Daydream," the David Bowie film directed by Brett Morgen.

As a life-long David Bowie fan, I was looking forward to this film but was not quite prepared for the form it took, and director Morgen has accomplished quite a feat of filmmaking. It's not a bio-pic (no actor plays Bowie), and it doesn't quite feel like a documentary either (there are no talking-head interviews with contemporaries or friends or family of Bowie, and no review of his life)--yet, fittingly, it is the first feature to be fully authorized by the Bowie estate. But if it's not those things, then what is it?

As its name suggests, this is less of a film and much more of a dream, an hallucination, a prayer. Presenting images and songs somewhat in chronological order, the only voice for a narrative is Bowie's own. Through a mix of what sound like pensive recordings Bowie made himself and press interviews, we hear him musing on profound, spiritual, and existential questions. Of course anyone who ponders such questions feels those questions deeply, through their soul. And that is where the impulse, the elan to create lies. It is a disarming and unexpectedly intimate experience listening to Bowie speak this way, and reflect on how his own spirit and mind evolved by allowing himself to evolve as an artist. And all while watching a swirling kaleidoscope of Bowie's many looks and characters--including a glimpse into the Bowie archive of five million different items, paintings, drawings, recordings, photographs, films ("The Man Who Fell To Earth," "Just A Gigolo," Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence," "The Hunger," and rare clips of Bowie on stage in the Broadway production of "The Elephant Man"), and journals--along with relevant stock footage and film clips from sources as varied as the 1922 "Nosferatu," the 1928 "The Passion of Joan of Arc," Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel's 1929 short masterpiece "Un Chien Andalou," "The Wizard of Oz," "2001: A Space Odyssey" (not "Oddity"), and "A Clockwork Orange."

And naturally we get to hear Bowie's music but what struck me was the mash-ups of songs with studio versions, live versions, remixes...and the juxtapositions between songs, all beautifully produced by longtime Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti.
The result is a glorious, impressionistic reverie of color, shape, and sound...or "Sound and Vision"...

Recommend? Yes, absolutely. Especially if you are a Bowie fan. And if you are unfamiliar (and, perhaps through no fault of your own, have been living under a rock), you won't get a definitive account of the man and his life...just sit back and take it in. Feel him and experience who he was and is. If you miss it playing at a theatre, not to worry: it will be streaming this coming spring of 2023 on HBO MAX.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

BEAUTY: Ceramics--Takuro Kuwata

The modern, kaleidoscopic, psychedelic tea bowls of Japanese ceramic artist Takuro Kuwata are mesmerizing. His use of platinum as a glaze on these whimsical, alien pieces is particularly stunning.