I made this Vine yesterday at Nowy Wspaniały Świat in Warsaw, where I moved three weeks ago [I’m sorry for not posting lately by the way]. When I accidentally found myself at this place I couldn’t believe my eyes. I was late for concerts and other performance-like events but this so-called Anti-festival lasts without stopping and still some things are happening there right now, at the moment I’m writing this post. Tomorrow they will close the whole building for good. The concept of this ‘art-orgy’ was created by a Kraków-based artist Rom Dziadkiewicz, which is getting more and more famous for organizing such meetings. This 6 sec. Vine loop I made depicts the people I was there with at more or less 4 p.m., when they were slowly putting themselves to sleep. 



Topsy-Turvy World 

This incredible vintage/medieval-styled illustration features fantasy creatures placed in incredible inverse scenarios. The riddle contains 29 inversions. Find them all.

Art project by Sveta Dorosheva.

"Originally from Ukraine and currently based in Israel, Sveta Dorosheva is a freelance illustrator working in the areas of narrative illustration and art for books.

Sveta enjoys traditional drawing by hand, most of her illustrations are works in paper. Her anachronistic style of illustration and symbolic imagery take strong influence from fairy tales, folklore and mythologies.

She considers golden age book illustration to be a huge influence on her work, particularly the illustrations of Edmund Dulac, Kay Nielsen and Harry Clarke. Her research into medieval illuminated manuscripts further informs her visual narrative. Sveta’s intricate compositions reflect her fascination with medieval emblemata and bizarre grotesques. She uses a combination of manuscript decoration and modern day typography to create beautiful lettering and intricate handwritten illustrations. Her detailed illustrations are executed using pen, ink and watercolor or acrylics.”

Tonight we’re gonna look at something different Ladies and Gentlemen. The work you see above is labeled ‘The Fountain Drawings’. They were created by this artist called Mike Bidlo, an appropriationist, at the end of last century (5 years in the making) and they depict Marcel’s Duchamp most famous ready-made sculpture ‘The Fountain' (rejected at the Society of Independent Artists in New York [1917] by an audience that was still suffering indigestion from the work of the impressionists) in an insane number of drawings and paintings. I bought an entire, pretty thick art album devoted to this subject /ISBN 3-905193-43-3/ in 2006 in Paris and it remains the favorite book on my shelf since then. It had a heavy discount, probably noone wanted to buy it. Except me maybe.

Let’s read a short fragment from the introduction: “…The black and white drawings, which can be sorted into subsets according to their styles, are vastly different, with almost infinite variations between accurate representation and gestural expression, from tiny to large, using a multitude of brushes, pencils and media. They range from hasty sketch to heavy gouache to something close to Japanese caligraphy. […] In the imperturbable repetition and variation, there is a spiritual, Zen-like quality. […]”

Later, in a conversation that took place in Bidlo’s studio, between Arthur Danto, Francis Naumann and Mike Bidlo, I found this…

"When I started painting the urinal, I began fixating on the image, free associating with in ways Pollock never did with action painting. That’s because I believe Pollock stopped using automatism once he opted to go completely abstract. Automatism has to be grounded in figurative or narrative content if you want to have psychological meaning. For me the urinal is an ideal subject for that reason. By using an automatic technique it allowed me to interpret in ways Duchamp never explored. In that respect, this series brings Pollock and Duchamp into a dialectic that completed them and adds new dimensions to their work. Looking around at my urinal studies, many forms begin to suggest themselves. I see mandalas and stupas… this one looks like a Buddha… the Virgin Mary… abstractions of cocks and vaginas. […] a baptisimal font. This is very primal imagery… very archetypal. They have become like daily meditations… a visual diary. It was not until I started painting my versions that I realized how many complex associations lay dormant in Duchamp’s original." 

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