Sunday, August 3, 2008

The Pit and the Pendulum... on the big screen

Wow! I can't believe it! It's really true.
A movie on Edgar Allan Poe's The Pit and the Pendulum.
I've just got it and the movie's already playing!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Printing works

For those of you who doesn't know, I'm a musician. I mean, I study all arts, but I already got my BM a year ago and music is where I dig (way) further. However, I've been climbing the mountain of digital visual art for some time now. From video to photomanipulation, I'm there.

And also for some time, I've been trying to find good online places to print my graphic artwork. It's been hard to find a good one, but it seems like I've found a brochure printing company worth checking! (oosh, big name there) has some pretty good deals there. Of course, the bigger the quantity of prints, the cheaper it goes. But I really think these guys have a cheap brochure printing. Maybe it's time to settle down with one and only company...

I'm still to get their products, but I've seen some good reviews about them out there. So if you need their printing services, don't forget to check their site, at least, for a quick pricing! It's always a nice feature to have available.

PS: sorry for disappearing. I had major disagreements with my pc's motherboard for these weeks. I'll be posting a lot more now.

Monday, March 3, 2008


Since my last time at the bookshop, I realized that I had to organize my books somehow. And I know that most of you, art people, do like to read too (as you are reading this), so I thought of sharing this with you. It's one of the nicest solutions I've ever seen for bookkeeping and I wish I could do it at home.
This bookshelf-staircase makes it easier to keep your books, it gives you quick access to any book you'd like and it saves a lot of space from your bedroom or living room. You could also use plastic doors on every shelf (maybe except for the staircase itself) to keep them cleaner, although they'll be safe anyway. The good thing about it being as staircase is that you can reach the books in higher places and, of course, it keeps its original function: to reach another floor.
The bookshelf staircase was created by Levitate Architects, an English company based in London and Bristol. (via)

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Jacques Resch

[Les maisons qui volent - Jacques Resch]

Jacques Resch is a surrealist artist born in France in 1945, who now lives in Africa. His paintings have a remarkable resemblance to the styles of Gonsalves, Breughel and Dali combined, although not as straight forward as Gonsalves' works, not as crowded as Breughel's nor as wacky as Dali's. Resch's style is also influenced by Symbolism, especially on paintings like "Les pyramides" and "Le Diabolo".

Resch names his influences in style: "Bosch, Brueghel and Dali", which stand clear in his works. The first of them has Resch's full respect ('Bosch uses dreams to adventure into the interior of the human spirit'). Resch's works are influenced by modern technology and world politics.

Some of his works can be found for preview and sale on

Friday, February 22, 2008

RSS Feeding

This is the first non-art post here. And I believe that most art blogs and sites don't talk about it either, which makes this post important.

If you're not web-savvy, you probably don't know what RSS is. Even if you are, there's the slight possibilty of not knowing. I've being using the RSS feature for over three months now (I know) and it really changed my opinion about it. RSS stands for "Rich Site Summary" or like some people like to call it: "Really Simple Syndication". RSS is good for a lot of reasons. Not only for readers but also for webpublishers.

It allows you to get the updates from a site on a small software (like FeedReader) or site (like Google Reader, BlogLines and My Yahoo). It works almost as an e-mail software. The good thing is: you don't have to visit every site you're interested in, because their updates are shown automatically to you. You don't have to provide your e-mail (although there is the possibility to subscribe by email too - here presented on the sidebar), you just have to add the feed url to your software/webbased reader. To do that, just click on the orange icon above.

Happy RSS-reading!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Books, books.

My bookshelf is full. Once again. I did buy 18 new books and I'm not in a reading-mood. I'm reading one of my latest acquisitions now, slowly, crossing references and this research has been consuming a lot of the time I originally set to The Inner Breath.

Good things are: the new art site I've been programming is now coming together. I believe that it will be, at most, a month before it's up. Also, the new books on Symbolism, Absolute Music and What are the arts for, are great!

Here's my latest read: What Good are the Arts? - by John Carey
Great book with insights on modern acceptance of modern art.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Magic Realism: ideas and debates

[Ladies of the Lake - Rob Gonsalves]

Looking around these days, I've found a very interesting page about Magic Realism. It's The Magical Realism Page, organized by Evelyn C. Leeper. There are tons of ideas and comments of what's Magic Realism, what's the difference between MR and Fantasy, vision on MR works. It's definitely a good site to check.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Rob Gonsalves

[Still Waters - Rob Gonsalves]

Reader Oyvind has suggested some artwork in the previous message that reminded me of the art of Rob Gonsalves.

Rob Gonsalves (1959-) is one prolific artist from Toronto, Canada, with a large gallery of paintings and drawings that unite Magic Realism and a bit of Surrealism. During his childhood, Gonsalves was interested in drawing and learned perspective techniques, while starting to painting when he was about twelve years old. When Gonsalves was introduced to Dali, Tanguy, Magritte and Escher, he started painting his surrealist and "magic realist" images. After a great critique response in the 1990s, Rob Gonsalves has dedicated himself to painting full time.

I have found three nice galleries of his works on the web, which also sell them. Here they are:

Rob Gonsalves (official)
Progressive Art

Monday, January 7, 2008

Suggest a reading

For quite some days, I've been searching the internet for sites (blogs or not) that share the same focus that The Inner Breath has. It's quite hard, though. Apart from the sites linked on the right panel, I couldn't find anything relevant. A lot of blogs on art news (as to 'new exhibits') but nothing regarding esthetics, consciousness and art. So, if you know a good site, share it here! Let's build a nice network!

You're all invited to share a reading, be it a blog, a full site, a book, an article, anything. :)

Sunday, January 6, 2008

The Thin Ice: the two sides of water symbolism

[Azure Fern - mArta Bevacqua]

For "The Thin Ice" (The Wall movie), Ulrick wrote "What he thought to be a warm, nurturing ocean turned out to be cold and sterile; the loving mother and the embracing life have become frozen and unyielding. The "sea may look warm" but it is, in all actuality, a layer of thin ice covering a frigid, aqueous landscape."

The thin ice that hides a "frigid, aqueous landscape" is a recurring image to the modern personality stereotypes. We all have some sadness hidden, still hurting, but we've still got our daily things to do, there's still rent to pay. Sometimes we think that one is quite happy for one's achievements, but there always is something hidden...