Sunday, September 11, 2016

MAGISCHER REALISMUS – ANSBACH

Magischer Realismus
Udo Winkler und Freunde

my works in this exhibition:

Parthenogenesis II 

Bogomil’s Monastic Retreat

Revelation 20

Pablo's Last Concert

Hour of the Cock

Bogomil's Landing

The Visitor


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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Electronic Travel Authorization



Canada now requires a eTA (electronic Travel Authorization) for Visa-exempt countries.




The 'grace period' for travels to Canada is running out in September of this year.

Clint Eastwood - still from the movie "Unforgiven" - I just picked this image out of the blue to make this post more interesting. 


For some time now, the USA requires similar, called ESTA.




The whole idea of Visa-exemption is that countries (or in this case, the EU) reciprocate in kind, that is, allow Canadian and American visitors to visit without a Visa. Fine. So why not return the favor and ask US and Canadian visitors to EU countries to get similar travel authorization in order to visit? 
I had recently gotten a ESTA for the US, and the application process is somewhat similar to getting a visa, except it is electronic and you don't need a stamp in your passport or some such document. The questions you are asked are the same as for a visa application. (I checked them both out). 

So this is what I say, since I have to jump through those hoops to travel to Canada or the US:
MAKE THEM DO THE SAME IN EUROPE - lets get similar requirements for visitors from US and Canada for Europe, and see how that feels! A lot of paperwork that doesn't stop terrorists from entering the country - one of the questions on the application for a US ESTA is if you are planning to carry out terrorist activities!?! 
Well duh - a terrorist will fill this out dutifully and truthfully, lol!


But kudos to the US Homeland Security - about another question I have to say this: The Canucks didn't think things through and their application process hangs up on stupid details that are eliminated by the kind of questions the Americans ask. Like the question about convictions and charges. The Americans define it precisely: "Have you ever been convicted for a crime that resulted in serious damage to property, or serious harm to another person or government authority?" Now this question I could honestly answer with a NO. The Canadians on the other hand ask: have you ever been arrested or convicted .... as in maybe spitting on the sidewalk! So if you are honest, you have to say yes, and then they want a bunch of documents, such as court records etc. - now such a question, if answered honestly would eliminate more than half of the people in the town (I had lived in Canada for a long time) to ever travel anywhere!

   
My "handycap" is that I am travelling with an Austrian (EU) passport - now if I had a Syrian passport, I would be welcome with open arms!  But don't get me started on Syrian passports! There is enough evidence that ISIS had captured passport blanks and facilities to issue genuine Syrian passports in the towns and regions that they occupied.

WYRMSPAWN - Inside Kobani
digital artwork using my drawing and a news picture of Kobani

A U.S. government agency report has warned that Islamic State has the ability to create fake Syrian passports 

- REUTERS Fri Dec 11, 2015 9:06pm EST

.... driving me to drink ........

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Visionary Art Exhibition - Zoom Gallery

At our VISIONARY ART EXHIBITION site 

we are happy to announce that we incorporated a new app to zoom images.


ZOOM GALLERY

 

Currently there are only a few examples - but there will be more to follow soon!



I am trying out this new app - the page is under construction. After some tinkering, I came up with the right page design how to best present selections of outstanding art from our members of the private Visionary Art Network. This is in addition to our regular FEATURED ARTWORK: with over 500 member artists there are now (as of today) 13,936 photos uploaded, most of which are artwork, and the majority of it (that has been set for public view) is presented on the artists respective pages in embedded slide-shows at the VISIONARY ART GALLERY, our parent site.

As the network grew from initially a handful of members, it became necessary to spin off a site where we could showcase outstanding individual works as well as present exciting blogs by guest writers from our membership - Dreams & Divinities and Archaic Visions - and also feature important exhibitions and links to associated sites such as The Society for Art of Imagination and the Visionary Art Network Australia (to mention only a few - this category is growing as well). 

Another spin-off website is our VISIONARY ART HALL OF FAME - as it grew it became necessary to present it as a separate site. This site is also under development. It features pioneer artists as well as a selection of historical artists considered important to our community. 

One of my future projects on the drawing board is a remake of our parent site, the Visionary Art Gallery  with an updated template. I am currently trying different test versions. There are problems with migrating features that are unique to the current template, so it will be necessary to adjust and re-design all the individual artist pages and other featured pages one by one. 





Sunday, June 12, 2016

INTERNATIONAL SURREALISM NOW

INTERNATIONAL SURREALISM NOW

I had started the category of International Surrealism Now quite some time ago in order to feature the great work my friend Santiago Ribeiro was doing in promoting and organizing shows, ever since the monumental 2010 INTERNATIONAL SURREALIST EXHIBITION at the Bissaya Barreto Foundation in Coimbra, Portugal.

Alas, of late I was not able to follow up on the latest developments since I am increasingly busy with other projects, My last entry was on Friday, October 16, 2015.
I don't abandon my friends, and I would also not want to disappoint readers that had earmarked this category, so I was quite elated when I found that a old mutual friend of ours, the 'Oneiric Realist' Steve Smith and his wife Debbie had picked up the slack and began featuring INTERNATIONAL SURREALISM NOW on their website!

So anyone looking for the latest news under this category, head on over to Steve's site:

click above ▲ to visit the new site

Also exciting: they are just in the process of setting up a magazine:

The Oneiric Realist – Magazine

click above ▲ and check out the announcement of the impending launch!

Thank you Debbie and Steve Smith for picking up the slack!

Steve Smith announced on his Facebook page (June 12th 2016):

The ideas for the magazine " The Oneiric Realist" are flying back and forth between Debbie and me this morning. It feels as if everything I have been working on over the last several years is finally coming together in this magazine project. We're in the early stages but we wanted to get the word out and get some interest from artists who would be interested in submitting their work for the first issue. (The image is a mock-up of the cover concept.)


I will be installing a tab to this magazine on my VISIONARY ART EXHIBITION site!

~o~




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Bogomil's Universe is an excursion into the realms of the "Inner Universe" - a parallel universe that exists in the mind, and glimpses thereof are presented here. I am increasingly reluctant to speak of my work as strictly and exclusively surrealistic. While Surrealism provided the initial spark, and some of the methods of Surrealism are employed, I do not suppress the influence of the rational and selective focus. Thus, particularly in later works, there is to be found a conscious juxtapositioning of the complementary forces of inspiration and reason.
I do not concern myself with the elimination of the rational, the exclusivity of the irrational and the absurd, but presentation of the conscious and subconscious world as an inseparable whole. I draw my inspirations from the layered labyrinthic underground which represents the "other side" of life, which is an "inner" imaginative-inspirational counterpart to the "outer" world, expressed with the help of logic-alogic associations, analogisations and symbolism.
My interest in Religion and Mythology is particularly expressed in my drawings. Technically, they are counterpoint to the Bogomil Cyclus paintings, relying almost entirely on the action of the sharpened pencil point on virginal paper, as opposed to textured surfaces as inspirational departure points in my paintings. In both instances however, the outcome is not pre-determined. The act of painting or drawing is a memorable trip into the uncharted realms of the "Inner Universe", the results of which are presented to you here after the fact.

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