Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Great Cumbrian Cthulhu Cover Art Competition

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The Great Cumbrian Cthulhu Cover Art Competition!
Win the chance to have YOUR art on the cover of Cumbrian Cthulhu!

Cumbrian Cthulhu is a fully illustrated collection of short horror stories set in the English Lake District county of Cumbria  and based on H.P. Lovecraft’s legendary Cthulhu Mythos. We are publishing a series of paperback anthologies, followed by a deluxe hardback edition containing all stories together, entitled ‘Complete Short Stories Vols 1-4’

Alongside this we will be publishing ‘Cumbrian Cthulhu Art & History,’ a full colour coffee table style book containing all our CC art in large detail, with a full history of the project and those involved. Our contributors very kindly give their work and time for free, so that all profits from the CC books can be donated to Lake District Search And Mountain Rescue (LDSAMRA.)
One of the CC project’s other main aims is to encourage and publish new writers and artists. With this in mind we would like to announce a new competition open to all fantasy and horror artists!  

THE COMPETITION!

 We are looking for the best full colour artwork inspired both by the Cumbrian region and by the Cthulhu mythos weird fiction.
Any medium is acceptable, from scanned in drawings and paintings to digitally altered photographs.
Don't worry about titles and text as this will be added later by the Cumbrian Cthulhu editorship.
As long as it fits a Lakeland Lovecraft theme, the scope for entries is completely open ended.
You may enter as many times as you wish and all entries will be proudly displayed in our website Gallery. 

THE WINNER!

*Selected finalists will have their submissions and a brief biography published in the ‘Cumbrian Cthulhu Art & History’ book. *One winner will have their submission featured as the cover art for ‘Complete Short Stories Vols 1-4’ and will have their own (non CC) artwork and full biography featured in the ‘Cumbrian Cthulhu Art & History’ book. The winner will also receive a FREE hardback edition of 'Cumbrian Cthulhu - Complete Short Stories Vols 1-4' 

SUBMISSIONS, QUESTIONS, DEADLINES AND JUDGING 

*All submission artwork should be sent as attachments to the email address below, also any further queries to the same email please.
*The final deadline for competition submissions will be 1st June 2014.

*Members of the existing Cumbrian Cthulhu team will serve as competition Judges.
*The copyright to your art always remains with you, the artist. By entering the competition you are allowing Cumbrian Cthulhu to display the art on our website, and if you a finalist: in our forthcoming ‘Art & History’ book and if first place winner,to be featured on the cover of 'Cumbrian Cthulhu. Complete Stories Volume 1-4'. Cumbrian Cthulhu prides itself on being a relaxed and friendly project.

We look forward to seeing your entries and we hope you enjoy creating them and joining our team!

Submissions and queries - Cumbrian.cthulhu@gmail.com
Cumbrian Cthulhu books currently available - http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/CumbrianCthulhu
Cumbrian Cthulhu blog - http://cumbriancthulhu.blogspot.co.uk/
Cumbrian Cthulhu Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/CumbrianCthulhu
Cumbrian Cthulhu books

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Facebook Morality Apostles

It disturbs me deeply to see some of my Facebook artist friends get repeatedly into trouble by having their artwork flagged by those self-appointed morality-apostles that have nothing better to do than visiting artist pages in order to flag what they deem 'inappropriate' content.

Michelangelo - David

Plain and simple, this is a form of harassment that should at least be filtered as to whether the 'complaints' are actually warranted. 
As it stands, warnings and take-downs happen automatically without much recourse. Blocking and banning such people does not help any: they can still have access to your public pages and continue their harassment unabated, albeit they can no longer post comments once you block them (if indeed you can find out who it is in the first place). 
There really is no protection against such - and let me make this perfectly clear, lest you think this does not affect you: one can flag ANYTHING as 'inappropriate' and Facebook response is automatic and handled by a robot. Complain about it and all you get is a reply that is also just a formulated auto reply.

UPDATE:  In some instances a complaint about a post on facebook is referred to a outsourcing company called oDesk - to learn more about what this could mean to you (and your privacy), read this article by Emma Barnett, Digital Media Editor, The Telegraph:




One instance I remember a picture of Michelangelo's David had been flagged (on another network that was supposed to be a art site!) so these morality-sniffers are all over the internet.

This is a ongoing problem, and I had posted about this subject before, several years ago (Wednesday, October 1, 2008):



Joos van Cleve - Virgin and Child, 1525

While back then my trongue-in-cheek response was humorous (read MORE HERE), after all this time I cannot find any humor in the insane actions that continue to haunt sites such as facebook!

While I myself had been flagged on facebook once before for posting this picture, titled 'Godina' by fellow artist
Dragan Ilić Di Vogo - Godina

the latest artist to fall victim to the "facebook morality squad" is my friend PETER GRIC - a 'signature work' of his that currently hangs in the Phantasten Museum in Vienna, simply called 'Angel' has been flagged and a take-down noticed sent. Potentially the repercussions might be serious, since Peter had been a co-administrator of the Visionary Art Page on which the above painting by di Vogo was posted, and so he had also been warned about this before (though it was I that posted it) - therefore, he is deemed a 'repeat offender'.

PETER GRIC - Metamorphosis III (Angel)
We live in sad and disturbing times indeed. Even the Victorian Age was more tolerant than this!

ANOTHER UPDATE: I found this great article on Gawker, titled 

How Facebook Lets Whining Trolls Censor Everyone



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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Otto at Vini Per Tutti - Exhibition

At the opening of my Exhibition at Vini Per Tutti in Vienna - photo by Vesna Krasnec
with Jayni Raven Morris (my own photo)
with Veronika Mickel, Otto Rapp, Mira Koumoutsea, Michael Fuchs and Lena Brauer - photo by Bernd Moldan
with Anni Fuchs - photo by Vesna Krasnec

Exhibition Otto Rapp in Vini Per Tutti, Vienna

to see images that are in this exhibition, check the updated blog on my website HERE


Friday, February 14, 2014

The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch


The Garden of Earthly Delights - detail, center panel
Unpublished manuscript of a lecture,
given at Central European University,Budapest,
on Dec. 8, 2011.


Drawing on his knowledge of history and faith, Central European University's Matthias Riedl offered up a new interpretation of Hieronymus Bosch's famed triptych.




 The Garden of Earthly Delights
Evidently, in a closed condition, the triptych does not display much delight at all. What we see instead is a grayish pre-Copernican representation of the cosmos; the yet unfinished cosmos on the third or forth day of creation. We see the Earth as flat disc, contained in a glass-like sphere. This is probably an allusion toPsalm 33 which says that God “gathers together as in a bottle all the waters of the sea.” The same Psalm 33 is also quoted in the inscription on the painting which reads:
Ipse dixit, et facta sunt: Ipse mandavit, et creata sunt 
, "He spoke,and they were made: he commanded, and they were created."
to read the ENTIRE manuscript by Mathias Riedl, click HERE




The Garden of Earthly Delights
-commentaries by Lee van Laer


Hieronymus Bosch's "The Garden of Earthly Delights" stands as one of the greatest masterpieces of the Northern Renaissance —or, indeed, any age.  I first saw the painting at the age of nine in the Prado Museum in Madrid, where — to the consternation of my parents — I spent several hours inspecting it. Even at that age, it made a deep impression on me, because I understood that it was trying to convey something extraordinary.
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BBC episode with a full examination of Hieronymous Bosch's 
"Garden of Earthly Delights."



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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

VAG Artist of the Month February 2014 - ALAIN MARGOTTON

ARTIST OF THE MONTH

Our Artist for the month of February 2014 is
ALAIN MARGOTTON

ALAIN MARGOTTON

Abîmes by ALAIN MARGOTTON
Abîmes
Please click the image above to visit his gallery page.

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