Woman In Gold

I watched Woman In Gold today, the true story of an Austrian-Jewish refugee (played by the great Helen Mirren) living in America who launched a legal campaign against the Austrian government to reclaim paintings by Gustav Klimt that were stolen from her family by the Nazis during the war.

In particular was a portrait of her beloved aunt, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer l, later changed to Woman In Gold to disguise the sitter’s Jewish identity. And maybe to obscure how the painting ended up in an Austrian gallery, too. As part of the national identity, it was described as ‘the Austrian Mona Lisa’.

The film finished with a line stating that it is estimated that over 100,000 works of art are yet to be returned to their rightful owners.

I am no expert when it comes to art, but when you look at the image of the painting, enlarged, close up, can’t you just feel the warmth on your skin?

And all those eyes in the dress, maybe looking at us from history, perhaps inflicting a judgement.

image

 

A Year-Long Duel In Red: Frame By Frame

Street artist Mobstr recently shared a photo story that took place over the course of a year. The artist explained how it came about:
“I cycled past this wall on the way to work for years. I noticed that graffiti painted within the red area was ‘buffed’ with red paint. However, graffiti outside of the red area would be removed via pressure washing. This prompted the start of an experiment. Unlike other works, I was very uncertain as to what results it would yield.”

Below is what transpired over the course of a year. I’m not sure if it was the same council worker called to deal with the graffiti each time, but I sincerely hope it was, and it became personal. I think I may be missing the odd shot, but you will get the gist of the duel.

The battleground:

image

The duel begins with ‘RED’

image

Someone else adds graffiti

image

Gone

image

RED

image

I’ve somehow missed a photo. Graffiti would have been gone. Then next, helpful instructions on how to deal with each line

image

50% gone

image

Polite reminder

image

 

 

Gone. But someone adds to the other side.

image

That goes. RED is back.

image

Another artist attempts to make a connection

image

Council worker is hard of heart

image

RED back.

image

Gone

image

Outside the zone

image

Gone

image

Back to basics

image

Can’t spray til the paint dries

image

Another polite reminder

image

Someone else joins in, and the ‘other side’ artist returns.

image

The other side is overlooked. Perhaps now Council Worker is consumed wholly by his personal feud

image

A perfectionist

image

Pissed off Council Worker now means business

image

Clear

image

A continual loop

image

Another joins in

image

Council worker departs, gleefully rubbing his hands

image

Final goodbyes

image

 

When all is said and done

I’m rubbish at art, I wish I could draw. Anna can-here are sketches inspired by the lyrics of When All Is Said And Done by some of her fellow Swedes that you may know as Abba. I love them. Even picked up a pencil. Put it back down again.

Annas Art - FärgaregårdsAnna

More Swedish music inspiration.
Viktoria Tolstoy with Benny Andersson (from ABBA) at the piano.
http://youtu.be/ZqthtyD7Dg4

A song from the Nils Landgren album Funky ABBA
Funky Abba | Nils Landgren
http://www.nilslandgren.com/funky-abba/
An awesome album by the way!

“When all is said and done” is one of my favorite ABBA songs. Love the lyrics and the Nils Landgren/Benny Andersson/Viktoria Tolstoy version is great.

So great that the version of the song inspired me to draw the lyricss. I borrowed (didn’t ask for permission) the lyrics and did some drawings.

Here are the drawings. Have fun!

Anna

WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE

when all is said and done_Sida_01when all is said and done_Sida_02when all is said and done_Sida_03when all is said and done_Sida_04when all is said and done_Sida_05when all is said and done_Sida_06when all is said and done_Sida_07when all is said and done_Sida_08when all is said and done_Sida_09when all is said and done_Sida_10when all is said and done_Sida_11when all is said and done_Sida_12when all is said and done_Sida_13when all is said and done_Sida_14when all is said and done_Sida_15when all is said and done_Sida_16when all is said and done_Sida_17when all is said and done_Sida_18when all is said and done_Sida_19

View original post

The Tableaux Of Drunkeness

This is a photograph that was taken in Manchester on New Year’s Eve. It was posted on Twitter, a tableaux of drunkeness that was said to capture well the city on that particular evening. It truly is a visual feast: everywhere you look, there’s something going on.

Manchester, in all her glorious mayhem.

image

We later learned that all’s well that ends well: the guy being restrained by the police officers was not arrested, and left the scene after calming down.

And the reclining guy in blue, (upstaging all others in his model-like pose while  commendingly not spilling a drop of his drink in the process), was later traced and said, maybe not surprisingly, that he had no recollection whatsoever of being there.

He almost looks photoshopped. Perhaps he believes that he was.

Inspired by the artistic merits of this scene, Twitter users impressively stepped up to the plate:

image

 

image

 

image

 

image

 

image

 

image

 

image

 

image

Hope you enjoyed this cultural feast.

Art for art’s sake, to quote a certain Mancunian group.

Welcome to Manchester, 2015. Just.

Lullaby

An art exhibition in the place that I love. The sad fate of stillborn children. Irish folk tales.

Stromness dragon

Four years ago, I wrote this piece in response to the artwork Lullaby by Sheena Graham-George. Today I am going to see the follow-up piece Voices of the Cillin. 

lullaby
Art, of course, is a subjective thing. We bring ourselves to it, and depending on our life experiences thus far, we might respond with anger, with joy, with amusement, with melancholy, or maybe with boredom or non-comprehension. I don’t think anybody could have responded with indifference to the art installation I saw today, because every single one of us was, or is, a child.
Lullaby, by Sheena Graham-George is at first glance a simple piece, comprising thousands of paper butterflies pinned to the wall of a first floor room in The Orkney Museum. They sweep around the room in a great swarm, high and low, crowded in some places, breaking away in others. The floor is bare, but the air is…

View original post 831 more words

The Northlore Anthology Debuts. Jackdaw Smiles.

My long-awaited copy of The Northlore Series Volume 1: Folklore arrived today. Just as I was fearing it would be delayed by the Bank Holiday Monday, it was actually delivered today on a Sunday. Who’s ever heard of that before?

In my impatience it seems to have taken forever, but the anthology is now available on Amazon. I have a story included in it called And The Snow Came Down, in addition to a poem entitled Mara, My Love. The book is an eclectic mix of poetry and prose, with some good illustrations too. The book itself looks and feels great-the cool cover design was inspired by Led Zeppelin’s fourth album, for you music aficionados in the know.

It is available on Kindle also, but books like this explain why I am such a bibliophile.

I’m quite proud to have my work included in this collection, both my poem and my very first published fiction. For anybody who would like a copy, I include the Amazon link below.

Happy Reading! Don’t feed the animals!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Folklore-1-Northlore-MJ-Kobernus-x/dp/828331002X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432493496&sr=8-1&keywords=northlore+series