Jul 10 2011

#71 “Beyond Words”

From Owen in Cambridge, England.

Sometimes an artistic work comes along that is lightyears beyond what any audience would have anticipated and completely revolutionizes the art world as we know it. These works are so rare, so special, so groundbreaking and important, that they often possess the power to bring people to tears but also drive others to the point of madness. So… feast your eyes on this post if you dare, for today I deliver unto you just such a work.

Without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, I give you the sketch that will define the euphoric dreams and worst nightmares of an entire generation. I give you the brainchild of a man in the twisted throes of a beautifully artistic seizure. I give you the bastard love-child of Salvador Dali and Dr. Seuss, of Andy Warhol and Where’s Waldo?, of Alan Moore and Jackson Pollock.

I give you… the elegantly disturbing artwork of a man simply known as Owen.

What dark reaches of his brain was Owen forced to explore in order to bring about a piece with such a unique perspective on the wolf? In what realm of surreality did he delve? Did he perhaps wade too deeply in the swamp of a perverse imagination? Examine this work and dare to decide for yourself. Before you lies a world of mechanized madness, of nerdy wolf octopi, of creatures beyond description, of things which cannot be believed and hitherto have not been conceived.

It is yet unclear what the history books of tomorrow will share regarding this revolutionary artwork of today, but I challenge you this: remember this hour, remember the moment that you laid eyes upon this freak of the art world, so that years later as your grandchildren gather at the feet of your hovering jet-powered rocking chair, you will be able to tell them of this momentous day, the day you first made contact with the work of Owen.

May 21 2011

#21 “Salvador Wolf”

From a stranger in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Recently my wife and I visited the High Museum in Atlanta in order to view a temporary exhibit featuring many of the later works of Salvador Dali. Overall this exhibit was one of the most beautifully moving artistic experiences of my life. I have viewed pieces in person at the Prado in Madrid, several museums in London, and a few stateside as well, but these works by Dali somehow managed to surpass them all. The sheer magnitude of the size of the paintings was breathtaking enough, but the beautifully minute details combined with the fantastic coloring and religious symbolism all came together to create masterpieces beyond words.

The influence of Dali on this wolf illustration is spledidly overt. Evidence of this comes in the form of the pencil-thin “Dali” mustache which was included in many of his own works, the clock which is a tribute to the famous Persistence of Memory, the stakes/crutches which make up the wolf’s legs and are reminiscent of Dali’s 1937 masterpiece Sleep* (pictured below), the barren landscape, and finally the burning wolf which is a nod to the burning giraffe from Dali’s Inventions of the Monsters.

Like Dali and his work, the wolf is an artistic masterpiece beyond description. Thank you, stranger from Chapel Hill for reminding us that the surreal is always around us, even in the natural world.

*Interestly enough this wolf illustration was drawn inside a blank card which featured this Dali masterpiece on its front cover.