Category Archives: Art

Sunday Funny: Evolution of Dance

This is funny and delightful.

I couldn’t help but start dancing at the Bee Gees’ “You Should Be Dancing”.

The man is Ireneusz Krosny (born 1968), a Polish actor and mime artist.

He received several top awards at comedy festivals in Poland, and also had his own television shows there. He began his international career in 1997, performing throughout Europe as well as in North America and Asia. In the USA he received the Critic’s Choice Award from The Chicago Reader. Click here for his website.

~E

 

New Superman, Aquaman and Batman’s sidekick are all homosexuals

How I loathe the world as remade by the “woke” Left.

Ewan Somerville reports for the (UK) Telegraph, Oct. 11, 2021:

A director once described Superman as the “most heterosexual character”. But the writers at DC Comics clearly disagree after giving the great American superhero a male love interest in an official sequel….

In the new Superman: Son of Kal-El series of comics, Jonathan Kent, the son of Lois Lane and Clark Kent who has disappeared off into deep space, assumes the protagonist role and begins a romantic relationship with a male friend.

Superman’s coming-out, announced on Monday by DC Comics, will appear in the new issue of the sequel released on November 9, as Jon Kent progresses from Superboy to Superman and assumes his father’s powers….

Since the Superman: Son of Kal-El series made its debut in July, Jon Kent has been deployed to battle several contemporary issues including wildfires sparked by climate change.

A trailer for the upcoming comic says that “just like his father before him, Jon Kent has fallen for a reporter”. The plot charts his friendship with Jay Nakamura, a budding journalist, blossoming into a same-sex relationship….

Artwork for the comic by John Timms shows the pair embracing in a passionate kiss, with Superman donning his iconic blue and red uniform.

The diversification of the iconic superhero comes amid a broader shift in the comic world towards 21st century social and cultural challenges.

In August, DC Comics also revealed that Batman sidekick Tim Drake, one of several Robins, would get a boyfriend, while a new Aquaman comic stars a gay Black man who is set to become the hero….

In 2018, a TV adaption for CW, a US channel, saw Batwoman become the first live-action superhero series with an openly gay lead character.

~E

 

Historical figures brought to life with AI technology

The seemingly-magical animated portraits of Harry Potter are here.

Artbreeder is an app that uses computer (artificial intelligence – AI) technology to generate and modify images of faces, landscapes, and paintings, among other categories.

In May 2020, Dutch digital artist Bas Uterwijk began using Artbreeder to create realistic recreations of various historical figures.

In the video below, employing colorization and animation, Uterwijk brought to life black-and-white portraits and statues of historical individuals, including Marcus Aurelius, Napoleon Bonaparte, Mona Lisa, Rembrandt, William Shakespeare,  Statue of Liberty,  Vincent Van Gogh, and Jesus Christ.

I had a GIF made from the video of the AI-animated portrait of Christ:

~E

 

Astonishing papercut art

Masayo Fukuda is a Japanese artist who specializes in kirie or kirigami — breathtaking artwork created by intricately cutting a design into a single piece of paper.

Below is a video displaying some of her artwork (h/t Elizabeth).

The creativity of artists like Fukuda reminds me of what Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938), one of my favorite novelists, wrote:

This is man: For the most part a foul, wretched, abominable creature, a packet of decay…a hater of his kind, a cheater, a scorner, a mocker, a reviler, a thing that kills and murders in a mob or in the dark, loud and full of brag surrounded by his fellows, but without the courage of a rat alone…. This is man, who will…bow down in worship before charlatans, and let his poets die…. Yes, this is man, and it is impossible to say the worst of him, for the record of his obscene existence, his baseness, lust, cruelty, and treachery, is illimitable….

Yet if the gods could come here to a desolate, deserted earth where only the ruin of man’s cities remained…a cry would burst out of their hearts…. Behold his works:

He needed songs to sing in battle, and he had Homer! He needed words to curse his enemies, and he had Dante, he had Voltaire, he had Swift! He needed cloth to cover up his hairless, puny flesh against the seasons, and he wove the robes of Solomon…. He needed a temple to propitiate his God, and he made Chartres and Fountains Abbey!….

So this is man, the worst and best of him.

~E