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text 2016-04-15 16:36
Valencia Noir, a dark art book which will allure your imagination...

Hey there, it's been forever since I wrote a post here! Been busy, working, studying, producing a new book.


So... I'm bloody happy to announce a new book coming by end of May... It's a fully illustrated art book, featuring Black & White photographs of taken in Valencia, a beautiful Spanish city.


The arts of Valencia (painting, sculpture, archtecture, etc), have a unique style with a touch of darkness and a taste for the strange. Here is the book cover:



The Book title is: Valencia Noir - The Beautiful, The Fantastic and The Grotesque of Valencia, Spain


And here is the SYNOPSIS:

.:A Dark art book with 160+ black & white photographs!:.

City of bats, dragons and gods. City of artistic daring throughout the centuries of history.

This is Valencia, a Spanish realm where all fantasies – be they innocent, adventurous or obscure – take shape on canvas, wood, metal and stone. Wherever you go, a thousand archetypal faces and winged heraldic chimeras follow you.

In this art book you will take a fully illustrated tour through medieval towers, gothic temples, strange artistic wonderlands, and the city of the dead.

Embark on a trip which will take you to distant places and allow you to indulge the feelings and thoughts you’ve been trying to hide. After this, you will never be the same again.

For ages 18+ - contains dark themes.
The E-book versions (Kindle and Epub) have less images, due to the format. It counts with 110 photos vs 160 on the print versions (paperback and hardcover).
Here are some promo pics you also find in the book:

You can read more about the art book here: http://tragicbooks.com/valencianoir.html
Source: tragicbooks.com
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url 2016-03-03 13:50
Great Book Sculptures: The Book Tunnel of Prague

The sculpture that brings a whole new meaning to ‘lost in a good book’.


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Source: interestingliterature.com/2016/03/03/great-book-sculptures-the-book-tunnel-of-prague
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text 2016-01-04 21:58
Fountains by Malgorzata Chodakowska

Malgorzata Chodakowska is a polish sculptor who currently lives in Dresden. Her original sculptures are created in wood, for later transformation to bronze and other lasting material. Most of the info on her I found online is in German, including her website http://www.skulptur-chodakowska.de


Her fountains use water as part of the sculpture. I think she is amazing!




Girl with lotus


Washing hair


Source: www.skulptur-chodakowska.de
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text 2015-02-25 00:49
Random Bookish Links and Grrr, This Keyboard

If I'm a bit quieter of late the reasons:

1) the move and the job, and

2) this old laptop I'm on. I'm having a huge hate-relationship with this keyboard. I'll be typing along as usual and suddenly the cursor will hop a few lines above or below, and I'll be typing in the middle of another sentence. It does other quirky things - that's just the most regular symptom.


There's a new laptop in my future but that's going to have to wait til I have time to get it - I have a mess o' errands to get to before then.


Meanwhile, here are some random things I've been reading online - a new Sherlock story, Harper Lee's old novel may be just an early draft of Mockingbird, reading old writing in the margins, a negative review that still makes me want to see a museum exhibit, and a de Sade article that just had to mention Christian Grey (but only in the title).


Scottish man finds lost Sherlock Holmes story from 1904 in attic

By Rachelle Blinder, New York Daily News, February 20, 2015

"...Walter Elliot, 80, said he found the 1904 short story, "Sherlock Holmes: Discovering the Border Burgs and, by Deduction, the Brig Bazaar," while looking through old papers to display in a local pop-up museum.

The 1,300-word story was nestled inside a long-forgotten pamphlet that a friend had given to him more than 50 years ago, Elliot said.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the piece for a 48-page booklet to raise money for a bridge in Selkirk, Scotland, Elliot said. The pamphlet, with stories by local authors, was called "The Book o' Brig" after the name of the wood bridge that washed away in a flood in 1902."


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review 2014-08-28 20:49
The Art of Life by Sabin Howard and Traci L. Slatton
The Art of Life - Sabin Howard,Traci L. Slatton

Written by a husband (artist) and wife (writer) team, this book is like a love letter to figurative sculpture. It’s a deeply personal and subjective view of a specific art form that the authors obviously love and, in the husband’s case, dedicated his life to. It follows a line of stories and inspiration through a number of figurative sculptors in Western cultural history, but mostly it focuses on artist Sabin Howard, his life, influences and art. The examples of artists are drawn from a personal connection that either or both the authors had with the work. Traci Slatton also speaks of her husband, the artist, as the spiritual successor to the likes of Canova, Michelangelo, Bernini and Rodin. It’s always tricky when you’re writing about someone so close to you, and it shows in the book in such sweeping phrases as this one: “His [Sabin Howard’s] decades of labor and dedication show in his glorious Apollo, which is the finest standing male nude since Michelangelo’s David”.

Maybe because the writing is so personal, I had a hard time truly connecting with it. What I didn’t like was when the author resorted to making assumptions about historical figures that were coloured by her own subjective point of view, such as appreciating but being uneasy with the nudity in Donatello’s David, finding it provocative and wondering what the artist’s relationship with his model was. This interpretation might be true - we have no way of knowing for sure - but she describes it, among other things, as “reeking of pederasty”, which is a rather bold statement. Or, shortly after, when describing Michelangelo’s David: “This seventeen-foot sculpture ushered in what art historians call the High Renaissance, or, when they’re being really pretentious, the Cinquecento”. Moreover, when it comes to Giambologna’s Mercury, she says “Everyone knows this sculpture because it’s associated with the FTD floral delivery service!” I had absolutely no idea what she was talking about (I’m guessing it’s an American cultural thing). Or about the fallout of figurative art’s popularity: “Three-dimensional modern art devolved into silly doodads, ugly tchotchkes, and trivial balloon toys”. These types of expressions hindered the writing, in my opinion.

On a more positive note, it was interesting to read about the artist’s process, the sculptures are, in general, beautiful, and the photographs illustrate the narrative very well. Sabin Howard is a gifted figurative sculptor. But this book just wasn’t for me. 


Note: I got this book for review purposes through NetGalley.

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