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The Harvard Crimson and the value of artistic representations of gore

The Harvard Crimson has an interesting essay posted titled “The Aesthetics of Horror: an investigative essay into the value of artistic representations of gore.” After beginning with a considertaion of Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes’ painting “Saturn Devouring His Son,” the analysis begins. Here’s an excerpt from this thoughtful piece: In other words, is […]

Visions of Enchantment: Occultism, Spirituality & Visual Culture

Although the deadline for this has passed, I wanted to make readers aware of the conference and the subject matter, art and esotericism. CALL FOR PAPERS (Deadline for submission: 31 October 2013) We invite proposals from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, provided that they present innovative insights into visual, symbolic or material aspects of […]

Halloween and Fantastic Art by Grayson Fogg at The Autumnlands

From time to time this blog has explored art related to genre and Halloween, and with this post I want to promote the work of an artist I just discovered. This piece is titled “Halloween Frolics,” found at by Grayson Fogg of The Autumlands, a great piece for this holiday season. Here is the […]

Society of Illustrators on Science Fiction and Fantasy Illustration

The Society of Illustrators has rescheduled their lecture due to the storm. Here is the information: “What Lies Beyond: A Panel Discussion on Science Fiction and Fantasy Illustration” Science fiction and fantasy illustration have been thriving for as long as art has existed. A stroll through any major museum features depictions of gods and demons, […]

Star Wars as Medieval Religious Art

I recently came across a link to some art by Chey Chao that took Star Wars and framed it in the context of Medieval art. Not only is the art interesting, but since Star Wars drew heavily from various mythological sources, has become a mythology in its own right, and provides the basis for the […]

H. R. Giger as Digital Magician of Dark Archetypes

You never know where the fantastic in pop culture will surface, and where religion and the fantastic will intersect. I have been doing some research lately for a couple of essays on Neopaganism I need to write for a book on world religions. Today I looked at Magic and Witchcraft by Nevil Drury (Thomas & […]

October Shadows Halloween Art Show: Updated

Gallery Nucleus and Creature Features presents: October Shadows, Saturday, October 10. For the past two years, October Shadows has been known as Creature Features’ annual homage to the Halloween spirit. The exhibit and book by the same name will feature a prestigious group of artists from all facets of fine art, illustration, comics, film, TV, and animation, […]

Body Worlds: Art as Horrific Expression

Body Worlds is presently on display in Salt Lake City here in the state where I live. In case you haven’t heard of this before, Body Worlds is described as part art, part science, the brainchild of Gunther von Hagens. It involves the use of actual cadavers whose tissues have been injected with plastic in […]

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