Retrospective Film Review

Merlin helps Arthur Pendragon unite the Britons around the Round Table of Camelot, even as dark forces conspire to tear it apart.

In the mid-twentieth century, Lucio Fontana sought to free art from its physical limitations and to express the infinite with nothing…

Lucio Fontana was a challenging artists whose work brought together several strands of Modern Art, whilst interrogating the contemporary modalities at his disposal. Although he worked in many media during a career that spanned two world wars, he’s best known for the ground-breaking, canvas-slashing, Spatial Concept series, which he began in 1949.

an early pierced canvas (1949) from Lucio Fontana’s ‘Spatial Concept’ series [view license] *

In these works he pierced or cut the surface of, often monochrome, canvases. The most important formal elements here are negative space in the truest sense, the marks were holes and cuts revealing a darkness beyond the surface. …

Albrecht Dürer’s ‘Melancholia’ is one of those important images that sets a precedent, melding art with science, psychology and philosophy.

In 1514, Albrecht Dürer presented an image of startling originality. The style, composition, and subject were all strange yet the technical skill of the copper engraving couldn’t be denied. The art of the engraver was entrenched in tradition, both of subject and technique, but Dürer flouted such preconceptions. He created a poetic image crammed with symbolism, some of which is established and open to interpretation, whilst some is cryptic and clearly personal. It resembles a Tarot card and similarly invites the viewer to read it and ponder occult meanings…

‘Melancholia’ (1514) a print from the copper-plate engraving by Albrecht Dürer [view license]

Melancholia is personified as a winged angelic figure, seated to the…

Eureka Blu-ray Film Reviews

Six films that horror icon Boris Karloff made for Columbia Pictures, a collaboration which produced some of his finest acting roles.

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Tim Pugh on ‘Cycles’

I view these environments as open studios in which to experiment and develop new ideas. They include woodlands, beaches, old factories and a particular stretch of cyclepath next to the Western Fells in Ennerdale, West Cumbria. Recently, I have focused on creating temporary installations on the cyclepath, working with natural and man-made materials in response to the flora and fauna along with the historical legacy related to the area...

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Retrospective Film Review

A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town.

Clementina, Lady Hawarden, was among the first female photographers and forged her own genre to light the way for fashion and fine art.

In the mid-1800s, becoming a photographer was like joining a cult. These new alchemists shared their arcane knowledge and put each other in touch with suppliers of strange and dangerous chemicals. Joining the cult and acquiring one of the little magic boxes wasn’t cheap either. So, early photographers tended to be aristocrats who were acquainted. In Britain, the circle was small and out of it grew the Royal Photographic Society, founded in 1853, which unlike many clubs of the day, welcomed both men and women. …

Artist Wim Delvoye built an eating machine that celebrates biological processes whilst questioning the meaning of life and our worth in the world…

Belgian artist Wim Delvoye is the ‘bad boy’ of contemporary art, an agent provocateur who became notorious in the early twenty-first century when he built a machine that mimicked the human digestive system.

The Cloaca is a large contraption that he developed after much research with biologists, chemists, medics and manufacturers. It was a process of collaboration that extends beyond the artist and across several disciplines not usually associated with fine art. When activated, Cloaca needs food to function so the installation also requires a kitchen and a chef to prepare its two square meals a day.

this version of Wim Delvoye’s ‘Cloaca’ is on permanent display at the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart, Tasmania [view license]

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The famous painter of colourful animals hoped to find the essence of all things beyond the wonderful illusion of our world.

Franz Marc predominantly painted animals. Or to be precise, he animalised his paintings. His art was driven by a philosophical exploration of nature and by interrogating the nature of reality itself.

As I understand it, Marc was beginning to build upon the concept of animism — that all things have within them an animating spirit. However, he was pushing past this notion toward a belief that these spirits were actually facets of one ‘unifying spirit’, of which we were once also a part.

Remy Dean

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