“The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.” Piet Mondrian, painter
Whether it was discussing Caravaggio or nudes in paintings, Sister Wendy always did so with authority and a good laugh. She was a jovial presence in my younger days, when PBS really offered wonderful educational programming.
May the good Sister rest in the Bosom of Abraham now, and I, along with many others, thank her for proving that one could be devout and still have not only no fear, but a passionate love for art and culture.
PBS offers a short biography of her life here.
Zdzisław Beksiński was a Polish multimedia artist whose utopian realist works stood in stark contrast to his rather jovial personal demeanor. He may have been an artists whose work could scare the hell out of you, but he was also quite a decent man who had a fondness for classical music, as well as some rock (his son, Tomasz, was a noted DJ who committed suicide in 1999).
Once again, the brilliant folks at Eighth Tower Records, a subgroup of Unexplained Sounds, have released a compilation whose subject inspired some of the most brutally dark ambient music artists active to come up with some bleak aural monstrosities.
I am very proud to introduce my cousin, Chris Trull, to my friends and connections! He’s blossomed into a hell of a video producer and photographer, and if you’re looking for someone to do a music video for you, especially if you’re into things that lean more towards prog, grunge, and even psychedelic music, Chris is your man!
Photographer Khozga Hasan has been documenting Kurdish Peshmerga fighters who have been battling the Islamic State in Iraq. Erbil, Iraq-based Rudaw News’ website has the article here for your perusal.
Helen Mirren photographed by Miller Mobley. Check out a young Judi Dench modelling for Christian Dior here
Age has done little to diminish the beauty of Helen Mirren. Miller Mobley did a fine