Thursday, September 27, 2012

Planetary Unfolding

Very excited to have been turned on to the excellent electronic soundscapes of Michael Stearns, an American composer whose brilliant work has unfortunately slipped into the gluttonous aether of 80's obscure self released "New Age" recordings (much of which is haplessly disposable). 

Basically, the dude was like the Bob Ross of synthesizer music, blending a cosmic tonality and expansive approach similar to Klaus Schulze or Roedelius with an uncanny melodic underscore and pleasantly graceful atmosphere. Take for example Stearns' 1985 LP Planetary Unfolding. Like Ross' gentle commentary and lackadaisical painterly handiwork on his famed public access show, Stearns makes the music as simple to listen to as it seemingly would be to play, never mind the complex network of patch cables and ensemble of keyboards it took to create it. Stearns enables the listener simply to drift off into the astral plane with the closing of ones eyes. He even kinda looked like Bob Ross!

Thanks to Bryan Lear for pointing this one out to me!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

More New Work from Meng Yang

This illustration, by my buddy Meng, was based around the idea that during the Black Death, beer was actually safer to drink than water!

More of Yang's work here.

More Recent Artists On My Mind: Odilon Redon

 "Apocalypse de Saint-Jean Et le lia pour mille ans" lithograph


"Germination" lithograph

Monday, September 24, 2012

Artists of Recent Interest

A selection of some of the most fascinating painters and draughtsman I've had the pleasure of discovering in the recent months.

Vija Celmins "Untitled Web 2" mezzotint

Michael Borremans "Untitled" oil on canvas

Michael Borremans "Automat (I)" oil on canvas

Denis Forkas "Manifestation of Azrael" acrylic on paper

Denis Forkas "Utech Sabbath" ink, salt, tea on paper

Meng Yang's Genghis Khan

A beautiful illustration of a young Genghis Khan and his wolf mother. In response to a proposed idea about a local semimonthly drawing club group, I recently got this image emailed to me from my good friend Meng Yang a brilliant designer and print maker, who operates a very cool online poster store, Know Your Flag. Be sure to drop by and check out some of his work. Beautiful craftsmanship, design and a wealth of Chicago historical knowledge!