So this new feature “Week Links” is becoming more of a Friday-Saturday posting instead of Friday only. But, hey it’s better than posting the following week. Without further adieu, here is a round-up of stories that recognize the “The Artists”–those who are creating and those who will create no more but leave a legacy of beauty and whimsy for the rest of us:
Your mama always says “Don’t play with your food!” But when you are an adult with artistic flare and a camera, that rule gets tossed out with uneaten, spoiled leftovers.
For almost every day last month Malaysian artist/architect Hong Yi (who often goes by the nickname Red) created a fun illustration made with common (and occasionally not so common) food. Her parameters were simple: the image had to be comprised entirely of food and the only backdrop could be a white plate.
Why just dream of being part of a comic or a superhero movie? Just draw and photograph yourself into one!
Gaikuo-Captain, has put himself in the middle of his creations. Apparently he originally just wanted to make a profile photo for himself and then ended up with this series of awesomeness!
The modern superhero look we are familiar with today was largely due to the incredible talents of Carmine Infantino who worked at DC Comics during the Golden and Silver Age of comic books (late 50s to mid 70s).
It’s not a stretch to say Carmine was one of the most influential artists of our time. Whether he was bringing the first appearance of Barry Allen to life, or building a bridge between Earth-One and Two in the legendary “The Flash of Two Worlds” story, chronicling the adventures of Adam Strange and reinventing the look of Batman and his entire family, he breathed new life into every character he encountered, and also made a name for himself as a respected and skilled publishing executive. A supreme talent and versatile creator, Carmine stands tall among the legends of comics.
Behind every visionary is a grand encourager and partner. For Jim Henson, the creator of the beloved Muppets and Sesame Street characters, his muse was his wife Jane:
Cheryl Henson, who is president of the Jim Henson Foundation, said her mother had provided ballast for her father’s creative freedom and was his artistic collaborator throughout their life. “She encouraged him to take risks,” she said, “always urged him not to compromise.” In the Henson family lexicon, she said, “We called her the great maza shelaza of the Muppets.”Roughly translated, she added, that meant the mother of all Muppets.
Although his health had been in decline due to a valiant battle with cancer, the news that legendary movie critic and Pulitzer-Prize winning writer Roger Ebert had died rocked a lot of people this week. He was the average day movie goers reviewer and a great lover of film. I will miss his reviews and his writing which was never dumbed down or condescending to the reader/movie-goer.
Roger loved the movies and big ideas and great conversation and hard work. He loved the very idea of living a full and examined life, and he was an inspiration to millions of others. Movie fans adored Roger, of course, but so did all of us who at times can feel that electric surge that is life itself.
There are numerous articles on the web regarding Ebert’s death and his impact on pop culture. I recommend this tribute by another legendary movie critic, Peter Travers and this wonderful piece on Ebert’s religion.