For over 9 years, graphic designer and digital artist Mike Winkelmann (aka Beeple) has endeavored to create a new digital illustration every single day. From abstract blobs of metallic goo to fully-realized science fiction landscapes, Winkelmann shares every creation he makes in an uninterrupated stream online via Tumblr, Facebook and elsewhere. While some pieces are more successful than others, he says the daily act of creation is less about producing consistently solid work, and more about working through ideas, quickly working through the bad ones, and learning new tools or methods. The vast majority of what he imagines simply defies explanation or genre, and themes change dramatically from image to image. Winkelmann shares more about his process and tools in this interview with iO9. (via Behance)
Published only once in 1973, Les Diners de Gala was a dream fulfilled for surrealist artist Salvador Dali who claimed at the age of 6 that he wanted to be a chef. The bizarro cookbook pairs 136 recipes over 12 chapters (the 10th of which is dedicated to aphrodisiacs) with the his exceptionally strange illustrations and collages created especially for the publication. The artworks depict towering mountains of crayfish with unsettling overtones of cannibalism, an unusual meeting of a swan and a toothbrush in a pastry case, and portraits of Dali himself mingling with chefs against decadent place settings. Recipes include such delicacies as “Thousand Year Old Eggs”, “Veal Cutlets Stuffed With Snails”, “Frog Pasties”, and “Toffee with Pine Cones”.
Dali is widely known for his opulent dinner parties thrown with his wife Gala, events that were almost more theatrical than gustatory. Guests, many of the celebrities, were required to wear completely outlandish costumes and an accompaniment of wild animals often roamed free around the dinner table. Despite the unusual ingredients and preparation methods, many of the old school recipes in Les Diners de Gala originated in some of the top restaurants in Paris at the time including Lasserre, La Tour d’Argent, Maxim’s, and Le Train Bleu. Lest you think anything in the book might be remotely healthy, it offers a cautionary disclaimer at the outset:
We would like to state clearly that, beginning with the very first recipes, Les Diners de Gala, with its precepts and its illustrations, is uniquely devoted to the pleasures of Taste. Don’t look for dietetic formulas here.
We intend to ignore those charts and tables in which chemistry takes the place of gastronomy. If you are a disciple of one of those calorie-counters who turn the joys of eating into a form of punishment, close this book at once; it is too lively, too aggressive, and far too impertinent for you.
Only around 400 copies of Les Diners de Gala are known to survive, most of which sell for hundreds of dollars. However Taschen has finally made this rare book available for the first time in 43 years as a new reprint currently available for pre-order. If this whets your Dali appetite, don’t miss the 150th anniversary edition of his 1969 illustrations for Alice in Wonderland. (via Brain Pickings, It’s Nice That)
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While glancing at Salvador Dalí’s paintings one might get the sense that they’ve tripped down their mind’s own rabbit hole, all of a sudden dropped within a barren wasteland filed with abstract objects and creatures. The pairing then, of Dalí and Alice in Wonderland writer and mathematician Lewis Carroll, seem perfectly matched—two men whose minds travel far beyond the cutesy corners of an average fairytale. In the 1960s an editor at Random House realized this genius partnership, commissioning Dalí to illustrate an exclusive edition of Alice in Wonderland, of which Dalí signed every copy.
This rare edition of Alice was long coveted by rare book collectors and scholars, making only occasional appearances for study or the auction block. However, for the 150th anniversary of Lewis’ surrealist tale, this one-of-a-kind collaboration has finally been printed for the public by Princeton University Press. The deluxe edition, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, features an introduction explaining Dalí’s connection to Carroll by Lewis Carroll Society of North America President Mark Burstein, and exploration by mathematician Thomas Banchoff of the mathematics found in Dalí’s work and illustrations. (via Brain Pickings, Lost at E Minor)
Down the Rabbit Hole
The Pool of Tears
The Queen’s Croquet Ground
The Caucus Race and a Long Tale
The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill
Pig and Pepper
Mad Tea Party
The Mock Turtle’s Story
The Lobster’s Quadrille
Frontispiece for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
“Adam’s Office” (2016), oil on canvas, 120 x 160 cm
Spanish artist Paco Pomet (previously) references the appearance of vintage vacation photos and vast historical landscapes in his surreal oil paintings, works that offer a subtle humor from their often grayscale palette. By rendering limbs as freakishly elongated tubes and adding touches of neon green and orange, Pomet brings his images of the past into the future, hinting at a post-apocalyptic realm where humans are forced to live beside the radioactive waste that has lead to their bodies’ defects.
Pomet had his third solo exhibition with Richard Heller Gallery in Santa Monica earlier this summer. You can see more of his work on his portfolio site.
“Childhood” (2016), oil on canvas, 60 x 80 cm
“The Visitor” (2016), oil on canvas, 120 x 140 cm
“The Vermilion Case” (2016), oil on canvas, 60 x 80
“Social” (2016), diptych, oil on canvas, 120 x 180 cm
“The Landlord” (2016), oil on canvas, 120 x 140 cm
Mateo Pizarro’s tiny graphite drawings are scarcely larger than the length of a match but contain enough detail to suggest entire stories, both surreal and terrifying. The Colombian artist refers to these as his Micro-Barroque series, and while the images shown here seem focused on the incredible detail contained in small spaces, Pizarro also explores more macabre and unsettling images in a collection of hybrid creatures titled Bestiary of Improbable Animals. You can see more of Pizarro’s work on Instagram and Behance. (via Juxtapoz)
Like a double exposed photograph or hazy dream, Eric Roux-Fountaine‘s paintings capture worlds just slightly outside of our known reality, magical moments dotted with starlight and ghostly orbs. Within the softly painted works, tightrope walkers teeter through tall forests at dusk, while couples zing through the air on carnival rides set in front of the moon.
Roux-Fountaine approaches each of his paintings in the same way a director might work with a film, casting the characters of his works with a loose interpretation. “At no time am I trying to depict a place in a literal way, because I think we paintThe with our culture as much as with our nature,” said the French artist. “And the memory, or the feeling we keep of a place or a scene, is sometimes more interesting than the ‘raw’ reality. People depicted in paintings are more like actors. They appear in a scene then, it is up to everyone to put together the movie!”
Many of Roux-Fontaine’s works are inspired by his frequent travels throughout Central America, India, and Eastern Europe. He is represented by Galerie Felli in Paris, M Fine Arts in Boston, and Waltman Ortega Fine Art in Miami where he was in the group exhibition “Territories of Beyond” earlier this year. You can see more of his surreal paintings on his website. (via Hi-Fructose)