Sunday, May 30, 2010

Another World: 1.

Photos taken a couple days ago. Beginning of a longer series, which I'll post as I edit. No Photoshop, but a reflection into another world.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Thursday, May 27, 2010

page by Hansjörg Mayer

here's a page from Hansjörg Mayer's series alphabetenquadratbuch 1 (1964-5), scanned from An Anthology of Concrete Poetry (Something Else Press, 1967). Mayer was a typographic designer & book publisher, as well as a visual poet.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Chaotic sequences

From the illustrations to James Gleick's Chaos: Making a New Science, 1987.

There are two kinds of beauty: free beauty (pulchritudo vaga), or beauty which is merely dependent (pulchritudo adhaerens). The first presupposes no concept of what the object should be; the second does presuppose such a concept and, with it, an answering perfection of the object. Those of the first kind are said to be (self-subsisting) beauties of this thing or that thing; the other kind of beauty, being attached to a concept (conditioned beauty), is ascribed to objects which come under the concept of a particular end.

Flowers are free beauties of nature. Hardly anyone but a botanist knows the true nature of a flower, and even he, while recognizing in the flower the reproductive organ of the plant, pays no attention to this natural end when using his taste to judge of its beauty. Hence no perfection of any kind — no internal purposiveness, as something to which the arrangement of the manifold is related — underlies this judgment. Many birds (the parrot, the hummingbird, the bird of paradise), and a number of crustaceans, are self-subsisting beauties which are not appurtenant to any object defined with respect to its end, but please freely and on their own account. So designs à la grecque, foliage for framework or on wallpapers, etc., have no intrinsic meaning; they represent nothing — no object under a definite concept — and are free beauties. We may also rank in the same class what in music are called fantasias (without a theme), and, indeed, all music that is not set to words.

--Immanuel Kant, Critique of Judgment, paragraph 16.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Friday, May 14, 2010

larger "conversations" for Andrei

Dirty Rabbit

Are you a published cartoonist or a comics industry professional?

Then please vote for "Abstract Comics" for best anthology at the Eisner awards:

And, yes, if you have been published in an anthology from a recognized publisher such as Fantagraphics, you are eligible to vote.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

comics by Jodorowsky

not quite abstract, but nearly.

this is one of Alejandro Jodorowsky's Fabulas Panicas (Panic Fables), published in Mexico in the 1960s. more at *. the others look different.

he is better known for his movies El Topo & The Holy Mountain, & his collaborations with bandes dessinées artistes such as Moebius.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Monday, May 10, 2010

Lizard Lick Creek

Night of the World Navigator

My computer briefly froze, or hiccuped, a few minutes ago while trying to download too many things at once, with Photoshop open. Here is a portion of the screen it froze on--cropped but otherwise unedited:

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Conversation for Four Voices

click the image to view the scribd version

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Lettriste comics by Roberto Altmann

a page from the sequence
Zr + 4HCl → ZrCl4 + 2H2
U + 3F2 → UF6

by Roberto Altmann, a Cuban-born Lettriste, published in Cuban revista Signos #3 (1970).

more information: (1) & (2), courtesy of Domingos Isabelinho's blog,
& a slide-show put up by The Modesto Kid.

thanks, Mike Jacobson, for showing me this.

untitled story in parts

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Some links

to my recent pieces:


Saturday, May 1, 2010

An imbroglio

Edit: here is the original version, see explanation in the comments: