Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Fausto Melotti - The Art of Counterpoint

Fausto Melotti (1901 - 1986)

1. Fantasia, 1972. Brass.

2.  Pavane pour des enfants defunts, 1960. Brass and bronze.

3. Jonio, 1962. Brass.

4. Gli effimeri (Ephemerals), 1978. Brass and fabric.
A score of weightless ideograms like water insects that seem to whirl on a brass structure screened by gauze thread. ~ Italo Calvino. 

5. Ahi! Come presto stridono i venti, misti alia fredda pioggia autunnal..., (da un duetto di Mendelssohn) (Oh! How quickly the winds screech, mixed with the cold autumnal rain..., [from a Mendelssohn duet]), 1966. Brass and bronze. 

6. Festa alla torre di Babele (Feast on the Babel Tower), 1971. Brass.  

7. Scultura C - Infinito (Sculpture C - Infinity), 1969.  Inox steel.

8. Uomini e superuomini (Men and supermen), 1960. Brass. 

9. Monumento al nulla (Monument to nothing), 1972. Copper and inox steel.

10. I lavandai (The laundrymen), 1969. Brass.  

11. Tema e variazioni IV (Theme and Variations IV), 1970. Brass.

12. Contrappunto VIII (Counterpoint VIII), 1971. Inox steel.

13. Canone variato I (Varied Canon I), 1967. Inox steel.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Japanese Theatre Actors

1 - 4. Kinoshita Junji (1914 – 2006) in "Twilight Crane" (Yūzuru, 1949).

5. The imposing silhouette of the actor Kikugoro in a classic kabuki play called Kanjincho.

6. Kampei and Okaru interpreting Chushingura, a very popular kabuki.

7. Two dancers of the kabuki ballet company directed by Iusuke Hanayaghi.

8. The dancer Kinosuke in a kabuki dance.

9. Kabuki scene.

10. Love scene played by Ebizo (man) and Baiko (woman) in a kabuki drama by Kawatake Mokuami.

11. Love scene interpreted by Uzaemon (man) and Nizaemon (woman) in a  kabuki piece of the dramatist Kawatake Mokuami.

12. A scene from kabuki theater presented by the company directed by Iusuke Hanayaghi.

13. Noh scene.

14. Scene of Noh drama.

15. Scene of Noh drama. 

16. The costume of the lead actor in a Noh drama.

17. The Bugaku, a classical court dance.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Virgin Finlay - In dim abysses

Virgil Finlay (1914 - 1971) - twelve pen-and-ink illustrations for sf magazines.

1. The City of the Dead by Augusta Groner, 1948.

2. The Shadowy Third by Ellen Glasgow, 1951.

3. The Angry Street by G. K. Chesterton, 1947.

4. The Triggered Dimension by Harry Bates, 1953.

5. The Mad Planet by Murray Leinster, 1948.

6. The Man Who Mastered Time by Ray Cummings, 1950.

7. Full Moon by Talbot Mundy, 1953.

8. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merritt.

9. According to His Abilities by Harry Harrison, 1964.

10. The Bird of Time by Wallace West, 1952.

11. And Not in Peace by George Whitley, 1946.

12. Being by Richard Matheson, 1954.

To Virgin Finlay
upon his drawing for Robert Bloch's Tale, "The Faceless God"
by H. P. Lovecraft.
In dim abysses pulse the shapes of night,
Hungry and hideous, with strange miters crowned;
Black pinions beating in fantastic flight
From orb to orb through soulless voids profound.
None dares to name the cosmos whence they course,
Or guess the look on each amorphous face,
Or speak the words that with resistless force
Would draw them from the halls of outer space.
Yet here upon a page our frightened glance
Finds monstrous forms no human eye should see;
Hints of those blasphemies whose countenance
Spreads death and madness through infinity.
What limner he who braves black gulfs alone
And lives to wake their alien horrors known?

Published in Weird Tales (July 1937).

Friday, January 31, 2014

Prehistoric Rock Paintings of Libyan and Algerian Sahara

1. Garamantian chariot pulled by two horses - Wadi Tashwinat valley, Acacus (Fezzan), southern Libya.

2. Ritual dance - Acacus (Fezzan), southern Libya.

3. Ox with lyre-shaped horns - Acacus (Fezzan), southern Libya.

4. Bovine couple with curved horns - Acacus (Fezzan), southern Libya.

5. Men, women and children with their cattle herd - Djebel El Aouénat.

6. Two masked hunters - Asadjan-oua-Mellen (Central Tassili, south-east Algeria).

7. Men and gazelles running - Tin Amrar.

8. Man with a feather headdress, a snake charmer, a man with a neolithic plow - Ta Tekrori.

9. Garamantian chariot surrounded by male and female figures - Tin Ouba Teka.

10. Cattle herd - Djebel El Aouénat.

11. Cattle herd - Ouan Bender.

12. A  herd of Hyppoitraginae (quaternary fauna) - Ouan Bender.

13. Scenes of everyday life of ancient Saharan populations - Oua Molin, Libya.

14. Conical construction with rooster, date palms and warriors armed with javelins. - Oua Molin, Libya.