Banksy Shreds

“There was a lot of buzz around the last lot of the auction – Banksy’s Girl With Balloon. Done with spray paint and acrylic on canvas, mounted on board, signed and dedicated on the reverse, and framed in thick ornament artist’s frame the piece was said to be the best version of one of the most iconic images by the artist, so the world was watching how far the auction would go. And it went far. Selling for 1,042,000 GBP (1,357,726 USD including premiums), it was a grandiose ending to a successful week when the most bizarre thing happened.

According to the people in the room, just as the hammer fell down confirming the sale, the painting started shredding itself through the thick frame. The alarms went off, the staff took away the painting, and we’re yet to learn what actually happened there tonight.”

—”Banksy Canvas Shredded @ Sotheby’s Auction in London,” Juxtapoz Magazine. October 5, 2018.

Ironically, the shredding makes this art piece more valuable to collectors, not less.

Eric by Tom Manning

“When we are clear-eyed about the fact that what we think of as our individual self is really a hodgepodge of artifice, and not really our self, that can be both freeing and terrifying. Our ego constantly chases fleeting needs, which is why an identity based on that ego is fleeting, and happiness based on feeding that ego is fleeting. I think true happiness is probably only attained by the release of ego, which is ironically our ego’s greatest fear. In Eric, I try to capture the horror and freedom of what it might be like to actually erase your ego. It’s all in the book’s opening quote from the Beach Boys: ‘Hang on to your ego / hang on but I know that you’re gonna lose the fight.'”

—Tom Manning quoted in an interview with Sarah Heston, “Magical Los Angeles: An Interview with Tom Manning.” The Los Angeles Review of Books. September 29, 2018.

You can order Eric (or his other graphic novel Runoff) via the author’s website, or ask your local library to order or get it on loan.

Imagine a Forest: Designs and Inspirations For Enchanting Folk Art by Dinara Mirtalipova

Imagine a Forest provides a template for drawing flowers, trees, butterflies, beetles, generic birds, cats, chickens, horses, bears, foxes, firebirds, sirins, mermaids, dragons, griffins, matryoshkas, lions, and gingerbread houses in a folk art style. It also features feudal scenes from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia including feudal royalty, knights, artisans and castles. Fun book to use as a creative starting point. Recommended.

Hamonshu: A Japanese Book of Wave and Ripple Designs (1903) – The Public Domain Review

“…a wonderful selection of wave and ripple designs produced by the Japanese artist Mori Yuzan, about whom not a lot is known, apart from that he hailed from Kyoto, worked in the Nihonga style, and died in 1917. The works would have acted as a kind of go-to guide for Japanese craftsmen looking to adorn their wares with wave and ripple patterns.”

Hamonshu: A Japanese Book of Wave and Ripple Designs.