The Irrepressible Nature of Irony*

Or, Nothing Is As It Appears To Be If you were to do a search on my site for the word "irony" -- and why would you? -- but, if you were to, of the ten results you would receive, the first three would have the word "irony" in their heading, so it's easy to … Continue reading The Irrepressible Nature of Irony*


Sticking It To The Man: A Cultural Response





Actus Magazine

By Abigail Gilson 

There is a reinvigorated cultural response to the current political dysfunction on the rise. Artists from around the world have mobilised together to troll Trump by creating controversial protest paintings, sculptures, and murals- and they’re holding nothing back. There is no limit of political satire nor hues of orange in these depictions of the U.S president however their outright messages have provoked censorship across social media sites (so much for free speech, eh) and even the administration has threatened particular artists with litigation. Alas, all is not lost with this dose of cultural reassurance: here are five distorted versions of D.T that are sure to make protest-art great again.  

Emotional Downloads by James Ostrer

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This grotesque rendition of Donald Trump is not for the soft-stomached as it is curated completely from raw meat, fish, chewed up pieces of croissant and drizzled in…

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In view of it being Awards Season…

I nominate this amazing New Yorker image for this year's "Best Supporting Image" award. I'm not certain if the article it is in support of is worthy to be nominated for this year's "Best Article" award because I haven't finished it yet because it's so damn long it should have its own Executive Summary. I … Continue reading In view of it being Awards Season…

At Art’s Pointy End of the Spear

As an artist, by which I mean anyone who creates artistically in any medium, do you ever use your art as a down in the trenches, fight fire with fire type of weapon in the never-ending battle against the forces evil; or is your art reserved only as an expression of beauty and love and … Continue reading At Art’s Pointy End of the Spear

If Currin were to do landscapes…

In my flash piece The Sophistry of Now (yeah, I know...don't look at me, I have no idea what it's about either) the narrator describes his sudden return to reality from whatever dream sequence or daydream of a trip he had just been on as "...snapping into focus before him looking like a crazy beautiful … Continue reading If Currin were to do landscapes…

Where You Are We Cannot Go

  With you there we are at the places we cannot go with you we go you take us there with you to the places we cannot go You guide us drive us deep into the heart into the dark into the places we cannot go Through the heat through the snow the snow the … Continue reading Where You Are We Cannot Go


These moving images were selected from the results of a search I did on the term "PTSD" through foter. Attributes and rights can be found in lower right corner of each image. Peace be to the sufferers and those who care for them. / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA / Foter / CC … Continue reading PTSD


Oh, how I love the internet and how it single-handily shrunk the globe.

Because of this magic, I recently was able to make the virtual acquaintance of an artist, a visionary artist, a German Artist!

How cool is that?

To some dude sitting in a lazy chair in a house on top of a windy and rolling hill in southern Pennsylvania, it’s pretty frikkin cool.

But the best part about all of this is not so much the magic of the internet (let’s face it, that’s old news), the best part is the all the new Art that I now am aware of and have access to.

And now I would like to share some of that magic and awareness and access with you.

The artist’s name is H SHLAGEN and he is currently working on a style of artwork that he has encompassed under the title of MY BLAKEAN YEAR, which was inspired by the Patti Smith song of the same title.

SHLAGEN’s work from My Blakean Year is evocative, to say the least. Many of the pieces evoke from me dark, haunting, beautiful images similar to what TS ELIOT’s masterpiece The Waste Land evokes.

I shared his piece entitle KABUKI for two reasons: The first being its indelible beauty, and the second being that we both share a deep love for Japan.

So celebrate and enjoy with me my new friendship with German artist H SHLAGEN and his wonderful MY BLAKEAN YEAR artwork by visiting both his personal website, where you can while away the time in mesmerizing fascination, as well as the online gallery where is work is exhibited and available for purchase.


H Schlagen


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