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“Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature. Never try to correct them. On the contrary: rationalize them, understand them thoroughly. After that, it will be possible for you to sublimate them.” — Salvador Dalí

Salvador Domènec Felip Jacint Dalí i Domènech, Marquis de Púbol (May 11, 1904 – January 23, 1989), commonly known as Salvador Dalí, was a prominent Spanish Catalan surrealist painter born in Figueres,Spain.

Dalí was a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His painterly skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters. His best-known work, The Persistence of Memory, was completed in 1931. The piece’s hallmark “soft watches” suggest Einstein‘s theory that time is relative and not fixed; the idea for clocks functioning symbolically in this way came to Dalí when he was staring at a runny piece of Camembert cheese on a hot day in August.

Other recurring images in his works include elephants and eggs. The elephants first appeared in 1944’s Dream Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening. They were inspired by Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s sculpture base in Rome of an elephant carrying an ancient obelisk, portrayed “with long, multijointed, almost invisible legs of desire”. Coupled with the image of their brittle legs, these encumbrances, noted for their phallic overtones, create a sense of phantom reality. The egg is another common Dalíesque image, and it appears in The Great Masturbator and The Metamorphosis of Narcissus. He connects the egg to the prenatal and intrauterine, thus using it to symbolize hope and love. Other symbols and their meanings include: ants that point to death, decay, and immense sexual desire; snails that are connected to the human head (he saw a snail on a bicycle outside Freud’s house when he first met Sigmund Freud); and locusts which represent waste and fear.

Dalí was a versatile artist. Some of his more popular works are sculptures and other objects, and he is also noted for his contributions to theatre, fashion, and photography, among other areas.

He attributed his “love of everything that is gilded and excessive, my passion for luxury and my love of oriental clothes” to a self-styled “Arab lineage”, claiming that his ancestors were descended from the Moors. He was highly imaginative, and also had an affinity for partaking in unusual and grandiose behavior. His eccentric manner and attention-grabbing public actions sometimes drew more attention than his artwork — to the dismay of those who held his work in high esteem and to the irritation of his critics. (WIKIPEDIA)

“Instead of stubbornly attempting to use surrealism for purposes of subversion, it is necessary to try to make of surrealism something as solid, complete and classic as the works of museums.” — Salvador Dalí

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Esben and the Witch – When That Head Splits Music Video (Interview w/ Band & Director Rafael Bonilla)

Inspired by Salvador Dali’s painting and poem, The Metamorphosis of Narcissus, Matador Records’s Esben and the Witch have teamed up with prolific director Rafael Bonilla to create a colorful claymation world that’s sinister, playful, and chock full of inventive characters. In this comparative interview, both parties speak to the collaborative process.
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Swahili – Self-Titled Album Review (w/ Full Album Stream)

The relationship between ritualistic drumming and consciousness alteration is an age old tradition stemming largely from the overlooked shamanic cultures of antiquity. It should go without saying that viewing the supposed “triumph” of Western materialism thought over the more “primitive” concepts of animism is a retardedly short-sighted way of oversimplifying the universe, but that’s the...Read...
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Dean Zulich Photographer Interview

That Zulich only has a couple years of photography experience under his belt seems improbable, but what's even more striking is that it is proof that experience isn't always everything. Zulich's images are proof of his ability to push the bounds of innovation, and the result is a body of work that tells of an...
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