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Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s, and is best known for the visual art, poetry, and literature of the group members. Surrealist works feature the element of surprise, unexpected juxtapositions and non sequitur; however, many Surrealist artists and writers regard their work as an expression of the philosophical movement first and foremost, with the works being an artifact. Many surreal works are created through the use of techniques and games to provide inspiration, which are said to free imagination by producing a creative process free of conscious control. The importance of the unconscious as a source of inspiration is central to the nature of surrealism.

Famous surreal artists, writers, and filmmakers include but are not limited to:
Luis Buñuel, Giorgio de Chirico, Jean Cocteau, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Valentine Hugo, Marcel Lecomte, René Magritte, E. L. T. Mesens, Joan Miró, Paul Nougé, Méret Oppenheim, Francis Picabia, Louis Scutenaire, André Souris, Yves Tanguy, and Toyen. (Wikipedia)

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The Wild Hunt (2009) Film Review

The Wild Hunt Director: Alexandre Franchi Canada, 2009 Geexploitation has been a Hollywood trademark for years. From “Revenge of the Nerds” to “Superbad” to “Fanboys,” even when geeks are the heroes they are still tragi-comic characters with barely a single dimension to their name. Geeks are not real to the Hollywood scriptwriter. Their feelings and...Read...
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Celebrating Art History: Max Ernst

April is the month of Max Ernst‘s birth and life (2 April 1891 – 1 April 1976), so it seems appropriate to celebrate his contributions to Surrealism and the Dada movement with the first post of our “Celebrating Art History” series. The series will pop up from time-to-time, when historical dates of significant artists pop...Read...
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Terribly Happy (Frygtelig Lykkelig) (2008) Film Review

Directed by Henrik Ruben Genz Terribly Happy opens with an outrageous narrative the film claims is based off of true events. In a small town, farmers discover that their cows are sinking into the grass fields, because the fields are really part bog. One cow gets stuck in the boggy field and is eventually dug...Read...
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Oh My God, Inka Essenhigh!!!

What happens when New Age themes mix with surrealism and whimsy? Inka Essenhigh‘s work! This New York artist has exhibited her oil paintings throughout the United States and Europe, and she now has an exhibit on display at 303 Gallery in New York City through February 20th. Here’s just an itty-bitty taste of what’s on...Read...
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Good Ol’ Andy Haynes @ The Hive Gallery!

TONIGHT, Andy Haynes has his first show of 2010. He will be showing his works at the The Hive Gallery in Culver City, California. It will be a multimedia event featuring live bands and performances, and will run from 8:00pm to 1:00am. Make it out if you can. The show will feature an installation of...Read...
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Elena Kalis Shoots The Things Dreams Are Made Of.

Elena Kalis takes photos that look like snapshots into one’s dreams. She has three separate portfolios on her site — a black and white Impressions Gallery, a sparsely colored African-Carribean Gallery, and a hyper-colored Underwater Gallery. All three contain series of perfectly-executed portraits that capture humanity at the height of its potential for whimsy. The...Read...
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David Stevenson At Cherry Street Cafe!

Now on display at Cherry Street Cafe (the 1212 1st Ave. location) are the tripped out works of artist David Stevenson. The above piece is entitled Battles, and it turns what might be a Seattle cityscape into a living, breathing organism. The symbolism hidden in Stevenson’s pieces surely mean different things to different people, but...Read...
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