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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 Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle (2009) Film Review

About a year ago, I was working for a start-up in an old building in Seattle’s SoDo District. It was complete with rickity floorboards and unusual decorations crafted from salvaged parts. The overwhelming scent could’ve been described as “dusty.” The upstairs housed uniquely-decorated office spaces, and the downstairs had a large, spacious room with no...Read...
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Ken Garduno Illustrates For A Twilight Zone World.

Currently showing the above piece, Vacation, at the Bold Hype in Orlando, Florida, Ken Garduno is an artist who caught my attention with his great line art and unique illustration style. His characters are contorted, full of whimsy, and scarcely adhering to the rules of the physical world as we know it, creating starkly memorable...Read...
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Scott Brooks, Andy Haynes, and Marie Barr at Autumn’s Delight

Coming in three days is a show in Escondido, California, that features the works of three technically proficient artists all bonded by an unconventional, twisted flair. Here’s what you can expect in Distinction Gallery‘s upcoming show. First, there’s Scott Brooks. His warm-colored works feature warped characters who walk the fine line between human and alien....Read...
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John Cederquist – Conservation Chair

Easiest my favorite piece from the deYoung Museum is John Cederquist‘s Conservation Chair, created in 1998. This thing was absolutely mind-blowing, and it was definitely interesting to hear an intelligent 8 year old girl (who was later reprimanded by her mother for asking what a “rave” was) give her analysis about the great perspective used...Read...
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Paprika (2007) Film Review

At first glance, Paprika is a stylish sci-fi detective thriller that uses dreams as a reason to explore the limits of animation. The visuals are exhilarating and titillating based on any level of criteria. But while many would be quick to write this film off as another “beautiful but brainless” offering from Japan, underneath all...Read...
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The Bothersome Man (2006) Film Review

Norway, 2006, 90 minutes, DigiBeta Norweigan (with English subtitles) The reason the synopsis for The Bothersome Man sounds ambiguous is because the film is. A Norweigan surrealist flick directed by Jens Lien and written by Per Schreiner, The Bothersome Man has won 8 awards at film festivals around the world, as well as been nominated...Read...
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Mike Gallegos Artist Interview

Mike Gallegos may work for a family-owned trash company by day, but he is 100% artist by night. Armed with acrylics, canvasses, and paint markers, Gallegos’ work shows the influence of many things. But upon first glance, it is obvious that the art movements that resounded most with Gallegos are those of surrealism and pop...Read...
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