Archive for surreal

New Discovery – Valeriya Volkova

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2013 by dc

26 year old, Russian-born illustrator, Valeriya Volkova moved to America in 1997 and specialises in gloriously detailed and vividly surreal illustrations and paintings.

As is the norm with most of the new art I seem to come across nowadays I spotted a couple of Valeriya‘s works on Pinterest recently, and have since become a big fan of her style – check out one of my favourites, Pool below:


And check out more of Valeriya‘s work here.

And if you’re feeling particularly flush you can buy the original, Pool for $800 here.

Tim & Eric’s Go Pro Show – all six episodes

Posted in Comedy, Funny, TV with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2013 by dc


I’m a big fan of absurdist oddballs, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. Their surrealistic and satirical show, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! warped comedy from the bowels of US public-access television and low budget-commercials, and ran for five seasons between 2007 and 2010.

In the US the show aired on the Cartoon Network‘s Adult Swim comedy block – but it’s not an easy one to find on UK TV. I initially stumbled across it early last year on TCM – but had to track down the majority of episodes online (mild grumble over).

Anyway, Tim & Eric have recently debuted a new ‘reality show’ online. Over the past week the pair have uploaded six five minutes episodes of, Tim & Eric’s Go Pro Show.

After being sent a pair of Go Pro head-mounted cameras the pair decide to document their everyday lives – and that’s the show in a nutshell. It’s very daft and fans who haven’t seen it yet, will no doubt love it.

If you haven’t seen it yet, here are all six episodes to watch in full:

Episode 1 of 6

Episode 2 of 6

Episode 3 of 6

Episode 4 of 6

Episode 5 of 6

Episode 6 of 6

Captain Beefheart’s Trout Mask Replica due to be reissued next month

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2013 by dc


One of the weirdest sounding records ever made, Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band‘s Trout Mask Replica, is due for the reissue treatment this May.

The album led the legendary DJ John Peel to gush, “If there has been anything in the history of popular music which could be described as a work of art in a way that people who are involved in other areas of art would understand, then Trout Mask Replica is probably that work.” And love it or hate it, it still ranks as one of the most intriguing records of all time.

I remember the first time I heard it, driving through country lanes with my dad in the early 1990’s. Neither of us had heard it before and we were confused, amused, mildly disturbed and befuddled by it’s off kilter jazz clatterings and surrealist howling. In many ways it’s the ultimate mood album. Listen to it at the wrong time and it sounds like the world has just broken in two. Listen to it at the right time and it scrambles and tickles the brain like a perfectly orchestrated accident.

If you’ve not heard it before, give it a listen before the new freshly polished version comes out in a few weeks time. You might hate it. Or love it. Or just question its oddness.

Wayne Coyne stars in new Virgin Mobile advert

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , on March 17, 2013 by dc

So, is Wayne Coyne a sell-out for appearing in this new Virgin Mobile advert – or is he subverting things from the inside out?

Check out the new ad the Flaming Lips frontman is starring in, and you decide:

I reckon it’s the former – but hey, we all need to make a living, right? Credit crunch and all that…

The art of Wangechi Mutu

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2013 by dc

Wangechi Mutu is an artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her work often contains plant-like and/or human-like elements mixed with abstract patterns and decorations. I love it for it’s wild and vivid surrealism – and her work extends from collage and paintings through to sculptural installations.

Her work, whilst new to me, has appeared in a number of the biggest galleries in the world, from the Tate Modern in London to the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Check out three of my favourite Mutu pieces below:

Intertwined (2003)

Homeward Bound (2009)

Untitled mixed media collage (2003)

Check out more of Wangechi Mutu’s work here.

Eric Wareheim directs new Beach House video

Posted in Comedy, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2013 by dc

This is what you get when you hire Tim & Eric‘s Eric Wareheim to direct your music video…

…Surreal stadium at half-time oddness starring Twin Peaks‘ brilliant Ray Wise. I love it! The casting of Wise is inspired – although it does make you wish those Twin Peaks Season Three rumours were true – shame they’re not.

Wishes is taken from Baltimore ‘dream pop’ duo, Beach House‘s Bloom album, which was released last March.

The art of Pat Perry

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , on February 28, 2013 by dc

One of my favourite current artists is Michigan based illustrator and painter, Pat Perry. I love the surreal nature of his work and the rich intricacy. I also love his seemingly ongoing fascination with the human head and buildings. The best compliment I can give his work is that it makes my eyes dance.

Check out some of his work below and see if it makes your eyes dance slightly too:




You can visit Pat Perry‘s website and check out more of his work here.