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Friday, April 23, 2004
  FORM, Art Based on Web Technology

FORM is by Alexei Shulgin, one of the leaders in Web art. Here, in a 1997 piece, he has opened up and nearly exhaused the sorts of visual things you can do with HTML form elements -- input buttons, checkboxes, submit buttons, etc. 
  Men at Work in depth

Men at Work in depth is a fascinating collection of pictographic road signs from around the world. Interesting to because of the similarities and differences in the simple -- and sometimes not so simple -- silhouettes of road workers, children crossing the street and falling rocks. There is huge variety in the latter and some of them might be quite inspiring to abstract artists. See for instance www.elve.net/rrotpor.htm in Portugal or www.elve.net/rrotky.htm in Kyrgyzstan. 
Thursday, April 22, 2004
  Censorship in arts 'healthy,' Pat Boone Says

Censorship in arts 'healthy,' Boone says - The Washington Times: Nation/Politics - April 21, 2004

"I don't think censorship is a bad word, but it has become a bad word because everybody associates it with some kind of restriction on liberty," said Mr. Boone.


If censorship is not "some kind of restriction on liberty," just what the @#$&*@# is it, Mr. Boone? In his defense, I must admit that he says censorship should be self-imposed. But then it's not really censorship is it, except in the broadest -- but not in the legal -- sense of the word?
 
Monday, April 19, 2004
  International Political Cartoons

If your work involves political or social content, it's worth a couple hours of poring through http://cagle.slate.msn.com/politicalcartoons/ to see what political cartoonists around the world are thinking. In some cases, the graphic technique is extraordinary, too. Be forewarned, though, that for some reason, many of these artists see the U. S. president as a liar, a reckless cowboy, an imbecile or a combination of all three and they also see the U. S. military as brutal. and disrespectful.

Some examples:


http://cagle.slate.msn.com/politicalcartoons/PCcartoons/schrank.asp

http://zone.artizans.com/product.htm?pid=285106
http://cagle.slate.msn.com/politicalcartoons/PCcartoons/boligan.asp
http://cagle.slate.msn.com/politicalcartoons/PCcartoons/farhad.asp

http://cagle.slate.msn.com/politicalcartoons/PCcartoons/arcadio.asp

http://cagle.slate.msn.com/politicalcartoons/PCcartoons/chappatte.asp
http://cagle.slate.msn.com/politicalcartoons/pccartoons/archives/hasan.asp 
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