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From Horror to Ecstasy – Dave McKean Turns Silence into Expression

Posted in Century Guild Contemporary, Dave McKean, Silent Cinema, Transmission Atelier, Uncategorized with tags , , on 26 April, 2012 by SeanChase

On February 26th, 2012, something rather extraordinary occurred:  The Artist, a contemporary silent film won the ‘Academy Award for Best Motion Picture of the Year‘.  Almost coinciding with this momentous occasion is the fact that a few days later, March 4th marked the 90th anniversary of what is my favorite film of all time, Nosferatu – Eine Symphonie des Grauens, directed by German silent filmmaker Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau.  On March 4th, the film had its gala preview showing back in 1922.  The film, for those who aren’t familiar with it, has become an iconic classic among the annals of horror films and is one of the most visually poetic of the films often collectively referred to as German Expressionist cinema.

Max Schreck as Count Orlok and Greta Schröder as Ellen.  In the starkly climactic scene of the 1922 film “Nosferatu”, the vampire Count Orlok is lured to his demise with an offering of blood by the virtuous and virginal heroine, Ellen Hutter.  As she sacrifices herself to his monstrous appetite, Count Orlok is diverted and unaware of the passing time, thus rendering him helpless to the lethal first rays of sunlight.

“Nosferatu” (2010, mixed media).  Dave McKean’s marvelously expressionistic interpretation of the same scene in the film.  One of the great examples of his ongoing “Nitrate” series of paintings which are a glorious homage to classic films of the early era.  The use of tortured angles, rich textures, and chiaroscuro effects would have met with great approval from the film’s director F.W. Murnau.

Many of these silent films possess a symbolic quality and a visual poetry that most modern films lack entirely.  The filmmakers of the Expressionist movement took advantage of the environment in which the story played out and used it to serve as a visual metaphor for the emotional state of the characters.  Cinematographers and cameramen employed new techniques in moving the camera around while shooting, in addition to placing an emphasis on the contrast between light and shadow.  Meanwhile editors experimented with cutting scenes so as to create the illusion of geographical and emotional continuity from one shot to the next.

It was a new era and because no one had ever laid out the rules or guidelines for what couldn’t be done in the cinema, many filmmakers approached their craft with an experimental curiosity, both in terms of the subject matter that they explored and the way in which they went about creating the haunting imagery being shown on screen.

The ominous figure of Mephisto, played by German character actor Emil Jannings, hovers over the town as his colossal wings fan a miasma of plague on the people.  This classic scene from F.W. Murnau’s 1926 film “Faust” was a showcase not only for special effects of the day, but also a wonderful opportunity to display the operatic scale of the battle between good and evil in the cinematic medium.

“Faust” (2007, mixed media).  Dave McKean’s impressive take on the memorable scene.  The way in which he has fabricated the effect of the wind and the cloud of plague blowing over the rooftops is extremely creepy and stylistically rivals the same effect achieved in the film.

Interestingly, there has been in the past few years a growing appreciation and understanding of why silent cinema is so special.  While film scholars and cineastes have long championed silent films for their artistic merits and their technical innovation, many modern film audiences have until recently dismissed them as relics of the past, but now with the this new recognition that silent films are receiving, many movie goers are reevaluating their initial stance on these classics.  No more are they being viewed as fading relics of redundant or obsolete technologies.  Finally, more people are beginning to see their artistic value and the important part that they played in the continuing evolution of the movie industry.

Without the films of Georges Méliès, Robert Wiene, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Sergei Eisenstein, Fritz Lang, Georg Wilhelm Pabst, Victor Sjöström, Paul Leni, and others, we wouldn’t even have had the wonderful European art house films of the past 50 years.  And these are but just a few of the great filmmakers from Europe.  There were many wonderful silent film directors in America and throughout other parts of the world.  Taking that into consideration, the long lasting effect of these films cannot be understated;  they are an essential part of our culture and of cinematic history.
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Jeremy Bastian sale: his very best artworks in a unique format!

Posted in Uncategorized on 23 April, 2012 by Thomas Negovan

Jeremy Bastian’s one-off Transmission Atelier ultra-high resolution archival prints.

We printed the giant pages for the November 20, 2010 exhibition, and the smaller framed prints were detail images to highlight the intricate linework of his “The Last Witch’s Head at the Wall of Man’s Demise” artwork in November 2011’s Grand Guignol exhibition.

Jeremy signed each high resolution print with his name and the date of the exhibition.  The artworks were captured using Transmission Atelier’s $15,000 scanner, and printed with the same expertise- and on the same paper- as the gorgeous edition prints that we produce with him.

Should these be a giant premium because they’re one-offs?  From an exhibition?  I don’t know.  We’re just looking to recoup printing and see these go to a good home instead of having them move from shelf to shelf here in the gallery, so they’re in line with the prices of the regular edition prints that we do with Jeremy, but with the exception that these were hung in exhibitions, and are wholly unique.

I want one of these for myself, but all are being posted; I’ll keep whichever the last one to remain is… to my eyes there’s not a single sleeper in the bunch- these were all selected by Jeremy and I as the best pages and artworks possible.  The Witch’s Head details include the framing, which is museum grade archival.

You can see in the previous post what an amazing event Jeremy’s first exhibition was, and no matter how big his career gets, these will always be from that very first show.  I think that in and of itself is really special, and these aren’t images that we’ll ever be making large format prints of so they’ll be something that no one else will ever have for a number of reasons.

Email me at THOMAS at CENTURY GUILD dot NET (no spaces, obviously!) if you want to take advantage of this unique opportunity.

Please note that there are little bits of handling wear.  They’ll frame just perfectly.

-Tom

CLICK ON IMAGES TO SEE THEM AT LARGE SIZES… CLICK A SECOND TIME AND THEY BLOW UP EVEN MORE.

Unique archival prints, various sizes. Signed and dated 10-22-10. Details, blown up 500% and archivally framed. #s 1-3, 5-6 are $300 each, #4 is $225.

Unique archival prints, various sizes. Signed and dated 10-22-11 by Jeremy Bastian. Details, blown up 500%. #s 1-3, 5-6 are $300 each archivally framed, #4 is $225 archivally framed.

$450, unique, 22 x 34 inches. Signed and dated 11-20-10. Apollonia's room- Jeremy pointed out in this blow-up how there are a ton of clues hidden on this page about the rest of the storyline- at this size you can really search for them!

SOLD, unique, 22 x 34 inches. Signed and dated 11-20-10. Apollonia’s room- Jeremy pointed out in this blow-up how there are a ton of clues hidden on this page about the rest of the storyline- at this size you can really search for them!

$400, unique. Signed and dated 11-20-10.  CPG in kitchen with tentacles.

SOLD, unique, 22 x 34 inches. Signed and dated 11-20-10. CPG in kitchen with tentacles.

$400, unique. Signed and dated 11-20-10.  CPG walks the plank with pirates.

$400, unique. Signed and dated 11-20-10.  CPG and Pepper Dice cross over into the Omerta Seas.

SOLD, unique, 22 x 34 inches. Signed and dated 11-20-10. CPG and Pepper Dice cross over into the Omerta Seas.

$400, unique. Signed and dated 11-20-10.  That Which Mends All... featuring POOK!

SOLD, unique, 22 x 34 inches. Signed and dated 11-20-10. That Which Mends All… featuring POOK!

$500, unique. Signed and dated 11-20-10.  My favorite: the Pirate Rogues Gallery.  There is SO much going on in here...

SOLD, unique, 22 x 34 inches. Signed and dated 11-20-10. My favorite: the Pirate Rogues Gallery. There is SO much going on in here…

$450, unique. Signed and dated 11-20-10.  Jeremy's favorite: the coin around the skeleton's neck actually has a pirate walking the plank... you can't see this in the comic book!

SOLD- unique, 22 x 34 inches. Signed and dated 11-20-10. Jeremy’s favorite: the coin around the skeleton’s neck actually has a pirate walking the plank… you can’t see this in the comic book!

$450, unique. Signed and dated 11-20-10.  Captain Holly puts CPG in the teapot cage!

SOLD, unique, 22 x 34 inches. Signed and dated 11-20-10. Captain Holly puts CPG in the teapot cage!

$450, unique. Signed and dated 11-20-10.  Admiral Cursed Pirate Girl.  Jim at Transmission made this "aged" using a scan he made of a piece of paper from the 1700s.

SOLD, unique, 33 x 44 inches. Signed and dated 11-20-10. Admiral Cursed Pirate Girl. Jim at Transmission made this “aged” using a scan he made of a piece of paper from the 1700s.

$500, unique. Signed and dated 11-20-10.  Jeremy thinks this is his second best artwork, after the Sacking of the Royal City of Cub.  It's also a poster for my band, so I was happy to hear that!

SOLD, unique, 35 x 44 inches. Signed and dated 11-20-10. Jeremy thinks this is his second best artwork, after the Sacking of the Royal City of Cub. It’s also a poster for my band, so I was happy to hear that!

The centerpiece of the show. $675, unique, 35 x 44 inches. Signed and dated 11-20-10. The double-page spread storm scene that can't possibly be explained in words- there is SO much in here that you can't see in the comic!

The centerpiece of the show. SOLD, unique, 35 x 44 inches. Signed and dated 11-20-10. The double-page spread sea battle – storm scene that can’t possibly be explained in words- there is SO much in here that you can’t see in the comic!

REMEMBER- CLICK ON THE PHOTOS AND THEY WILL ENLARGE SO THAT YOU CAN SEE THEM CLEARLY!

CLICK A SECOND TIME AND THEY BLOW UP EVEN MORE!

Photos from the first Jeremy Bastian signing, November 20th, 2010

Posted in Uncategorized on 23 April, 2012 by Thomas Negovan

All the way back in 2010, “The Rogues Gallery” at Challengers Comics in Chicago was yet to be the award-winning exhibition space it has become, and the drywall dust was barely settled when they kindly opened their brand-new addition to Mister Jeremy Bastian to show off his artwork as he signed copies of the freshly printed Cursed Pirate Girl collected edition from Olympian Publishing.  (As in, literally- in some photos you can see the unpatched drywall from where they knocked out the wall to expand their space!  THAT’S how new this room was!!!)

Transmission Atelier blew pages of Jeremy’s art up to MASSIVE sizes, making the magic of Jeremy’s details come to life in a way impossible at their true scale.

Click on the photo for a larger view…  Enjoy!

Jeremy Bastian at Challengers!

Jeremy Bastian at Challengers!

Freshly hung walls!

Freshly hung walls!

Freshly hung walls part 2!

Freshly hung walls part 2!

Jeremy by a massive blow-up of his favorite two-page spread!

Jeremy by a massive blow-up of his favorite two-page spread!

Jeremy Bastian.

Jeremy Bastian.

Melissa at dinner, sporting her CPG shirt.

Melissa at dinner, sporting her CPG shirt.

The signing begins!

The signing begins!

Pirates know how to party.

Pirates know how to party.

Cursed Pirate Samantha

Cursed Pirate Samantha

Jeremy Bastian and Melissa.

Jeremy Bastian and Melissa Chapel.

Nobody puts Kildanny in the corner.

Nobody puts Kildanny in the corner.

Admiring the masterworks of Bastian.

Admiring the masterworks of Bastian.

The signing continues...

The signing continues...

Admiring the masterworks of Bastian.

Admiring the masterworks of Bastian.

Admiring the masterworks of Bastian.

Admiring the masterworks of Bastian.

Still signing...

Still signing...

Thomas Negovan and Jeremy Bastian

Thomas Negovan and Jeremy Bastian

Thanks so much to everyone who came to the signing and JEREMY’S FIRST SOLO ART EXHIBITION!  It only took a year and a half for me to post these, that’s about as long as it takes Jeremy to do an issue of Cursed Pirate Girl!

-Tom

Michael Sheen’s Passion Play is reborn on Easter in new film from MirrorMask director Dave McKean.

Posted in Uncategorized on 9 April, 2012 by Thomas Negovan
Dave McKean's poster for his 2012 film The Gospel Of Us

Dave McKean's poster for his 2012 film The Gospel Of Us

Fitting that Easter is the date of rebirth for WildWorks Theater Company‘s Passion Play starring Michael Sheen; the film version- titled “The Gospel of Us”- captured and realized by director Dave McKean– premieres Easter night 2012 in the actor’s home town of Port Talbot.

The contemporary retelling was envisioned as a spectacle event by Sheen, inspired by Passion Plays of his youth.  The unique events that made up the performances took place in various public locations, culminating in a massive crucifixion scene.

“As the original story of The Passion had many different versions, many different depictions of the same events, all the various gospels, so too did the events in Port Talbot last Easter,”  Sheen told BBC News Wales last year.  “The mobile phone cameras were everywhere.  Each one recording its own gospel.  There’s a book about it, documentaries, a feature film, sound recordings, paintings and interviews.  We want to bring it all together for an exhibition this Easter, one year on.”

The Passion of Us: The Gospel of Port Talbot is a visually stunning project documenting a unique version of The Passion story. Culled together from over 12 hours of live performance footage taken from a three day Easter festival in Port Talbot last year, the film features actors Michael Sheen and Bill Mitchell, and is a collaboration with the Wildworks Theatre. The film is an anachronistic, even anarchic vision that seeks to take the figures, events, and themes of The Passion and center them in a humanistic way all. The film is certain to provoke and challenge its audience, as well as to evoke a strong emotional reaction.

Dave McKean describes the film:
The film was shot during last year’s Passion in Port Talbot live three-day theatrical event created by Michael Sheen and Bill Mitchell.  We could only have small discreet cameras and not get between the action and the audience.  The limitations were many, and we had to approach it guerrilla style.  Around 10,000 people came to witness the final procession and crucifixion.  I spent 8 months cutting down around 12 solid hours of drama to the 2 hours final running time.  It is a secular, contemporary reading of the Passion story, told by the audience as much as by me or Michael.  It’s my interpretation, my ‘gospel’ of what happened.

This certainly sounds to be intriguing to say the least.  No exact word on when the movie will be seen in the US, but subscribe to the blog here- we’ll let you know the minute there’s news!

Dave’s directorial feature debut, MirrorMask, was for the Jim Henson Company and Sony Pictures. The film, which was released in 2005, was a collaboration with acclaimed fantasy author and comic book writer Neil Gaiman.  McKean is currently finishing work on a full-length film titled Luna, which will reunite him with MirrorMask star Stephanie Leonidas– watch for news here on this as well, we’ll be presenting some special artworks- and equally special guests- from all three McKean films- MirrorMask, The Passion of Us: The Gospel of Port Talbot, and Luna– at our booth at San Diego Comic Con this July!

-Thomas Negovan

FOR INFORMATION ON ORIGINAL ARTWORKS FROM DIRECTOR DAVE McKEAN PLEASE CONTACT gallery at centuryguild dot net.

Stills from The Gospel of Us: (click to enlarge)

Michael Sheen bloodied in The Gospel of Us

Michael Sheen bloodied in The Gospel of Us

The Gospel of Us - Dave McKean, 2012

Words of a prophet

The Gospel of Us - Dave McKean, 2012

Sheen wandering the streets

Michael Sheen baptized in The Gospel of Us

Michael Sheen gets baptized in The Gospel of Us

The Gospel of Us - Dave McKean, 2012

The Gospel of Us - Dave McKean, 2012

Madman, vagabond, or messiah?

Madman, vagabond, or messiah? The Gospel of Us.

The Gospel of Us - Dave McKean, 2012

The Gospel of Us - Dave McKean, 2012

"And the living shall be heard..."

"And the living shall be heard..."

A cast of thousands- literally.

A cast of thousands- literally.

The prophet in solitude.

The prophet in solitude.

McKean's unique perspective.

McKean's unique perspective.

Michael Sheen in The Gospel of Us - Dave McKean 2012

Michael Sheen in The Gospel of Us - Dave McKean 2012

Michael Sheen - The Gospel of Us - Dave McKean, 2012

Michael Sheen - The Gospel of Us - Dave McKean, 2012

Dave McKean - The Gospel of Us starring Michael Sheen - End Credits

Dave McKean - The Gospel of Us starring Michael Sheen - End Credits

SPRING IS SPRUNG: Featuring Gail Potocki studio sale!

Posted in Century Guild Contemporary, Century Guild Events, Gail Potocki on 7 April, 2012 by Thomas Negovan

Here are some room snapshots of the gallery before tomorrow’s event!  If anything catches your eye, please email us at GALLERY at CENTURYGUILD dot NET and we’ll do what we can to help you feel like you’re in Chicago at the sale!

Spring Sale: Dave McKean, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Alphonse Mucha

Spring Sale: Dave McKean, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Alphonse Mucha CLICK TO ENLARGE

McKean, Schiele, Klimt, Mucha and more

McKean, Schiele, Klimt, Mucha and more CLICK TO ENLARGE

Hans Christiansen, Silent Movie posters, Arts+Crafts, and 1950s exhibition lithographs

Hans Christiansen, Silent Movie posters, Arts+Crafts, and 1950s exhibition lithographs CLICK TO ENLARGE

Gail Potocki, studio sale artworks

Gail Potocki, studio sale artworks CLICK TO ENLARGE

Angela with Veil, special price $1500

Angela with Veil, SOLD

Gail Potocki studio sale: all sold!  CLICK TO ENLARGE

Gail Potocki studio sale: all sold! Thank you! CLICK TO ENLARGE

 

IMPORTANT POST ON AUDIO RECORDING FIRST.

Posted in Uncategorized on 1 April, 2012 by Thomas Negovan

http://thomasnegovan.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/another-first-recording-on-an-earwax-cylinder/