Saturday, August 15, 2009

the meatrix

George Grosz - 1893 - 1959

He was writer, illustrator, painter and born
in Germany. Although we may have not heard of
him, he is considered one of the greatest graphic
artists of the 20th century. With a few jagged lines
his scathing cartoons captured the nightmare world
and essence of Germany in the 1920s.

He was able to combine uncompromising political
comment with his artistic creations.

The following is a link to 3 short films
and a whole lot of information.

I had heard but never seen one of these
in person, until a recent visit to NE Illinois,
where the farm was hidden by massive
rolls of hay.

The Meatrix


Tess Kincaid said...

Yes, I've seen some of his work, but know little about him. This is cool. Thanks, Mr. Coffee.

tut-tut said...

thank you for the link . . .

Anonymous said...

I love George Grosz. The painter of the warts of decline.

A book that I never tire of mentioning: New Objectivity by Sergiusz Michalski. Also: Lustmord by Maria Tatar.
Good times...

Anonymous said...

Hi C.M., not sure if I've got any thing hard copy on Grosz( in my massive New Yorker archives ). I doubt I do but looks of interest. And er....after watching Meatrix II I think I'm going vegan...OY!I passed by many a stock-yard in Texas, and the outsides were bad enough. We never did anything bad to our cattle ('ceptin' takin' 'em to market )...

tony said...

(as Usual) You Give me things I didnt know about before.Thank You Coffee.Have A Fine & Fruitful Weekend.

Celeste Maia said...

I love George Grosz, have seen very good shows of his work. Have you read the book he wrote "A little yes and a big no"? It is excellent, he wrote it when he was living and teaching in New York. It is interesting that having left Germany and settled in the US, he ended going back to Berlin where he died after a night of drinking.

ratatouille's archives said...

Hi! C.M.,
Being an artist, you would think that I would of heard of writer, illustrator, and painter George Grosz, but I don't so, but thank you for sharing the link to the 3 short films.
Oh! Yes, I'am a semi-vegetarian, but I may soon give up eating fish on Fridays.(I must admit those 3 short films are very alarming!)
By the way, I like the waiter that have added to your graphic
in your header.

DeeDee ;-D

ratatouille's archives said...

Oops! Typo Alert!

"Being an artist, you would think that I would of heard of writer, illustrator, and painter George Grosz, but I don't [think] so..."

Ténèbres à la lumière... said...

"By the way, I like the waiter that [you] have added to your graphic in your header."

Oops! another typo...I think after viewing those three trailers I must be in "shock!"...hence, the typos!

Can you imagine if the trailers were not animated...really it doesn't matter whether the videos were animated or not animated...because the message is still very "strong!"


mum said...

I thought I'd left a comment about George Grosz and his fabulous work but I guess it never made out of my head.

I'll pass on the meat thing for now but must say I loved your take on Alice in Stampland on ArtSpark's blog. I don't know if you're familiar with Pierre Alechinsky's work but it combines some of the same stamp-like qualities as well as some of Grosz' energy.

Here for examples:

cheers, cm.

Coffee Messiah said...

willow: Hey, thanks 4 stopping by.

t & t: U R welcome.

hR9: Indeed, and will have to put those 2 on my list. picasso says hi 2, btw ; )

subT: It's downright depressing when you see it in person. Not to mention out here, when chickens and swine are shipped, well, leave it 2 your imagination ; (

tony: Strange isn't it? Thanks for stopping by.

celeste: Thanks for the extra info and another book I will need to find ; )

dd: We can't know everything, now can we? ; ) Yes, we are doing less and less of these things ourselves as time passes. Staying healthier and saving $$$$ too ; )

Oh and Thanks for noticing the waiter ; )

mum: Thanks for the link and yes to the similarities. I never heard of him, but I'm sure picasso has. Thanks for dropping by!

California Girl said...

You come up with the best stuff. I am catching up on my blog reading and, as usual, yours is a standout.

Coffee Messiah said...

cg: I'm not good with compliments, but accept them gladly.

It's very nice of you to say ; ) Thanks and Cheers to you and yours!