What to do?

I’ve been toying around with an app on the iPad since I have taken a benighted and ill-deserved one-year break from painting. (Credit goes to my friend and far-more-talented painter David Patrick Trowbridge for the inspiration to hit the iPad.)

The problem is, (if it is indeed a problem) the app does things I can’t, and I can do things the app can’t.

 

I’ll post some images later.

F4ntastic Four

Josh Trank isn’t a name that turns heads. At least I don’t think so. And this isn’t a Hot Take. F4ntastic Four, the last installment of that superhero team’s cinematic franchise, directed by Trank, didn’t turn many heads either.

It starts out as an adept but facile superhero origin story, entertaining and good enough to make us want to follow it, before turning into what others have termed a body-horror movie (and there are indeed easy comparisons to Cronenberg, parallels if you will, if you want to summon them from the grain).

In other words, it’s intriguing, even as yet another unneeded origin-story reboot. And then the film turns into a self-hating DC Comics movie before quite suddenly ending, when others would have rumbled on for 45 minutes of fighting. Which would have been OK.

So why try to make something interesting of the movie before choking-out and dooming the franchise yet again? Banker interference probably. Which is too bad, since F4ntastic Four could have been the start of something semi-challenging in the Comic Book Movie World.

Instead, it tanked, due to chicken-shit bankers who didn’t get it, and tried to drastically change it at the last second. Dr. Dooming the franchise. What are we teaching our children? Make money or you don’t deserve to live.

Seeing Nature

I went to the Portland Art Museum this last Sunday to check out the ‘Seeing Nature’ show from the Paul G Allen collection. Dude has some ART!

I’ve been extra in touch with my emotions ever since my dad died in 2003, but art and music have always touched me very deeply. ‘Seeing Nature’ had for me one show-stopper, this massive (72″ x 108″) imagined landscape from April Gornik.

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This is the only image I could find in my brief search. If you live in Portland, I would recommend you go to the Portland Art Museum if only to see this one piece. Maybe it’s just my keyed up emotional state, but when I turned the corner and discovered this, I caught my breath and immediately choked up. It’s truly gorgeous and powerful, as nature is itself.

Shout out to April Gornik! Click the link to visit her website. Her work is astounding in its understanding and sensitivity to the sublimity of nature.