Idea Fountain Books presents ‘Kilodney Does Shakespeare, and other stories’, a new book by Lorette C. Luzajic, about Canadian cult writer Crad Kilodney.

Kilodney Does Shakespeare, and other stories, with cover illustration by Tyler Landry.

Once upon a time, in a place very far away, the mad scientists of the divine comedy had a particularly delicious idea. And so they appointed one Mr. Name Withheld to be sent to earth to become Crad Kilodney, King of the Ill. Kilodney would create some of the strangest, sickest, and funniest literature in the history of the cosmos. For twenty years, he stood on the streets of Toronto, hawking masterpieces like I Chewed Mrs. Ewing’s Raw Guts, Blood Sucking Monkeys from North Tonawanda, and Putrid Scum. Before Kilodney disappeared from the streets, he influenced generations of writers with his do-it-yourself ethos and dozens of cult classic titles.

Kilodney resurfaced a decade or so later with an obscene series of travelogues that would kick start his resurrection. At the time, he had no idea he was about to embark on the most ambitious project of his life, rewriting the entire library of William Shakespeare’s plays as Shakespeare For White Trash. Author Lorette C. Luzajic decided to ask him where he had gone, why he came back, and what possessed him to take on an opus of this magnitude. These meandering, often personal reflections run the gamut from hilarious to heartbreaking, as Luzajic ponders Kilodney and his work, Shakespeare and Chekhov, creative passion, and the absurdity of life. It is also the story of what Luzajic learns from Kilodney on what it means to be a writer.

Get a copy of Kilodney Does Shakespeare & Other Stories.

Opening Saturday, June 9th, 2012, from 7-10pm is ‘Wasted – the Great American Pastime’, presented by Dave MacDowell at WWA Gallery, a most intoxicating tribute exhibit about “being under the influence.” What better way to view this amazing show than by possibly being under the influence after the one-of-a-kind pub crawl from 3-7pm the day of the opening. (Details to follow.)

From Van Gogh to Kurt Cobain, mind-altering substances have always had a symbiotic and torturous relationship with the Arts. As both muse and disease, they can be the catalyst for creativity while simultaneously destructive to the maker.

Celebrated and glorified yet vilified and abused, the convoluted but immeasurable impact of these substances on American culture and counterculture cannot be ignored. Ever more true in a society fascinated by celebrities, whether it’s gawking at photos of a starlet’s latest drunken escapade or singing about rehab, we revel in dysfunction – it’s time to admit it.

Allison Summers – Pickled Liver

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Robert Bourdeau’s Unwitting Ode

by Lorette C. Luzajic

Station Point by Ann Thomas et al. Magenta Publishing for the Arts

Canadians love their landscapes. Canadian photographer Robert Bourdeau earned recognition for his sprawling monochromatic pictures of natural terrain, transporting his audience into forest glens and parched gulleys, into the dazzling fractals of leaves and Ontario marshes.

“He may take hours or days to study his subject and he exposes only one negative sometimes for an hour or more, literally allowing light to paint its presence on the negative’s surface,” writes James Borcoman in the Canadian Encyclopedia. “…His photographs are an initiation into a hushed world of reverie, where nature’s forms are the excuse for a mood of subdued contemplation.”

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Film Review: Gerhard Richter Painting

By Lorette C. Luzajic

The film was boring, moving at a snail’s pace, and devoid of the kind of crazy scandals of excess or intrigue that make art documentaries interesting. Legendary artist Gerhard Richter, while gracious and polite enough, was a reluctant subject for scrutiny. There were no salient revelations about the meaning of life. Even the most mundane and pedestrian personal details necessary to flesh out the basics of biography were missing in action. Still less was said about the history or importance of the artist’s vast and varied body of work.

But that said, there was something inexplicably compelling and charming about the documentary. I went in expecting to learn a great deal more about Richter and his ideas about art. This curiousity went unfulfilled, however, yet what happened in this understated gem was  more important and more rare- the audience became witness to process. There were no lofty discussions and dissections pitting art world elites over clamouring hopefuls. There were no hard-to-swallow claims about why a few accidental splotches were measures of genius or how muddy canvases demonstrated masterful strokes and composition. Instead, Richter freely confessed the joy of arbitrary application. He copped to the fact that “finished” was subjective, purely dependant on whether he liked the random results. Far from planning the placement of every drip and saturating it with supposed symbolism, he admitted the art works did what they wanted.

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Happened upon this epic piece of street art signed RRobots in Williamsburg, Brooklyn over the weekend. Completely enamoured, we took shots from every angle, plus a few close-ups.

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Artist Mia Araujo will present her first solo exhibit at the Corey Helford Gallery, titled “Into the Woods” on May 13, 2012 in Los Angeles.

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These vintage advertisements from the 1950′s and 60′s are pure Mad Men style. A bit sexist, strange, wordy, colorful and can never be called timeless. Take a trip down memory lane and see how consumer goods were marketed to the public.

Samsonite 1960 via

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