Thursday, August 28, 2008

Jordi Fornies

I've never been one for much art (as in the visual, rather than the musical) - either traditional, modern, sculpture, or what have you.

But I'm making an exception for the Barcelona born artist Jordi Fornies, whose "Metaphors" exhibition opens September 3rd in Dame Street Gallery, Dublin.

There's something amazing in the way that he mixes textures, colours and materials that's very immediate - and more than that, many of his paintings seem just so inspiring.

As a couple of examples, check the following two paintings:

"Broken Silence"

"Here to There"

Check Jordi's site out here, and also at his agents site here.

Great stuff.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


Read about extraordinary rendition here, as reported by Stephen Grey, who has been following this story for a considerable amount of time...

Monday, August 25, 2008

Man On Wire

"Man on Wire" is the story of Philip Pettit, the Frenchman who in 1974 attempted to walk on a tightrope between the two towers of the World Trade Centre in New York.

I'd highly recommend seeing it - as well as being an often funny and entertaining look in to the mind of someone so driven and eccentric (he could only really have been French), it's an astonishing window in to what is possible.

It all sounds like a zany if unlikely idea until the shots start of the rigged cabled at the top of the towers, and you consider actually putting your feet on it...


Friday, August 08, 2008

Listen for the surge

The surge in Baghdad is working - the level of violence is reducing. This is what we are told.

Check this three-part series of videos from Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, which tell a dramatically different story.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3