22 April 2012

Turned to Stone: Medusa


Medusa was one of three Gorgon sisters. All three were vicious with sharp fangs, brass hands and hair composed of living venomous snakes. Medusa was mortal while Stheno and Euryale were immortals. But her sisters could not turn men into stone with their gaze. Franz von Stuck (1863-1928) was a German Symbolist/ Art Nouveau artist, designer and architect who often chose mythological subjects for his work. His painting of Medusa shows the hero Perseus holding her severed head as a shield and weapon. Swiss Symbolist painter Arnold Böcklin (1827-1901) believed that art should make people dream as he does with his disturbing interpretation of the disembodied monster. Perhaps most provocative is a woman’s view of Medusa. American painter Alice Pike Barney (1857-1931) used her daughter, Laura Clifford Barney as the model for her blue hued creature trapped by circumstance.

3 comments:

  1. But Medusa was once beautiful, was she not? It was only after a "mean girls" moment with Athena (and granted, one shouldn't tell a goddess that they are "jealous" of your beauty...it's bound to be bad...and leave a mark) that she was made to pay, and thus no longer only turned mens heads, but turned them to stone. No wonder she was so angry. And probably a bit sad. Poor Medusa! I think I would venture to sit with her at lunch...but only with my big cat eye sunglasses on, bien sur!

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  2. La Comtesse Lola, Yes, perhaps it was Medusa's vanity that was her real downfall. But she would go on to be emblematic of protection, her image guarding against evil. Best, Kendra

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  3. Dan Zukovic's "DARK ARC", a bizarre symbolist modern noir dark comedy called "Absolutely brilliant...truly and completely different..." in Film Threat, was recently released on DVD through Vanguard Cinema(http://www.vanguardcinema.com/darkarc/darkarc.htm), and is currently
    debuting on Cable Video On Demand. The film had it's World Premiere at the Montreal Festival, and it's US Premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival. Featuring Sarah Strange ("White Noise"), Kurt Max Runte ("X-Men", "Battlestar Gallactica",) and Dan Zukovic (director and star of the cult comedy "The Last Big Thing"). Featuring the glam/punk tunes "Dark Fruition", "Ire and Angst" and "F.ByronFitzBaudelaire", and a dark orchestral score by Neil Burnett.

    TRAILER : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPeG4EFZ4ZM

    ***** (Five stars) "Absolutely brilliant...truly and completely different...something you've never tasted
    before..." Film Threat
    "A black comedy about a very strange love triangle" Seattle Times
    "Consistently stunning images...a bizarre blend of art, sex, and opium, "Dark Arc" plays like a candy-coloured
    version of David Lynch. " IFC News
    "Sarah Strange is as decadent as Angelina Jolie thinks she is...Don't see this movie sober!" Metroactive Movies
    "Equal parts film noir intrigue, pop culture send-up, brain teaser and visual feast. " American Cinematheque

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