Saturday, January 24, 2015

Holst The Planets - Saturn, Bringer of Old Age

This is a great performance of "Saturn" from Holst's "The Planets." I like the slower tempo used by Levine. It really brings out the dark luster in this gem. The mysterious and very profound ending is wonderful. Most people will recognize the theme in "Mars" and perhaps "Jupiter," but "Saturn" will always be my favorite.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

m00t gets the boot

Christopher "m00t" Poole is leaving 4chan. He leaves behind a wasteland of reckless hate and in my case, five long years of constant defamation and lies along with libel, copyright infringement and general apathy among his so-called 'moderators.'

Don't let the door hit you on the way out. On second thought, I hope it hits you with great alacrity. OH--and don't extend any apology or anything for using me to make your ill-gotten gains. I don't expect one.

Here's a souvenir poster I drew just for you, 'm00t.'

Update: This young man is also a liar. He knows he sent me an trolling email accusing me of being racist. It's the same email address he is using now. Confirmed. Also, he claimed he never received email from me and then he admitted he did, but ignored it. There's no way he can't be unaware of the libel and copyright infringement as well as defamation occurring on his most popular board for five years. He could have had 'trolling' threads removed. His moderators told me they wouldn't do it--I would have to ask 'mOOt' to do that. I did. He ignored me. Why? Because trolling attracts eyeballs and brings dollars into his pockets. He is the head troll. Christopher Poole is a contemptible scoundrel. His character flaws will worsen as he grows older. Mark my words.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

DeKooning, "The King"

I have an old friend who is an expert at classical music and he also knows a great deal about art, but he told me the other day he just couldn't 'get' DeKooning. So I wrote this for him as an explanation. DeKooning is known as a 'painter's painter,' because so many artists 'get' his work.

Hi Jack,

I'm going to try to explain my fascination with DeKooning: 

I picked out a DeKooning painting almost at random....this one is not abstract expressionism, but it typifies a DeKooning in many ways. For one thing, his colors are very beautiful and comfortable to look at--as usual. They also serve a purpose. DeKooning paints with great depth and as an artist I can see the logic and great artistic sense he has. 

For example, the vase on the table. Notice how it's merely a fragile outline. If he had added any more detail to it, it would have been too insistent...a full blown realistic vase would have been very trite. It performs its part in the painting as a bass might underpin an important part in a symphonic passage.

This painting appears to be very simple but he does many important things to make it worth looking at for a long time. First of all, bear in mind that DeKooning could draw photographically. He knew how to draw the human figure. Everything here is not random--it's intentional. He makes it look random on purpose. Dekooking took a long time to craft his work, but he doesn't want it to appear that he 'worked' at it. He doesn't want the viewer to have to see any such struggle. Too many artists show painstaking work that show viewers the pain.

Notice the tilt of the green table mat. If this tilt weren't there it would have been static and there wouldn't be the interesting spot where the vase meets tablecloth and mat. The resting arm wouldn't have looked restful had the table mat been straight. Where the back wall meets between the figure and vase? That's a perfect place for the intersection. Notice also that the wall is also not perfectly straight, but subtly off kilter. Too much off kilter and it wouldn't work. He thought about that angle.

Likewise the chair. Notice that is straight and perpendicular. The green also emphasizes it and adds rigidity. This simple shape is strong and adds support for the figure while contrasting the loose folds of the pants. The chair is the one really solid thing in the painting--a foundational lynchpin that supports the work. 

Notice the blank walls...only they're not blank. There's an ever-so-slight wisp of detail suggesting curtains and a window. He knew these kinds of details would detract from the figure had he made them perfectly realizable. He leaves it to the viewer to put them there and that engages the viewer--the person looking at the painting thus becomes part of the painting.

The figure itself is amazing--it's a portrait of concentration. Look at the darkness around the eye. How did he come with that? It's genius. I sure never would have thought of doing it that way. So we have the slight gold and grays on his flesh and again he only hints at the musculature. Any more is unnecessary. The hand is very interesting. Of course he could have easily drawn a realistic hand, but where's the 'art' in that? Instead he paints it in a manner that makes us think about that hand which, along with the head, has psychological depth and a connection. The right hand is almost an after thought. If he had given both hands equal attention? Nope...wouldn't have worked. So the hand with the figures that aren't quite drumming and aren't quite resting suggests an narrative drama that is provided by the viewer. Again--that's called artistic 'engagement.' DeKooning wanted to paint the figure as a visitor from an alien world might have painted it. His vision was completely unique and original. 

The folds in the pants anchor the figure to the chair. The painting needs detail in that area and so there it is--and it's gorgeous. Look at the shadow where the knees cross. Good form. Notice how the formal slacks contrasts with the the lack of clothing above. This makes the painting, too. If he had been fully clothed or fully nude, it wouldn't have been nearly as interesting. The half-clothed figure now looks more enigmatic. The contrasts he uses create sparks and an internal narrative. The colors are balanced and sophisticated and not dashed on. Every area has depth and is interlocked with the rest of the painting. It's like a great piece of music that you don't get tired of hearing.


Friday, January 16, 2015

Anglin the Coward is At It Again...

A troll named Andrew Anglin continues to attack me on his hate site. He is asking his followers to send out tweets using my face and signature pasted onto a long racist hate screed. This is a cowardly tactic from a troubled young man who claims he's not violent, yet he invents straw men to cry out for mass murder.

He does this for 'lulz.' I doubt he's even a Nazi as he claims. He does it for laughs and donations. His site is a cartoon of hate that appeals to those lacking in humanity and intelligence. He enjoys fooling people into thinking he's a Nazi--thereby profiting from his enterprise. He has figured out how to make a living from trolling.

Bear in mind that if you see hateful images and words attached to my face and signature, it's the work of trolls like little Anglin. --Ben Garrison 

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

A Salute to Free Speech

I saw a French cartoonist proclaim that for today, he was drawing for Charlie Hebdo. I decided to do the same and I call on all cartoonists to speak up for free speech and denounce the murderous radical Islamists.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Year!

I want to thank everyone who has supported and 'liked' grrrgraphics this year. We should see some momentous events in 2015 considering how unstable our dysfunctional monetary system is under the corrupt Federal Reserve. I expect to see a lot of trouble arising from this and I plan on drawing a lot of new cartoons.

My book is finished and it's currently being edited. I hope to have it released sometime in the next month or two. Meanwhile, let me again reiterate that I never draw anti-Semitic cartoons and if you think that, you've been trolled. I appreciate everyone who understands that I've been under heavy attack from Internet trolls almost since I first penned an anti-Federal Reserve cartoon back in 2009. The trolls blame it all on me of course, and they also claim I'm against free speech. That's nonsense.

I especially want to thank everyone who donated to my legal fund. Some progress is being made and I can't say what it is, but I want to see at least one of the trolls brought to justice this year for persistently defacing my work while claiming it was drawn by the 'real' Ben Garrison. Well, here I am. I'm the real Ben Garrison. (see video).

Happy new year from Montana!!!


Monday, December 29, 2014

Public Figure?

public figure

n. in the law of defamation (libel and slander), a personage of great public interest or familiarity like a government official, politician, celebrity, business leader,movie star, or sports hero. Incorrect harmful statements published about a public figure cannot be the basis of a lawsuit for defamation unless there is proof that the writer or publisher intentionally defamed the person with malice (hate). (See: defamationlibelslander)

The trolls erroneously claim that since I'm a public figure they can do anything they like while the very core of their ruse depends on the fact that the vast majority of people have never heard of me. They know that many will unquestioningly accept whatever they see on the Internet as 'the truth.' That's the source of their never ending side-splitting laughter. The very fact that they're laughing proves I'm not a public figure and I certainly do not deserve such malicious attacks designed to ruin my business via ruining my reputation. Attacking my family is completely outrageous. My son is not a public figure.

I have actually received email apologizing to me because they really believed I was a racist anti-semite until they bothered to take the time to learn the truth. They would not have to do make such a discovery if I were a public figure. Of course, trolls do not worry about logic and reason. They are mostly anonymous. Some day, at least one of them will be held accountable for malicious libel.