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Below are 8 posts out of 509 I've written.
Some in Swedish, most in English.
This is the most recent stuff Here's next page, and that was yesterdays news.

Love and Rock

Vi var på vernissage i dag, utställningen "Love and Rock Exhibition" öppnade i Sundsvalls kommunhus utställningslokal. Det är kollegorna/vännerna Kicki Forsberg, Torvald Söderblom, Sandra Brodén och Monica Östling Holmlund som satt ihop utställningen på just temat love and rock. På bilden ovan rockar de loss på Kickis skulpturala tyginstrument.

Utställningen pågår till och med 14 oktober.

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Har kommit igång att måla efter ett visst uppehåll, har redan ett tjugotal nya målningar nästan klara och ett flertal skulpturer på gång. Skulpturerna kommer att bli hejdlösare än någonsin.
Illa är att Ulf Blücher lägger ner LA-art som konsthandel och gör om det till presentshop i amerikansk stil, men det är inte undra på, att driva konsthandel/galleri i Sundsvall är hopplöst. Ulf kommer dock att fortsätta att fungera som agent för min konst.
Eftersom jag är i stort sett den enda konstnären det fungerar någorlunda för avslutas galleriet med en två veckors utställning med mina grejer. Utställningen börjar den 1 oktober och håller på ett par veckor.

Jag har f.ö. gjort om den förut vildvuxna sidan med tidningsgrodor och dylikt till Humorbloggen.

Cavalor Epthith (Editor-in-Chief of The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork) who's writing the Editorials from Hell's leading daily newspaper-blog want's to be mentioned. Witty reports on the events of the world written from an unusual point of view, well worth a visit.

Books by Richard Calder
...and The Nobel Prize in literature 2005 goes to Richard Calder...
No way! Sure the guy deserves it, but I doubt he qualifies since I don't think much enough in his books or character reflects the personalities of the members of the Nobel Prize jury - the quirk lies in the grand guignol and the sci-fi elements I suppose - you just can't run too far ahead if you want rewards you know; there's no one there to give them to you.
Richard Calder is one in a very small clique of artists which I feel touch the same creative vein as my own, Hayao Miyazaki is another (the man behind Spirited Away - throw him a Nobel Prize too). All books I've read by Calder are written in a first-person narrative/perspective, which makes it very easy to slip into the visions he describes. One gets the feeling that the writer always puts himself as the main character in his books, a fact that is particularly interesting since the main character not only often during a Dante-inspired journey through heavens and hells evolves into some kind of super being, but also becomes painfully and acutely aware of embarrassing flaws and short-comings in his character.
The Nobel Prize association isn't that far fetched, the style and cynical yet in a sense deeply humane view of people and society, especially in Calders's trilogy Dead Girls, Dead Boys and Dead Things lies quite close to that of last year's winner Elfride Jelinek - Jelinek goes cyber, kind of.
The first book I read by Calder was Impakto, and it might still today be the best book I've read. The story is about a nerdish middle age man who gets possessed by hundreds of thousands of demons, discovers that he himself is an aborted demon, gets an artificial hand by his new companion; a female artificier, and then embarks on a journey through both hell and heaven in order to avenge existence itself it seems, killing demons and angels by their thousands - in the best Doom style - but still blended with this deeply humane perspective on things. The essence seems to be that God and Satan really are bastards who made us and placed us in this meat grinder of a universe and it's at them we should fire our weapons - not on ourselves.
Calder is a hard read, acts quite ruthless with the reader, makes constant associations to obscure cultural phenomenes and generously throws in phrases in latin, spanish and other languages in a rather elitistic manner - a feat which I love, but probably scares away less brainy readers. But for fucks sake, leave at least something for us with an IQ above profanum vulgus to chew on in a world full of crap litterature made to keep less intellectually gifted readers in line.
Much of the negative criticism I've read about Calder seems to come from people who aren't intelligent enough to follow his twists and turns, and feel annoyed because they are out-smarted, critics who think the lastest pre-chewed crappings from Dan Brown, Tom Clancy or some of the other clones stands for the standard of excellence. Brrr.

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Sleeping cat in lap
Cat Vera sleeping in the artist's lap

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Today I was out in the toolshop doing some carpentry work, I made this easel.
I got the idea for this kind of "hunchback"-easel once when I was sitting on the toilet and realized that sitting in this position brings on a rather meditative state of mind and does make it easier to focus on things.
First I had plans of making a low reading pulpit in this style, meant for long sessions in the bathroom.
An excellent way to learn languages, for instance, I thought.
But since I work as an artist and a painter the idea of a pulpit soon became an easel.
It takes way less effort to sit for hours hulking over this kind of easel than to sit or stand at attention in front of the old fashion vertical ones. It's not only good for working on small paintings, surprisingly large works can be made upon it, I've painted paintings up to 100 x 100 centimetres on this easel's predecessor.
It's of course an advantage if you have long arms and no aching back problems.


M got her will, which meant that we got a cat, today. As you can see it soon found its spot.
It's by the way the same cat as in this previous post.
I wanted the cat to be named "Grå" (Swedish for "grey") and M wanted it to be called "Vera" so now the cat's name is "Vera".


Åskvarmt ute, vi tog cyklarna - Corradon får vila för en gångs skull - och begav oss till Selånger Marknad. Jag ville få tag i en sådan där mjuk keps, en "Zandana", vilka är praktiska som svettband när man jobbar, motionerar eller bara svettas sådär utan vidare. Jag hittade ingen lämplig men tog några bilder, se nedanstående bildspel.

Before-thunder-heat weather, we took our bicycles - the Corrado rests today - and went to the Selånger Fair. I wanted to find one of those soft caps, a "Zandana", which are practical as a sweat band when I work, run or just sweat. I didn't find any suitable but I did take a few pictures, check out the picture show below.


My parents, Britt and Gunnar by the river Ljungan, Mjösund.

Mor och far, Britt och Gunnar vid Ljungan, forsen, Mjösund.


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