Heart of Dorkness
Posted by lukems at 2/12/2008 10:08 AM PST

There are three days left on the auction for “Here Lies the Last Sip of the Bourgeoisie Malaise Consommé” AKA “Mister Chief” done by Frank O’Connor. Pictured below, proceeds from this pastel on canvas piece will benefit the Brian Morden Foundation, an organization working toward a cure for Ewing’s Sarcoma. The artist himself has taken a few moments out of his day to share his thoughts on this poignant, touching, piece.

View the auction here.



Q: You chose pastels on canvas, why?


I think that the frangible, crumbling nature of soft pastels perfectly reinforces the reflection of capitalism's decay under the onslaught of the corrosive commercialization. As the chalks fracture and turn to dust on the canvas, so too does the very act of rendering the image. The artist tumbles into the piece, just as the piece surges up into the artist. The sheer dirt of it is ironically cleansing.

Q: There’s a void swirling the Chief here, it’s as if he’s fought through some challenge in order to grace viewers with his presence? A metaphor for the artistic condition?

It's a literalism of the abyss looking into you. Here the abyss isn't mystery or darkness. It is dead eyes, rictus grin and all the decay of the real abyss - death and its penetrating gaze. It's a gaze any true artist must become familiar with if he is to become familiar with himself. Zen buddhists grasped this notion - a Samurai must accept death before he fights. In a real sense, he's already dead when he rides into battle. Like a samurai, I've accepted those cold arms and I ride into a new piece like a war, clutching a soft pastel in place of a sword.

Q: You chose a broad color palette for your work. Explain some of these choices.

The piece is black. The colors are illusion. Black is the absorption of every color in the spectrum - it steals light from the universe. Mister Chief steals color and worth from the universe. He is the black of talent.

Q: The Mister Chief has some asymmetrical qualities, clearly this is a statement. What are you trying to present, here.

In a sense it's a surfeit of balance. When your ability, your art reaches a perfect internal symmetry, something else has to give. As my abilities as an artist reached their zenith, I started to sacrifice balance from other areas of my being. Friendships, manners, hygiene. Sacrifice all of those things in pursuit of your art and you will find loneliness is the perfect palette.

 

Maption Sack Double EXP Weekend Live! 

Posted by urk at 9/10/2010 9:09 AM PDT

Oh, we're not done yet!

A 4v4 mix of Double EXP Slayer and Objective gametypes on a whole mess of your own community created maps.

Category: Double EXP Weekend
Max Party: 8
Max Team Size: 4
Heroic/Mythic Map Packs Required
Updated 12/03/2009

Gametypes

  • Team Slayer (33.3%) - First team to 50 kills wins. 12 minute match time limit.
  • Team BRs (21.6%) - First team to 50 kills wins. Players spawn with Battle Rifles and Assault Rifle secondary weapons. 12 minute match time limit.
  • One Flag CTF (11.8%) - Round based Capture the Flag, one team has a flag while the other attempt to capture it. Most captures after four rounds wins. Four minute round time limit.
  • Multi-Flag CTF (21.6%) - Both teams are attempting to capture the other team's flag. First to three captures wins. 20 minute match time limit.
  • Multi-Flag CTF BRs (11.8%) - Both teams are attempting to capture the other team's flag. Battle Rifle starts. First to three captures wins. 20 minute match time limit.

Maps

  • Actuality-Break (Foundry)
  • Apex (Sandbox)
  • Backdraft (Sandbox)
  • Battle Dome (Sandbox)
  • Ber Ber Creek (Sandbox)
  • Borderline (Sandbox)
  • Breakdown (Sandbox)
  • Bridgeo's (Sandbox)
  • Chimera (Sandbox)
  • Colonnade (Foundry)
  • Conduction (Sandbox)
  • Coup d'Etat (Sandbox)
  • Cryptic (Sandbox)
  • Cryptic Fate (Sandbox)
  • Deity (Sandbox)
  • Eighty Grit (Sandbox)
  • Elysium (Sandbox)
  • Emperor (Sandbox)
  • Exhibition (Sandbox)
  • Fortress (Sandbox)
  • Fracture (Sandbox)
  • Gauntlet (Sandbox)
  • Haven (Sandbox)
  • IZ9 Courtyard (Sandbox)
  • The Kingdom (Sandbox)
  • Lotus (Sandbox)
  • Neosho (Sandbox)
  • Nocticulent (Sandbox)
  • Onyx (Sandbox)
  • Pantheon (Sandbox)
  • Paranoia (Sandbox)
  • Pilaster (Sandbox)
  • Pivotal (Sandbox)
  • Rat Trap (Sandbox)
  • Ravinia (Sandbox)
  • Reflux (Sandbox)
  • Regicide (Foundry)
  • Reminiscent (Sandbox)
  • Renovation (Sandbox)
  • Requiem (Sandbox)
  • Salvation (Sandbox)
  • Sand Towers (Sandbox)
  • Sentiment (Sandbox)
  • Skystation (Sandbox)
  • Solarium (Sandbox)
  • Static (Sandbox)
  • Stonehenge (Sandbox)
  • Subversive (Sandbox)
  • Synapse (Sandbox)
  • Tartarus (Sandbox)
  • Topple (Sandbox)
  • Transgression (Foundry)
  • Tribal War (Sandbox)
  • Undulation (Sandbox)
  • Vengeance (Sandbox)
  • Workplace Bravo (Sandbox)

Tags: Halo 3

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Where's Mah Dooble EXP?! 

Posted by urk at 9/2/2010 5:52 PM PDT

Fix your -blam!-, Bungle!

So, yeah, This week's Double EXP Weekend is running a little behind. I blame Ninja 0n Fire. (He tells me that some fairly large updates are being deployed and as a result, we'll likely not see the Double EXP Weekend go live until tomorrow, or, *gulp* "later").

When it is ready to go, we'll let you know.

'Under Fire' - ubald Render 

Posted by urk at 9/2/2010 9:00 AM PDT

Feet first into awesome.

Looks like ubald unleashed another render over at HBO. This one's a WIP and part of a much larger collection that will ultimately serve as a webcomic. But you should check it out now.

ubald: Halo Rendered Comic

Tags: Halo 3: ODST

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Chronicles of ODS Steve #81 

Posted by urk at 9/1/2010 9:30 AM PDT

Faux Chief.

This week's Steve's getting all Batman on some Scarab carapace.

Chronicles of ODS Steve: Faux Chief (#81)

Tags: Halo 3: ODST

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Top 10 Halo 3 Kills on The Pit: Episode 59 

Posted by urk at 8/30/2010 9:00 AM PDT

You know the deal.

Anoj didn't submit his latest entry to Comm Chatter, but they gang at HBO picked up the slack. Besides, even without Anoj's familiar wordplay, we all know what this video's about anyway. There's like ten kills. You can submit your own for next week if you're astute enough to figure out how to make it happen.

Top 10 Halo 3 Kills on The Pit: Episode 59

Tags: Halo 3

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