Daily Archives: 23 July 2015

Fargo — Series 2 Trailer

The TV series Fargo was one of the happiest surprises on television last year.  Even those rare people who didn’t think the original movie was the Best Thing Ever—and I”m one of them—got caught up sly writing and in the first-rate performances of all three lead characters.  It wasn’t great television—the plot was incoherent and illogical, no matter how willing you were to suspend disbelief—but it was a hugely enjoyable way to spend Tuesday evenings in the Spring of 2014.

FX will screen another series of Fargo starting in October 2015.  This one is a prequel, set in 1979, and it looks as loopy and lovable as the first series.  The cast includes Ted Danson, Jean Smart, Kirsten Dunst, Kieran Culkin, and Jesse Plemons (“Todd” from Breaking Bad, where fans referred to him as “Meth Damon.”)

The Art of Kris Kuksi

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Kris Kuksi uses mix media to create intricate, Baroque sculptures.  He grew up lonely in the Mid-West, where he still lives:

“Born March 2, 1973, in Springfield Missouri and growing up in neighboring Kansas, Kris spent his youth in rural seclusion and isolation along with a blue-collar, working mother, two significantly older brothers, and an absent father.  Open country, sparse trees, and alcoholic stepfather, all paving the way for an individual saturated in imagination and introversion.  His propensity for the unusual has been a constant since childhood, a lifelong fascination that lent itself to his macabre art later in life. The grotesque to him, as it seemed, was beautiful.”
—from his online biographical notes.

“Each sculpture embodies the trademarks of his philosophy and practice, while serving as a testament to the multifaceted nature of perception –– From timeless iconic references of Gods and Goddess, to challenging ideas of organized religion and morality, to the struggle to understand, and bend, the limits of mortality.  None is complete without a final and brilliant touch of satire and rebuke all conceived in the aesthetic essence of the Baroque fused with the modern day industrial world.”
—from his online biographical notes.

His installations have been featured in more than 100 exhibitions.  You can see much more of his fascinating work at the above link.