The Vegetable Lamb of Tartary

Vegetable Lamb of Tartary

I came across the bizarre image and story reading about Cryptids on Wiki. A Cryptid is any animal, creature or in this case a plant that has been reported to have existed, but has not been proven ie: Loch Ness Monster or Yeti…

The Vegetable Lamb of Tartary (Latin: Agnus scythicus or Planta Tartarica Barometz) is a semi-legendary plant of central Asia, believed to grow sheep as its fruit. The sheep were connected to the plant by an umbilical and grazed the land around the plant. When all the plants were gone, both the plant and sheep died. Read more…

Image Taken from From: Lee, H. 1887. The Vegetable Lamb of Tartary: a Curious Fable of the Cotton Plant, to Which Is Added a Sketch of the History of Cotton and the Cotton Trade. S. Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, London.

El Lissitzky, Poster 1929

El Lissitzky – Poster for the Russian Exhibition in Zurich, 1929, and the original photomontage prep work.

Lazar Markovich Lissitzky (1890 – 1941), better known as El Lissitzky was a Russian artist, designer, photographer, teacher, typographer, and architect. His work greatly influenced the Bauhaus, Constructivist, and De Stijl movements and experimented with production techniques and stylistic devices that would go on to dominate 20th century graphic design. Read more…

This inspiring image combines several of Lissitzky’s aforementioned skills, but best of all I really like the androgynous male/female illustration looking out of the frame – future gazing – in a way that typifies much of Constructivist Photomontage.

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Le Grand Testament – Villon

le grand testament villon

Fantasy Illustrations from 1506, these are alternate covers for “Le Grand Testament – Villon” probably printed in Paris over 500 years ago.

Images Taken from “Waking Dream: Fantasy and the Surreal in Graphic Art”, 1450-1900 by Edward Lucie-Smith (1975)


Digital Visions “Computers and Art”

80s digital portrait

3d Retro Vector Building

Images are taken from the book “Digital Visions” by Cynthia Goodman (Artists Unknown).

I came across this book in Manchester Central Library, published in 1987 it’s an anthology of Computer Art from the time when 16 bit Amiga’s, and Atari’s had just started to replace C64’s and ZX Spectrum as home computers. As you can imagine the book contains plenty of duff art including bad 3d models of mannequins, mirrored balls etc and of course the obligatory Mandelbrot Fractal Set. Much more interesting however was some of the earlier 60’s/70’s Computer and Plotter experimentation examples of which are above.

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