Friday, June 20, 2008

Soothing Sunset

A nicely executed poster. The use of oranges and yellows gives an unusual "earthy" tone to the work.

One is lead to wonder what the exact relationship is between the dolphin in the water and the ones in the air---are the two mystically hovering a dream of the earthbound one? A fantasy? A memory?

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Dolphins are Aliens? ...Really?

The more we explore the realm of WIS art, the more we are compelled to ask:


WHY are space-dwelling Cetaceans something that so many people feel the need to honor with artistic testimony?

I suspect that the Dolphin Channeling, etc. I mentioned in my earlier post, "The other Whales In Space", may have something to do with it.

Through my "research" (surfing bizarro exopolitics sites while I'm at work), I found a number of references to a supposed Cetacean-Alien bond. (Cetaceans, for those of you who don't know, is the technical name for the order of marine mammals that includes all our space-swimmers: Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises.) There are theories--posited by people with absolutely no shred of credibility whatsoever-- that the "Greys" (your standard-looking space aliens) are the evolutionary descendants of the Cetaceans. They note that both share a "similar grey skin tone" and skull shape. Also noted is the dolphin's use of sonar to stun their prey. Apparently, the aliens possess a similar power, which is used on abductees to paralyze and disorient them. Who knew?

Could all of this alien hullabaloo really be at the root of the art? What other reasons could there be for these images?

There are, of course, certain similarities between outer space and the deep ocean---there is the vastness, the otherworldly-ness, the unknown. It has been said that we know as little about the depths of our own oceans as we do about outer space. There's all that plankton or whatever it is floating around that can look kinda like stars, too. Maybe WIS simply aims to illustrate the unity of phenomena in the natural world.

My main question, though, is--- how do they get that hat to stay on the dolphin?

Friday, June 6, 2008

Sleight of Dolphin

In case the complex composition of this work left you mystified, here's the breakdown:

In the sky, looming hugely over the dolphin as it leaps so majestically out of the sea, is Earth's moon. But wait! Be thou not so quickly lead to believe that it is a scene from Earth we are beholding! If you look to the upper-left of the work you will see....egad!...EARTH! Which means...this dolphin is on another planet!

Perhaps the artist is referencing the Exopolitical theory that dolphins are originally extra terrestrials?

Monday, June 2, 2008

Whole Lotta Humpbacks

Dated 1995, this work is clearly neither airbrushed nor computer-rendered. Nonetheless, it is someHARD-CORE WIS.

I had always kind-of assumed that the best WIS stuff was airbrushed, although I'm beginning to see that maybe this isn't true. I've come to realize that it's more about the final texture of the work than the medium with which it is achieved.