a tale of a few cities

Peter Combe, (se•nile | ˈsen,nīl |), 2012

Peter Combe(se•nile | ˈsen,nīl |), 2012


Facebook and the Serendipitous Captcha

Posted in captchas, Parallels, serendipity, type, WTF? by petercombe on May 11, 2010

The above captcha screenshot certainly applies to the following;

I’ve been asked to submit all US art related happenings to my immigration lawyer re: my Visa application. I mentioned my writing in a book about Parisian artist Marc-Antoine Léval, the lawyer’s response was ‘That would be valuable for the case, submit it, and I’ll see that the government employee assigned to your case receives it as part of the arts related package’. Posted a Facebook link to my blog moments ago regarding the book and chuckled when I had to enter the captcha.

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Guerrilla Art @ The Indianapolis Star

Posted in Mixed media, WTF? by petercombe on April 2, 2010


That is not the work of a stoner with too much time on his hands and access to Photoshop. That’s the front page of the Sports section that went out today for the Indianapolis Star.

Imagine picking up today’s edition in the hotel lobby, thumbing through to get to the Sports section and seeing this? Instinctively, you put that one down, get another one … and see it again. The Star either had a sudden burst of ethics or the e-mail inboxes became inundated, because the newspaper sent out workers to swap out the page you see above with a doodle-free version.



Posted in Art by petercombe on October 2, 2009

I love this guy, Marc-Antoine Léval>, and put him right up there with CARTRAIN>, the 17 year old artist from the UK, for sheer artistic wit and self promotional chutzpah.


“The Immaterial Art Emperor” has struck again. After his New York banner plea, “Please, New Museum, Show My Work,” Marc-Antoine Léval has dropped his latest illicit work at the Tate Modern to coincide with the opening of the “Pop Life, Art in a Material World” exhibition. With this new piece, the French artist continues asking for the same thing all of his creative peers hope for themselves: billionaire art collector “François Pinault to buy his work, museums to show his work, and gallerists to sell his work.” Is that too much to ask?


Silkscreen posters commemorating these events are available on his website>

Silkscreen posters “Please, François Pinault, Buy my work.”
70 * 100 cm 
Limited edition. 100 prints.


Silkscreen posters “Please, New Museum, Show my work.”
70 * 100 cm 
Limited edition. 20 prints.


All photos Marc-Antoine Léval>

More on Cartrain’s Hirst Target

Posted in Art, cut & paste by petercombe on September 19, 2009


From The Guardian;

Damien Hirst‘s feud with teenage street artist Cartrain could yet become the most controversial story of Hirst’s career. It really is vile for a rich man to use his power to bully someone who, after all, is just trying to emulate him by making art with found materials.

Presumably, what irks Hirst is that Cartrain used Hirst’s diamond skull in a series of collaged portraits of the skull’s creator. Hirst successfully demanded that all the young artist’s works incorporating the diamond skull should be handed over, presumably to be destroyed.

But I can report that not every Cartrain collage featuring Hirst’s skull has been seized. One exists and is in the public domain. I am its proud owner, having been given it by the artist. Here is a portrait for our time.

It catches Hirst in middle age perfectly, does it not? I particularly like the NHS spectacles, a cruel reference to Hirst’s geeky specs. The Blue Peter badge is another hilarious touch.

Seriously – this is an excellent dadaist collage that makes a lot of “official” contemporary art look pretentious. I thought this when I chanced on a Hirst portrait that Cartrain infiltrated into the National Portrait Gallery last year, and I think it even more looking at this image. I wonder if the real reason for Hirst’s antagonism is that Cartrain has done the same as all great caricaturists down the ages: created a vicious but insidiously memorable image of his target.

Anyway, it exists, free and unfettered. Hirst’s lawyers cannot have this one.

CBC Interview >

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