First, the myths. There are no “super rats”. Apart from a specific subtropical breed, they do not get much bigger than 20 inches long, including the tail. They are not blind, nor are they afraid of cats. They do not carry rabies. They do not, as was reported in 1969 regarding an island in Indonesia, fall from the sky. Their communities are not led by elusive, giant “king rats”. Rat skeletons cannot liquefy and reconstitute at will. (For some otherwise rational people, this is a genuine concern.) They are not indestructible, and there are not as many of them as we think. The one-rat-per-human in New York City estimate is pure fiction. Consider this the good news.
In most other respects, “the rat problem”, as it has come to be known, is a perfect nightmare. Wherever humans go, rats follow, forming shadow cities under our metropolises and hollows beneath our farmlands. They thrive in our squalor, making homes of our sewers, abandoned alleys, and neglected parks. They poison food, bite babies, undermine buildings, spread disease, decimate crop yields, andvery occasionally eat people alive. A male and female left to their own devices for one year – the average lifespan of a city rat – can beget 15,000 descendants.
There may be no “king rat”, but there are “rat kings”, groups of up to 30 rats whose tails have knotted together to form one giant, swirling mass. Rats may be unable to liquefy their bones to slide under doors, but they don’t need to: their skeletons are so flexible that they can squeeze their way through any hole or crack wider than half an inch. They are cannibals, and they sometimes laugh (sort of) – especially when tickled. They can appear en masse, as if from nowhere, moving as fast as seven feet per second. They do not carry rabies, but a 2014 study from Columbia University found that the average New York City subway rat carried 18 viruses previously unknown to science, along with dozens of familiar, dangerous pathogens, such as C difficile andhepatitis C. As recently as 1994 there was a major recurrence of bubonic plague in India, an unpleasant flashback to the 14th century, when that rat-borne illness killed 25 million people in five years. Collectively, rats are responsible for more human death than any other mammal on earth.
Humans have a peculiar talent for exterminating other species. In the case of rats, we have been pursuing their total demise for centuries. We have invented elaborate, gruesome traps. We have trained dogs, ferrets, and cats to kill them.
Harry Bush ‘A Corner of Merton, August 16th 1940’.
Anthony Gross, ‘Fire in a Paper Warehouse’, 1940.
After returning to London from France in July 1940, Gross began recording the Blitz in London including air raid shelters in Chelsea, bombed buildings and wrecked water mains.
‘Basement shelter’ by Henry Moore from his Wartime Sketchbook.
Clifford Hall ‘Homeless’ 1940
Rebecca Mock, Brooklyn-based illustrator and MICA grad. The movements in her GIF paintings tend to be subtle, atmospheric. Her works have appeared in the New York Times and the Adventure Time comics covers.
I think the colours Mock uses in her giffs are beautiful and i especially like the way she uses light in her images. Several artists i have looked at use still imagery with a small amount of movement and really like this as the simplicity makes it more realistic of a scene.
Radiacion de los celulares
Glyn Dillon the nao of brown
sen green greendale
David Gentleman – http://www.davidgentleman.com/
Ajit Chauham – http://www.saatchigallery.com/artists/artpages/ajit_chauhan_rerecord.htm
Cindy Sherman – http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/cindy-sherman-1938
Allan Kirk – http://www.tarnincolour.com/
Matthew Barney – http://www.cremaster.net/
Jess Bonham – http://www.jessbonham.co.uk/