Posts Tagged ‘aliens’

  • Imagining aliens

    By Gene Twaronite I think one of my neighbors is an alien. He works nights, though, so I’ve never actually seen him. He drives an old beat-up Volkswagen bug with dark tinted windows, which is exactly what an alien would drive to avoid detection. According to local gossip, he hates football and never watches TV. Some say he doesn’t eat meat. I realize this is circumstantial, and he could be just another weirdo. But then how do I explain what I saw through his window? Now mind you, I’m not a peeping Tom. I was just walking past his house one night and noticed the shade was up in a back room from which light blazed into the neighborhood as if daring me to look inside. So I did.  The room was filled with table-high beds of soil over which hung rows of grow lamps suspended from the ceiling. Poking out of the soil were weird-looking plants that looked like a cross between an artichoke and a pitcher plant. Attached to each of them was a plastic tube running up to a bottle filled with red liquid. It was like they were being fed intravenously with … . Well, if that isn’t proof I don’t know what is. Of course, there’s also a teensy possibility that I might have imagined this. The night before, I had watched one of my

  • Pixel pong & digital surrealism: The art of Dale O’Dell

    Jan 31, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Portfolio15 CommentsRead More »

    Cattle abduction was a serious problem for Dale O’Dell in the early 2000s. “I tried to talk them out of it,” said the Prescott resident. “I worked my way up to the president trying to talk them out it.” O’Dell sipped coffee from a mug that read “Extraterrestrial Highway,” jutted his lower lip, then voiced his objections, which were twofold and thus: 1. Cattle abduction is only one step away from cattle mutilation. 2. The joke might get stale. “You can only beam up a cow so many ways, right?” O’Dell said, laughing as he described his standing gig with Willow Creek Press—a yearly calendar he populates with hoaxed UFO photos. “We started with UFOS, then UFOs and cattle abduction, then cattle abduction and other cryptids, and, finally, we’re back to UFOs and cattle abductions.” It’s a surreal conversation, made only more so by the fact that O’Dell looks like a cleaner-cut version of Brent Spiner’s Area 51 scientist from the movie “Independence Day.” “Sure, I’m having fun with it,” O’Dell said. “I’m a surrealist—all this goes hand in glove.” Fashioning UFO illustrations from photos helps O’Dell hone his computer chops for his primary passion. He creates digital art that challenges contemporary photographic conventions and evolves the artistic surrealism movement of the 20th century. Or, as O’Dell put it: “I want to get on the path of the surrealists were

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