The Fine Art of Cat Heaving  

KC_JJ 53M
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6/20/2006 7:45 am

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The Fine Art of Cat Heaving

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The Fine Art of Cat Heaving
( Dali Atomicus, 1948 )


This post would never have spun it's way into a knowable reality had it not been for [blog silkditty]'s post Life is Good.

For some ignorant reason I had previously attributed this photo to the all time king of Dadaist/Surrealist photography Man Ray. But after an arduous and fruitless search for it under his name I finally discovered that it was done by a different surrealist photoman originally from Latvia by the name of Phillipe Halsman. He is also the lensman responsible for the image [blog saintlianna] used in her post titled [post 189342] which also features Salvador Dali in the left corner.

In 1941 Halsman first met Salvador Dalí and they began collaborating in the late 1940s. It was in 1948 that they worked together to produce the accompanying picture titled Dali Atomicus which, in my estimation, absolutely had to invlove some form of cat heaving.

I cannot overestimate the the profundity of a piece of artwork such as this. It's significance defies all attempts at verbal description and is truly in the realm of the ineffable. And I say this with complete conviction in the truest iron willed spirit of absolutely undiluted, ridiculous absurdity.

The title of the photograph is a reference to Dalí's painting Leda Atomica (which can be seen in the right of the photograph behind the two cats). It took 28 attempts for Halsman to be satisfied with the result. Halsman and Dali eventually released a retrospective of their collaborations in their 1954 book Dali's Mustache.

I did two of my own variations on it. The first utilized KPT5's RadWarp utility and the bottom one is the second one furtherly twisted and contorted with KPT3's Vortex Tiling function.



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rm_saintlianna 45F
15466 posts
6/20/2006 8:11 am

I have used Dali twice I think in my blog. The other was his butterfly one.

That cat heaving gives me an idea.....


meerkittykat 42F

6/20/2006 8:27 am

My cat =^oo^= is reading this and licking his nads as we speak.


KC_JJ 53M

6/20/2006 9:18 am

    Quoting rm_saintlianna:
    I have used Dali twice I think in my blog. The other was his butterfly one.

    That cat heaving gives me an idea.....
Serving as some form of idea inducer appeals to my basic sense of goodwill and to my unstoppable desires to assist with cultivation of creativity and artistic fruition (and ridiculous absurdity) wherever that might be possible.

Sort of my own form of philanthropy.

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KC_JJ 53M

6/21/2006 1:43 pm

    Quoting meerkittykat:
    My cat =^oo^= is reading this and licking his nads as we speak.
Cat's who read are cool.

And the one quality I share with the felines is the capacity to lick my nads. I've worked on that "always landing on your feet" thing but I just can't seem to get it.

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KC_JJ 53M

6/21/2006 1:48 pm

    Quoting rm_silkditty:
    yer my pimp...

    not familiar with Halsman and hadn't seen the pic, thanks! Good post!

    how many cats have you heaved today?
Currently I have no cats to heave. But there is one pussy who seems to to be asking for it lately. But I usually do tease quite a but before the kitty really gets the ol' "heave ho".

I also have a "flying pussy" post in the works so watch for it.

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Transblucency 44M

6/21/2006 6:00 pm

Man Ray is like unto a God!

All hail and bow low to KC_JJ.

Dali seemed to share in the rather Spanish delight in the suffering of animals (he generalizes wildly). I recall watching an interview between him and the purse-lipped Russell Harty (semi-famous BBC arty journalist type) in which he threw an ocelot into a swimming pool and made it do laps.


KC_JJ 53M

6/23/2006 4:22 am

    Quoting Transblucency:
    Man Ray is like unto a God!

    All hail and bow low to KC_JJ.

    Dali seemed to share in the rather Spanish delight in the suffering of animals (he generalizes wildly). I recall watching an interview between him and the purse-lipped Russell Harty (semi-famous BBC arty journalist type) in which he threw an ocelot into a swimming pool and made it do laps.
I think Dali was actually preparing the cat for the Ocelot Olympics. And you being somewhat of a Rudyard Kipling Jr. should know that Ocelots rather like the water and are sort of the labradors of the feline family. But this general idea would still probably have some animal rights idiots up in arms despite that fact.

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concupiscentKid 40M

6/23/2006 8:47 am

Have you ever seen any of Dali's collaborations with Luis Bunuel like
Un Chien Andalou or l'Age D'or (sp?)? The woman getting her eye slit open with a straight razor--Yowtch!
Did you see his dream sequence sets in the movie Spellbound?
Are there any pictures of him wearing green goggles and a lobster on his head?
Would you compare his brushwork to Van Eyck's?
(I can sort of see it in paintings where he uses lean transparent strokes, letting the primer show through--I've seen a few of his paintings at the Tate and the Chicago Art Institute)
What do you think Dali meant when he said, "America(ns) hate children."


KC_JJ 53M

6/26/2006 1:13 am

Yeah I saw Un Chien Andalou way back in art school.

I don't think I ever saw anything to do with Spellbound.

I'd have to see both Dali's and VanEycks paintings side by side to really give a decent answer to that question. Neither of which I've seen up close. Yet.

SOmetimes I'm not sure if even he knew what he meant. I suspect that he often really did mean something with his odd statements and other times I think he may have simply been being odd for it's own sake.

I often think something similar about filmmaker David Lynch.

Dali was a "special effects" painter before there was even such a concept.

My favorite weird statement of his... "I do not use drugs, I am drugs"

PS. A fellow blogger tried to bring you up in conversation when I mentioned a snake I once saw at the New Orleans zoo called a Gaboon Python. A rather stout and fat one. And strangle they bungled your name and misprounounced it "the Corpulent Kid". You don't look so corpulent to me!

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concupiscentKid 40M

6/26/2006 10:12 am

Are you sure you don't mean Gaboon Viper?
I've never heard of a Gaboon Python.
Maybe it's another name for the African Rock Python.

Corpulent?! Really cracking up. Jesus Haploid Christ!
I'm a goddamn ectomorph!


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