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Krampus Christmas Time! Santa’s Personal Devil Side-Kick Might Just Be Visiting a House Near You . . .

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You better not shout. You better not cry. You better not pout, I’m telling you why . . . Krampus is coming to town!

That’s right, kids! Hide under your blankets, and seal your window tight, because this Holiday Season not only calls for the arrival of our good friend St. Nick, but along with the classic jolly do-gooder also comes his hungry devil friend!

No, my words are not tied. You heard it right! A devil friend! Every year for many hundreds of years, European tradition has depicted a very cruel and very hideous counterpart to Santa known as Krampus.

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Krampus is pretty much your stereotypical vision of the devil: red fur, horns, claws, even a weird sick little tongue he likes to stick out. Best part of all is he likes to carry around chains to beat and whip the kids that get in his way!!!

Throughout Northern Italy, Austria, and other parts of Europe, people celebrate Krampusnacht in honor of this holiday beast. Party-goers dress up as demons, devils, and witches, masquerading through the town intoxicated and terrifying adults and children, alike!

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Many people believe this tradition dates back thousands of years to Pagan traditions where both Krampus and Santa Clause can be seen in the archetypes of Old Man Winter and the Goat-Man. This must also be part of the whole SANTA = SATAN mythology.

Krampus isn’t a character you see anymore in the mainstream, but during the 19th Century and early 20th Century a huge craze for Krampus Greeting Cards swept Europe.

Surreal and a little cheeky, there is no avoiding the grim horror of such a devil beast actually torturing and even eating children for Christmas! But, seeing as this is The Eye of Faith, we thought some of these cards would be the perfect thing to share with our readers, and perhaps we may even start to see a resurgence! (This would make Krampus very happy . . .)

{Special Thanks to Morbid Anatomy for some of the Krampus pics . . . }

I always thought something was missing to the story of Christmas. Now it all seems to make (a bit more) sense . . .

Don’t forget to share these with your friends, and for more images and to learn more about the traditions of Krampus, please visit the official site!

Thanks for reading, and Happy Holidays!

Sincerely,

{theEye}

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Commercial Break: “Phenomena” (1985)

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Before she would be doing the Magic Dance along side Jim Hensons Muppets, Jennifer Connelly starred in renowned director Dario Argento’s “Phenomena“.

With a killer soundtrack (excuse the pun), and plot twists we couldn’t let you miss, the respectable Eye highly recommend this one-of-a-kind spooky 80s thriller.

I know that a horror movie seems like a weird place to go for style inspiration, but with costume designs by Giorgio Armani,  Jennifer Connelly’s crisp and breezy summer white looks are as classic today as they were in 1985, and twenty years before that, and so on.

So don’t be left out in the dark. . .

Oh, and if bugs or ESP give you the willies… you better go ahead and watch this (even if it makes you squeamish)!

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Summer Watching Fun Begins!

Until next time,

{theEye}

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E.O.F. Snapshot of the Day {May 16, 2013}

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Super weird.

I’m not sure where this is from, but might just be a silly Halloween marketing scheme for juice from the 60s?

If anyone knows, or has a clue, let us know in the comment section below!

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God is in the Details: Revealing the Early Renaissance @AGOToronto

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Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art (March 16 – June 16, 2013)

ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO (317 Dundas Street West)

$25 adult admission (includes admission to the rest of the gallery)

When thinking of the Renaissance, one might automatically conjure up images of Da Vinci, his Vetruvian man, and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. It is a period in history renowned for its surge of creativity, knowledge, and innovation in areas of art, literature, music, architecture, and science.

It is a period that is also become more and more in vogue due to its resurgence in popular culture with T.V. shows like “The Tudors”, “The Borgias”, and the upcoming “Da Vinci’s Demons”, all putting their spin to this exciting and important moment in history.

But, what is rarely captured is the true birth of this period, and the movers and shakers who brought it all to life.

Perhaps its the fact that most art historians do not even know the names of most of the incredible artisans who painstakingly brought the churches of Florence to life with incredibly illuminated manuscripts, carvings, stained glass windows, and beautifully detailed panel paintings, between the years 1300 and 1350, that truly did start it all.

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This is what Sasha Suda and the curators of the Art Gallery of Ontario‘s latest exhibition, “Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art“, aim to bring to the forefront, allowing visitors to explore the lost masterworks that truly sparked a revolution, and would change the face of history forever.

In partnership with the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the curators have painstakingly worked on this exhibition for the past 10 years, travelling far and wide to analyze and bring overseas for the first time some of the most elaborate examples of work from this period that define the breaking point from the flatness of Medieval art to a more expressive and “humanized” perspective that has come to characterize the Renaissance.

Many of these pieces have been shut away from the public for centuries, making this one of the most impressive exhibits the AGO has ever premiered, and one that is sure to capture the imagination of all those lucky enough to visit.

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Sasha Suda Talks Art With Culture Minister Michael Chan

Curator Sasha Suda talks art with Michael Chan, Ontario Minister of Culture, Tourism, & Sport.  

One might, at first, be intimidated by the prestige of such an exhibit, but fear not, as this portal on the past is as much a reflection of our present day, as it is the 14th Century.

Whether or not you know a great deal about Renaissance art, the exhibition is packed full of information, from the audio guide, to the i-pads strategically placed amongst the exhibition to give you the full backstory on some of the exhibition’s most intriguing pieces. The curators have created an easy to understand story, that truly captures all the excitement and mystery of the artists and the works they created amidst the social context of Florence during this period.

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God is in the Details . . .

As you first step into the gallery, it may not immediately strike you how these works differ from the Medieval illustrations and paintings you are used to, but upon closer examination, you will find how rich, textured, and full of emotion each piece truly is.

They are not works of art to be admired from afar, but works that deserve an acute eye, and a willingness to get lost in the stories being told within them.

There is a certain excitement generated as you begin to see the layers of colour, and painstakingly small brush strokes that capture the most miniscule details of hair and embroidery. While our culture might be used to multiple images rapidly flashing before our eyes (surely a luxury akin to witchcraft for the men and women of the Renaissance), one must note that the multi-faceted panels and illuminated manuscripts are akin to the cinema of the Renaissance, with all the drama, suspense, horror, and spectacle you could expect from a film of today, with even a bit of special effects here and there.

Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art at the AGO

An exquisite panel painting. Blood, gore, and devotion. The piece reads almost like an expensive 14th Century comic . . .

It”s all for devotion sake, of course; used to invoke prayer, meditation, deep-thought, or contemplation. There’s definitely that sense of entertainment in the midst, often showcasing the more brutal and tumultuous moments of martyrs and Christ: Agatha with her breasts being cut off, another martyr is grilled on coals in ecstasy, and check out any crucified Christ in the mix and you’re bound to see more than your year’s worth of blood squirt (the most impressive, hands down, being Pacino Di Bonaguido’s “The Crucifixion” from 1315-1320, whose flowing blood rains on the spectators of the scene, as well as a juicy squirt from the chest for the viewer).

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Pacino De Bonaguida’s “The Crucifixion” and Detail of (1315-1320)

And while, we might cringe at the sight of this, its patrons felt the bloodshed and pain was the human aspect of their faith, and that one day perhaps, they may themselves reach divination, as did their faithful predecessors.

Getting lost in each piece, you begin to see that this society was obsessed with their idols, and their chance to be a part of them was as easy as getting a master to paint them into a panel or manuscript. In essence, it equated a wealthy merchant to the status of celebrity, having made his way onto the pages alongside the kingdom of heaven complete with Christ, the Virgin, and all the many martyrs who gave their life to the dedication of their fate.

The most entertaining example of this is the Laudario of Sant’Agnesse; an illuminated choir book commissioned by the Compagnia di Sant’Agnese, a fraternity of merchants, for use in charitable events and prayer, and who are also illustrated along the margins of the music. This remarkable collection of 24 illustrated manuscripts have been framed and reunited for the first time since the early 1800s, and will be performed by musical guests Lionheart on April 6 in the Walker Court of the AGO (click for more details).

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Detail of “A Crowned Virgin Martyr {Catherine of Alexandria}” (1334 – 1338) by Bernardo Daddi. 

It is amazing to think that at one time, masters like Botticelli, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Michelangelo must have set their gaze on these exact works to hone their own craft, and garner inspiration to create the masterpieces of the Renaissance we marvel at today. For when staring at the suggestive expression of Bernardo Daddi’s “A Crowned Virgin Martyr” (1334-1338), a glimpse of Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”  with her mysterious stare, and face full of subtle shadows that delicately sculpt her face, can definitely be seen,  which make the exhibition all the more exciting, and relevant.

In many ways, the exhibition brings to light that not much has changed in the world of art and commerce; citing the importance of banking and the prosperous merchant class to the creation of these vital works of art. Being so wealthy, members of the merchant class became so concerned that they may not  reach heaven, that they began spending their fortunes on commissioning buildings, and filling them with new art that expressed their hopes, fears, ideals, and emotions.

Revealing the Early Renaissance at the AGO-A view of Bernardo Daddi Italian The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula and 11,000 Virgins

With prosperity, comes art – and not much has changed today, as many of the world’s most successful artists rely on wealthy investors and corporate big wigs to the cut the cheque on a commission. Perhaps they no longer fear purgatory for their sins, but they are most definitely keeping their fingers crossed that their commission could strike them big dollars, and in that way, achieve idol status, and a bit of heaven.

The exhibition has already been lauded by the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times as one of the most important exhibitions in recent years, so don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel through time, and take in 90 once-hidden masterworks that came to redefine life as we know it today.

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All the Agony & The Ecstacy . . .

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Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art” opens at the AGO on March 16 and runs until June 16, 2013. To book your tickets today, click here!

Also be sure to check out the event schedule at the AGO for exciting insights inspired by this latest exhibit (Click here).

Sasha Suda, Michael Chan (Ontario Minister of Culture), and CEO at the AGO, Matthew Teitelbaum - March 12, 2013 - AGO Press Preview

Matthew Teitelbaum (CEO at the AGO), Sasha Suda (Assistant Curator of European art at the AGO), and Michael Chan (Ontario Minister of Culture, Tourism, & Sport) – March 12, 2013. 

Until next time,

{theEye}

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Rebel Yell with a Touch of Evil: Miharayasuhiro Men S/S13

We are moved by the beautiful designs coming from Miharayasuhiro. Inspired by David Lynch’s “Wild at Heart” and the python jacket Nicolas Cage wore in the film, Mihara Yasuhiro’s appealingly offbeat collection is having the fashion crowd singing praises. And here @TheEyeOfFaith, we are feeling this!

Rockabilly Preppy Goth dudes splashed in paint, some head to toe, made for a truly easy-chic vibe with an edge normally seen with Links and Chains in Nashville. We saw Hairdo’s that have got us combing our hair differently. We love love love the collection overall. Lots of variety with some stark-hard subtly.

We bring you a series of backstage shots by Dirk Alexander from Models.com.  We can envision ourselves sliding into any one of these looks.  Cool simple colour story, lots of beige and white’s mixed with leather’s and black mesh.  A James Dean Rebel red Members Only jacket sets the tone for the whole collection.  We are feeling a Fight Club feel for 2013 with the forever stylish Python.  This is a collection that for SURE stands out this season.

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E.O.F. PhotoBlast: We Want to Ride Our Bicycle!

Well, summer’s here, and it ain’t going nowhere!  So hopefully you aren’t stuck at home going through endless bouts of Summertime Sadness, and can get out into that bright sunlight! Even if it’s just for a little while, we encourage our readers to get up from their mediocrely comfortable chairs, and get that leg over a bicycle and put that peddle to the medal!

We think you’d be a fool to waste another minute indoors.  Rain or shine, a bike ride would be most divine.  Get the blood pumping! We wish we could be there at your side to encourage the activity, but we want to do what we can, and astound you with some inspiration in the form of an E.O.F. Photoblast!

Something learnt very young for most, and much less risky than getting on a horse.  Go for a ride on your bicycle and see the world! From corner to corner and street to street, there will always be a new sight to see.  We get so much of our inspiration from watching Toronto’s citizens express themselves through unique street style, so we encourage everyone to do the same, wherever you may be in the Globe! Plus you get around a lot faster on two wheels then two feet.

As Birthday Boy ‘Mick’ would say; “I see those girl’s walk by dressed in their summer clothes”.  The Rolling Stones front man knows where to look, for summer is the season to check out those streets.  So check out this gallery with some fun, and NSFW shots to celebrate summer!

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{STYLE WISE} – E.O.F. Prom Night with “Carrie” (1976)

“Baby, You’re a Firework…

Come on Show Em’ What You’re Worth…”

With the end of the school year comes a warm welcome to summer, and for many, a sad farewell to the “best years of your life”. Graduations have commenced, the lockers are empty, and uniforms have been put on the top shelf.

High school seems like a world away now, but we can’t help but feel a certain sense of nostalgia for those long lost days roaming the hallways, hanging out in the labyrinths of the school auditorium, or ditching gym.

There are a lot of things we remember, but perhaps one of our fondest memories looking back would have to be the sacred rite of {Prom Night}.

Decked out in vintage duds, a little gang of mischief-makers danced the night away in the cavern of some out-of-the-way banquet hall in middle-of-nowhere southern Ontario. Waiting for the bus at midnight across from an empty field was but one of the many highlights that mark {Prom Night} as truly a night to remember.

So while you reminisce on your own {Prom Night} memories, we decided to take a visit to one of our all-time favorite movie classics – Brian De Palma’s 1976 adaptation of Stephen King’s novel “Carrie“.

The film stars Sissy Spacek as Carrie White, a mousy girl who is unable to find her stride in the social on-goings of high school, and her mother Margaret White, famously captured by Piper Laurie, whose fanatical Christian ways bring more horror and terror than any boogie monster.

They’re All Gonna Laugh at You! They’re All Gonna Laugh at You!”

This isn’t your typical revenge of the nerds, as Carrie quickly begins to harness a secret power growing inside of her- a power her teasing peers would be wiser not to play with. Don’t get this secret diva mad, because once you do, there’s no holding back those flood gates.

“These Are Godless Times, Mrs. Snell”

-Margaret White.

The film also features William Katt, Amy Irving, John Travolta, and Nancy Allen as the teenagers on the other end of the popularity scale.

Perhaps you’ve already seen it, so you’d have to agree this is one fine piece of movie-making as only Brian De Palma could conjure. With a fantastic score by Pino Donaggio, and remarkable visuals, this a film that truly encapsulates the dreamy/nightmarish mood, as well as the period- which is fearlessly Seventies! Despite that, the film is absolutely timeless, and a wonderful source of inspiration.

Thus, we have devised this very special {PHOTOBLAST} to celebrate the film, as well as to celebrate {PROM NIGHT}, because no matter how bad you think yours was – it could never trump Carrie’s!!!

Perhaps you’ve heard, but “Carrie” is actually in line for a remake starring the incomparable Chloe Grace Moretz (“Hugo”, “Dark Shadows“, “Let Me In”, “Kick-Ass”) as the tormented teen, and rumors of Julianne Moore to take the helms as the uber-evangelical Momzilla, Mrs. White ! ! !

The film is being directed by Kimberly Peirce, whose 1999 film “Boys Don’t Cry” had Hilary Swank walking away with an Academy Award for Best Actress (as well as a Best Supporting Actress nod to fashion darling, Chloe Sevigny). Sounds like a sure-bet to me! Will they keep the 1970s setting, or go for a total update of the Stephen King classic? I guess we will just have to wait and see….

In the meantime, if you have any amazing, funny, bizarre, or strange happenings go-on on your {PROM NIGHT} we would love to hear them!! Please let us know in the comments section below!

Hope you enjoy the pics. Just let your mind roam free!

UPDATE!!! CHECK OUT THE BRAND NEW TRAILER THAT HAS FINALLY RELEASED!

Sincerely,

{theEye}

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