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In this issue: flame wars and toxoplasmosis
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Artanal

A communiqué

Welcome to Artanal, a bimonthly newsletter by Tex Tubs, founder of the F.Art movement.

Every other month, we present an art analysis, or artanal, of Furry Art within the context of art history.

We try to provide interesting essays to highlight trends, zeitgeists, and collective eurekas. We will also keep you up-to-date on the latest developments in Tex Tubs' thought-provoking art.

News

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, this month has been unseasonably warm. What's heating us up? It could be global warming, or it could be the incredible flame wars sparked by Tex Tub's incendiary Two Flag Moon.
 

The battle first began on FurAffinity where it made quite a splash at nearly 100 comments. Many showed up to show their support for gay rights and their opposition to hatred and negative messages.

It quickly devolved into a brutal showdown between the forces of good and evil. Dust filled the air and it became difficult to tell friend from foe.

Tex Tubs was quite upset at the carnage resulting from this simple image, but took solace in the comments of a few kind souls.
The battle found a new front when someone posted Two Flag Moon to e621. It currently has a whopping score of -35, which was startling as many observers have never even seen a score below -10 in person.

But don't worry! Plenty of downvotes were saved for commenters.
The whole thread is recommended for reading, if you can stand the heat.

Louis Wain's Toxoplasmosis-Fuelled Meowsterpieces

Louis Wain was an illustrator of cats who famously changed up his style in a way so advanced for the time that it was incomprehensible to his peers.

From about the 1880's to about 1920 he created fairly standard illustrations of kitties doing their usual routines.

In the 1920's, Wain began experimenting with proto-post-modernity, deconstructing "the cat" into its base elements.
Society was not ready for it. To protect the public from a potential panic, the authories insisted that Wain be secluded in mental institutions for the remainder of his life.
However, there's a theory that they committed the wrong artist. Some attribute the magnificent exploration of form and abstraction to Wain's toxoplasmosis infection.

The parasite which causes toxoplasmosis, toxoplasma gondii, is well-known for altering the behavior of those it infects. One could go so far as to say that the parasite itself is the true genius behind Wain's art, the true artist upon whom we should shower accolades.

If that is the case, then what does it mean for those of us who vow to push the boundaries of Art? Must we infect ourselves as did Louis Wain? Must we alter our brains physically, in the pursuit of progress? Must we bow our heads to our masters in art, our protozoan superiors, the toxoplasma gondii, allowing them use of our eyes and limbs in exchange for front-row seats to the coming New Art Order? 

No, we must not sell ourselves short, as mammalian artists. For though we must push ourselves hard in order to comprehend the sort of form that comes easily to the 
toxoplasma gondii, Art is not a competition—it is the journey that is the true reward.

Next Issue

In February, we'll dicuss the little-known world of animal portraiture in the 19th century.

In that era, paintings of animals were a result of the overwhelming love for their pets felt by rich humans. These lucky beasts played the harpsichord, cooked 5-course meals, and went on hunts, all the while staring lugubriously into the distance.

What were the factors that enabled this proto-furry-art to spin out of control into the media juggernaut that it is today? Send your theories to tubstex@gmail.com. And as usual, Artanal welcomes all comments, questions and rants.

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