Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Kickin' it old school, part 2

If you open your mind and your heart, you'll start to see new things. I love the bizarre nature of surrealism. It's like dreaming while you're wide awake. It's mysterious and sexy.

The surrealists flexed many muscles of the brain and created unexpected work. They kept people on their toes.

The Lovers, Renee Magritte.

The Two Fridas, Frida Kahlo

A page from "Le Semaine de Bonte," (A Week of Kindness) by Max Ernst.

Posting all this work makes me want to play Exquisite Corpse.

Also, I'm having a small art sale on e-Bay. There's three days left. I'm going to be clearing out lots of art for a fresh start. So take advantage. Proceeds go towards new art supplies and a new art series.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Booksmeller Sunday, Logan's Run

The best place to get books from is the library. The books are sturdy and old. They've lived past lives. If they could speak they'd have stories to tell. And borrowing books is free.

I haven't read a whole lot in the past. I take a long while to read a single book. I read a chapter or two at a time. I like to read in short snippets to let the information sink in. I carefully imagine the imagery. I pretend I'm there. I see how stunning Logan's muscular body was or how Jessica's hair must have been glistening. I would say I imagined her doe eyes (but that's just a past image of the movie version of Jessica in my head).


This particular copy was the only copy in the whole county. Which is funny because my friend and I did a sci-fi movie marathon a couple months ago. Which is when I took out the book. (And i've had it ever since).

I started talking to her about the book. My friend says she wanted to read it, but the book was checked out. It's the only copy. And the the person has had it forever. I must have made a face. And then I told her that person was me. And we had a good laugh.

Anyways, I love this copy. It was printed in the late 70s, and may be an original printing. There is something great about the design and typography that is wonderfully dated. The pages are yellowed and there are a few mysterious stains on the interior pages. I sure hope that's chocolate or coffee.


The story in the book is compelling and easy to follow. It makes me sympathize with their society. If haven't seen the movie, just read the book. If you've seen the movie, you especially have to read the book. It's better. It makes more sense, and gets you to bond with the characters. Their sense of desperation comes across better. And they have some crazy adventures.

If you don't know the story, it's about a society where people who turn 21 are put to sleep. The people don't know who their birth mothers or fathers are. It's a society of youth and instant gratification. A society of pleasure. Notice a theme in what I've been reading lately? In the novel the lead character, Logan, is in charge of putting the runners to sleep. What makes the novel so interesting, is that Logan himself is about to turn 21.

The book smells like time (not to be confused with thyme). There are a lot of layers of scents from history. There is a typical scent of aged paper with something else. It's creating a scent both dusty and sour. There are notes of tobacco and roses as well.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Kickin' it old school, part 1

I've been reflecting on my art and my influences. I've been interested in a lot of art movements during history. But how have they influenced me? What influences do I want to be more apparent in my work?

My absolute favorite movement in art is Romanticism. The most important element of Romanticism is an emphasis of emotion over logic. The viewer should have a sense of inspiration, the sublime, awe, or shock and horror. The paintings feed very grand and dramatic.

Before Romanticism, I had no appreciation for landscape paintings. I thought they were incredibly boring. I still believe most contemporary landscape paintings are unoriginal and uninspired. But when I see certain paintings, I meld into the moment and become part of the painting.

Or I start to imagine me rolling a Katamari over the hills and valleys collecting trees. (This really happened in a prestigious art gallery. I started to audibly giggle and smile and received dirty looks.)

What really interests me are the paintings with people as subjects. They range from political revolution to literary narratives. I love the dramatic compositions, the exaggerated poses, and the feeling of raw emotion. Which is exactly what i'd like to use more of in my work.

Here are a few of my favorite pieces:

"The Nightmare," Henry Fuseli.

"Liberty leading the people," Eugene Delacroix.

"The Oxbow," Thomas Cole.

"Niagara," Frederich Church.

Paintings aren't the only genre of Romanticism. There are also great writers you may have heard of, like Edgar Allen Poe, John Keats, Nathaniel Hawthorne, or Henry David Thoreau.

Romanticism was born as a revolt to the Age of Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

I have a love affair with art

And my eyes are having a love affair with unomoralez's work. My eyes can't stop looking at these masterpieces over and over. Sucking up every detail and craving the insanity of it all.




Great art leaves you in awe and inspired. Which is exactly what i needed. My art engine is dusty. Back to work!