Saturday, November 28, 2009
"In ten years I will be 17. I will be an artist. I will paint pictures and I will do a lot of pictures. Then I will put it up on my wall. Then my wall would be nice."
My drawing totally shows how much Bob Ross influenced me! See my happy trees? RIP
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/11/17/DDI11AL7RR.DTL&type=art#ixzz0XEfCL6py
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
---Ten. One to change it, and nine to reassure him about how good it looks.
How many surrealists does it take to change a light blub?
so I'm sure everyone has heard about how difficult being an artist is after graduating. You're not around your peers anymore, there are no teachers to come by with their insight and no critiques to go to for constructive criticism. All of a sudden you're on your own. Seeing how well this blog has been going, I've made a new team blog that acts like an online studio. I'd like this blog to be a way to stay connected with each other long after we all graduate. Like our teachers stress, it's important as artists to stay in touch for networking and support. We've created a small supportive art community here at CSUEB and I hope that we will all continue to be apart of it after graduation and beyond.
The blog is 510studiovisit.blogspot.com
If you want to be a contributor to this blog, comment with your email address and I will send you an invite to be an author.
Ways to use this blog:
-upload pics of your sketches or studies for feedback
-show works in progress/completed works for feedback
-promote any shows you are in
-to talk about any conflicts with your art making or use as therapy because you know we all need it [senior "seminar" is actually code for senior "therapy" ;)]
For those who already have their own blog--feel free to forward blogs to 510 studio visit that you want everyone else to see.
I just wanted to say thank you to those of you who completed my survey!!!! I really, really, really appreciate it!!! I don't know who filled out the survey, but I did receive comments and a couple of those comments were things only art people would say -thanks for the laughs.
The survey was a measurement of learning and thinking processes based on dominance of the left hemispheric brain or the right hemispheric brain. People who are dominantly influenced by the left hemisphere of the brain often process information using sequences, logic, structure, verbal expressions, and symbols. In contrast, people who are dominantly influenced by the right hemisphere of the brain often process information holistically, randomly, intuitively, creatively, and through imagery. Those who equally use both hemispheres of the brain are considered balanced or “whole brain” thinkers.
If you have any questions or would like to learn more information, let me know. Thanks again!!! :D
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
What does giving away free art mean? How does it make you feel? Are we making a statement? It was a fun night, made people smile, got to talk to strangers, interact and hang out.
Found a great subterranean show on our last day in NYC at Nicholas Robinson Gallery. The exhibit by MARTIN WÖHRL was made to look like a subway station. Sharpie markers were left in a cup to encourage visitors to make their mark. I took the opportunity to do one of my poetic surrealism sketches titled "Bye Bye NYC". My friends band, Slide 5, provides the vibes, a tune called Rhode Trip.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Just wanted to share the site of an artist that I have been in communication with recently. His name is Gerry Simpson and his art is very urban and colorful. Check out his site. I feel that his artistic style is original and honest.
I was at de Saisset museum in Santa Clara University last Sat with my families. We were enjoying taking photo in their front door, the flower and roses looked so great and it was a nice day. I went in the first thing is to check if there's a sign of no photo, fortunately no sign. I saw some nice works and start taking photo, after couple photos, the museum lady told me "no photo"....
oh~~ok~~(good I took couple of them already~ha)
I like this piece a lot. It's an Iris print by Arnold Kemp, titled (Them) Trees in 2009.
Trees is part of a series of photographs taken for an exhibition at the Studio Museum of Harlem. Instead of focusing on the usual street scenses, Kemp chose to capture the variety of trees that line the street of the famous New York neighborhood.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Cyndie Lauper- Goonies R Good Enough
I first found this video on the Goonies DVD. I thought it was going to be about 3 or 4 minutes long but it's more like 12 minutes. It has a lot of weird things going on it. I like the song too.
Run DMC vs. Jason Nevins- It's Like That
I think the remix of this song came out in 1999 but I only first heard of it about a year ago. I heard the original version but I think that I like this version better. I like the dancing in this video.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Heads Will Roll
I think this video looks neat. I like the dancing ware wolf. It kind of reminds me a Michael Jackson.
This is that area in close-up. These collages are made from block prints he makes and then cuts up to form the collage. The vision, detail and skill required do this is phenomenal to me.
We tried to do FirstFriday but it didn't turn out quite as we had planned. I have an old friend, Bob (he is 87 and a little cranky), I thought his views would be interesting. Bob is a retired Hayward High English teacher, and he is very well versed in contemporary and modern art. We started in Berkeley at the Kala gallery but it appeared to be closed so we went down the street to Blankspace and Compound Gallery and they were both close too, we were too early. Bob's frailty, what with the walking and stair climbing, had him a bit irritated so we decided to go to dinner in Berkeley. After dinner we dropped Bob at his home, and Martha and I went back by the Kala gallery and found that to enter you had to ring the bell. They kept the door locked. It didn't seem very hospitable to us. Harry Clewans’ collages made from prints he had created were remarkable. Maizie Gilbert’s photography puzzled me. It appears, from my perspective that out of focus is the way to make photography contemporary.
Christopher Romer’s work at The Compound Gallery is interesting, but I found myself drawn to the exotic grains in the wood that he used as opposed to the painted protuberances sticking out of the blocks. I was reminded of a conversation I had with a sculpture instructor about mounting one of my works on an exotic piece of wood. His advice was to not do it because it is hard to compete with all the motion and intricacy in a polished block of natural wood.
Daniel Healy was at Blankspace explaining his work. I didn't listen much.
Hopefully next month I'll be a little more personally involved, and, as much as I love Bob I won't bring him along.
I went to the one in Golden Gate park. But they're pretty much everywhere.
You can see a similar thing going on near the Embarcadero or the Ferry Building.
This can be a pretty nice experience. You've got art. The artists are nearby, taking it easy. For the most part they are pretty quiet, though. They watch you as you view their art. Sometimes they seem a little uneasy.
WHICH MAKES ME FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE... GAAAH!!!
I used to stroll around here with my family. I used to think it was cool to be able to talk to the artists and ask them questions.
But I don't think I like this set up any more.
I guess I am more in tune with the artist's sense of urgency to sell a painting?? I don't know.
Can anyone else relate? Or does you guys feel differently?
The free art was awesome! It was cool to see everyone there!
Anyway. It was interesting to see what type of people showed up to this event
For the most part, the crowds kinda bothered me, in terms of trying to get into the galleries.
I loved the street scene though. Even if there were some pretty annoying peoples out there.
They were all just kinda doing their thing.
I think I'll try to make it out there next month too ^_~
I know we have an upcoming interview assignment where we are supposed to see each others work,
Anyone interested in partnering up should come to see this show.
I should be there after 4PM.
Call my cel if you can make it 510-304-8148
The Columbarium will be closing this Sunday, November 8th at 6PM.
This is your last chance to check out a great show.
The works featured cover a broad range of styles from traditional to contemporary.
Hours are 11-6 TODAY, Sunday.
The Meek Estate Mansion is located at 177 Hampton Rd. at the corner of Boston Rd. a block from Meekland Ave. in Hayward Ca.
This is also your last chance to see my latest leather mosaic, "Honoring Four Oakland Heroes" in it's debut show.
I got a lot of requests to see the actual front page write up in the Oakland Tribune instead of the online version,
so I scanned the front page along with the rest of the article.
Thanks to everyone for all your kind words and encouragement; it really means a lot to me,
Saturday, November 7, 2009
It started out slow and the place was swarming with security. I took two photos but got stopped because only press were allowed to take pictures (I later found out they needed special stickers because I had to work at the press table). As a result, most of this blog is going to be compiled of pictures from online. Anyways, the night started a little slow, but after a couple of hours it was crowded with people. There were live Brazilian bands (both traditional and contemporary), Brazilian cocktails, ladies dressed in pink feathers and half naked, and there was art too. It was a show that could only be fully experienced at the reception because it really transformed the atmosphere from a museum to a party.
Purpose of the Show: The art show was about using cultural, historical, traditional, and societal influences that were deeply rooted in Brazil in order to create a movement of contemporary artistic statements using modern American and European inspirations, such as Dadaism and Deconstructionism to name a couple. Made up of Brazilian, Japanese-Brazilian, Jewish-Brazilian, and Afro-Brazilian artists, the show consisted of visual art, music, fashion design, sculpture, film, and architecture. The central theme revolved around Tropicália.
Tropicália was an art movement in Brazil from 1967 to 1972 that focused on how art was shifting from what was considered “high brow” to commercial art. The idea originated from Hélico Oiticica –who was also the central figure of the art show. In 1967, Oiticica used clichés and tropical tropes, such as palm trees and tropical birds, to show how the culture had been consumed by commercialistic art. It was a form of expression that protested what society was becoming.
By 1972, a military dictatorship emerged in Brazil, which established censorships on art and freedom of speech. Many of the artists who led and followed the ideas and beliefs of Tropicália were incarcerated, exiled, or executed. Despite years of having a military dictatorship, Brazil returned to its democratic government in 1985 and the spirit and ideas of Tropicália flourish once again, but with a modern twist.
Enough with the History: I will show some artists that I really enjoyed at the show and briefly discuss their work. Some work may relate to other issues and themes depending on the artist’s ethnic background.
Jum Nakao. Sewing the Invisible.
This is a modified version of the video at the museum –the one at the museum is better. Fashion designer Jum Nakao created all of these clothing articles out of paper. Yes, paper. The featured fashion show was based on traditional Japanese dresses. Nakao wanted to show the rigidness of the past and how people tried so hard to conform to these ideals and to obey governmental authority. By busting out of the delicate dresses, the models were breaking away from the rigid past and governmental restrictions and becoming free to the modern ways of self-expression and freedom. It was stated that some people who saw the fashion show had cried because they could not picture a life without the strict traditions.
Lygia Pape. Roda dos Prazeres (Wheel of Delights).
Lygia Pape constantly worked in different media. This piece of hers was presented because of its Tropicália theme that involved antropofago*.
*antropofago or anthropophagy: a.k.a. cannibalism
Long story short, antropofago is a metaphorical explanation of cannibalism practiced by one of Brazil’s largest indigenous tribes, the Tupi. After capturing their enemies, the Tupi would select certain body parts from their enemies that they felt were "superior." By eating these parts, the individual would receive the strength and power of their enemy (eating other people was common in Mesoamerica). The strength was not to emulate the enemy, but to enhance one’s self through the actual process of ingesting, digesting, and absorbing the blood and flesh through one’s self (I guess you can look at it as a meditative thing where you put all of your attention on what you’re eating and how your body is absorbing it. In this case…nevermind).
With Pape’s piece, the bowls are filled with water, food coloring (I'm assuming), and a flavor that you would not associate with that color. For instance, a bowl with green water would be coconut-flavored. The purpose was to drop some of the liquid into your mouth and to focus on what you were tasting so you could embrace the senses –resembling the practice of antropofago. (Someone told me they saw “double-dipping” going on, so I didn’t try it).
Hélico Oiticica. Cosmococa CCI Trashiscapes.
Osgemeos. Title Unknown, sorry.
I really liked osgemeos’ work. I have seen this spelled Os Gemeos, but everything at YBCA spelled it as osgemeos. Osgemeos is Portuguese for “twins.” The artist is really twin brothers who create graffiti art using mixed media on canvas and on the streets. I have seen a lot of graffiti art, but it generally uses the same media. What I liked was their art consists of incredibly thin ink lines, backgrounds made with printmaking techniques, spray paint to emphasize shadows and texture, and paint rollers to cover large spaces. Something about it really struck me and I really enjoyed staring at their pieces because there were so many details. The picture I posted is not what I saw and I searched like crazy to find it, but it is a painting from the same series.
Osgemeos creates art that reflects the graffiti streets of Brazil. However, they also add their own elements by using mixed media. Their themes range from culture to politics. Osgemeos also use bright vibrant colors to reflect how their contemporary art still consists of the roots from their cultural past.
Rogério Degaki. Vicky.
This was the only thing I was able to take a picture of, so it’s going in the blog. When I first saw this piece by Rogério Degaki, I thought it was a giant crochet of a dog with a beret. When I read the label and discovered it was an oil painting on canvas, I was shocked because the piece consisted of a lot of texture that made it seem like it was painted based on each strand of yarn. It was very bright and I enjoyed the rich colors. This dog with a beret is the only proof I have that I was at this event. I hope you all believe me.
In Conclusion: It was a very fun and exciting event. It’s still open, so if you get the chance, you should definitely check it out (keeping in mind that they don’t offer cocktails on normal business hours). There’s more to look at and I wish I could have taken pictures.
Apologies: I apologize for any long and unnecessary explanations that may have bored you all to death. If you got this far, thanks for reading!
Resources: My sources came from what I learned at YBCA. They give tours that explain everything too.
Hang out with some amazing art and artists Saturday evening and into the night.
Free Admission to SOMArt Cultural Center!!!
This Saturday, November 7th, from 6 - 10 PM
This is the closing ceremony for SOMArts Dia de Los Muertos 2009 and your last chance to see the show.
We will be celebrating the life of a fellow artist Virginia Benavidez, who passed away recently.
Her altar was right next to the leather mosaic tribute to my father, "Ascension of John Long".
Please come out and support this amazing nonprofit art space.
I’m taking a statistics class and we have to create online surveys. I wanted to incorporate a measurement that somehow combined art with psychology, so I created this survey about hemispheric thinking processes. If you wouldn’t mind clicking on the link to fill it out, I would really appreciate it (it's completely anonymous). More surveys = more data. :) Where it asks you to give a subject ID number, just put 9999 (it’s also stated on the survey).
By the end of the week I’ll explain what the survey measured in a little more detail.