Friday, June 25, 2010

All agents defect

Since this blog was intended to keep track of my progress and work as far as art goes, I knew I wouldn't update this thing as much as I should. That being said, Summer A semester is over and Beginning Painting was great. Things started off questionably due to my inexperience with oil paint (never used it before), but I eventually figured out the minimal basics for the most part. Here is my final, and I'm fairly happy the way it turned out.

I got an internship at USF's College of The Arts almost a month ago and so far so good. Highlights so far have been getting to interview Trong Nguyen, an artist and curator who is a USF alumni and recently eliminated from Bravo's Work of Art: The Next Great Artist (what a dumb fucking title), and conducting an interview with another alumni from the music department whose six-year-old daughter recently played piano at three shows at Carnegie Hall. She was too cute for words, it was almost disgusting.

Looking forward to Summer B, which starts next Monday (woohoo, weekend vacation!) and letting the incoming ass ton workload at the internship bury me alive.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Something bearing resemblance to productivity

Not a whole lot on this side of the peninsula to report. Finals are lurking just around the week, which means Summer semester isn't too far off. Not looking forward to either. 

On the bright side, I was notified a few weeks ago that one of my works was selected for FSU's Tallahassee International 25th Annual Juried competition, which took me completely by surprise. Here's the page with all the selected works for the exhibit. I may need to fix up the piece before mailing it to FSU's gallery since it's a bit worse for wear and I'd prefer that they not end up rejecting it - a right they have if they deem the work doesn't meet their requirements for craftsmanship and quality upon arrival. That sure would be a kick in the balls.

I did managed to finish a piece a week ago for my Intermediate Drawing course, although I'm still sort of on the fence about the final image:

Stretching Before and After
Gouache, ink, color pencil, and oil pastel
Intermediate Drawing, 2010
32 x 40 inches

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

When morning comes all demons will be gone.

I'm having problems again. A part of me knows what I'm doing wrong. The other part just doesn't care.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

But don't take my word for it...

I love the flea market. I've been going to them since the first time I went with my dad, who has been a vendor and selling stuff at one in particular for well over a decade now. He's sold what I'd consider the normal fare of flea market  paraphernalia: shirts, as-seen-on-TV products, domino games - basically whatever people (ie retired Canadians) will likely buy there. At one point he sold Beanie Babies and Pokemon during their respective peaks in popular culture. The latter is far more interesting than the former. More on that in a future post at a later date. Maybe.

Besides useless stuff stuff old white people will pay a dollar for, there are also some really good book shops and yard sale-types with stacks of used books for super cheap. Just last week, I found somethings in particular I am pretty excited about:

Curious, I picked it up and began flipping through the pages. Simply entitled "The Supernatural," the book covers all forms of  the unknown and covering such topics as paleolithic mysticism, ghosts, talking to the dead, magic and ritual, witches, voodoo, monsters (ie werewolves), and the secret societies, organizations, and individuals that study these fields with complete conviction. 

In other words, this is single handedly the coolest thing I've found at any flea market. I plan on scanning some of the quality images sometime relatively soon because these cellphone pictures don't do them any justice.

"Left, a 16th-century woodcut of  Jewish cabbalist holding the sephirotic tree, or the tree of life. The 10 sephirot are Hebrew words for the 10 aspects or attributes of God - a formula that was adopted by magicians as symbols whose contemplation would lead them to mystical knowledge. The Cabbala provided occultists with an immense repertoire of magical words and symbols: below left, a hand inscribed with Hebrew letters that was pasted on the walls of houses to protect them from plague. Four figures symbolize the elements of air (circle); fire (triangle); earth (square); and water (crescent). During ancient and medieval times it was thought that all matter was composed of these four elements, to which a mystical significance was often ascribed. For example, uring the ceremony for the consecration of a pentagram, a magician would invoke the elements by breathing on the figures, sprinkling it with holy water, drying it with incense, and placing it on the ground. "

"A photographic reconstruction of various stages in a complex medieval spell to preserve the chastity of a high-born maiden while her betroth is away at the wars." 

"Examples of gestures that were once thought to confer protection from witches and other devilish evil doers. Top left, the symbolic removal of a blasphemer's tongue. Top right, the sign of the Cross. Center left, a gesture representing the castration of an enemy. Center right, the "Devil's horns" - a symbol symbol commonly used in antiquity on protective amulets. Left, the sign made of priests when invoking the blessing of God, and , like all Christian symbols, believed to be a powerful method of combating witchcraft and sorcery."

"Above, a tableau at the Witchcraft Museum at Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, England. In the center, a black goat represents a common conception of the Devil as he was alleged to appear at witches' sabbat. Attempts to summon up the Devil have long been a preoccupation of black magicians. Left, the Magician Rollo Ahmed, who, on Halloween night in 1954, held a secret meeting somewhere on Britain's South Coast to conjure up the Devil."

Latin handwritten on the inside of both covers. I have no idea what they say, but it is awesome.

Coincidentally, I had found a blog article directly referencing this book a few months back and was instantly intrigued by the reference material, but knew the likelihood of finding a copy were slim. Shows how much I know.

On top of that, I found four encyclopedia-style volumes from a series called The Ocean World of Jacques Cousteau, and they all read like like his documentary films. One volume in particular is dedicated to the history, schematics, and inner-workings of Cousteau's famous research vessel, the Calypso - complete with foldout cutaway and cross-section illustrations of the ship!

Humming Sven Libaek while reading these is a natural reflex. You'd be crazy if you didn't.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Mixes for the Masses

Sven Libaek - Dark World
Os Rebeldes - Murder By Contract
Greg Cartwright - I'll Cry (Live)
Otis Redding - Wonderful World
T-Fire - Will of the People
Dr. Nico - Save Me
O.V. Wright - When You Took Your Love From Me
The Illusions - I Know
The Funkees - Acid Rock
Getatchew Mekurya - Musicawi Silt
The Invaders - She's A Tiger
The Ventures - Journey to the Stars
Sam Cooke - Bring It On Home To Me (Live)
The Chicks - The Rebel Kind
James Carr - The Dark End of the Street
Ashra - Don't Trust the Kids
The Tornadoes - Moon Dawg
Johnny Robinson - We're Gonna Make It
Sun City Girls - Wild World of Animals
David Ruffin - Let Somebody Love Me
Roky Erickson & the Aliens - Creature With the Atom Brain
The Birdwatcher - It's To You I Belong
The Mummies - The Thing From Venus
Action - I Can't Make A Friend
Jacuzzi Boys - Island Avenue

Sally - Shinbaru
Electric Wizard - The House On the Borderland 
Snail - Sleep
Pyramids w/ Nadja - Another War 
Infinity Window - Internal Compass 
Snares - Black Sabbath
Linda Perhacs - Parallelograms
Bong - Wizards of Krull
Junior High School Student Coffins - 埋葬以下(中学生棺桶) 
Blue Sabbath Black Cheer - Maggot
Cobalt - Dry Body
Mala Suerte - Entrance/Black Art
Hooded Menace - Fulfill the Curse
Infinite Body - The Hearts In Flood 
Buffy Saint-Marie - God Is Alive, Magic Is Afoot

Monday, February 22, 2010

I'm here to fix the hinges.

An old friend of mine and his buddy have a sick site you should check out. Great comics, guest artists, and mixes for the kiddies.