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MODEL PORTRAIT - LIAM (ELMER OLSEN MODELS) BY EDWIN CABRERA

Here are the photos of male model Liam from ELMER OLSEN MODELS that I shot. MALE MODEL PORTRAIT MODEL: Liam  (ELMER OLSEN MODEL...

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

EVOLUTION OF SANTA CLAUS

If you ever wondered how the image of Santa Claus the most famous Christmas symbol evolved through the years, here is an interesting video essay from History Channel. It traces back Santa Claus origin from the 3rd century to the Santa Claus we have now.




ODIN -NORDIC MYTHOLOGY



The Nordic god Odin was the original bearded man who flew around delivering presents.  (Yup, Thor's father was the original Santa) Carrying a spear and wearing a cloak, Odin rode across the sky on an eight-legged horse called Sleipnir during the Yule, delivering gifts to good people. He learned about the world, including who had been good and bad, through his black ravens, Huginn, and Muninn (Old Norse for ‘thought’ and ‘memory’). The Nords also credited Odin with gifting them a rune alphabet.


SAINT NICHOLAS OF MYRA- 4TH CENTURY



Tuesday, December 22, 2015

"VANCOUVER NEVER PLAY ITSELF" BY EVERY FRAME A PAINTING

Vancouver is the third biggest film production city in North America, after Los Angeles and New York. But unlike the two cities, it hardly plays itself in film and TV shows. Tony Zhou creator of EVERY FRAME A PAINTING, a filmmaker based in San Francisco, but originally from the Lower Mainland, put together a video showing just how Vancouver was always hidden in films and television shows.

Monday, December 21, 2015

ART- SELFIES BY THE GREAT MASTERS AND ARTISTS? - SELF PORTRAITS OF GREAT MASTERS AND ARTISTS

Selfies and self- portrait are a different entity. They have similar qualities like both are usually composed to show the image we want to project to the public. Anyone who says that selfies are not totally composed doesn’t know how long it took for those selfies- enthusiasts to put those “make-up that don’t look like make-up”, getting the right pose to highlight the best angle, and choosing the perfect filter just to post “Look, I just woke up, LOL!” Selfies and self-portrait both heavily emphasize the viewer’s response to the image. The main difference between selfies and self-portrait is that self-portraits have monetary value while selfies are just to get “likes”.

Here are some the Self-portraits of the Greatest Master Painters.

MICHELANGELO



"CRUCIFIXION OF SAINT PETER"


"THE LAST JUDGEMENT"

Michelangelo just like other artists during the Renaissance period, traditionally painted a self portrait of themselves hidden in the background of their paintings. A self-portrait by him has been discovered in his painting, the Crucifixion of Saint Peter in the Vatican's Pauline Chapel. During a major restoration, in 2004, of the Crucifixion of Saint Peter and the other Michelangelo fresco in the chapel, the Vatican concluded that the figure in the top left-hand corner is Michaelangelo. The figure identified as the artist is one of three horsemen in the picture. Michelangelo is depicted wearing a blue turban of lapis lazuli blue.

The only other self-portrait of Michelangelo appears in his most famous work, the monumental Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo painted his self portrait as the grotesque flayed skin of a man held by Saint Bartholomew.

 LEONARDO DA VINCI


This self-portrait when he was 50 and living in France. Leonardo da Vinci's cast himself as a venerable old man with a long white beard, the traditional style for representing God, prophets and philosophers. There's a great myth in Turin that the chalk drawing has a mystical power. The belief that Leonardo da Vinci's self-portrait is so intense that those who observe it are imbued with great strength. The Italians believed the mythology so much that they secretly hid the drawing during the second world war to prevent the Nazi from taking it.


RAPHAEL


Saturday, December 19, 2015

ART HAPPENING - "I WANT TO DREAM" BY JONATHAN ROSEN AT COLETTE, PARIS

Helping to heal the country and the world after the terrible tragedies in Paris, conceptual Artist Jonathan Rosen created another final piece to his collection “I Want” series. His latest work entitled “I Want Peace” symbolizes the hope for peace and resilience in the city, country and the world. The thought-provoking and transformative exhibition will include 12 pieces, and 8 new canvases made exclusively for the show. “I Want to Dream” exhibition is currently showing at colette in Paris until January 01, 2016


Inspired by the Yoko Ono quote, “A dream you dream alone is only a dream, a dream you dream together is a reality,” Rosen’s ‘I WANT TO DREAM’ exhibition is an invitation to reveal our deepest desires, and to dream collectively. Rosen brings his personal wants and dreams quite literally to the surface for an intimate engagement with themes of hope, ambition, and loneliness.

Rosen’s 12, large canvasses each address various ‘wants’ of the artist: from wanting to escape to wanting to be bad, wanting to be found. Each ‘dream’ the artist expresses in these works are deeply personal while at the same time universally resonant. Each artwork in the exhibition will have the letters ‘I WANT...’ carved into the canvases’ surface, creating a window of negative space that evokes a reminder: that to dream, risks remaining unfulfilled. The canvases are then shrouded in the material histories that Rosen has collected. Once sourced from Rosen’s personal collections - which included concert stubs and love letters - he now produced with artifacts of others; materials that are either in synthesis or ambivalence with the message of the piece.





Tuesday, December 08, 2015

ART INSPIRATION - SAKAYA GANZ

“If we value our resources we will waste less.” This is the main philosophy of the Artist Sakaya Ganz. She grew up with the belief that all things in the world have spirits. Ganz feels sad to every discarded and abandoned objects she sees. So she decided to use these items primarily plastics and scrap metals to create some beautiful sculptures. She manipulates and assembles them like a brush strokes to create a three-dimensional painting usually in animal forms with a sense of movement and self-awareness.

 “One of the important tasks for artists of our time is to bring more of the natural world back into people’s lives, especially in urban areas. When we encounter the true wonders of nature, the beauty we behold transcends our intellects and reaches directly to our hearts. I desire a similar response from viewers of my work; to provoke a re-examination of our relationship to the natural world. My work is also about perceiving harmony, even in situations that appear chaotic from the inside. When observing my sculptures up close, one might see gaps, holes, and items being held on only by small points; step away, however, and the sculptures reveal the harmony created when the objects are aligned to the same general (but not identical) direction.” Sakaya Ganz.






Monday, December 07, 2015

THE WINDOW PROJECT - A WINDOW INTO A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OVER THE HOLIDAY

The Ontario Association of Interval andTransition Houses (OAITH), and Yellow Brick House “The Window Project”.  The project aims to raise awareness to the realities of domestic violence.

A window installation was created at the heart of  Queen Street West Toronto, Canada.  It depicts a family celebrating a holiday dinner. But unlike a happy holiday scene, the displays depicts a domestic violence scenario.

A large number of studies have found that domestic violence against women surges during the holiday season, sometimes by as much as 30 percent.  The United Nations has found that one in three women worldwide are victims of domestic violence during their lifetime.  An estimated 362,000 Canadian children witness or experience family violence each year. Domestic violence is more common in homes with young children. Children witnessing this violence are at immediate risk of being physically injured. Research has shown that a child witnessing family violence is as harmful as experiencing it directly. This is a form of child abuse.

Help stop the violence.
Text NO MORE to 45678 to help stop the violence in this window and for abused women across Ontario.


ART INSPIRATION - "EMERGENCE LAB" BY THOMAS MEDICUS

Austrian based Artist Thomas Medicus latest project is called “Emergence Lab”. He’s background in traditional stained glass windows inspired him to create hand painted anamorphic sculpture. The title of the project is derived from the phenomenon “Emergence, a process whereby larger entities, patterns, and regularities arise through interactions among smaller or simpler entities that themselves do not exhibit such properties.

“Emergence Lab” is created through a plug system made out of 216 laser cut acrylic glass strips, a cubic framework, which contains layers pointing towards all three spatial dimensions. On each side of the cube, there is one anamorphic painting that can always only be seen from one point. Since every figure fills the exact same surface as its counterpart on the opposite side, the rear image is covered while looking at one figure.



Emergence Lab from thomas medicus on Vimeo.



Friday, December 04, 2015

R.I.P. SCOTT WEILAND

This is sad. Scott Weiland, the former frontman for rock bands Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, has died, his Facebook page confirmed early Friday morning (Dec. 4).

 "Scott Weiland, best known as the lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota, with his band The Wildabouts," a post on Weiland's Facebook page reads. "At this time we ask that the privacy of Scott’s family be respected."

His music had a great impact to me during my college years. It helped me a lot during my angry and confuse days. It was so cathartic listening to his music.

"PLUSH" BY STONE TEMPLE PILOTS



"INTERSTATE LOVE SONG" BY STONE TEMPLE PILOTS

Monday, November 30, 2015

SOUNDTRACK OF THE DAY - "BORDERS" BY M.I.A.

Bravo for Rapper M.I.A. for releasing a timely compelling new music video that showcase the plight of refugees.  Her self-directed video features powerful images of different controversial migrations. In addition, the lyrics of the song also criticized governments that demonize refugees, creating a divided society of "Us versus Them.


M.I.A. — Borders (Official music video) by babykute-dhxd M.I.A. by DeltonIan


  


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

ART HAPPENING- TATE MUSEUM PRESENT "ARTIST & EMPIRE"

The new Tate Museum exhibits “Artist & Empire” questions the viewers if the British Empire is their nation greatest triumph or disgrace. It aims to show that the amazing glory of the empire came with also amazing cost. It also examines how the Empire have shaped arts from the past to the present. The show features the art associated with the British Empire from the 16th century to the present day. It includes a massive array of objects from collections across Britain, including maps, flags, paintings, photographs, sculptures and artefacts.







Saturday, November 21, 2015

ART HAPPENING - KARL HAENDEL: ORGANIC BEDFELLOW, FERAL OTHELLO @ MITCHELL-INNES & NASH

Los Angeles-based artist Karl Haendel who makes drawings, installations, films and public projects has an exhibition at Mitchell-Innes & Nash New York, Chelsea gallery through December 05, 20015.  The multilayered exhibition features large, labor-intensive pencil drawings situated within an immersive monochromatic installation.

For his exhibition at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, titled “Organic Bedfellow, Feral Othello”, Haendel sets up an immersive black and white environment of juxtaposing narratives, tracing our animalistic nature to evolve and transform against tendencies towards devolution. 
 


Friday, November 20, 2015

ART INSPIRATION - ELENA VAVARO

Milan-based Italian artist Elena Vavaro portraits are a study in contradiction.  Every one of her subjects has a very solid look, but they are painted in a very fluid manner.  The staining techniques that form a watery vein like texture  gave each subject multiple layers of emotions.


"ANNA"


"DANIELA"


"ELENA"

Sunday, October 25, 2015

SOUNDTRACK OF THE DAY - "BURN UP THE DANCE" BY DILLON FRANCIS & SKILLEX

DJ and Producer Dillon Hart Francis collaborated with Skrilex and release and high banging electro-moombathon titled "Burn Up the Dance".  This is a kind of the song that would certainly makes everyone scram and dance.

 

Friday, October 23, 2015

ART INSPIRATION- ARTIST ANNA CHROMY

Considered as Europe’s most exhibited sculpture, artist Anna Chromy is now one of the circle of Grand Masters as the first Western artist to honoured by China and have a solo exhibits in Beijing. The first solo exhibition by any western artist at the National Museum in Beijing. The Exhibition runs from October 12th to 25th and features 15 of her large sculptures, 20 small sculptures and 30 drawings.

Anna Chromy is the first woman to be awarded the “Premio Michelangelo” sculpture award for her work “The Cloak of Conscience”. The beautiful sculpture that depicts a faceless figure hooded and shrouded in cloth became a spiritual symbol for peace, harmony and new found conscience for many people.

 In 2012, the president of the British Olympic Committee, Lord Moynihan, invited Anna to design the sculpture for the athlete’s Olympic village.

Born in Bohemia, Czech Republic in 1940, Ana started as a painter. But a life-threatening accident turned her attention to sculpture.
 “I had many sufferings in my life, but this accident was the worst. It did not completely change my view of life, but it taught me how fragile we human beings are, in every respect. With this sense of fragility comes the understanding how precious life is and that we should live it in a more conscious way, not just for us, but for all our loved ones and beyond.” 

 Now the Chinese have fallen in love with her work and are honouring her with the first solo artist exhibition for a Westerner at the hugely prestigious National Museum which fronts onto Tiananmen Square.
“The Cloak of Conscience”



"Alcyone"


"Christ on Cross"


"Danube, Violinist"

EXPLAINING THE WHITE MALE PRIVILEGE – FEATURING SASHEER ZAMATA BY ACLU

Actress, comedian and ACLU celebrity ambassador Sasheer Zamata, created a great video with ACLU to explain the fight for gender and race inequality. It wonderfully explains the structural discrimination against women in employment, education, healthcare, housing, and criminal justice through advocacy and public education.

 The ACLU Women’s Rights Project was co-founded in 1972 by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who called women’s rights “an essential part of the overall human rights agenda.”
 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

DANCE - "MEDICINE" WITH ZACK BENITEZ AND TAMARA MARTHE

A love story that is tangled in addiction. We see the consequences of a lover who is struggling with her partners disease and the person he once was, only to succumb to his demons and dive head first into his addiction.


Medicine - A Dance Film from Carlos et Marcus on Vimeo.

Monday, October 19, 2015

SOUNDTRACK OF THE DAY- TOP 10 HAPPIEST SONG OF ALL TIME

Here are my top 10 happiest song of all time. I think these are the song no matter how badly your day is going or how terrible your felling is, they will quickly lift up your mood.

1)  "CLOSE TO YOU" BY CARPENTERS



2) "WALKING ON SUNSHINE" BY KATRINA AND THE WAVES




3) "HEY YEAH" BY OUTKAST

 


4) "HAPPY" BY PHARRELL WILLIAMS




5) "CALL ME MAYBE" BY CARLY RAE JEPSEN



Monday, October 12, 2015

UTILITARIAN VERSUS ROMANTICS - MENSWEAR SPRING 2016

Fashion usually reflects what is currently happening the social and political culture our society. So it’s really interesting that for many seasons now fashion is adopting two polarized ideas- Romanticism and Utilitarianism. This really an indicative, that with technology, information and trends moving on accelerated speed, our society feels like the whole world is at the crossroad.

Menswear spring 2016 you could categorized most of the collection between utilitarian or romantics style.


UTILITARIAN
A belief that the best action is the one that maximizes utility, Utilitarianism in fashion started during the 1940’s when fabrics were rationed.  The clothes were designed for function and durability.  The utilitarian style was adopted again during the 1950’s when minimalism and futurism was in vogue due the space race.  The late 1980’s and early 1990’s designers like Helmut Lang and Prada adopted the design as form of minimalist protest from the decade of over  excess of the 1980’s.  During the tech bubble of the late 90’s and early 2000’s, the utilitarian style become fashionable again. This is probably due to that most of the nouveau riches of the Silicon Valley are more compatible with the working class values.
Utilitarian style is back again with the rise of the norm core fashion that started from hipsters’ ironic sense of humour, after exhausting the dandy look for years.   


3.1 PHILIP LIM



ALEXANDER PLOKHOV



ALEXANDER WANG


BALENCIAGA

Monday, September 28, 2015

MODEL PORTRAIT -TAEHYUN (ELMER OLSEN AGENCY) BY EDWIN CABRERA

Here are the photos I shot with male model Taehyun from ELMER OLSEN AGENCY.


MODEL: TAEHYUN (ELMER OLSEN)

PHOTOGRAPHER: EDWIN CABRERA





ART INSPIRATION- ARTIST DONGI LEE

Lee Dongi One of South Korea’s prominent contemporary artist. His creation Atomaus was one of the most influential work during the Korean Pop Art explosion during the 1990’s. Atomouse, which is a makeup word with two names, Atom from Japanese animation and Mickey Mouse from Disney’s. The character Atomouse is study of contraditions. It explores conflict between reality and fiction and lightness and darkness. Atomous friendly image usually represented or depicted in a harsh situations. Recently, Lee Dongi has shown works that are synthesis of Atomouse and abstract painting. It is overlapping pop images and abstract art by making lines that divide his picture plane.


"Don't Look Back the Anger"

"Wounded Girl"

"A with the head of A"

"Brain Drain"

Sunday, September 27, 2015

WORLD WEARABLE ART 2015

The 27th World of WearableArt™ Awards Show, known as WOW®, kicks off on Thursday 24th September for its annual Show Season in Wellington New Zealand. 

WOW is New Zealand's largest arts show and each year a new theatrical world is created in which incredible garments are bought to life. This year 55,000 show goers will attend from around the world. WOW is a breathtaking spectacular of dance, theatre, music, and art. The garments on stage are the award-contending designs selected from worldwide entries in the annual WOW Awards competition, which puts the simple, but challenging brief to designers - to take "art off the wall and adorn onto the human form". 

Designers come from all occupations, from all over the world.  They were given the opportunity to be innovative, original and not bound by the constraints of commercialism. The only limit is their imagination. It's where fantasy meets reality and dreams merge with nightmares.