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MODEL PORTRAIT - NATHANIEL ( SPOT 6 MODELS) BY EDWIN CABRERA

Male Model : Nathaniel (SPOT 6 MODELS) Photographer: Edwin Cabrera (EDWIN CABRERA IMAGES

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