Oct. 15th, 2018 10:09 pm
asakiyume: (black crow on a red ground)
Guns and art! First was this painting, by the South Korean-born artist Mina Cheon, who also takes on the persona of a North Korean artist, Kim Il Soon. [personal profile] sartorias and I saw this at the Smith College Museum of Art. It's titled "Squirt Water Not Bullets!" The artist paints herself in North Korean military garb and paints her son in duplicate, representing Korea's current split.

painting by Mina Cheon (aka Kim Il Soon), Smith College Art Museum

And the second was this screenshot from the Sudanese film AKasha, from director Hajooj Kuka.

(image source)

The brief BBC World Service summary says, "Film director Hajooj Kuka has chosen this southern region of his country to tell the story of a love triangle between Adnan, a rebel, his long-suffering girlfriend Lina and the beloved AK47 he calls Nancy."

Soo... I'm guessing we're looking at Lina--and she's holding Nancy, who is looking mighty fetching in that rainbow colored strap.

I think it could feel mighty empowering to team up with someone like Nancy.

The screenshot was intriguing enough that I watched the trailer. If you watch through it, you'll see a moment of magic at 1:36. I'd like to see the movie one day.
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I am staggeringly lucky to have cover art by Likhain for "The Inconvenient God," a novelette (maybe a noveletina? Extra long short story?) coming out this fall from Annorlunda Press.

Behold! (All Likhain's art is just gorgeous.)

(link to her original tweet here)
asakiyume: (Iowa Girl)
Yesterday a friend invited me to see a wonderful exhibition: prints made from newly discovered glass negatives made by the photographer William Bullard. The photos are of people who lived in the Beaver Brook area of Worcester, Massachusetts, from around 1900 to 1912. They're predominately African Americans, but also Native Americans and immigrants--it was a vibrant, diverse community.

Along with explaining who the people in the pictures are, the accompanying plaques included comments from their descendants. For some, these photos are the first images they've seen of their progenitors. In one case, a photo of a house and its residents confirmed longstanding family oral history that the house had been in the family--it's very moving to see/read about history rediscovered and affirmed.

The liveliness and force of personality of the people being photographed carries through so clearly, just looking at them gives you an impression of having met them.

If you live within traveling distance of Worcester, I highly recommend making a trip to see it before it closes (February 25).

two photos )

My very favorite, though, is little Luvenia Ward, on the right in this photo, which I snapped myself (hence the unfortunate reflection effect). Lillian and Cora Ward look less certain about this whole photo-taking business:

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Last Thursday [ profile] wakanomori and I were in the town of Turner's Falls, and we saw this fabulous mural (photo is his).

So much story in there. I'm ready to like this lady of small creatures right away.

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It was among several artworks on display in the Blue House at the College of Our Lady of the Elms (known in brief as Elms College, but the long name is so marvelous), where I was for most of the day yesterday. It tells you exactly what it wants from you.

(Artist appears to be someone called Cavagnac.)

There were others in a similar style:

Cupcake, cog, hammer, nails, plus sign, gravestone--the poetry of things, arranged.

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I saw the beautiful image below--straight out of a children's story or a fable--on Facebook, but with no attribution. Some clever photographer had caught this moment of convivial interspecies refreshment, but who?

Fortunately, these days, you can put a photo's url into Google Images and search it out, and by doing so, I found it was by Toshiyasu Morita, a photographer who mainly makes portraits of cosplayers--but who also likes to photograph hummingbirds (and their bee friends).

Its original location on the interwebs is this post on Audubon California's blog.

So now we can make up stories about this hummingbird and those bees, and we can thank Mr. Morita for capturing the moment and sharing it with us.

asakiyume: (bluebird)

Marilyn Monroe, the Tattooed Lady
Just over the border at the south end of town is a tattoo parlor with some great associated art, including a series of circus-poster-style portraits of various random famous people that the artist must admire. Here is Marilyn Monroe as a tattooed lady--she has JFK on her left shoulder and the legend "Enter if you dare" on the ribbon underneath her.

The artist also painted this much-tattooed guy menacing the van beside the shop:

Milltown Ink, side wall

A Bell and Its Stories

Very close to the tattoo parlor is a small park with this bell at its center. It's all that is left of a grammar school that once stood there. [ profile] wakanomori did some Internet research and discovered that the school was built in 1891 (to replace a school built in 1828), was in use until 1991, and burned down in 1994. (Great photos of the school at this site.)

The bell apparently went missing in the 1960s, only to be found in 1974 ... in the bell tower. Surely more to that story there than meets the eye . . .

Even its origin story is interesting: it was made in 1877 by one of two competing bell foundries, both called Meneely Bell Foundry, located in what's now Watervliet, New York. You can make out part of the word "Meneely" in this close-up:

Meanwhile, closer to home: these mailboxes. Are they waiting in line for something? Or are they part of a parade that's temporarily stopped while a band performs for the judges? Or are they just loitering? They had better watch out, if so. I'm told the police take notice.

procession of mailboxes

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The other day I found out that the Daasanach people of Ethiopia make gorgeous headdresses using bottle caps. I've always liked bottle caps: they're pretty colors, nice shapes, and they make a great noise. I like pretty much any art that uses them, and self adornment? Brilliant.

They give a sense of abundance and joy. Here are a couple of examples:


This I like because the beads remind me of acorns--a headdress combining acorns and bottle caps is fabulous.

Photo by the talented Eric Lafforgue, a portrait artist I love. Source

I wonder if I could decorate a hairband with bottle caps and acorns.

asakiyume: (turnip lantern)

A friend sent me this very cool postcard, with art by Magda Boreysza. (Her website is here.) How about the final grin on this fox-squirrelly creature?

asakiyume: (good time)
I'm not a sports fan of any type, and I managed to avoid awareness of the fact that today is Super Bowl Sunday until about a week ago, and it was only with prepping from my sister that I could remember the teams involved


I loved this story, from yesterday's Only A Game, about how the Seattle Art Museum and the Denver Museum of Art are getting into the spirit of the competition:

"Seattle, Denver Museums Wager Works of Art on Super Bowl"

If Denver wins, then Kako Tsuji's "Sound of Waves"--with a picture of an eagle [very close, imagewise, to a seahawk]--will go to Denver:

If Seattle wins, then Fredrick Remington's "Bronco Buster" will go to Seattle:

The interviewer gave the art directors a chance to trash talk each other at the end of the interview but wow, that's a skill that's not in the art directorial portfolio, clearly.

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The Arkell Museum in Canajoharie, New York (a town celebrated by They Might Be Giants in a song--can your town say as much? Mine cannot--but more about Canajoharie later) has been assiduously advertising its exhibit of art from James Gurney's Dinotopia since October. Yesterday the ninja girl, the healing angel, and I went to see it.

Do you know Dinotopia? James Gurney imagined an island populated by sentient dinosaurs and humans, living together. Gurney's worldbuilding is fabulous, and his art is amazing--very much like N.C. Wyeth or Howard Pyle. Here are some examples from the Dinotopia website that we actually got to see:

flying on a skybax

Waterfall City in the Mist

Desert Crossing

One very intriguing artifact was an early sketch of the island that would become Dinotopia. In pencil, he has it labeled Panmundia, and then under that, a series of other possible titles, including Sauropolis, Saurotopia, and Dinotolia, and at the bottom, Dinotopia, with three underlines and a star beside it. Yep, that's the one!

Read more... )

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Sherwood Smith has some thoughts on a documentary called "A Band Called Death," the story of a punk rock band some brothers formed in the late 1970s, and named "Death" after the brothers' father died. The story of their choices and the outcomes is heartbreaking and will hit home for anyone who's ever had a vision they didn't want to sacrifice. Entry is at Book View Cafe:

"The Persistence of Vision"

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Peter Krasznekewicz, who just finished his junior year in high school, is the creator of the marvelous Little White House Project, which I wrote about in this entry. He conceived of having words from the writings of Emily Dickinson, stenciled onto little white houses, and placed on and around the Emily Dickinson homestead, in Amherst, Massachusetts. Peter was kind enough to talk to me, via email, about this wonderful project.

a poetry house

Your little white houses are so tremendously appealing. They beg to be interacted with, walked around, thought about. There are so many different ways to think about them as objects: you could see them as points for meditation, for example, or as shelters for words. When you think of them yourself, what thoughts do you have about what they do and how they work?

Originally I only had the quotes of Dickinson on one of the roof panels, but after talking to an artist at Deerfield Academy I decided to spread the words all over the houses to involve the viewer even more. I began to think of the houses as canvases and the words as the painting. Having fragments of quotes and single words on each panel made each panel unique and part of a puzzle that needed to be put together by the viewer. It also forces people to think of each word individually and then together as a whole.

As I stenciled the quotes on the houses in Saint Annes church, I spent a lot of time thinking intensely about a single word or phrase. Words such as
Nobody, Love, Venture, Beauty, Luck, Hammer, Haunted became more powerful and poignant. Also, when you look at many house together you see groups of words that create new phrases or thoughts.

One of the major goals of my project was to create art that was interactive and involved the viewer more so than a painting on a wall. By putting them outside in nature it forces people to not only enjoy the house but also the trees, flowers an, grass and buildings nearby. I like to say that they give the site of the exhibit a new outfit. I noticed that after the exhibit left Deerfield that the grounds looked a bit naked to me, and I sometimes visualize how the campus looked when the exhibit was up. For example, when I look at the science center I always think of the house that had the quote
"The brain is wider than the sky."

Read more... )

Thank you so much for the interview, Peter, and best of luck!


The Little White House exhibit remains up on the grounds of the Emily Dickinson Museum through the end of June.
asakiyume: (Em reading)
Julia Rios has written a charming, funny, beautiful retelling of Oracle Gretel, with Hansel-the-Cat and tarot cards and a ouija board and silver shoes to take you where you need to go. It's lovely! AND, she has gotten Erik Amundsen to illustrate it. His stylized figures convey so much--I love his art style (he did this icon of M--, from my pen pal novel).

And then, on top of writing a wonderful story and getting great illustrations for it, she picked out beautiful end papers and covers for it--no two the same--and hand bound each chapbook. She read from this at WisCon, and the chapbooks were available for sale there. I don't know how many she has left, but if you know her, and if you don't have a copy, you might like to enquire! She may have them available at Readercon next month, if they're not all gone by then.

Oracle Gretel

asakiyume: (glowing grass)
A most remarkable art installation was going up on the grounds of the Emily Dickinson House in Amherst, Massachusetts: poetry houses: whitewashed reliquaries, inscribed with phrases from Emily Dickinson's poems.

I first caught sight of them from across the street:

poetry house

Intrigued, I crossed over, and they were everywhere:

A poetry house by Emily Dickinson's house

a poetry house

Further on, in a small park where a silhouette of Emily Dickinson talks to a silhouette of Robert Frost, three men were hard at work putting up another one.

three photos under here )

That one says "Beauty is not caused. It is. It IS"

From those three, I found out that the installation was the brainchild of a student at Deerfield Academy, a prep school in the area. I was impressed with his vision, and with how beautiful the execution was, and at the same time, hearing the name of a prep school, and looking at the materials and labor required to make the exhibition happen, I got to thinking about the financing of art. Did a grant make this possible? A wealthy patron or patrons? Did the student ask for donations of supplies from local businesses? I expect one day soon there will be an article in the local papers, and my questions will be answered.

Edited to add: This article on the Deerfield Academy website talks about the project. The creator is Peter Krasznekewicz, a junior.

Another addition: Link to the artist's website: Art Action. On the site are more photos of the houses in situ all over the town of Amherst--so it's more far reaching than I realized!

asakiyume: (good time)
There's a scene in Disney's Aristocats with the following dialogue:

Marie: Me first! Me first!
Toulouse: Why should you be first?
Marie: Because I'm a lady. That's why.
Toulouse: Oh, you're not a lady.
Berlioz: You're nothing but a sister!

The ninja girl did it up as if the kittens were kids:

Cute, huh? (Tumblr link, in case you're on Tumblr)

Here's her original sketch, so you can see how it developed, and also because I have an especial fondness for Toulouse (the black-haired one) in the sketch:

asakiyume: (feathers on the line)

Holiday Travelogue, 9
Originally uploaded by dailyartmasomenos.
[ profile] b_oki introduced me to the Flickr page of dailyartmasomenos, a Tennessee-based artist, who maintains a blog here.

He weaves poems, as here, in with his drawings--and it's all from what he sees around him.

Open the door to let the soul pass by...

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[ profile] littlemetaldrop had done a beautiful tiger for the Year of the Tiger. I know Chinese New Year isn't for a couple of months, but in Japan they celebrate New Year's on January first, but using the Chinese zodiac animals.

Here is her tiger, made with origami paper:

Our car has malicious intentions toward us; it's seeking our bankruptcy. Our mechanic feels sorry for us, I think, so he sweetened the blow of the last bill by giving us a Currier & Ives calendar for 2010.

The image for January is rather dramatic. (Click to see it larger) Check out the moose's tongue! Look at that one wolf floundering in the icy water!

ETA (It does look more like an elk--or, as [ profile] peppergrass suggests, a mutant buffalo with horns-- than a moose. My instinct was to call it an elk, but it was pointed out to me that the caption said moose, and I believe everything I see in print! But it doesn't seem very mooselike, does it?)

Last image--the sky, in folds, before the snow came yesterday (probably also only visible if you click through to a bigger size).
sky before the snow came

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Joyful Christmas, everyone. I am sending you Christmas greetings early, as you might not be online in the next few days (and I may not be, as well).
asakiyume: (cloud snow)
I sent this to some friends... it was so beautiful, I thought I'd like to get a print of it for someone special--but the artist tells me a print costs hundreds of dollars. So, let's enjoy them online instead.

From the gallery of James Henkel (, "snow bowl"

[Picture no longer available for viewing, sad to say...]


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