Παρασκευή, 29 Απριλίου 2011

yellow house

all people are into no more than ghosts;
shaped into a body, an appearance
and fade away again into air and invisibility
                                                                                 V.Van Gogh

pages of erased text

It's here!

 I am thrilled! It is going to be so fun filling its pages!
To all the sketchbook project participants, enjoy! I know I will... :)

Παρασκευή, 22 Απριλίου 2011

the sketchbook project

I just ordered my sketchbook!
Just a few weeks ago I found out about the Sketchbook Project, a project the Art House Co-op does every year. The Art House is an artistic community, stated in Brookly, NY.
The concept of the Sketchbook Project is quite simple. You sign up, and your order your Moleskine® sketchbook. When you  acquire your sketchbook, you can do pretty much whatever you want with it. You can customize its cover whichever way you like, you fill it with sketches, drawings, words. Then you send it back to the Art House and they digitize it, they upload its content on the internet and then your sketchbook tours in America, and since this year, also in Australia and London, among other sketchbooks.
I have got to admit, it is a fairly brilliant idea, and I am most excited about participating!
If you are interested, visit sketchbookproject.com. To see the rules visit sketchbookproject/resources.com.

Δευτέρα, 18 Απριλίου 2011

Ljóð eg þau kann

sky born, deliberate, draped raw from within

Through yatzer.com I found out about Reykjavik based fashion designer Sruli Recht and his latest A/W menswear collection "When Gravity Fails" for 2011. His work is inspired by Icelandic culture and all the materials used for the collection were acquired from local suppliers. The pieces are absolutely magnificent and outstanding, with prevalent materials wool and leather.

Furthermore, the photographer of the collection, Marino Thorlacius, has done an amazing job. For more samples of his work visit his website.

source: yatzer.com

Πέμπτη, 14 Απριλίου 2011

"I'm Gandalf and Magneto. Get over it!"

This would be a really cool shirt, right?
Well, from what I've been reading on the internet, some time ago, actually I think it might have even been the September of last year, Sir Ian McKellen, the famous british actor who played both Magneto in The X-Men and Gandalf in The Lord Of The Rings movies, appeared in this t-shirt.
However, after further searching, I found out that the logo on the shirt is actually photoshoped, and the original shirt looks like this :
Sir Ian McKellen wore this shirt for the support of the gay and lesbian community, in a demonstration against the Vatican Church and the Pope, who was at the time in London, among others protesting about a variety of things such as the funding of the visit from the British government as well as the way Vatican tackles the child abuse cases within the Catholic Church. Sir McKellen, is a frequent activist, especially concerning the support of LGBT rights and has attended in the past a great number of protests and demonstrations.

Yet still, I think the photoshoped t-shirt would look pretty awesome! :) 

Τετάρτη, 13 Απριλίου 2011

batesian mimicry

                once I would become a butterfly, with crimson palps and wings of sun.

When Death wants to kiss you and you want to kiss Him back...

"just don't sit down 'cause I've moved your chair"

Recenlty, Arctic Monkeys released another track from their new album "Suck It and See" that is to be released early June 2011. "Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair" is said to be the first single from the album.


I gave it a listen just a couple of times but I find it pretty good. I think I like it better than "Brick By Brick" though, because it seems much more elaborate somehow.
The minute Alex Turner sang "Go into bussiness with the Grizzly Bear, but just don't sit down 'cause I've moved your chair", I loved it. From what I understand the sound is different from "Humbug" or any other album they had done before, but it is certainly interesting.

From what I've read on the internet so far, regarding the acceptance of the song from listeners, people seem to generally like it, some actually have expressed intense enthusiasm, although threre were some people that didn't like it that much, or at all. However, all in all, most fans like it, and they support the new album.
Personally, I am really excited and I am sure the album would be amazing, because, let's just face it, Arctic Monkeys are simply too good, and, as always, they will do what they do best; be awesome and make awesome music!

Σάββατο, 9 Απριλίου 2011

"Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth."

Pablo [Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y] Picasso (25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973) 
        "art is stronger than me. It forces me to do what it wants"

The First Communion(1896)  
    In all honesty, I do not like Picasso's work that much, especially the works of the cubist period, and generally I do not approve of the way he chose to lead his life. Howevever, I am no one to judge and besides, I certainly cannot deny that he was an extremely talented and endowed individual. From the age of 15 he could complete paintings equivalent to the ones of an experienced artist, such as The First Communion(1896). In his later works, most apparent is the freedom he had concerning his art. He had no reservations and he expressed himself with such liberty, that one might even call it audacity. Furthermore, there is no doubt as to the fact that he was the one that eshtablished Cubism, in a certainly bold mannor, while he gave a new insight on the ways art can evolve through the years.

Self Portrait, 1901
Guitar, 1913

 Picasso once gave a young painter the advice, "paint what passes through your head without stopping to think whether it is good or bad."

"for myself, I do not seek applause, I am not interested in the opinions of others, and I don't care about what is in vogue."

Massacre in Korea, 1951
On Guernica Picasso said  "It isn’t up to the painter to define the symbols. Otherwise it would be better if he wrote them out in so many words! The public who look at the picture must interpret the symbols as they understand them.”

 "The Spanish struggle is the fight of reaction against the people, against freedom. My whole life as an artist has been nothing more than a continuous struggle against reaction and the death of art. How could anybody think for a moment that I could be in agreement with reaction and death? ... In the panel on which I am working, which I shall call Guernica, and in all my recent works of art, I clearly express my abhorrence of the military caste which has sunk Spain in an ocean of pain and death."

Τετάρτη, 6 Απριλίου 2011

wearing green pajamas as I marry you

R.I.P. Kurt Cobain, 1967-1994
 This day we remember Kurt Cobain.
I would very much like to write a long and meaningful article about him, about his life and Nirvana, but It would be futile. For his life, his every word and melody are the ones speaking, telling us what a remarkable man he was. Some have called him a martyr, an icon, the last real star of rock n' roll, the father of grunge, the Jimi Hendricks of the generation of the 90's. The year he commited suicide by aiming a loaded shotgun in his mouth is the year I was born. And now, 17 years later the whole world knows who he is. Still, the younger kids scream out the lyrics of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" exactly as I did not more than five years ago. However, every word and sentence he has ever written is more than just songs that marked the revolutionary adolescent spirit of so many teenagers. They are the ones that reveal the inflictions of his tormented life and the ways in which he was wonderfully peculiar, talented and cursed to never find serenity and fulfilment.
This day and for ever, we remember Kurt Cobain.
May he rest in peace, and may the world know what a great musician and person was lost.

"I like punk rock. I like girls with weird eyes. I like drugs. (But my body and mind won't allow me to take them). I like passion. I like playing my cards wrong. I like vinyl. I like to feel guilty for being a white, American male. I love to sleep. I like to taunt small, barking dogs in parked cars. I like to make people feel happy and superior in their reaction towards my appearance. I like to have strong opinions with nothing to back them up with besides my primal sincerity. I like sincerity. I lack sincerity."

"I've read so many pathetic second rate, Freudian evaluations from interviews from my childhood up until the present state of my personality and how I'm a notoriously f---ed up heroin addict, alcoholic, self destructive, yet overtly sensitive, frail, fragile, soft spoken, narcoleptic, neurotic, little pissant who at any minute is going to O.D. jump off a roof wig out blow my head off or all 3 at once. Oh Pleez Gawd, I can't handle the success! The success! And I feel so incredibly guilty! For abandoning my true comrades who were the ones who are devoted who were into us a few years ago. And in 10 years when Nirvana becomes as memorable as Kajagoogoo, that same very small percent will come to see us at reunion gigs sponsored by Depends diapers, bald fat still trying to RAWK at amusement parks. Saturdays: puppet show, rollercoaster & Nirvana."

I'm so happy 'cause today 
I've found my friends ... 
They're in my head 
I'm so ugly, but that's okay, 'cause so are you ... 
We've broken our mirrors
Sunday morning is everyday for all I care ... 
And I'm not scared
Light my candles, in a daze
'Cause I've found god 
Hey, hey hey

I'm so lonely, but that's okay, I shaved my head ... 
And I'm not sad 
And just maybe I'm to blame for all I've heard ... 
But I'm not sure 
I'm so excited, I can't wait to meet you there ... 
But I don't care 
I'm so horny, but that's okay ... 
My will is good 
Hey, hey hey

I like it - I'm not gonna crack 
I miss you - I'm not gonna crack 
I love you - I'm not gonna crack 
I killed you - I'm not gonna crack 
                                             Lithium, Nirvanva

   "it's better to burn out than to fade away"

Κυριακή, 3 Απριλίου 2011

" Don't be frightened, Mr Gould is here; will appear in a moment" L.Bernstein

 "The justification of art is the internal combustion it ignites in the hearts of men and not its shallow, externalized, public manifestations. The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenaline but is, rather, the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity."
Glenn Gould (1932-1982)


                     "[Gould is an] extrordinary artist who is a thinking performer"

 Leonard Bernstein as conductor and Glenn Gould as soloist.

A comment i found on youtube : 
"There are good pianists, there are excellent pianists, and there is Glenn Gould."