Saturday, April 21, 2012

Ride the wave

Last exam on Tuesday, moving in ten days, it seems as though summer is around the corner... I'm praying that the weather improves dramatically so that we can frolic down by the lake in the sun, catch some rays and maybe play in the waves.

Until then I can always just look to Katsushika Hokusai's beautiful woodblock print The Great Wave off Kanagawa (the first of a 36 print series called Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji)

Or the W's room-sized re-creation 

Or my potential accent wall

Or Alberto Seveso's Ink Rider 

But for now, I guess I'll try to enjoy the rain and cool weather as summers in K-town are supposed to be ridiculously humid. Good luck with exams!

- Life is good

Listening to: 'Turbulence' - Different Sleep
Observations: Lazy ass day
Craving: Sleep

Friday, April 13, 2012

Tempting Temptation

Alright so its exam time and though I'm being reprimanded for posting one cannot help being tempted by the forbidden so I came on here to post something rather relevant that I found while cleaning out my magazine drawer...

- You're Nothing but a Pack of Cards, 2011,  Wolfe von Lenkiewicz

All will be explained... have you ever heard the story of the temptation of Saint Anthony?

Anthony is famous for being one of the first hermit saints who 'fled' (in the noblest sense) to the desert in order to be completely cut off from civilization in order to better himself and become closer to God. Well the devil, that pesky fellow, was none too pleased and sent an array of supernatural temptations, some in the form of demons, to tempt and haunt Anthony away from the path of God. We all know how this ends though, Anthony stays true to God and the nightmarish apparitions disappeared.

The story of St. Anthony is probably not most people's first though upon seeing Wolfe von Lenkiewicz's You're Nothing but a Pack of Cards (above). Art history student that I am I saw this 2011 painting and dug into my brain slides where I retrieved two works that precede the above in subject matter: Martin Schongauer's beautiful engraving, Saint Anthony Tormented by Demons (1470-75) and Michelangelo's oil painting, that was obviously copied after the aforementioned print, The Torment of Saint Anthony (1487-88).

And so the tradition of reproductive images endures in the history of art... context is for another day

All I really wanted to insinuate from this post is that though we are tempted by the trivial things and can be led away from those arduous tasks we must complete, in the end you will prevail. Happy studying or whatever it is you're doing.

- Life is good

Listening to: the 'Mellow' playlist
Observations: Candles and the studying threesome in my room and Happy Birthday EM!
Craving: First exam to come and go

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Hair vs. Art

I must apologize for my lack of posting consistency lately. I've discovered Pinterest and Instagram and as a result they've turned the internet into my own personal playground which leads me to neglect food, sleep, school, blogging...etc. On one of my binges I stumbled (not using Stumble Upon) this amazing artist Jimmy Chen and his work called The Painter.

He's taken some very famous paintings and scarily similar iconic hairstyles and matched them together... it's the most awesome. I want to be able to sculpt starry night out of my hair, I've already drawn it on my face.

- Life is good

Listening to: 'Sweet Disposition' - The Temper Trap
Observations: Excited for tacos
Craving: Summer