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change of focus…

I sort of had the notion, when I started this blog, to  have sections hat would deal with sort of historical fixtures from the past I admired. Now my focus has changed and would rather devote sections to living artists whose work I admire and whose work is close to  my heart…

Tereza z Davle, Dreamgirl (Dívka snů)

Tereza z Davle, Dreamgirl (Dívka snů)

Tereza z Davle


A ponder for today…



February 10

At the end of the talk someone from the audience
asked the Dalai Lama, “Why didn’t you fight back against
the Chinese?” The Dalai Lama looked down, swung his feet
just a bit, then looked back up at us and said with a gentle smile, “Well, war is obsolete, you know ” Then, after a few moments,
his face grave, he said, “Of course the mind can rationalize
fighting back…but the heart, the heart would never understand.
Then you would be divided in yourself, the heart and the mind,
and the war would be inside you.”
 — with Clara Rotemberg and Ely Psicologia.

…has always been one of the kindest, most human of humans I have known…

 I have known Ralph for many years, dating back to the Golden Era of Art School. We have libved through many a good times, many a bad, but has always been one of the kindest, most human of humans I have known…
 acrylic on plexiglass urban fright isolation
 My figurative paintings are part of a series that explores the decline of ethical valuesin an increasingly corporate world. In a culture where greed is paramount, a subtle climate of bias slowly emerges as compassion and humanity wither away. I am attempting to convey a sense of isolation and sterility, using bold and brilliant colors depicting city streets contrasted with lone figures.My other works utilize an organic approach and illustrate the molecular realm of the human body and the potential cohabitation of disease and infection. These meditations and the sudden loss of a sibling have inspired this series, which explores the theme of mortality intertwined with biology. This motif confronts the uncertainty and impermanence of life.Being handicapped is comparable to living in sustained crisis. After almost 35 years as an amputee, I eventually came to the realization that in spite of the inherent stress accompanying my disability, my response to challenging circumstances has been decidedly focused towards formulating solutions. My ability to ignore most everything else and concentrate solely on the immediacy of the situation has served as an effective coping mechanism. However, my single-minded approach ignored the inevitable anxieties resulting from such experiences.I rarely depict a direct allusion to my disability; however when I have, the style and intent of the artwork changes very little. I am very deliberate in the continuous use of the lone man. When I lost my leg, I consciously knew that my life had changed completely. I soon realized and accepted that my friends would grow distant and ultimately leave me behind.

My intention is to convey a more subliminal approach to the content of the work and I do not directly address my feeling regarding being a cancer survivor. My abstract series best represents my feeling on surviving cancer. For me it seems a total miracle that I am a survivor, yet I have also seen friends and family not survive cancer and this fact has both troubled and humbled me. I often think about how things could have turned out and most every day I am reminded of my anomalous survival.

The sentiments I instill into my art link directly to my subconscious and help reestablish a vital connection to my inner emotions. The end result is a deeper understanding of the path that has shaped my art, and ultimately, myself.

plexiglass artist huan urban plight

the couch that swipped c-mas

Penniless and withdrawing from opiates, Danny emerges from a 72 hour stay in a police holding cell. Hoping to make enough money to buy his next hit of heroin, he scours the streets looking for something to steal. After an unsuccessful attempt to break into a parked car, he discovers an unattended suitcase sitting in a doorway. He makes off with the case and takes it to an abandoned park to examine its contents. There he finds that the case contains two severed human feet. Disgusted, he discards the feet and tries to find a buyer for the suitcase. He finds a buyer who gives him three dollars but also informs him that the local heroin dealer has been arrested. Unable to find heroin anywhere Danny decides to visit a doctor with the hopes of obtaining some morphine. When he reaches the doctor’s house he pretends to be suffering from facial neuralgia. The doctor is suspicious but gives Danny a quarter of a grain of morphine free of charge. Drugs in pocket, Danny rents a room for two dollars. As he prepares to inject the morphine, he hears groaning coming from the next room. Distracted, he follows the sound of the groaning across the hall to find a young man suffering from kidney stones. Danny offers to call an ambulance, but soon realizes that the paramedics will not come as they believe the young man is faking illness to obtain opiates. Selflessly, Danny administers his morphine to the young man. The morphine immediately alleviates the young man’s pain. Danny returns to his room. All of a sudden he begins feeling the effects of heroin. It appears that his good deed has been rewarded with “the immaculate fix”. Danny nods off to sleep.

male vanity

Vanity and grooming are traditionally female concerns but you don’t have to look very hard these days to see that men are taking a lot more care of their appearance. These modern men are now spending more money on grooming and procedures than ever before. Plastic surgeons are reporting a significant increase in the number of men opting for facial surgery and liposuction, and new figures have shown a 30% rise in the number of males paying for botox treatments. 

take me to the river

suicide, country music, hell
Social psychologists Steven Stack and Jim Grundlach found that the more a city’s radio stations play country music, the higher the white suicide rate.

According to them, the themes found in country music foster a suicidal mood among people already at risk of suicide and that it is thereby associated with a high suicide rate.

Ethics and Self-Deception



Suicide is a very special instance of death.
The term is defined in the dictionary as sui (of oneself) and cide(kill) in English,
Selbsmord(killing himself) in German,
or 自(of oneself) and 殺(kill) in Chinese.
Suicide is a violent act of one, as the subject, committing over himself as the object.
It involves highly complicated nature of psychology.

In the attempt to defeat such circumscription,
I make in-depth research on real cases of suicide and make my own visual statements.
The result is surreal rather than rational.
It permits ambiguous experiences of fantasy like in a dream
and yet it is neither impetuous nor sumptuous an image.

I perform vicarious suicide on my work.
I set up the camera with a self timer and this artificial control of time
implies one’s own will over his or her own time in life in the act of suicide.
At the precise moment when the shutter closes and opens,
I experiences the rebirth of consciousness from this pseudo death
becomes the object of ritual again through which I refresh the relations with her surroundings.

In the end, this work leaves me with a question.
Suicide, why did they have to choose such a lonesome and secretive resort?

김소희 金昭姬
KIM, So Hee

dose ’em all

Studies on cocaine abusers in clinical settings report that more than half of such individuals experience paranoia and hallucinations. Even in community samples, the rates of psychotic experience are comparable. Among patients who attend psychiatric emergency services, nonschizophrenic cocaine abusers are reported to have as severe hallucinations as schizophrenic patients who do not abuse cocaine. Believing that their drug-using behaviour is being watched and they are being followed, hallucinations, in keeping with these delusions, are typical of cocaine-induced psychosis. This is so typical that it may be used as an important tool to differentiate it from schizophrenia. Presence or absence of Schneiderian first-rank symptoms can be another differentiating point between the two.

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