Friday, March 30

There's Something About Camera Obscura...

Ever since winamp has adopted media library and the delightful chance encounter I had with Camera Obscura, their songs have jumped up to the top of my most played list, right next to Belle and Sebastian. So glad that I actually found the vid of Teenager (from Underachievers Please Try Harder), my big big favorite of all, on youtube. It only lasts 3 minutes and 38 seconds, and that's good for such a lovely, sweet, and memorable tune that has kept spinning in my head for the last 9 months. The following is a brief bio from Merge Records:
Camera Obscura formed in Glasgow in 1996, releasing a slew of singles leading up to their debut CD Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi (2001, UK). The band slowly built up a loyal following in their native land, including the likes of legendary BBC DJ John Peel, who championed the band early on. Merge Records released Camera Obscura's U.S. debut, Under Achievers Please Try Harder in the winter of 2004. Indie pop fans across North America quickly became hooked on Camera Obscura's lovely, enchanting melodies and undeniable hooks. The band embarked on their first tour of the States in the Summer of 2004, and new fans were converted across the nation. Merge reissued Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi in the fall of 2004.... (more)
I'm no expert in criticizing music, so here come a couple of links where you can find more about the amazingly talented artists.

Official website - the site is well designed, really worth a visit l My Webjay Playlist - includes a few tracks from CO l Camera Obscura on allmusic.com l free media (from merge records) l News l Latest album - Let's Get Out of This Country l Personal faves - Eighties Fan, If Looks Could Kill, Keep It Clean

Know A Bit More about Juxtapoz

2 days ago i posted a message on DeviantArt forum asking for further info about the magazine, 'cause I'm highly interested in subscribing it (even though I also want to subscribe National Geographic). The following are some chips of deviants' remarks:
  • I used to read the magazine a lot more. But now it seems like they cover the same artists over and over again. And the new artists they feature don't always interest me.
  • ...very versatile, however it all falls under the category of "lowbrow" art. That's a REALLY broad spectrum but i think you can see a correlation in all of it. So like i said, if you're into lowbrow stuff than its a great magazine.
  • an amazing mag but you have to be careful because more than often it has some stuff that's not worth paying for.
I value their opinions, it's good to know both the positive and negative ones, but before i make my first subscription, I will do more investigation of the stuff in their website, the reviews and galley of which is really refreshing and inspiring, read some examples below:

Grant Barnhart
Friday, 23 March 2007
Remember Tra Selthrow? Well, he's dropped the moniker and now goes with his given name, Grant Barnhart, which makes sense because his art has evolved significantly over the past year - bigger paintings, more detailing, narrative composition. He just launched a new art site, www.grantbarnhart.net, with his latest works, and he's getting ready for his spot in a three-person show on April 14th at Tinlark Gallery in Hollywood. He's also got some new arty t-shirts available through his design website, www.duistudio.com.

Madora Frey + Jean-Pierre Roy
Friday, 12 January 2007
Madora Frey and Jean-Pierre Roy are currently exhibiting together at Roq La Rue Gallery in Seattle, WA through February 2nd. Madora's set, "The Calling", appears to be mainly wild little cupids and other mythical creatures doing naughty things near a pond, while Jean-Pierre's "Soletta" includes a lot of giant apocalyptic landscapes in vivid oil colors, and if the dimensions listed are correct, on relatively small canvases. Images from both sets are online at www.roqlarue.com

For those artists who are desperate for more exposures, they have set up a gallery featuring reader art which you can submit your works and read visitors' comments. I have submitted my works 2 weeks ago, not so sure if my works are "lowbrow" enough in their standards, ha! ;)

And there is another thread talking about cool magazines on DA forum.

Monday, March 26

Verse: Jump and Run

Bad verse by me, finished in 5 minutes.
I long to jump, I wanna run
To be far away from my mom,
And out of sight of that stupid town
That deprives me of so much fun.

I've got to run, I have jumped
As high and wild as none has done.
If you are the next to come,
My foot will send you to the ground.

See how great it is to jump and run?
Better try it as soon as you can.
The time is running and has gone,
Mercy aint' granted for guys in tombs.

Saturday, March 24

Going Straight to the Lowest of the Low


Acouple of days ago, the host of EmptyEasel.com said that among all the submissions of digital art he recieved so far, mine is the best he has ever seen. The submission is for review's sack actually, and I'm totally thrilled by his compliment 'cause not only i'm a regular visitor of his blog but I have great faith in his viewpoints about art. But a terrible news happened to me! I'm now in the lowest of the low in ArtFaceOff.com, a new online art community I just joined yesterday. See that thumbnail? I am ranked "1", yes, no doubt about it, as plain and simple and nice and clean as that. Now the only thought i have is delete that account right away 'cause the horrible fact is gonna haunt me for a long long time. I guess i was just doing some stupid things to embarrass myself. :D Anyway, in case you enjoy the competitive atmosphere a lot, go get an account, i'm sure you'll do much better than I.

Thursday, March 22

The Dilemma of Abstracts

Would You Join the Dance No.5
Would You Join the Dance No.5,
originally uploaded by mitrm_da.
A question like "why doing abstracts?" does strike me from time to time. I guess in the beginning I thought it was easier to make something devoid of depth and restraint, then i realise it's simply ridiculous to let the softwares take the whole charge of my brain that makes me another tool or server of the apps themselves. I remember that Borges had said something about the difficulty of composing the free style peotry. Since the rhymed poems have the specific structure and rules, it is easier to make one 'cause you can always find the words that match with one another, on the other hand, it requires something more delicate and sophisticated to make a free style poem. But i just can't help but wonder: is it true that the beauty of abstracts (or art in general) is just a matter of taste, like the albums of Michael Jackson, you either love it, or hate it? Besides, the invention of camera, in my opinion, had dramatically taken place of realism and romanticism - the idea of ART for everyday people (not just artists) certainly has altered with time. The only way to survive, for art, is the endless attempts to break the tradition, but somehow rebuild the remains to give itself a new definition.

Emptyeasel.com has shared a bit of point of view with us about abstracts, What is Abstract Art and How Should We Look at It?, check it out 'cause we all need to get enlightened from time to time.

Wednesday, March 21

Would You Join the Dance No.6

Would You Join the Dance No.6
Would You Join the Dance No.6,
originally uploaded by mitrm_da.
I would like to share one of my favorite verse, The Lobster-quadrille, by L. Carroll today, who is a great friend of many people and whose company is one of the best gifts you could ever have in your life. Enjoy.

"Will you walk a little faster?" said a whiting to a snail,
"There's a porpoise close behind us, and he's treading on my tail.
See how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all advance!
They are waiting on the shingle -- will you come and join the dance?
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, will you join the dance?
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, won't you join the dance?

"You can really have no notion how delightful it will be
When they take us up and throw us, with the lobsters, out to sea!"
But the snail replied "Too far, too far!" and gave a look askance --
Said he thanked the whiting kindly, but he would not join the dance.
Would not, could not, would not, could not, would not join the dance.
Would not, could not, would not, could not, could not join the dance.

"What matters it how far we go?" his scaly friend replied.
"There is another shore, you know, upon the other side.
The further off from England the nearer is to France --
Then turn not pale, beloved snail, but come and join the dance.
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, will you join the dance?
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, won't you joint the dance?

Wednesday, March 14

Art.In.General: My Very First Bookmark Group

Hello guys. I put on an diigo group yesterday which I call as Art.In.General, a place that records my traces along the world of art. The following is a brief description:

This group is for anyone who is interested in expanding their knowledge about art & the related resources. Some interesting websites of designing companies or contemporary artists would be included as well.

Everyone is welcome, and the guidelines for all members are as follows:
1/ Proper tags & a brief comment for your bookmarks are crucial. It helps others to grab a quick idea of the content.
2/ Mind your p's and q's.
3/ Make sure you actually SHARE your bookmarks with members (public or private bookmarks.)
4/ Don't use this group merely for commercial purposes. NO PHISHING!!!

Diigo is a surprisingly useful tool that makes my digital life much easier. It doesn't take much tiime for you to get used to it 'cause its whole services all nicely designed and honestly I can't find antying negative to say about it. Anyway, the list in my group will only get longer and longer day by day, that's for sure. :O) As soon as I do find some quality websites, I will DIIGO it right away. Hopefully the idea of this group is considered interesting or practical by all of you. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 13

Art-Spotting l 0Encrypted0

So what exactly is this guy who calls himself 0Encrypted0 doing?! I wonder whether half of the genes in his body originated from the universe or he has been kidnapped by aliens as some have in the X-Files. After taking the trip through his gallery from the first piece to the last, I somehow feel sort of suffocated 'cause 99% of my confidence has gone, vanished, extinguished!! So let us all face the music: this guy did have the lucky chance of being kidnapped by aliens once upon a time and he is generous enough to show us the views that cannot be found & approached anywhere on earth, except in his gallery, and his mind.

Artist: 0Encrypted0 l Profile
Residence: USA l Gallery
Must-See: 1 2 3
Note: Please do not reproduce artists' works without his/her permission.

Tuesday, March 6

My New Shop on Imagekind & ArtistRising

ArtistRising is just a branch of Art.com, of which I am now a new member with free accout. I just uploaded a couple of my Babes to my gallery, and after some time waiting for approval, finally I get to see what a real thing looks like:

Gotta say my papa & mama & my doggie must be so proud! LOL.. anyway, i just hope my hard work actually pays off though. BTW, this is link of my gallery at Sistino. ;)


I started using Imagekind to publish my works yesterday, and it did took me a while to get used to the interface. They have this lovely button for each member to put in their website:

Print & frame my art at Imagekind...

But what surprises me is that in just one day I have 4 fans already! I don't know why my works attract them, but well, thanks! Go check those nice artists' galleries, I am sure they won't let you down.

Eulif RobisonSusan Payne-TrutnaWilla SteinAlejandro Silveira

BTW, I also started workin' on a button for my deviantart shop, but I need to do some drafts on the paper and then pick one that looks best. Just wait and see; before that, take care guys!

Saturday, March 3

Poetry: Perfume

I haven't done much writing recently, but more reading actually, Beckett's Molloy that is. It's never easy to be fully attentive to monologue, but in this case, I haven't intended to drop the book yet. My brief foreword for this piece is: in celebration of lost love.


Let the perfume touch me

As it always wants to

But it's my bare hand that holds it

A bottle filled with smelly liquid.


It's not you who approaches me

(Have you ever wanted to?)

But it's the cursed nature of physics

Busying itself with a sorrowful fool.