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Art Equals Shapes and Patterns

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Geometric shapes have always inspired me. Hard and soft lines. No matter which one and if the methodology is combined to make incredible shapes and designs, the more complex or simple, my eyes are always going to be drawn to them.

The print above is by an artist named Alexander Kori Girard. I love the different hues of blue used in this piece. And since blue is my favorite color, the bias is there (check out the history of blue).

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There’s also Aztec folk art that I’ve obsessed over for many years. Just to give an example, the Aztec calendar is truly a work of a master genius. I’m not in any way an expert in art or art history and I don’t have the vernacular to describe the essense of my reasonings, but aesthetic beauty aside, it’s just jaw droppingly raw and pure.

Egyptian hieroglyphs fall into this category as well. Lines and rows of patterns really keep the eyes busy, like this one.

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Keith Haring. Nothing else needs to be said, right? Inspired…and for me, have always been associated with The Cosby Show.

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Navajo folk art is tremendously beautiful in colors and shapes. From simple geometric lines to the ensemble of shapes above, the motif is elegant.

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Zio Ziegler is an artist from the Bay Area. If you live in the city or surrounding area, you may have already interpolated the geometric shapes of his work…maybe at Sycamore. I love the skulls he illustrates and paints.

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He was very nice to let us into his studio in Mill Valley for a thorough tour which included the swimming pool area (it is quite a traditional sized pool). He art really speaks to a lot of people on many different levels. Visually, his work is very busy (most of his work), chaotic…but with all of those images blending together, somehow Zio makes it comprehensible and extremely accessible and there in lies the beauty of it all. The Zen nature when you start to disassemble, process, and reassemble his work is refreshing and quite serene.

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To me, his work resembles many of the above images, artists, and motifs. I have enjoyed exploring art from a laymen’s perspective for a long time…and will continue to do so without bias and boundaries. I just hope to “run into” artists like Zio again in the future who push the passion and hunger of their existence continually and with much zeal and impunity.

Lastly, if you like Zio Ziegler’s work, he does have a show coming up this Friday (April 12th) at the Ian Ross Gallery. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make due medical and personal reasons out of mine and my wife’s control, but please be sure to visit Zio’s work in the SOMA.

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To My Wife…

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This is not an elegy by any means. However, if we can just look at it as a thought experiment, the what could’ve been or paradox is also powerful. I am sending out a message to my wife…

Many events have lead up to this moment today. Some good and some not so good. All I know is that I count on this woman to be my strength, support, and sounding board. I will always be grateful to her for her courage and patience, sacrifice and willingness to be my best friend.

Don’t ever wait until terrible things happen to say “I love you” to the one that stole your heart.

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April 2, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Copernicus debuts with MC Hammer dance

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Copernicus has finally arrived in Oakland! He’s stepping up big time in this stop motion video to pay homage to Oakland native (just like himself) MC Hammer and the song that seems apropos to the non-stop living that this cat displays on a regular basis. If you haven’t gotten a Da Bird for your cat yet, you are completely a bad cat guardian…and worst yet, a terrible person for not giving your cat(s) this glorious cat activity to fulfill his/her/their otherwise drab and dreary, most of the time banal lifestyle.

Why don’t you take a page out of MC Hammer’s 2 Legit 2 Quit remix and Copernicus’ victorious and legendary no quit attitude and buy your cat this toy! Better yet, just dance to this song first, then go buy the toy!

btw: if you’re wondering how to make a stop motion video, check out Bionx’s iStopMotion app!

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Smothered Burrito Equality Avatar

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I’m not the only one who wants this DOMA business settled soon. However, I like the direction that many are taking to show support against Prop 8 by taking to social media to change avatar images.

Originally an HRC movement and design below, but many like me have gone on to customize our own iterations of this popular symbol of this campaign against Prop 8 and DOMA.

 

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March 27, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Silhouette Photography

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I’ve very recently played around with this type of photography. I think it looks cool and has some interesting qualities to look at as a photograph. The image you’re looking at is from an engagement photo shoot I had for my friends who are getting married in the fall. I had a great time and good learning experience regarding equipment, details of shooting under afternoon sunlight while using natural light to my advantage.

However, I had some moments where jumping sequences were really fun to shoot and my friends were extremely energetic which helped creating this contrast between the two in the image. Even better than the real image that I took was to create this silhouette of them and getting all the details out of it, including the cityscape in the background.

Using Lightroom as part of my workflow, I was able to use the raw data and manipulate the details (increasing the shadow element + decreasing saturation + enhancing bright and exposure elements), giving me the finished product that you see!

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March 23, 2013 at 5:57 am

Friday Catshow

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It’s Friday and a joyous time to send out the love because Caturday is around the corner! Woo-hoo!

Here’s a few lazy afternoon images of our cats, Jhumpa and Copernicus!

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Jhumpa definitely is the queen of laziness. Add this image to her loungy photo session.

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Copernicus still loves the laundry basket…why? Dunno, but he’s sold on it and has been since he was a kitten.
One of his many “buddy guy” quirks.

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March 22, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Wednesday Cat Show

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Recently had another spell of inspiration from getting another Canon 5D (sold my original last year) and married it with a 50mm Zeiss 1.4 ZE Planar. I had the old 5D with a Zeiss 35mm (excellent glass as well). This Fifty though…creamy and soft when wide open at f1.4, and sharp and crisp when stopping down.

Understandably, more catshows will be coming.

#BOOM

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March 20, 2013 at 6:25 pm