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  • Fine Art As A Hollywood Prop

    Posted 2016-08-29 20:03:48 by: Deleted Member

    The movie theater in Kahala, on the backside of Diamond Head on Oahu, was fairly empty with only a handful of cineastes scattered about the small town cinema. The latest work, Knight of Cups, from auteur Terrence Malick, was in for a week. I doubt no longer. Halfway through the edgy film, I pointed to the screen and freely shouted with pride, "There it is!" Then I nudged my friend; I think I woke her up. We had been waiting for the moment. Or at least, I was. Halfway through the film, lead Christian Bale is jumping around, or at least the camera was. Then, the wide screen cuts to: Christian Bale's hand turns the page of the Los Angeles Weekly. The next page offers a wide, colorful banner of bright, exotic art that illustrates a well-written art review. The camera swoops in on the compelling and attention-grabbing artwork. Then, the camera cuts away to Bale or Natalie Portman or Cate Blanchett jumping around an urban L.A. without any traffic. This shot in the film was of great interest and honor to me. In the Artist's Life, the rewards are few and light of weight. When something slightly good happens, it must be celebrated, on par with the Second Coming. Even if the prize is a Whoopie Cushion, a fine artist will gladly crawl through glass with gratitude in their heart and blood on the floor. This key shot in Knight of Cups was meaningful as the artwork was mine. The beautifully composed article, a review of my art show, was written by arts journalist Shana Nys Dambrot. It is a shame that Malick didn't linger on the shot to let the audience read the review. It's much more interesting than the movie. Every visual artist in Los Angeles will cross into Hollywoodland at some point in their sojourn. Paintings are needed on the walls of a drug lord, a society matron or a space capsule. Over the years, a few galleries and prop houses hawking fine art have popped up and faded. There's no way to corner the market; in Los Angeles, there are artists everywhere. No ...

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  • Awesome New Company Lets Kids 'Wear Their Imaginations'

    Posted 2016-08-29 19:56:51 by: Deleted Member

    Watch out, fashion world. This new company is giving kids the chance to design their own clothes, and the results are super stylin’.  Mom and entrepreneur Jaimee Newberry founded “Picture This” ― a new service that allows kids to turn their drawings into dresses. The process is simple: Parents choose a dress size and print out the coloring book-style templates available on the “Picture This” website. Once their kids have colored and decorated the templates, the grown-ups can upload photos of the completed designs on the website and place their orders. The finished dresses arrive within a few weeks. “Picture This” was inspired by a dress Newberry made for her daughter, Zia, inspired by her artwork. In a Medium post detailing the history of “Picture This,” Newberry wrote that Zia loved the dress and told people, “I’m wearing my imagination!” “Due to the positive response and requests from Zia’s friends and classmates to also ‘wear their imagination,’ friends Ken, Igi, Stephan and I chatted about how to turn this concept into something where kids everywhere could have fun with hands-on drawing and coloring, and then see their imaginative artwork come to life in wearable fashion form,” Newberry explained. In addition to kid-sized dresses, “Picture This” also allows kids to design dresses for their dolls. And although the service currently only offers dresses, they have plans to expand the clothing options. For now, Newberry invites families to try out the service and post photos of their dresses on social media with the hashtag #PictureThis. Based on the wide spectrum of kid art in the world, it’s clear these dresses will certainly be ... unique. H/T BoredPanda - This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed ...

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  • About That Sexy Cat In Kanye West's 'Fade' Video

    Posted 2016-08-29 19:14:03 by: Deleted Member

    Kanye West debuted the video for “Life of Pablo” track “Fade” at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards. The video was met with one resounding response from fans and critics alike: What’s the deal with that sexy cat-lady?  For the majority of the three-minute, 45-second video, viewers ogle the oiled up bod of bananas beautiful Teyana Taylor as she danced “Flashdance”-style around a retro gymnasium. Toward the end, she hops into the shower with her real-life partner Iman Shumpert of the Cleveland Cavaliers, where they proceed to love on each other in the most private of spaces in the most public of ways.  But the real kicker comes about 15 seconds from the end, when Taylor poses nude alongside her man. Only, she’s been transformed into some kind of cat-woman hybrid. The newly animorphed babe and her beau stare intensely into the camera as it pans out to reveal a flock of white sheep, and also a baby. Suddenly, we’re looking at a strangely sexual family pastoral, all in the video’s original retro-kitsch gym environment.  Since the video’s release, reddit has been abuzz with potential fan theories behind the bizarre catwoman. Is she an embodiment of female objectification ― a woman literally turned into a pussy? Is the scene a modern day riff on a biblical prophecy: “The ‘lion and the lamb shall lay down together”? Is Kanye just pulling an absurdist, emo middle-schooler move here, telling the masses they’re all sheep?  #FADE - watch now exclusively on TIDAL - https://t.co/eX72WkqDFT— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) August 29, 2016 For most of “Fade,” Kanye feeds us a familiar fantasy, which we eagerly gobble up. First there’s a gorgeous woman dancing like a warrior goddess, then a very beautiful couple getting it on. We know these images, we’ve seen them before ― in art, in film, in advertising, in our ...

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  • A Flickering Truth: Saving Afghanistan's Forbidden Films

    Posted 2016-08-29 18:57:19 by: Deleted Member

    When director Pietra Brettkelly first visited Afghanistan in 2006, she was struck by the resilience of its people. During a return visit in 2012, she heard tell of a secret film archive, constructed during Taliban rule to protect the country's old films from being destroyed by the regime. Brettkelly, who has made over 50 documentaries, including the acclaimed Maori Boy Genius and The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins, talked her way into visiting the archive, and the result is A Flickering Truth, a documentary that strikes with significance for its role in capturing the struggle to preserve these important films, which were nearly, literally, razed from memory. The film was well-received on the international festival circuit in 2015, and this week finally opened in theaters in New Zealand. Look out for it online in October. How did you come to make this film? I was in Afghanistan in 2006. I'm interested in places like Afghanistan, but in particular it was a place that struck me. I suppose because it's so different from life in New Zealand, and I like those kinds of challenges. But of course, I come from a place of privilege, being a New Zealander in the first world, and having passports and access to money. I say all this knowing that I do come from that position. I went back in early 2012, and I was interested in storytellers like myself, or yourself; what happens during times of conflict when you don't have the tools or the access or the freedom to explore the ideas you have? I know for myself, my ideas don't stop, wherever I am. So I started thinking about those ideas, and talking to friends and somebody said to me, there's this place where the films of Afghanistan are stored, but none of us know what's in there, and you'll never get access. Then another journalism friend of mine said that he had tried to get access, but Afghanistan is one of the most corrupt countries in the world - so, this is not uncommon, but he said that it was run by a really ...

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  • We're Sorry, But Bob Ross' Curly Hair Is A Lie

    Posted 2016-08-29 18:35:32 by: Deleted Member

    Bob Ross, patron saint of happy little trees, harbored a deep, dark secret. He loved clouds. He loved streams. He loved squirrels. But he did not love his hairdo. Nope. That spherical helmet of coiled locks, the one that rested atop his head each and every episode of “The Joy of Painting”? He hated it. He hated every twist and turn his tresses took. But what’s even more shameful (but, let’s be real, very obvious) about his hair hatred? Those curls he loathed aren’t even real. He ― gasp! ― had a perm. Cue origin story: As NPR tells it, Ross ― freshly retired from the Air Force ― was in the midst of a career transition when he settled on his very specific hairstyle. He’d yet to break into the hard and fast industry of televised painting instruction and was a little tight on cash. So, acting according to some mighty questionable logic, he got a perm in order to avoid ever having to pay for a haircut again. “He got this bright idea that he could save money on haircuts. So he let his hair grow, he got a perm, and decided he would never need a haircut again,” Ross’ former business partner Annette Kowalski explained to NPR. Like most hair-related decisions, Ross came to regret his chemically-treated ‘do. Alas, before he could change it, that murky brown globe became his signature look. So much so that his company decided to use it in its logo. As a result, “he could never, ever, ever change his hair, and he was so mad about that,” Kowalski said.  Let us take a moment of silence to remember the perm that might never have been. Because a show starring this guy ― reciting the words, “You can do anything you want to do. This is your world.” ― just wouldn’t have been the same: View post on imgur.com Wow.  Bob Ross before his trademark fro. circa 1970 You can read the entire ...

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  • This 19,000 Square-Foot Flower Carpet Is The Ultimate Gesture Of Friendship

    Posted 2016-08-29 17:06:04 by: Deleted Member

    You may not have been aware that this month marked the 150th anniversary of Belgo-Japanese relations. But it was. And to celebrate, Belgium went all out, putting everyone who’s ever bought their BFF a bouquet of flowers to serious shame.  On Aug. 12, over 100 diligent volunteers pitched in to create a massive, 75-meter long, 24-meter wide flower carpet in front of the Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium, in honor of the longstanding Belgo-Japanese friendship. (That’s nearly 250 feet long and 80 feet wide.) Talk about #friendshipgoals.  The magic carpet, made from 600,000 flowers including begonias, dahlias, grasses and dyed bark, was part of the biannual Flower Carpet of Brussels festival, which has blessed the city of Brussels with the unusual art form (flower carpeting) every other year since 1986.  This year’s masterpiece, made in under four hours, stretched over 1,800 square meters (approximately 19,000 square feet), depicting traditional Japanese good luck talismans in vibrant oranges and deep reds. According to Masafumi Ishii, the Ambassador of Japan to Belgium, the flowers, birds, wind and moon represent natural beauty (or kacho-fugetsu), the koi fish symbolize strength and growth, and the pine trees and bamboo are good omens. And then there are the cherry blossoms, because, “of course.”  Happy friendiversary to Belgium and Japan; you make a great pair. And you sure know how to celebrate platonic love.  - This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a ...

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  • Art of Story (Part 1)

    Posted 2016-08-29 17:05:01 by: Deleted Member

    I am a storyteller. Know how people say we are made of stardust, I say we are made of stories. I am not the first to think, much less write this, others have said it before, and perhaps more eloquently. The Universe is made of stories, not of atoms. - Muriel Rukeyser "We're all made of stories. When they finally put us underground, the stories are what will go on. Not forever, perhaps, but for a time. It's a kind of immortality, I suppose, bounded by limits, it's true, but then so's everything." - Charles De Lint I wake up to uncapped possibilities each day and my reality feels expansive and limitless, not because I am an NZT junkie but because I realize every thing is connected, interdependent and incredibly fascinating. I find good stories expand my consciousness, as they open up my mind and heart to new ways of thinking, being, feeling and doing. My story has been a non linear narrative with massive jumps in logic. I studied science, only to pursue the arts in college. I pursued the arts only to find my way back into science and policy change. I haven't done things as people would expect me to, and it has made life harder but also more fulfilling. I was once told that it would be impossible to acknowledge me for an award category without a career designation. They needed to put me in a box so I could fit into a drop down menu. After considerable deliberation, I cautiously coined the term "Creative Conservationist." It was the broadest title I could think of to describe my ever evolving vision and resilient passion for life. The term also eloquently summarizes what I do. I enable and empower the conservation of all life on earth, human and wild through the arts, in the form of stories. I design visually evocative campaigns that strategically align corporate entities with impact driven non-profit brands, to mobilize individual action towards communal welfare. I create experiential installations and provocative paintings that catalyze genuine ...

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  • Authors Are Rallying To Preserve Langston Hughes’ Harlem Home

    Posted 2016-08-29 16:46:14 by: Deleted Member

    In his poem “I, Too,” Langston Hughes writes a scene of protest, in which he ― the “darker brother” of America ― is sent to eat in the kitchen, metaphorically speaking. But “tomorrow,” he says, he’ll stay seated at the table when company comes. “They’ll see how beautiful I am,” he writes, “And be ashamed.” (Hughes, it should be noted, did not always protest so quietly. Five years before his death he wrote an all-caps poem that’s been hailed as one of his most innovative.) The poem is an appropriate namesake for a new Hughes-centered endeavor: I, Too, Arts Collective, which is currently raising funds online. The organization, founded by Renee Watson, aims to be a haven for young people interested in art and literature, rooted in Harlem, where Hughes lived and wrote. The best part: the organization would be headquartered in Hughes’ former home, a now-vacant building in need of preservation. “I see a need for young people to know about and understand the legacy they are a part of; the artists and activists who paved the way for them,” Watson wrote on Generosity, where you can donate to her endeavor. “I also believe artists need affordable spaces to create and share their work.” She got the idea for the space after walking by Hughes’ former home several times, remarking to herself that it was a shame to see such a historically important space go unnoticed. Watson aims to raise $150,000 to get the arts collective off its feet; so far she’s raised over $72,000. Today, author John Green has offered to match all donations up to $5,000, signaling just how significant this effort is to writers. #WeNeedThisSpace because it is still too easy for history to erase Langston Hughes. I donated. Please join me: https://t.co/3fYoJi5YTE— Alexander Chee (@alexanderchee) August 25, 2016 Novelists Alexander Chee and Celeste Ng joined the ...

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  • 10 Creative Tattoos That Celebrate The Beauty Of Breastfeeding

    Posted 2016-08-29 16:32:40 by: Deleted Member

    Mom Rosa Montero wanted a tattoo that represented her daughter, and after she decided to incorporate breastfeeding, she found a design and took it to artist Nate Sorenson for some tweaks. Montero told The Huffington Post that the tattoo, which received more than 5,700 reactions on Facebook page Breastfeeding Mama Talk, captures the bond between her and her daughter.  “It truly represents the beauty and love and commitment that is our breastfeeding story!” she said. A quick scan of the hashtag #breastfeedingtattoo on Instagram shows the idea is somewhat of a trend. After all, what better way to show your support for breastfeeding than some seriously cool ink? Some moms take inspiration from friendly mermaids, while others include a bit of flower power. What they all have in common though is their portrayal of the connection between a mother and child through breastfeeding. Here are 9 other creative breastfeeding tattoos: - This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a ...

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  • Ben Affleck Teases A Future Batman Villain Who's Actually Worth Fighting Against

    Posted 2016-08-29 16:00:05 by: Deleted Member

    Superhero films in the DC universe as of late all suffer from a common problem: lackluster villains. Really, “Suicide Squad”? You expect us to fear Cara Delevingne and her army of blob people? On Monday morning, Ben Affleck (née Batfleck) gave comic book fans everywhere some hope that future films actually might include a compelling antagonist. The actor shared what appears to be test footage from future “Justice League” movies, or Affleck’s solo Batman project, on social media of the one of the most famous supervillains around.  https://t.co/0NsNzCtGip— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) August 29, 2016 The short clip introduces audiences to Deathstroke, aka Slade Wilson, a former soldier turned assassin with super strength abilities and a grudge against some of the most famous heroes in the DC lineup, like Green Arrow. The character was played most recently by Manu Bennett on the CW’s “Arrow,” where he clashed with Star City’s savior for two seasons.  “Justice League” doesn’t hit theaters until 2017 and there’s currently no time frame for a standalone Batman film, so we’ll just have to sit and wait patiently for a foe worth fighting against.  - This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a ...

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