Friday, February 10, 2017

Artist: Jiří Trnka

Jiří Trnka (24 February 1912 – 30 December 1969) was a Czech puppet-maker, illustrator, motion-picture animator and film director.[1] In addition to his extensive career as an illustrator, especially of children's books, he is best known for his work in animation with puppets, which began in 1946.         MORE

Perníková chaloupka / The Gingerbread House Břetislav Pojar, Jiří Trnka (1951) from Mecca_Audio on Vimeo.
Perníková chaloupka / The Gingerbread House

Animovaný / Loutkový
Československo, 1951, 17 min

Režie: Břetislav Pojar, Jiří Trnka
Kamera: Ludvík Hájek
Hudba: Jiří Srnka

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Time, and an auction going.

Here's some advice from Scorpio writer Norman Rush: "The main effort of arranging your life should be to progressively reduce the amount of time required to decently maintain yourself so that you can have all the time you want for reading." It's understandable that a language specialist like Rush would make the final word of the previous sentence "reading". But you might choose a different word. And I invite you to do just that. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to devotedly carve out more time to do The Most Important Thing in Your Life. ============== It's the scorpio scope for this week by Rob Brezsny's Free Will Astrology but a good reminder to anyone. Bounces back to what I did yesterday: I cut my own hair. I was letting it grow for a while, wanted to have it long one more time in this life...but the winter, the loose hairs, the upkeep and the flatness...I don't want a lot of time going into grooming hair. Probably going to cut more when I find a large mirror.
I got up today, ran my fingers through my long hair to start the same old routine, and the long hair was gone. I smiled. I'm gonna do more of this in my life. I'm gonna make things less distracting and more focused. I still want more simplicity. ------------------ This work is being auctioned at my FB page until next Sunday, Feb.12, 2017, at 3:20pm, PST. Bids are posted as comments. It's an original mixed media work. If you like her, please consider bidding or forwarding to a friend you know loves Frida Kahlo. Thanks!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Artist: Beatrice Wood

[I have the book "I Shock Myself" and I have yet to finish reading it]

BEATRICE WOOD was born in San Francisco in 1893 and passed away in Ojai, California, nine days after her 105th birthday on March 12, 1998. She attributed her longevity to "young men and chocolates."

Wood sspent time in Paris during her late teens. Studying art briefly at the Academie Julian, she was soon attracted to the stage and moved to the Comedie Francaise. She returned to the United States in 1914 and joined the French Repertory Theater in New York. While visiting the French composer Edgar Varese in a New York hospital in 1916, she was introduced to Marcel Duchamp. She soon became an intimate friend of the painter and a member of his recherche culturelle clique, which included Francis Picabia, Man Ray, Albert Gleizes, Walt Kuhn, and others. As a contributor to Duchamp's avant-garde magazines, Rogue and the Blindman, she produced drawings and shared editorial space with such luminaries of the day as Gertrude Stein.

In 1933, after she purchased a set of six luster plates in Europe, she returned to America and wanted to produce a matching teapot. It was suggested that she make one at the pottery classes of the Hollywood High School. Of course, she would later laugh about that weekend and reminisce about how foolish she was in thinking she could produce a lustre teapot in one weekend. But she was hooked. She began to read everything she could get her hands on concerning ceramics.

Around 1938 she studied with Glen Lukens at the USC, and in 1940 with the Austrian potters Gertrud and Otto Natzler. She remembers being "the most interested student in [Lukens's] class and certainly the least gifted...." "I was not a born craftsman. Many with natural talent do not have to struggle, they ride on easy talent and never soar. But I worked and worked, obsessed with learning."

From that time on, Wood developed a personal and uniquely expressive art form with her lusterwares. Her sense of theater is still vividly alive in these works, with their exotic palette of colors and unconventional form. In 1983 the Art Galleries of California State University at Fullerton organized a large retrospective of the artist's sixty-six years of activity as an artist. Remarkably, it was during the artist's nineties that Wood produced some of her finest work including her now signature works, tall complex, multi-volumed chalices in glittering golds, greens, pinks and bronzes. Until shortly before her death she was producing at least two one-woman exhibitions a year and the older she became, the more daring and experimental her work was.

Wood received numerous honors. She was given the Ceramics Symposium Award of the Institute for Ceramic History in 1983 and the outstanding-achievement award of the Women's Caucus for Art in 1987, the year she was made a fellow of both the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts and the American Craft Council which also gave her the gold medal on her 100th birthday. She also received the Governor's Award for Art in 1994, and was made a "living treasure of California" by the state in 1984.

Wood took part in hundreds of exhibitions both solo and group since the 1930's ranging from small craft shows, to showing on the Venice Biennale. From 1981 until her death, she was represented by the Garth Clark Gallery. In 1990, her close friend and art historian Francis Naumann organized a major retrospective of her figurative work which appeared at the Oakland Museum and The Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles. In 1997 the American Craft Museum organized "Beatrice Wood: A Centennial Tribute," a touring exhibition. In 1985 Wood published her autobiography, "I Shock Myself" . She continued to write, publishing many books. In 1993 she was the subject of an award winning film Beatrice Wood: Mama of Dada by Lone Wolf Productions.

Beatrice Wood continued to throw on the wheel until June, 1997. She achieved some of her best lustre works in the 90s. Her last figurative work, "Men With Their Wives" was completed in December 1996 and is currently in a private collection in California.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Rain is coming back.

from the vimeo account R Smittenaar ...Play it FULL SCREEN and turn volume up enough to get this playing "in" your head. It's beautiful.

video description:

Read by Thich Nath Hanh, chanted by brother Phap Niem.
The creators of this audio track were Gary Malkin, the composer/arranger, producer, and collaborator Michael Stillwater.
The work came from a CD/book called Graceful Passages: A Companion for Living and Dying, and it could be purchased by going to
Visuals taken from: HOME, Earth and Baraka (movies)
You can download the audio/MP3 here:

The Great Bell Chant (The End of Suffering) from R Smittenaar on Vimeo.