Saturday, April 22, 2017

Worshipping at the wrong altar, Part 2

Is this art?

Team Duff 'gets' Lou Reed, and hence, this song in a way few mortals do, or would care to ...melancholy Dane: to be and not to be, isn't that the question?

Is this art?

Not cutting edge or current, but it's got a vibe. Thanks for inviting us to live our daily grind life as art. How do we make a living there, a full-time job, our "real" job?

Curious that these two videos' strategies for dealing with identity seem polar opposites, yet equally disaffected; I think Lou Reed wins in the end...wins what?

Is this art?

Yet another way to deal with identity; denigrate of someone else's. This be Hafez Al-Assad's, Bashar's father and the former despot of Syria.This would go over just fine in a Chelsea gallery, context optional.

A learned artist friend once told me that a great artist said, 'If you want to learn art, don't go to the museums or the galleries: go to the street'.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Dying Comedian

This fellow is being helped over the threshold by two comedians from eras past (note the Meiji-era Japanese costume of the one, and the Commedia dell'arte costume of the other) who long ago translated into pure Clear Light. They remain in the Bardo to serve others, guiding them toward comic consciousness.

I think comedians on our Earth plane are true guides to liberation (as long as they're not angry comedians) because they can reveal the truth of ourselves, to ourselves; see Heyoka.

This canvas started life as a letter to a friend; then a gesture drawing, no model, suggested the right arm, reaching; then they arrive. Still a work in progress, but I'm feeling better about that blue suit, which I first thought too bright, as it well suits a man voyaging through the Bardos; none too shabby.

Dying Comedian   16" x 20"   pencil, pastel, acrylic and oil on canvas   10.2016