Stream of Consciousness: Creating a New Reality


Creating you own reality is an especially appealing idea to me right now, especially when so many realities around us are a carcophany of screenshots I much prefer to deleate.  So here is a sample of my alternate universe!

Here’s a close up of one of my screenshots with my book “Fantasy Animals.”


What Binge readers my stuffed animals are! And this is what happens if you let them read “Fantasy Animals” without adult supervision. Why don’t you check it out here? www.amazon.com/dp/B01LYJAGLK. These guys, up all night, acting out the parts. 

Jump on in. Find an alternate universe in the world of imagination and parable!
And for another alternate universe try shopping on my new website HERE. You never know what the world of imagination can bring you!

Official Opening Today


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I would lke like to invite you to the opening today of my new website: http://kirsteinfineart.myshopify.com.  You can visit through this link or through my main menu on my front page through the Shopping tab.

Here are just a few of my favorite things you can see: (Click on thumbnails to enlarge.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Howard Sherman: A Bombastic Roar


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Tangled and textured, the paintings of Howard Sherman assert a relentless pace of movement, churning through space with electric momentum. In the reach of brash color, swirling shapes and juxtaposed surfaces, a kind of certainty escapes from the turbulent surfaces of each piece. While frenetic in pace, these pieces do not necessarily incite anxiety, but rather introduce the possibility of peace in the inevitability of constant transformation.

Jan Kirstein

 

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http://www.howardsherman.com

 

 

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“The Chronically Aggrieved And The Super Touchy”
Acrylic, Canvas and Marker
100(v) x 80(h) inches
2017

 

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“Whirling In It’s Own Feedback Loop”
Acrylic, Canvas and Marker
72(vertical)x64(horizontal)x4 inches
2016

 

 

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Whir Of The Big Machine #5″
12(v) X 9(h) inches
acrylic and marker on acid free paper
2016

 

 

Since receiving his Masters of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the University of North Texas in 2006, Howard Sherman has been leading a new generation of bombastic contemporary painters in the Texas art world. Sherman’s typically human-scale canvases carry traces of his background in cartooning, offsetting the loud, raw power of his aggressive paint strokes with a playful sense of humor. His smaller works on paper show an intuitive use of material in a distilled yet assertive manner.
The large paintings facilitate the immense physicality within Sherman’s work, while leaving space for his keen sense of formal resolution. The frenetic and muscular heft of the work is balanced with a measured precision and a thoughtful integration of a number of art historical styles. Sherman’s cartoonish figuration complements his bold use of abstract mark making, embedding into the canvases what could be read as portraits, punch lines or poems. He is constantly refining his visual and conceptual vocabulary, experimenting with sculptural surfaces and collage.
Only two years after completing his M.F.A., Sherman was featured in a solo traveling exhibition originating at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas. His work is in several museum collections and is on permanent display at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas. Sherman has been profiled several times in New American Paintings, his work appears in the 2010 book Texas Artists Today and has been chosen for the cover of the recently released art history book Texas.

 

 

Abstract:Modern/Contemporary by Michael Paglia and Jim Edwards. Rice University is now collecting his personal artifacts for their research center. He has been awarded residencies at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, School of Visual Arts, the McColl Center for Visual Art, Vermont Studio Center, Jentel Artist Residency Program and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. Sherman has been in a number of solo exhibitions across the United States, and his work has been featured in group exhibitions in Texas, California, New York, Florida, Spain, India, and Peru.

 

 

 

 

 

Kenryo Hara: Performance by Calligraphy


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This performance piece by Japanese artist Kenryo Hara combines an ocean of kodai moji calligraphy with the acting out of a dramatic narrative. These photos show the unfolding drama that erupts  from the thrashing marks of an exuberant  calligraphy brush. Loaded with ink  and an emerging storyline, the brush of Kenryo becomes the instrument of magestic manifestation for the telling of an expressive and dramatic unfolding.

Jan Kirstein

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Butoh Dance Music Music: 吉本大輔 Dai Sekiguchi engraved ink bok-Koku: Hara Hyun 翏 Kenryo Hara

On the stage, the chief priest of hongaku-Ji Temple, the chief priest of hongaku-Ji Temple, was given support for many people. Thanks from the heart,!☆☆☆
Mr. Kaoru Cecilia Saito ☆ Chako Sawada Hitomi Fukao ☆’s ☆ Mr. Rokka Ando ☆ Sakura Nakagawa Hiro Sugiyama ☆’s ☆ Midori Katoh ☆ Mr. Mr. Hiromi Yamazaki ☆ Tai Kaori-San ☆ Mr. Rie Miyagawa ☆ Masanao Showjiki Sugiyama’s ☆ Day Junko Kasahara ☆… amazing photos on them all!  Thank you so much!!!

 

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Encouraging the young

 

 

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KENRYO HARA : Biography

Born on August 15th 1955 in Mie- Prefecture located in Honshu a region in central Japan.
In September of 2000 Kenryo joined the Kikkou-kai.
The Kikkou-kai studies the art of Kodaimoji under Koho Kato master who is one of the most respected and revered calligraphy artist of this form of Kodaimoji.
Kodaimoji- (Kodai: meaning “ancient” and Moji: meaning “character”) is the most ancient form of calligraphy known in China.
Kikkou-kai has adapted this ancient tradition of Kodaimoji into a new form of art and performance.
Every January The Ueno Royal Museum in Ueno hosts the Kikkouten exhibit. From 2001 Kenryo has continuously shown his work with this annual event.

 


ANCIENT JAPANESE SCRIPT AND CALLIGRAPHY

Kodai moji 古代文字 literally translates to “ancient characters”. Under the apprenticeship of renowned ancient character calligrapher Koho Kato since 2000, Japanese script and calligrapher Ten-You puts an artistic spin on traditional characters, transforming them into art that expounds the beauty and meaning of nature and life. She held her first overseas exhibition in New Zealand and became independent in 2007 while founding the Kodai Moji Artist Group, Ten-You Gumi. Since then, she has expanded her work and events internationally at New York, San Francisco, Paris and Barcelona, which also include awareness efforts for the 2011 Tohoku earthquake.
The contemporary Japanese language uses 3 scripts: Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana. Hiragana and Katakana, collectively known as Kana, are syllabic scripts derived from through man’yogana 万葉仮名, or phonetic sounds of kanji 漢字. The latter is commonly used as transliterations for gairaigo 外来語, or loans words from other languages in a modern Japanese context. Kanji is a logographic script and the oldest of the three, originating from ancient Chinese characters. Kanji was first introduced to Japan in the 1st century. Prior to that, there was no written form of the Japanese language. Literacy only began to gain traction in the 5th century, where texts were comprised solely of Chinese characters.

Ancient Chinese characters or hanzi 漢字 are known to have been first recorded around 1000 to 1500 BC, inscribed on tortoise plastrons and ox scapulae for divination uses through heating and interpreting the crack patterns. These oracle bones documented the communications between the heavens and the king of the Shang dynasty in China. The characters are a mix of hieroglyphic elements of nature and the cycle of life as well as abstract symbols. The approximated 85000 and 50000 characters recognized in Chinese and Japanese dictionaries respectively are derived from the incompletely identified set of 4000 hanzi. This information comes from the website: http://rgnn.org/2015/12/27/ancient-japanese-script-and-calligraphy-with-kodai-moji-artist-ten-you/