Suhair Sibai

28 07 2012

Suhair Sibai. Her work is remarkable. Wonderful. I’m a little gaga over it. Reminds me of Klimt. And Kuris. There are story lines in her paintings. And then there is paint. And a sense of restoration. As if there was a remarkable work being excavated.

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Hedy Lamarr

28 07 2012

Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian-American actress. Though known primarily for her extraordinary beauty and her celebrity in a film career as a major contract star of MGM’s “Golden Age” Lamarr was also a scientist, inventor and mathematician who co-invented an early technique for spread spectrum communications; a key to many forms of wireless communication from the pre-computer age to the present day.

Ms. Lamarr might have been one of the most intelligent people in the United States when she was a star. She and her husband designed a machine to be used in torpedoes. (She despised the Nazis. All her efforts were directed toward defeating them.) The war department didn’t buy into it during the war. Her work on spread spectrum devices are now used in all computers. She never made a dime on any of her inventions.

Ms. Lamarr is most remembered for her movie career. Especially her nude scene in Ekstasy. She was also an author. She has said that she spent 20 million dollars during her life. An extraordinary woman.

27 07 2012

I am a big fan of street art. Unfortunately we have very little in Toronto.

Brazilian Fashion Blog

Living with dirty walls and grey tones of large cities is not easy. Those who live in metropolitan areas know how pleasant it is when in a given day that old and destroyed wall becomes an open air museum: it is the graffiti, transforming forgotten spaces into canvas, valuing the enriching the environment and improving life quality for citizens.

Brazilian Fashion Blog pays a tribute to these artists, bringing a selection of pictures reflecting such works from the major Brazilian metropolis: Sao Paulo.

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Wilfred Satty

27 07 2012

Satty died on opening night at a show he was never meant to give in an accident that everyone who ever went to Sattys studio worried might happen to themselves, namely falling down the precarious ladder one had to make ones descent on to reach the bunker cave.

Now its 1998 I am sitting writing this story far away from San Francisco. American students rank lower in academics than any industrial country on earth. American citizens celebrate the American dream by eating out of garbage cans in every city of every state of the union. American homeless are a new class, along with American homeowners. The President of the United States, Clinton, who our deluded Psychedelic minds believed might be the first president with an expanded consciousness, has just sold American nuclear secrets to China for some cheap election money. Condemning us all to a new future of thermonuclear duck and cover neurosis. Something is very wrong in America the land of the free and the home of the brave.
The Monsters do rule America now
Satty was right. But nobody listened.
Satty was a noble man.
He fell down a hole and died

Michael Bowen – May 1998

Satty was amongst a large group of artists/bohemians in the San Francisco area in the 1960s. When I saw collages at that time, there was a very good chance that they were Satty’s.

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Kadri Umbleja

27 07 2012

Another young artist, Kadri Umbleja. What a beautiful name. And it fits her fantasy paintings. They are whimsical reminding me of christian religious illustrations in prayer books. I wish there was more darkness to her work. The pictures are tasteful. And that might be the problem. (For me.) But perhaps that was her intention.

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Marcela Bolivar

26 07 2012

There are so many talented new artists. Marcela Bolivar is one. Using a full range of technical skills she creates wonderful stories in her paintings.

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Mara Kurtz

25 07 2012

Mara Kurtz runs her own design school. She also has a blog that you might find interesting. I like some of her collage work. There is a feel of the ‘Cleavers do cubism’ about them. Although they use some of the tools of the more political/critical collages about them, they are not critical of the American experience. They almost seem neutral toward Amercan culture. And I confess, the more I see the more neutral my impression.

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