Tag: Art

Kintsugi Samurai

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‘Kintsugi Samurai’ © 2017 Carlos Aleman

I’m finishing up my pieces for the summer Anime-Japan show.  This one has quite a bit of gold and glitter in the face (photo doesn’t quite capture it) and so I thought I’d describe it with the word, kintsugi.  If you’ve ever seen broken Japanese pottery repaired with lacquer and gold dust, you might find ‘kintsugi’ can also be a metaphor for people who have experienced brokenness and recovery.  I plan to carry the sentiment over to some paintings I’m starting to work on in my head.  I’ll keep you posted.

Cosplay Awards

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‘Cosplay Awards’ © 2016 Carlos Aleman

I woke up this morning with an idea for a final touch, Picasso’s Guernica, the large anti-war painting I once viewed in New York many years ago.  I think the light bulb represents the bombing of the city and the horse symbolizes suffering.  Why would I incorporate this into a work about pop culture?  I think we need the constant reminder that we’re at war, or at least that’s why my subconscious mind waited to tell me upon awakening.  ‘No Face’s’ ghostly presence seems appropriate.

Television feature 4/26/16

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Please tune in Tuesday night, April 26th to see my feature on WPBT Channel 2’s Art Loft. It features my ‘Dark Chocolate Japan’ art exhibit at the Sunrise Art Gallery. I discuss the concept of Dark Chocolate – the finest of all chocolates – and seeing the best in all that is strange, foreign, unusual and different from us.

Zinnia

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Zinnia

Zinnia‘ © 2016 Carlos Aleman
Acrylic on Canvas

I just finished this painting today.  I went on Wikipedia to see if there was anything interesting I could mention on my blog about this flower and…

‘In January 2016, NASA announced that a zinnia which had blossomed on the International Space Station was the first flower ever grown outside the Earth’s biosphere. This claim was quickly refuted by news media.’  [Wikipedia]

What a coincidence.