Category Archives: creative

Cardboard Theaters

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The Puppet Theater of Cardboard City.

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Untitled Vaudeville Models constructed by Annie MacDonnell and Rob Shostak (2006).

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Vesnin’s cardboard model for the Kamerny Theatre’s cubo-futurist production of Phedre.

Puppet Theater

Puppet Theater

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Cardboard stage with bird earrings.

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Cardboard set design for “Only If Romeo Knew”.

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A fantasy metropolis by Exquisite City.

Howl's Moving Castle, Southwark Playhouse.

Theater in an underground tunnel.

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Aesop’s Fables stage set (2006).

Image Links:
http://www.core77.com/gallery/sofia-design-week-2011/117.asp
http://www.dioramasandcleverthings.com/2012/05/three-fab-cardboard-models.html
http://library.calvin.edu/hda/node/2215

http://www.dandee-designs.com/2010/08/puppet-theater-tutorial.html
http://luckypony.co.za/tag/cardboard-stage/
http://www.behance.net/gallery/Cardboard-stage-set/1484287
http://blog.ponoko.com/2009/01/29/on-site-the-exquisite-city-of-cardboard/
http://www.shoppedanddropped.com/2012/01/theatre-howls-moving-castle.html#.UPeVoaFFcqg
http://jeffreytbaker.blogspot.com/2009/02/natural-childrens-theater-design.html

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She was a masquerade

So I’m still going through my old journals, reconnecting with some of my earlier creative ideas. There’s some good stuff in there!! Lots of writing, lots of sketches, lots of beginning ideas. The next few blog posts will probably be dedicated to things I discover along the way.

Here is a short poem I found, written on Equinox, 2004.

She was a masquerade
Her headdress of
red
mane

Nails to match
and eyelids
a
glitter

She wore her pink
inside
out

She was a shell bomb
Ready to shell-bomb
you all
outa here
“Hello Mr. Fox”,
she’d say
“Can I lead you astray?”

She was a mean
machine

She was a clock
with no tock
She laughed
like she was
upside
down

She knew how to
shangle with
the jangle

Yes she was that
kinda woman

A woman with no rules
a put-em in a box
and throw them over
kinda girl

Yes, she was.

Titties a poppin’
knees a boppin’

She moved her hips
like Shirley Temple
with her curls cut off

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Shirley Temple, Ca. 1941

And added to the next day..:

She was practicing her kickboxing moves
When the phone rang.

“What do you want?” She breathed into the receiver.

“I want your body. I want your mind.” He breathed into the other end.

“Go to Hell.”

Click.

She was almost finished.
Just one last
PUNCH
and a
KICK.

Guns for Art, Not Violence!!

America has a serious gun problem. It’s sickening. And scary. Why do these terrible shootings keep happening over and over again? I’m so sad for the all of the families who have lost their loved ones to gun violence. I don’t even want to imagine how it would feel if it happened to mine. Gun laws need to change, and the crazy people who try and protect them should share responsibility for the deaths of so many innocent victims. What is wrong with you, America??! There’s so much terrorism inside your very own walls.

I’m dedicating this Art Smoothie blog post to guns being used for art as opposed to violence. The act alone of putting guns in a different context, and suggesting that they don’t just have to be shooting machines, acknowledges that guns do not have to = violence.

1) Church Made of Guns & Ammo:

2) Victor Hugo Zayas:


3)Peace Art Project Cambodia:



4) Chanel Gun Shoes:

On the reverse side, another interesting concept is to make guns from other, non-harmful materials..

5) Bone Art:

6) Crocheted Guns:

7) Seed Guns:


8) Bacon Gun:

9) Edible Guns Made of Ice:



What America needs to do, is recycle the old guns for art, and make new ones that are artistic, creative, interactive, and bring people together as opposed to tear them apart.

Image Sources:
1) Church Made of Guns and Ammo
2) Gun Sculptures
3) Peace Art Project Cambodia
4) Chanel Gun Shoes
5) Bone Art by Francois Robert: Stop the Violence
6) Crocheted Guns
7) Seed Guns
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8) Bacon Gun
9) Edible Guns Made of Ice

Beautiful, happy, rainbow-filled art (and why it’s so hard to make it!)

I finally admitted in my second year at graduate school that pretty much all of my creative projects ended in death. Death, in a lot of ways, is an easy way out. It’s like saying “Shit happens.” over and over again. In most ways, I’m in full agreement with that statement. Shit does happen. Just as death does happen. Why deny it? A big part of my art has always been about reflecting my own fears, and acknowledging that there is, indeed, a lot of shit that sucks.

When admitting that all of my stories ended in death, I got this romantic vision that from then on my art could reflect only the beautiful things in life. It could be a meditation on the simplicity of enjoyment in the moment; wind whistling through the trees, birds singing beautiful songs, close friendships that sprouted into love, a gurgling brook in the woods full of colorful fish, a utopia where every tree was filled with ripe mangoes. Oh yes, I dreamed about how beautiful, light and inspiring my work could be. No more death. Only beauty…

It turns out, it’s a lot harder to make beautiful art than it is to make dark art. Beautiful art has to be positive all the time. Even though sometimes the reality is that when making it you stay up until 3am in the morning and then have to wake up at 6:30am to work that eight-hour shift. Even though the fucking car broke down again or my only bike got a flat tire and so I had to push it home after a long day and three hours of sleep. But it should be that instead of dwelling in the misery of everyday life, in the spirit of creative making, the mind should break the shackles of negativity and blossom up toward the light of inspiration. The light where everything is beautiful. Where life couldn’t be better…

In seeking inspiration for my new romantically creative ways, I looked to the Inspiring Vessel of the Internet to see what other happy and enlightening art was out there. These are some of the gems that I found:

1) Experience Freedom:

2) Optimist:

3) Yayoi Kusama’s Art Installations:


4) Manuel D. Baldemor’s Art:


5) Dogs in Cars

6) Babies Underwater (Art)



Okay. I should probably stop now, because I have the feeling that this is just going to get more and more weird. Through creating this blog post, I’ve realized that there really are a lot of things that could be artistically created that inspire a sense of happiness in oneself. But there is a difference between beauty, happiness and humor. And ultimately even something considered ‘dark’, such as death, can also be beautiful.

For me, it always comes back to humor. I decided that I couldn’t necessarily limit myself to only making things that are uplifting and beautiful. I’m not saying that I won’t try, I’m just saying that something that is dark, or depressing, or reflects all the “shit” in life, can still become something enjoyable and lighthearted when combined with a twist of humor. The same thing could go for beauty. Without something dark to compare it to, perhaps beauty would not be so impressive.

Image Sources:
Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton
roslyn oxley9 gallery
More Dots! From Yayoi Kusama
Living and Loving Art
Lucban May Festival by Manuel Baldemor
Adorable Photos of Babies Underwater
Underwater Babies and Kids
Thomas Kuhn Photography
Underwater Baby Portraits

The Art of Spooky Music

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m currently working on my thesis project for grad school, which is a low-fi horror film titled Red Blob Massacre. It will be a silent film, so sound will play a very large role in setting the mood and suspense/quirkiness of the story. In order to give my sound designer the best idea of what I’m going for, I spent some time today exploring music that I think is inspiring and may contribute to the through-line of the piece.

Please enjoy the few below that I’ve included:

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Scuba: “The Upside”

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Tied & Tickled Trio: “Chlebnikov”

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Clark: “Night Knuckles”

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I also love the sound for this video, played by the talented Frank Pahl:

(the video itself is also awesome.)

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And now, your assignment, as an active (or new) reader of my blog. PLEASE! Share at least one song that you find spooky/haunting/suspenseful/quirky/enticing in the comments section below. I appreciate your input, and as much as I love to write this blog and obsess over the site stats, I’d like to get to know you more and what your interests are. AND, it could really help me with my project!

Thanks so much for reading!