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O ‘MOTHER!’, WHERE ART THOU?

A couple daze ago, the poster for Darren Aronofsky’s newest film ‘Mother!’ dropped, and it has the internet spinning.

The plot is shrouded in secrecy, with not much about it being revealed except a few vague sentences. Here’s what wikipedia says:

A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

 

Leaves a lot to the imagination, but I guess Aronofsky just knows the power of mystery!

The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Kristen Wiig!!!

Whatever it ends up being, we have been itching for another psychological thriller a la Black Swan and perhaps Mother! can truly deliver! Perhaps it will even deliver J-Law her second Oscar? Only time will tell…

You know we love linking {present} day visuals to the {past}, so we couldn’t help but perceive the remarkable similarities to the aesthetic of sure-fire style diva Frida Kahlo!

There’s some kind of resemblance….the heart, the botanicals, even the gore! So Frida!

The Mother! poster was designed by Taiwanese artist James JeanMother! opens in theatres October 13, 2017  – so stay tuned!

Who knows what kind of musings this film will expose the world to . . .

 

Frida Kahlo by Nikolas Muray

{circa. 1939}

 

“At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.”

-Frida Kahlo

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{PHOTO BLAST} Playing With Pandora’s Box

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You know how the story goes, don’t you?

She was a seductive woman  and the first woman in Greek mythology. Made from Earth to punish Prometheus for his overreaching and theft of the sacred fire, her youthful curiosity led her to opening a mysterious jar, the “Pandora’s Box”, that contained all the evils of humanity, releasing them into the wild.

According to the myth, she closed the jar leaving only HOPE inside.

Thanks, Pandora.

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It’s an age old tale going back to Ancient times, but the story is still permeating our landscape to this day.

Was Pandora just curious, or did she have a bit of a wild streak? You know how they say if your parents say not to do something, you’re going to do it. A little work of the Rebel Spirits, perhaps?

We wanted to make a {PHOTO BLAST} dedicated to the ultimate bad girl, and the many incarnations we saw of her. So please, enjoy!

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“Simon in a Vintage Suit” by H. Craig Hanna (2013)

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How to Cook a Unicorn!

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“Taketh one unicorne . . .”

Talk about secret knowledge! It seems scholars are absolutely ecstatic to find a long lost Medieval cookbook that includes recipes and instructions for cooking Unicorns!

The book was uncovered by The British Library, and contains hundreds of recipes for classical Medieval dishes that include herring, tripe, fish stews, and pigeon, as well as a delicious recipe for black bird pie – just like the nursery rhyme!

Sing a song of sixpence

A pocket full of rye

 Four-and-twenty blackbirds

Baked in a pie.

But among the most interesting of the dishes presented in the beautifully illuminated pages of the book they believe dates back to the 14th Century, is a most peculiar instruction for the preparation of Unicorn, complete with pictures!

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The recipe begins appropriately with the phrase “Taketh one unicorne” and continues to instruct the cook to take the meat of the beast and marinate in cloves and garlic and then roast it on the griddle. I think I want seconds, already!

Scholars believe the cookbook was written by famed chef of the moment, Geoffrey Fule, who served as the chef to Philippa of Hainault, Queen of England (1328-1369). Was this all just a jest? Or, could there be some truth to the matter?

Most people assume that Unicorns are only a myth, but perhaps those beautiful ponies with their majestic horns really did roam freely through the lands. Story goes that the unicorn’s horn holds magical properties that could cleanse poisoned waters and render the sick able again. Of course, you could only find them using a virgin. She would wander the forests until the unicorn, smelling the scent of virgin flesh, would greet her with his big hard spiralled horn . . .

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Today the unicorn has been reduced to the world animated child fantasy and nursery rhymes, but thousands of years ago, the Ancient Greeks didn’t just believe in the creatures as mythical beings, but as full fledge creatures which they studied and recorded in their natural history texts. We can also find mentions of the animal and its supernatural strength in various books of The Bible.

So, I guess the mystery is just bound to live on. Perhaps Fule was just using his imagination, and jotting down his ideas for a “What-if” kind of situation, but with all that heavy illuminating (which would take months on end), its hard to believe there wouldn’t have been a specific need for a Unicorn recipe. Also note that “COOKING” as we know it today, was much more of a magical and mystical art, especially in the Medieval times and Renaissance; an art that would run parallel to that of alchemy and other sacred knowledge practices.

Many grimoires from the same period will contain recipes for food alongside the details to invocating spirits, so perhaps Fule was not only a reputable chef, but was somewhat of a magician, who knew secrets, such as where to source Unicorn, and the advantages and benefits to eating it . . .

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The idea of eating a unicorn definitely is kind of gross, but I’m sure with the proper preparation it would be tolerable – or just skip the meal and steal the horn from the kitchen wench. Did they once cook Unicorn meat for the King & Queens of England?  It’s still a toss-up for me. What do YOU think?

You can read more at The British Library website!

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@AGOToronto Gives us Moore with a Side of Bacon, and We Want Seconds!

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Francis Bacon, Study for Portrait on Folding Bed (1963)

The latest exhibit from the AGO gives us Moore with a side of Bacon, and we want seconds!

Francis Bacon & Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty” which runs at the AGO from April 5 to July 20 is a compelling retrospective overview of the two artists’ parallel lives and works, and how they were affected by the evolving world around them. Impacted by war, society, and religion, their works went on the become some of the cornerstones of modern art, and the images we see in our mind when we think of it.

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Francis Bacon, Second Version of Triptych 1944 (1988)

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Francis Bacon, Study for Portrait VI (1953)

We have always been huge fans of Francis Bacon’s work so it was such a treat to get to see some of his most iconic and monumental pieces in plain sight. His use of colour and his treatment of form are to this day as raw and exciting as they were over fifty years ago when they first made their premiere to the world at large. His vivid triptych, with its monolithic expanse, as well as his haunting portrait and studies of the Pope are alive with wonder, and indeed, beauty and terror.

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Bill Brandt, Henry Moore in His Studio (1940)

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Henry Moore, Spanish Prisoner (1939)

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Henry Moore, Falling Warrior (1956 – 57)

No stranger to the work of Henry Moore, the AGO has always housed an impressive collection of his work since first stepping foot in the museum as a child, and has since remained a pleasure to gaze at. His contorted figures which resonate with an almost ancient wisdom and mystic mystery were given new life juxtaposed amongst Bacon’s equally amorphous figures and mysterious backdrops.

Curator Dan Adler has done an excellent job of showcasing equally the similarities and discrepancies between the two artists, and is sure to bring fresh views on both artists’ life and works.

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Not only does the show offer a comprehensive and distinct juxtaposition of the artists, it also lends the viewer a greater vision of the world as a whole, and how history and the events therein contribute to the creation of our culture.

Some of the most stunning, but quiet works include Moore’s beautiful depictions of sleeping figures inspired by the surrealistic memories of the thousands of people who made their ways to the underground during the London Blitz.

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These sketches, and photographs of London during the blitz provide further insight into our own world today, and the devastating affects they have had on our society, and the musings these travesties have inspired.

The most interesting thing about the show was that although the artists’ aesthetic similarities are plain to see, it is impossible to ignore the individual voice of the artists and seeing the differences between the two. The mind easily deciphers them, and while so much in their lives run parallel, I never felt like there was a true intersection. Henry Moore was very much in his realm, and Bacon very much in his, and it’s these differences that really sing throughout your time walking amongst the spaces filled with their individual iconographies.

We hold them both very close to our hearts now, and no doubt, our soul will be pumping with the inspiration the AGO has brought forward with this exquisite showing of two of the world’s finest architects of the mind.

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We also can’t wait for what they have in store for us next!

Rumor has it: MICHELANGELO!! 

In the meantime, lets invoke the spirit and seek our style inspiration from the master of modernity himself-

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FANCIS BACON- Vintage menswear inspiration- PVC trench coat

Here he is rocking out a black PVC trench coat in front of one of his wicked fine masterworks. The classic mens trench coat is given an ample boost of modernity and edge crafted from oil slick black vinyl, giving the look a dark cool that is the epitome of Bacon’s style. He wears it with slim cut trouser and a black turtleneck for a sophisticated and timeless togetherness.

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Get it while you can . . .

And if you’re in Toronto, don’t miss out on the show!

Details and tickets can be found at the AGO website. 

You won’t regret it!

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Fragments of Donald Rizzo ! ! !

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Donald Rizzo is an artist who sees the world through fragments; fragments of color, fragments of memory, fragments of space, and fragments of who people really are. His works are kaleidoscopic visions of vibrant color which stem from his dark personal experience dealing with depression with psychotic symptoms. Born under a full moon on a lunar eclipse, Donald is nothing short of being his truest self and showcasing his unique eye that allows his viewers to create their own reality of what they see in his images.

We were delighted to receive an interview with the artist by our correspondent John Wisniewski who took the time to delve deeper into the fragments of Donald Rizzo!

JOHN: When were your first art exhibitions? When did you begin drawing and painting?

DONALD: My first exhibit was “Fragments of Color” August 2010 at Magnet in San Francisco.  I began painting in 2006, my current process (color juxtaposition) started to develop in 2008.  I created Raster (pixellated) paintings, the first painting was 48 x 48 with1/2 inch square pixels and a palette of 20 colors.  I thought what would one look like with 1/4 inch squares and then 1/8 inch square.  I discovered that 1/8 inch squares were a little to small so landed on 1/6 inch for this style.  I also noticed that the palette was increasing one painting had  150 unique colors.   I continued with this style through the end of 2009.  It allowed me to develop mixing the paints to get the color and value I wanted.  I never blended colors on the canvas but applied the paint as thick dabs of paint resulting with a textured surface, I noticed that the textured surface aided the viewers eye in blending the colors.

I had always wanted to break out of the grid and discovered Chuck Closes work, in particular his paper pulp projects.  In January 2010 I completed my first painting of my current style. Refereed to as Abstract Realism or color juxtaposition.   I still create a textured surface but limit the palette to 60 to 80 colors.  Unlike Close who created his colors from a CMYK palette,  I use color temperature  to aid in creating depth.  I noticed that not only was I creating juxtaposition of color, but also of ideas, concepts and images.  Which can be seen in my “Shades of Purple” series.

JOHN: Whom are some artists who have influenced your work?

DONALD: There are two; Leroy Neiman; Neiman had created a set of prints for the 1976 summer olympics, and Burger King would issue a new print (poster) every week.  I made sure I was there on the day they released the new poster.  The impressionistic bright, vibrate colors amazed me.  the second Chuck Close: unaware of this connection until 2009.  In grade school 6th or 7th grade, the art teacher was discussing an exhibit he had just seen of this artist who did these dot paintings, he then showed us a print of billboard sign, which I know now is color halftone CMYK print.  I was amazed at the size of the circles and how from a distance, driving down the highway we never see the dots, we see an image that is blended.  Someone asked me when they saw my first paintings if I was influenced by Chuck Close; at the time I said who?  As I discovered Closes work, I also discovered that he had exhibits in both Akron and Youngstown while I was in grade school.  And the artist my teachers was discussing was Chuck Close.
Artist Leroy Neiman.
Artist Leroy Neiman.
Chuck Close in his studio.
Chuck Close in his studio.
Madam Secretary by Donald Rizzo
Madam Secretary by Donald Rizzo
JOHN: What are you doing when not painting or drawing?
DONALD: Sleeping. From the moment I get up in the morning until an hour before I go to bed, I’m working on my art.  Weekends, holidays, 7 days a week, I’m creating.  A major reason is my health.   I have HIV and I developed mitochondrial toxicity (MT) from the medication.  The mitochondrial in my leg muscles and upper back were most effected.  I wasn’t producing adequate  ATP and this greatly effected my mobility.  Their was a period of time when I couldn’t raise my hands above my ears and feared I wouldn’t be able to paint much longer.   I also found painting to be a healing experience both mentality and emotionally.

JOHN: Are you inspired by cinematic art?

DONALD: I had to think about this question.  On the surface I’d say no, but then I think sub-consciously I would be influenced.

JOHN: Could you tell us how you developed your technique of color juxtaposition?

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I was diagnosed with severe depression with psychotic symptoms.  Let me start by saying when one experience delusions; thats their reality.  This psychosis was adaptive for instance when I told the voices that were repeating everything I said out loud that they couldn’t know what I really thought because they can’t read my mind.  Within two weeks the voices were repeating my private thoughts.  When a thought entered my mind that I didn’t want them to know, I had to immediately change my thought.  This was pure madness.  I realized that my conscience mind was battling my sub-conscience mind.  If this battle continued both minds would lose as I had numerous close calls with death during this time.    With this psychosis I found myself staring at reflections, the more uneven the surface the better.  Reflections in three or more surface where bits of information was used from the multiple planes the more intriguing I found them.  Then I discovered that pix elated images had hidden messages, some that could be seen zoomed in and some seen zoomed out.  Again my conscience and sub-conscience mind attempting communication.
With this technique Color Juxtaposition the mind must construct the shapes in the viewers mind were their sub-science mind  plays a significant role.  With my painting “If I Only had a Brain” there are two faces one in portrait  and one in profile.  The portrait is more apparent from affair and the profile is revealed up-close.  There is a distance where both faces oscillate and the mind can’t stop it from oscillating.  Here the viewer can experience a small fragment of my psychosis.     Also because of the physics of reflected light the painting changes as light dims in the room, or one looks at the painting from a 45 degree angle as opposed to a 90 degree angle.  Just like those hidden messages in my psychosis.
Looking4CockNow by Donald Rizzo
Looking4CockNow by Donald Rizzo
JOHN: How do you choose the subjects for your artwork?
DONALD: They choose me.  I start with a photo and I begin to work and massage it.  My sub-science plays a role and at some point during the process, I discover the message it wants me to project.   Every painting I’ve done in some way I make it about me.  Each painting becomes a fragment of my self portrait.  My early paintings “The Lonely, The Forgotten and The Outcast” are paintings of healing.  Healing from the immense pain of depression.  I mentioned above about delusions being real, these paintings became the start of my healing from my reaction to this reality.  As I write this I still can’t call them delusions.
And now with “Shades of Purple” as I state in the artist statement: “The time for sound bites is over. We need to move our conversations to a more productive and less condemning place. With a little bit of humility and the willingness to listen to another’s perspective, we might just have a chance to talk about solutions instead of blame.”
JOHN: Some of your portraits feature famous faces-do you ever get any feedback from the subjects of the paintings?
DONALD: As of yet, no, but would love to have a conversation with Chuck Close about “Chasing that Experience”.  I have found images of semi-famous people on Facebook and unbeknownst to them I’ll complete the painting and when posting it to Facebook, I’ll tag that individual in painting.  I’ve had some remarkable comments, I do enjoy that.

Be sure to check out Donald Rizzo’s site!

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{MUSIC MINUTE} “I’m Doing What I’m Doing For Love” – Teddy Kline and His Orchestra ft. The Two Jazzers

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Been in the 1920s German Weimar Dirty Decadence kind-of-mood lately and can’t shake it!

Found this gem last night, and wanted to share it on the site. It’s been a while since we had a good old fashioned {MUSIC MINUTE} (granted our last {STYLE WISE} was also a {MUSIC MINUTE}) –  but here’s another gem for your listening pleasure.

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{Sublime & Disturbing – Otto Dix}

It’s called “I’m Doing What I’m Doing for Love” by Teddy Kline and His Orchestra ft. The Two Jazzers. Especially with the release of this year’s “The Great Gatsby” (was that good? I can’t decide), I expect to see more and more of the 1920s seep into our everyday so be warned! Best get into the mood with a mean hot jazz tune like this one which beats the shit out of any of the jazz mixes in “The Great Gatsby” soundtrack.

I wish it had been more like the Mia Farrow/Robert Redford version, but that’s a whole other post . . . the point is, I began to realize a song like this would have been the same kind of hit pop tune that today we’d be all into for a month and then move on to the next . . .

Hoping this helps it from being forgotten! And I’m going to find more cool stuff like this to share in the {FUTURE}

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Why do we celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday ? Well, this day marks the informal beginning of the summer season here in Canada ! It’s an opportunity to party hard and be around those you love, and celebrate some summer fashion!

Credited as the “Mother of Confederation” we celebrate our independence as a country on this day.  So stir up some mixed drinks and spark those fireworks and sparklers.  You may not want to show disrespect to the ghost of the ‘Mommy Dearest’ of Canada, or ‘off with your head!‘.

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