Asher’s Art Gallery (Mondays)

Happy Memorial Day everyone!

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and my Gallery is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for some awesome works. Now, have fun exploring my Gallery!

  • The First Days of Spring by Salvador Dali 1929 Oil and collage on panel

This is a wonderfully bizarre work by “Master Surrealist”, Salvador Dali. It’s an outdoor piece that has many strange things happening in it. We see a woman with the head of a beehive/bird’s nest hybrid. There’s also a grey man fused to the “face”. The center of the work has a colorful fish sculpture with random numbers printed on its side. The absolute strangest part of the piece has to be the globular human face with the disembodied lower jaw. Tell me what you think of this work in the comments’ section below.

days of spir

 

  • The Territory by Rene Magritte 1957 Oil on canvas

This is a fantastic work by “Belgian Surrealist”, Magritte. It’s yet another outdoor piece that focuses on beauty. The center of the work portrays a colorful countryside with a big green tree and an orange road. It’s surrounded by a baby blue sky with flurry white clouds. The sky gives the work a feeling of mystery and wonder. It’s a amazing blend of Realism and Surrealism. Tell me what you think of this painting in the comments’ section below.

territory

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Asher’s Art Gallery (Mondays)

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and my Gallery is open once again. I hope you guys are ready for some fascinating works. Now, have fun exploring my Gallery!

  • Acque Pericolose by Jean-Michel Basquiat 1981 Acrylic, oil paintstick, and spray paint on canvas: This is a very unique work by the “Master Surrealist”, Basquiat. The piece has a vibrant background that reminds me of raging flames. We also see  various arrows that are scattered across the lefthand side of the work. As always, Basquait adds his signature symbols in the piece. They include: a thorny halo, an emaciated human figure, and powerful colors. I especially like the green snake that is positioned to the left of the human. The brilliant use of blending, abstract creatures, and multiple materials make this painting an awesome sight to behold. I would love to hear your opinions in the comments’ section below.

acque

  • Zebra Zhores by Larry Carlson 2012 Collage on paper (info about materials found on Larry Carlson’s website larrycarlson.com)

This is a very unique work by “Computer Guru”, Larry Carlson. The piece is an explosion of bright colors, psychedelic patterns, and bizarre textures. The main focus of the work is the hypnotic, zebra-like creature in the center of the painting. It reminds of a trippy totem pole, and it appears to follow your every move. The background is an abstract mess of paint splotches. This could be a reference to Pollock’s “Splatter Paintings”. The rest of the work is a true treat to the eyes, and I’ve never seen collages done this way. I’d love to hear what you guys think of it in the comments’ section below.

 

Asher’s Art Gallery (Mondays)

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and my gallery is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for this weeks’ works. Now, have fun exploring my gallery!

  • The Heartstring by Rene Magritte 1960 Oil on canvas: This is a beautiful work by “Master Surrealist”, Rene Magritte. It appears to take place in a mysterious mountain range, far away from society. In the center of the painting, we see a nearly transparent wine glass that appears to be holding a cloud. The serene colors and mysterious atmosphere of the work draw the viewers in, and force them to take a closer look. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the piece in the comments’ section below.

the-heartstrting

  • Pumpkins Grow at Night by Larry Carlson 2014 Chromogenic Print (info about piece found on Carlson’s website, larrycarlson.com). It’s almost Halloween, so I’ve decided to add a fall work to my post. It’s of course made by the “Computer Guru” himself, Larry Carlson. The work is an explosion of Tie-Dye colors and hypnotic patterns. There’s also incorporation of real photos to blend fantasy and realism together. The pumpkins in the piece are pretty unsettling, in that they have realistic human pupils! We also see a group of the sitting around a table and playing cards. I adore this piece, and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it in the comments’ section below.

LARRY CARLSON, Pumpkins Grow at Night, c-print, 68x78in, 2014.

Asher’s Jukebox Part 170

Info about song found on en.wikipedia.org

Black by Pearl Jam from the album “Ten” 1991: What better way to bring back an old topic, than with a re-review of a fantastic song! Pearl Jam has always been one of my favorite Rock bands, and this is what I consider to be their “Magnum Opus”. It starts with a melodic guitar riff, and then Vedder’s vocals start up. He completely kills it on this piece, massaging the ears with gruff singing and emotional lyricism.The tempo of this song is absolute genius, starting slowly, and then gradually progressing into a powerful Rock ballad. The song has aged very well, and it is still a pleasure to listen to today. I absolutely recommend this piece to anybody, and I really hope that you will find it to be a real gem of a song. Be sure to tell me what you think of it in the comments’ section below.

Happy Listening 😀 AND ROCK ON!!

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=5&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiaybeQ-6vPAhWI3SYKHcVNAHYQtwIINjAE&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dv6e9HuSlINM&usg=AFQjCNGlGVZ5IsfBPPPciMQWWcfWoV-8gA&sig2=0NXUN53KsPJMl1bQg667qA

 

Asher’s Art Gallery (Mondays)

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and my gallery is open once again. I hope guys are ready for some new pieces. Now, have fun exploring the gallery!

  • The Blaze by Rene Magritte Oil on canvas 1943: Here, we have a very unique piece by the Fantastic Surrealist”, Rene Magritte. It is a very powerful work, and his brilliant use of colors really bring it to life. The main objects in the painting are leaves, which appear to be covering something. The background is a raging blend of red and orange. It is ironic that the leaves are used in place of trees, and this trickery is one of the main tools of a Surrealist. The work also has a humanistic vibe, with the patterns on the leaves resembling veins. I thoroughly enjoy this painting, and would love to hear what you think of it the the comments’ section below.

the blaze

 

  • Land of Magica by Larry Carlson Chromogenic Print 2013 (info about piece from Larry Carlson’s website larrycarlson.com) 

Now, it is time to dive into the psychedelic world of Larry Carlson! This work is a tumultuous blend of vivid landscapes and amoeba-like patterns. The background is sky blue with an assortment of bubbly clouds. On the ground, we see curvy bushes and a multi-headed UFO creature. The sky is even weirder, as it is covered with globular monstrosities. Dynamic, colorful, and absolutely insane, this is one painting you are not going to forget! I love to hear what you guys think of this work in the comments’ section below.

 

LARRY CARLSON, Land of Magica, c-print, 36x48in, 2013.

Asher’s Manga Museum (Sundays)

Information about author and other essential facts found on en.wikipedia.org

Hello fellow Manga lovers! It’s Sunday, and a new piece has been added to my Museum. I hope you guys are ready for this week’s artifact. Now, let’s begin!

Parasyte by Hitoshi Iwaaki ( First published in 1988) 10 Volumes (Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi, Seinen) (Rated 16+)

This is an incredibly creepy and extremely unique Horror Manga series. It definitely has taken some influence from John Carpenter’s gory film, The Thing. The story centers around Shinichi Izumi, a fearful, but compassionate High School student. During the night, creatures known as Parasites land in Tokyo, and begin to infect people. One of these creatures attaches itself to Shinichi, and burrows into his left hand. When he wakes up the next day, he horrifically finds out that his right hand was eaten by the parasite. The creature begins to explain to Izumi that its species feed on humans for food, and then control their bodies. The creature is named Migi, and now Izumi has to have a relationship with this creature. Migi significantly increases Izumi’s physical abilities, and can turn his arm into bladed weapons as a means of self defense. Izumi wants to use Migi to destroy the other parasites who plan on wiping out the human race. He also has the challenge of hiding his “weapon” from others. This becomes especially difficult when Izumi hangs out with his best friend, Satomi Murano. The story progresses, and more parasites are defeated by the strange duo. The emotions really start to seep through the pages, during a spoiler-heavy event. I do not want to ruin what happens, but let’s just say it can make you cry. Izumi’s character develops as the story moves forward, and it finally finishes with a fantastic ending. The manga also has an anime, which is absolutely fantastic, and very truthful to the base material. Both the book and TV show are extremely violent and disturbing, so this is definitely a series that’s not for a younger audience. The anime can be watched for free on crunchy roll.com. I really enjoyed reading and watching Parasyte, and I believe that it might be one of the best series out right now. If you are a fan of Horror films and gripping stories, I strongly suggest that you check it out. I would throughly enjoy hearing your thoughts on the series and recommendations of manga to review in the future. 

Below I will be posting the links for both the manga and anime, and I hope that you will enjoy them.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/parasyte-the-maxim-

http://www.mangareader.net/parasyte

Asher’s Manga Museum (Sundays)

Hello fellow followers! I would like to start this new topic with some backstory. For as long as I can remember, I have always had a fascination with Japanese culture. This passion first awakened when I saw Hayao Miyazaki’s amazing film, Spirited Away. The colorful characters, animation, and overall message stuck with me and opened up a hidden door in my mind. Then, when I turned 8, I found the “key” to my mind’s door in the form of manga. For those who do not know, manga are Japanese comics that are read from right to left. I believe that they portray emotions in a much more powerful way then they do in western comics. You are in the character’s shoes from beginning to end, and when it ends, you hunger for more. This topic is created to admire the many stories of the past, and how they helped shape me into the man I am today. Now, without any further ado, let’s get started!

  • Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto  Number of volumes: 72 Rated: T for teen

What better way to start Sunday’s new topic than with one of my favorite manga. The manga first introduces us to the main character, Uzumaki Naruto. He’s a 12-year-old student ninja of Konohagakure, (The Village Hidden In The Leaves), with a knack for doing pranks. He has no parents, and is extremely immature. He also has a nine-tailed fox spirit resonating inside him that was sealed by the Fourth Hokage (Village Champion). In the beginning of the series, Naruto is often made fun of by the other students, and continuously told that he will never become anything in life. The only people who treats him with respect are his teacher, Iruka, and another student, Hinata. This part made me feel extremely empathetic towards Naruto, because I used to worry about people accepting me. He gets put into a 3-man squad for the final test of moving up the Ninja ladder. His two other teammates consist of an abusive, volatile, kunoichi (female ninja) that’s madly in love with the other member of the team. That member is Sasuke, an extremely talented, and cocky ninja. At first, they see Naruto as a bumbling goofball with no real talents. However, as the series progresses, they begin to develop respect and kindness for him. This reminds me of many underdog stories, and it gives me a huge morale boost to never give up. The development of Naruto as he gradually grows up is one of the best parts of the series. You feel pain when the characters feel pain, and this is one of the best things that a manga can do. The  main character is so relatable to me, and the gradual increase in maturity also applies to my life as well. I read the series as I grew up, and that’s probably why I hold it so dearly. The anime of Naruto is also very well made, and you can watch it for free on Crunchyroll.com. I highly recommend this series to absolutely everyone, and I would love to hear your thoughts about it in the comment’s section below. So, pick up a copy of the first volume ASAP, and prepare to go on a roller coaster ride of emotions! 

Final Rating: 9/10 stars 

 

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