Asher’s Art Gallery (Scary October Edition) (Every Other Monday)

* Some of these pieces are pretty creepy!

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

  •  The Smiling Spider by Odilon Redon Lithograph 1888 

This is a grotesquely awesome work by “French Symbolist” Redon. The titular spider is atramentous with 8 very long legs. The most surreal part of the piece is the spider’s face. It has human-like features and short, fang-like teeth. It’s also missing one eye, and almost absorbs the background. While, it’s not the most colorful piece, I believe that this adds to the creepiness factor. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

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  • Necronom IV by H.R. Giger 1976 Airbrush on paper

This is an incredibly awesome work by the genius of Aliens, H.R. Giger. This is a painting of a fierce-looking Necromorph with multiple tentacles. The face reminds me of a dragonfish, and the long head is like a giant spine. The use of dark colors really brings this work to life. I adore the incredibly intricate design, and creepy visuals. Tell me what you think of this horror masterpiece in the comments’ section below.

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Asher’s Favorite Beers (Every Other Thursday)

Information about beers found on BeerAdvocate.com

Hello everyone! I have decided to spice things up a bit, and create a more personal Thursday post. Recently, I have been training to become a Cicerone. A Cicerone is like a sommelier for beer. They have the tasks of keeping and serving beer, knowing about the various beer styles, evaluating and describing beer flavor, knowing about beer’s ingredients and how to brew them, and how to pair various beers with foods. Yesterday, I took a beer bootcamp on the basics of being a Cicerone, and boy was it amazing! I have finally found out what I would like to do with my life, and it feels great! In order to celebrate this epiphany, I have decided to share with you my favorite beers. I hope you guys will enjoy this post as much as I enjoy writing it. Now, let’s dive into the amazing and delicious world of beer!

  •  Wells Banana Bread Beer 

Brewed by: Wells & Young’s Ltd England, United Kingdom

Style: Fruit/ Vegetable Beer

ABV: 5.20%

Availability: Year-Round

This incredibly unique beer first caught my attention when I saw it in the liquor isle of my local grocery store. It stood out among the rest, and I immediately decided to buy it. Upon opening the beer, I was met with a wonderful smell of Bananas. The beer was bright yellow, and reminded me of Cola Champagne. I took a sip, and was immediately engulfed in a banana paradise. The sweetness of the bananas combined with the bitterness of the hops was absolutely perfect. I cannot recommend this beer enough, and I highly suggest that you go buy it if you can find it in your area.

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  • Dragon’s Milk Stout

Brewed In: New Holland Brewing Company Michigan, United States

Style: American Double/ Imperial Stout

ABV: 11.00%

 Availability :Year-Round

I first discovered this gem of a beer when I was vacationing in Ojai. I was at a Tapas Bar, and I found this beer on the menu. I absolutely adore the bottle’s art, which depicts a black dragon on a beer barrel. This beer is aged in a whiskey barrel, and has an extremely dark color. The beer smells very chocolaty, and the contents look like root beer. It has a very unique taste, that reminds me of a bitter Bailey’s Irish Creme with hints of vanilla and coffee. It is a pretty strong beer, so it is not for everyone, but if you are interested, by all means, try it out. 

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More Tasty Food From Around The World (Fridays)

Foods found on en.wikipedia.org

Hello fellow food lovers! It’s Friday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more fascinating foods. Now, let’s dig in!

  • Es teler is a fruit-based cocktail that comes from Indonesia. It’s made from jackfruit, coconut meat, avocado, grass jelly, and other fruits. The fruits are submerged in coconut milk, sugar, and a pinch of salt. 

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  • Jian dui is an incredibly delicious sweet that comes from China. It’s a fried pastry that’s created from gluttonous rice flour. The pastry is covered with sesame seeds and filled with sweet black bean paste. Jian dui is sold in various Chinese bakeries and street fairs.

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Asher’s Art Gallery (Every Other Monday)

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

  • Mosaic II by M.C. Escher 1957 lithograph 

This is a work of optical excellence by “Dutch Surrealist”, Escher. The piece has many different objects and shapes, ranging from religious icons, to grotesque beasts. His brilliant use of black and white fill in all of the space on the canvas. I especially adore the deep sea fish-like creatures that surround the work. It’s also quite funny to see a random guitar placed in the painting. Tell me what you think of this work in the comments’ section below.

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  • Improvisation 28 by Vassily Kandinsky 1912 oil on canvas

This is a great work by “German Expressionist”, Kandinsky. It’s an Abstract work with beautiful colors and wild slashes. There’s also a strange gear in the center of the painting. It’s not only a fantastically unique work, but also one of the first complete abstractions of canvas. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

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Asher’s Art Gallery (Mondays)

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

  • Grande Odalisque by Jean-Auguste-Dominique-Ingres 1814 Oil on Canvas

This is an absolutely gorgeous work by French painter, Ingres. It is a very sexual painting, with many references to reproduction. The alluring figure in the piece is presumably a prostitute with a great sum of money. This is referenced by the blue sheets on the bed. The color blue was considered to be very expensive, and only the very rich were able to buy it. The woman is holding a brush made of male peacock feathers, and this has connotations to pubic hair. The female figure is also in a very suggestive pose, symbolizing the sin of lust.

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  • Sun of the Orange Morning by Larry Carlson 2010 Collage, digital prints and acrylic paint on wooden board. Info about work found on Larry Carlson’s website, larrycarlson.com

Here we have another fantastic work by “Computer Guru”, Larry Carlson. This trippy collage is both beautiful and insane. We have the standard Carlson tropes, such as: hypnotic patterns, humanistic houses, and psychedelic flowers. We also see a human figure that’s looking through a pair of binoculars. I believe that the combination of realism and surrealism really make this work a sight to behold.  

LARRY CARLSON, Sun of the Orange Morning, collage, digital prints, and arcylic paint on wooden board, 26x24in., 2010.

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 great new works. Now, have fun exploring my Gallery!

  • Ero Pop by Chiho Aoshima 2001 Inkjet print on paper

This is a very sublime work by Japanese artist, Aoshima. It is both beautiful and unsettling. The main focus of the painting is the female figure with her internal organs exposed. Although this sounds horrific, Aoshima depicts it in way of surreal beauty. The organs are very colorful, and remind me of a bouquet of flowers. I also believe the work to be sexual in a few ways. The woman appears to be sitting on an oyster shell, and this could be reference to Botticelli’s Birth Of Venus. We also see a white snake above her heart, and this could be a depiction of lust. The background is a brilliant shade of blue, and this puts the view at ease. It is hard to believe that visceral works can be beautiful, but I believe that this art work completely describes this phenomena. I would love to hear what you guys think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

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  • THE UPLOADERS by Larry Carlson 2007 Collage on paper (info about piece found on Larry Carlson’s website, larrycarlson.com)

Time for another insane work by “Computer Guru”, Larry Carlson. This work blends real-life images with bizarre patterns and colors. The piece takes place in space, as seen by the starry sky that makes up the background. There are three objects that resemble abstract lava lamps. Inside each of the “lamps” we see a different colored human figure. The weirdest part of the work is the purple-robed figure with a spherical owl as a head. Another human figure is seen with a pot for a head. I love how Carlson takes the style of collage, and transforms it into an epic and unique work of Surreal genius. I would love to hear your thoughts on the piece in the comments’ section below.

LARRY CARLSON, THE UPLOADERS, collage on paper, 14x11in., 2007.

Asher’s Art Gallery (Mondays)

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and my Art Gallery is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for some awesome paintings. Now, explore to your heart’s content!

Exu by Jean-Michel Basquiat 1988 Acrylic and oil paintstick on canvas

This is a very fascinating work by the late and great Basquiat. The painting is an explosion of jagged patterns and grotesque imagery. The main focus of art piece is the strange wolf-like humanoid situated at the work’s center. It has a demonic grin and is wearing a pair of blue jeans. We also see a deamon tail to the upper left of the work. The most off-putting thing on the work is the huge mass of eyes that appear to follow the viewer around. I absolutely adore this work, and I would love to hear your opinions in the comments’ section below.

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  • Devix by Larry Carlson Digital chromogenic print 2011 (info about piece found on Larry Carlson’s website, larrycarlson.com

It’s time for the weekly Carlson piece! This one, in particular, is very fascinating. The setting of the work reminds me of a snowy scene. There are many blurry patterns in the painting, and the sky is an eerie grey. The bottom of the piece is a hellish red, and there are strange, demonic creatures parading around a fire. I really like to combination of light and dark colors. Tell me what you think of this work in the comments’ section below.

LARRY CARLSON, DEVIX , digital chromogenic print, 2011.