Carlson Mondays (Every Other Monday)

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more trippy works. Now, let’s begin!

  • India Love 98 by Larry Carlson 1998 

This is a very old work by “Master Surrealist”, Larry Carlson. It’s an extremely gorgeous piece that focuses on exotic beauty and trippy patterns. The main focus of the work is the beautiful Indian woman that is in the center. She has a very calm expression, and her body is made out of various people. She’s surrounded by a trippy network of colorful spirals and shapes.

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  • Untitled by Larry Carlson May 22 2017 

This is an absolutely incredibly work by “Computer Guru”, Larry Carlson. It’s a rainbow-patterned outdoor piece that has some optical trickery. The forest is covered in a prismatic shine, and there’s a tiger hidden within the trees. The shine really gives the piece a glassy effect, and is guaranteed to impress any glassblower.

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I, Tonya Movie Review

Hello fellow viewers, and a Happy New Year! I hope that you all are doing well. I have decided to review one of my favorite films of 2017. Now, grab some popcorn, and let’s begin!

I, Tonya  Rated: R (Released October 19, 2017 in USA)

 Directed by: Craig Gillespie 

Written by: Steven Rogers

Starring: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, and Allison Janney

 Genre: Sports, Drama, Dark Comedy, Biography

Running Time: 1hr 59 min

I,Tonya is a shockingly raw true story of the infamous ice skater, Tonya Harding (played by Margot Robbie). It also describes the controversy behind the Nancy Kerrigan incident. The film switches between documentary style and scripted lines. It begins with Tonya’s childhood, and the tumultuous relationship with her mother. Her father left her at a young age, and Tonya got along extremely well with him. From the very start, LaVona Golden, (played by Allison Janney), is portrayed as an oppressive and “rage- inducing” tyrant, with little to no respect of her daughter. She also is a very heavy drinker, and has a major chain smoking problem. She gives off such an amazing performance that the hatred towards her seems legit. Tonya is obsessed with ice skating, and is forced to a class at age 4. Ice Skating comes naturally to Tonya, and she becomes her captain’s best student.  As a teenager, Tonya meets her soon to be husband, Jeff, (played by Sebastian Stan). Stan is not well known as an actor, but puts on an absolutely fantastic performance. Jeff starts out as a seemingly normal guy, until he starts to verbally and physically abuse her. Tonya gets into a brutal confrontation with her mother which ends with Tonya getting a knife at her arm. She moves in with Jeff, and this is when things start going south. When Tonya starts to go to competitions, she develops a major ego, and this eventually leads to her downfall. After a bad stint with the judges, Tonya fires her coach and stupidly marries Jeff. During the wedding, Tonya gets badmouthed by her mother, who criticizes her for marrying young. She performs a triple Axel, a never before done skating move and becomes known as the best figure skater in the world. Next, Jeff and Tonya’s already fractured marriage reaches a terrifying crescendo when he smashes her head into a glass door. She leaves him, and hangs out with her friend and fellow competitor, Nancy Kerrigan. She soon reconciles with Jeff, and begins skating poorly. Life gets even worse with Jeff, who, surprisingly becomes even more abusive, threatening her with guns and verbal bashing. She finally does the right thing, and divorces the monster, and files a restraining order on him. The “Incident” comes up next, but I will leave it at that as not to spoil anything else. In conclusion, I, Tonya is a fantastic Black Comedy that dives into the dark and controversial life of one of the most infamous figure skaters that ever lived. It also shows the murky underbelly of competition and sports in general.

        Final Verdict: 9.0-10 (Excellent)

Nature Is Awesome! (Every Other Tuesday)

All animals and other organisms found in various books and websites

Hello fellow outdoor enthusiasts! It’s Tuesday and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more amazing organisms. Now, let’s start exploring!

  • Sundew (Drosera) Diet: Carnivorous  Size: Up to 100cm Habitat: Every Continent besides Antarctic. Every species is divided into several habitats based on climate.

The Sundew is a strange, carnivorous plant that’s nearly found world wide. It has green leaves and many reddish tentacles. These tentacles are covered in a sticky digestive enzymes, which are used to attract prey. The sweet smelling secretion attracts insects, and when they get too close, it attacks! The tentacle trap the poor bug, and begin to digest its body. After the bug’s demise, its nutrients will be absorbed through the leaves to the other parts of the plant. The Sundew also has many medicinal purposes such as being used in teas to prevent whooping cough and asthma attacks. 

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  • Corpse Flower (Rafflesia arnoldii) Size: 3 ft (The largest was 3.4 ft) Diet: Parasitic Habitat: The Rainforests of Sumatra Status: Becoming Endangered

The Rafflesia has the Guinness World Record for being the largest individual flower on Earth. It’s a parasitic organism that’s pollinated by Corpse Flies. It’s a bright red flower with many large, spotted leaves. It’s unisexual, and male and female flowers must be close by for successful pollination.  It can weigh up to a mighty 24 lbs, and is continuously dying out due to increased human activity. This disturbs the bud production of the plant.  The nickname, “Corpse Flower”, comes from the plant’s stench, which is said to resemble rotten flesh. It’s truly a fascinating plant that we must try to protect before they all become extinct.   

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Carlson Mondays (Every Other Monday)

All works found on larrycarlson.bigcartel.com

Hello fellow abstract enthusiasts! It’s Monday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take another look into Carlson’s mind. Now, let’s prepare to be blown away by his artistic genius!

  • She Was Stardust by Larry Carlson pigment print on metallic paper

Time for another work of cosmic epicness by “Computer Guru”, Larry Carlson. I see many references to other great artists in the piece, and it is just incredible. Carlson has always had a way with mind-blowing visuals, and this is no exception! The painting is purposely made to trick the eyes, and make the viewer appear to be seeing double. The work is generously covered in multicolored sparkles, which are very Pollock-esque. The titular woman is a brilliant amalgamation of sparkling stars, and her body is radiating with a vivid aura, and her eyes stare daggers into whoever looks at them. I absolutely adore this work, and I would love to hear what you guys think of it in the comments’ section below.

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  • Starry Hollow by Larry Carlson pigment print on metallic paper

This is another cosmic epic by “Master Surrealist”, Larry Carlson. The work blends real images with Carlson’s otherworldly psychedelia. The painting is surrounded by bright, almost blurry, clusters of stars. We also see what could be a real world wooden bridge. The bridge appears to be spray painted by the cosmic glaze, turn its realistic properties on its head. There is also many trees which are also transformed by the power of the cosmos. The brilliant blend of blues and purples really make the piece pleasing to the viewer. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

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Synthwave September Asher’s Jukebox Special

Hello fellow music lovers! It’s time for a September special. As I’ve said before, Synthwave is one of my favorite music genres. So to celebrate my love for this genre, every Sunday in September, I will add a Synthwave track to the Jukebox. Now, grab your multicolored shirts and tube socks, and let’s get Swifty!

Future Club by Perturbator from the album “Dangerous Days” 2014

This Synthwave track kicks some major ass! As per usual, Perturbator shows us his genius once again. It starts with a metallic synthesizer that gradually increases in volume. Then, the beat drops, and we are introduced to an amazing futuristic droning bass. The rhythm starts back up, and we get an amazing, pulsating beat that’s accompanied by the excellent synth. The piece has it all; a catchy beat, an awesome synth line, and great atmosphere. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiL0rqjmYrWAhVDylQKHRMVAp8QyCkIKzAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DRY66fdMt4vc&usg=AFQjCNEg3Ac1dt2bepWoh6BaBMn4vlj7Hg

Asher Jukebox Part 172

Back by popular demand, here’s the weekly music review! Info about piece found on en.wikipedia.org

Fans of Rick & Morty and The Simpsons will recognize this one!

Baker Street (Instrumental) by Gerry Rafferty from the album “City to City” (1978)

This piece has probably the most catchy saxophone riff of all time. It is one of the times where the music speaks more than words ever could. Raphael Ravencroft’s amazing saxophone skills transport the listener into a world of cosmic euphoria and rhythm. It has been referenced countless times in popular culture, and is said to have been an influence on Slash’s solo in Sweet Child O’ Mine. The song peaked at #2 on the 1978 Billboard Hot 100. I absolutely adore this piece, and would love to hear what you guys think of it in the comments’ section below.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwi3gdvk9-PVAhVKHGMKHaaEDsAQyCkIKjAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D2O6NZT6zFko&usg=AFQjCNHmI4uVilBQfyBMyTgPTvw1ysfqfA

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 incredible works. Now, let’s dive in to the amazing world of art!

  • The Kill by Andre Masson 1944 oil on canvas (info about work found on wikiart.org)

This is an incredibly intense work by French Surrealist, Andre Masson. It is a brilliant explosion of colors that appear to jump out of the painting. The various streaks of paint remind me of a Jackson Pollock piece, and it really gets the viewers attention. The complex patterns of red might resemble blood in relation to the painting’s name. Upon closer inspection, you can vaguely see faces amongst the crimson paint. They look almost demonic, and this gives off ominous vibes. The painting is extremely powerful, and I felt like it was pulling me inside the frame. It is a very unique and mesmerizing piece that I hope you all will enjoy. Tell me your thoughts in the comments’ section below.  

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  • Larry Carlson time! ESP TEST 3 by Larry Carlson 2007 digital chromogenic print (info about work found on Larry Carlson’s website larrycarlson.com)

Time for our weekly dose of Larry Carlson! I can’t give this man enough praise, and I absolutely love reviewing one of his masterpieces every week. This work is especially awesome, and I can’t wait to share it with you. The painting appears to take place in a completely different dimension, where trippyness is of the norm. We have a “very realistic” looking female figure that seems to be pressing a button. Notice the quotations, this is where things get Carlsonized! The figure’s eye is extremely wide, and appears to be upside down. The machine she’s pressing has various symbols on it. These symbols are used to cards to practice telepathy. A rainbow aura is emanating from her hand, and a strange ribbon-like object seems to be coming out of the machine. I also can’t forget to mention the abundance of purple faces that take over this work. There’s even a face in the woman’s hair! Large beams of orange light are also descending from the top of the painting. What the work means I believe is up to personal opinion. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this incredible piece in the comments’ section below.