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 awesome paintings. Now, have fun exploring my Gallery!

  • Rainbow Acid by Larry Carlson Archival print on paper 

This is a very fascinating work by “Master Surrealist”, Larry Carlson. It is a mixture of detailed Realism and Carlson’s signature Surrealism. The painting is of two female figures with strange hairstyles. The leftmost woman has long, brown hair with flowers on each side, while the rightmost figure has black hair fashioned like a geisha. They also appear to be nude, and do not have any facial features. Instead of a face, the girls have a dark black void that seems to suck up anything that comes to close to it. There are also rainbow lasers shooting out of both face holes, giving the piece an eerie feeling. I really enjoy the work, and would love to hear what you guys think of it in the comments’ section below.  

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  • Undiscovered Genius by Jean-Michel Basquiat Part of The Daros Suite of Thirty-two Drawings 1982-83 Acrylic, oil paintstick, pastel, crayon, charcoal, and pencil on paper. 

This is a wonderful work by “Amazing Artist”, Basquiat. As expected by the artist, the piece is truly unique, and has many fascinating qualities. It is covered with Basquait’s signature motifs like repeated words, abstract faces, and pseudo-realistic objects. The painting appears to take place in Mississippi during the first half of the 1900’s. We see a depiction of a slave ship, as well as the words “Africa” and “Black Country. There’s also a very detailed picture of an African American musician near the painting’s center. It’s a very unique work, and I’d love to hear your opinions on it in the comments’ section below.

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Asher’s Jukebox Part 181

Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? by Moby from the album “Play” (October 11, 1999)

Good old Moby! He’ s not only one of my favorite Electronic musicians of all time, but one of my first experiences with that genre as a whole. This album, “Play” was played (no pun intended) many times on long car journeys. I already talk about two other Moby tracks on the jukebox before from his third album, “Everything is Wrong”. This song, is absolutely beautiful, and gives off a melancholic vibe. Moby usually uses gospel singers in his music, and this piece is no exception. The entire song has a very melodic piano playing, and it echoes sounds of bittersweet happiness. The lyrics, while repeated many times, are super powerful, and send chills down my spine. The chorus will also hit you right in the heart, and stay with you for a long time after listening. I would really like to hear what you guys think of the piece in the comments’ section below.

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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 amazing paintings. Now, have fun exploring the gallery!

  • Peptic Ulcer by Jean-Michel Basquiat (Part of The Daros Suite of Thirty-two Drawings) 1982-83 Acrylic, oil paintstick, pastel, crayon, charcoal, and pencil on paper

This is a great work by “Master Surrealist”, Basquiat. This particular piece has a lot of emphasis on anatomy. His usual tropes are seen in the piece, such as, repeated text, and complex designs. I especially love his morbidly adorable depictions of various organs and teeth. The strangest object in the painting would have to be the chainsaw that’s located near the leftmost corner. I would love to hear what you guys think of this work in the comments’ section below.

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  • The Knife Grinder by Kasimir Malevich Oil on Canvas 1912-13 Genre: Cubo-Futurism 

This work is extremely fascinating in design, and I love Malevich’s intricate shapes and use of fractals. The repetition of some of the objects make the main figure appear to be in multiple dimensions, and this is awesome. I also adore his choice of colors, being metallic blue, silvers, bronzes, and golds. This really adds to the industrial appeal of the work. He clearly is influenced by Escher, and the entire piece almost seems like a love letter to his trippy geometric patterns and shapes. If you really examine the piece, you can see what appears to be a man working on a knife with a saw. I might want to dedicate a topic to this specific style of art, and would love to hear your thoughts about that idea and this piece in the comments’ section below.

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Asher’s Favorites (Webtoons Edition Part 1)

Hello fellow followers, and welcome to a very special post! I have always been a huge fan of Manga, and when I heard about Webtoons from The Anime Man, I about fainted right then and there! Webtoons is a free comic platform for the iOS and Android that houses stories from around the world. It started as a platform for only Korean comics, (Manhwa), but it now has reached a global market. The app has numerous genres of comics and many different writing styles. I guarantee that you’ll find something you love, and I’d love to hear about it in the comments’ section below. The following are some of my favorites webtoons, and a short summary of each. Don’t worry though, I won’t go into spoilers.

  • Bastard by Youngchan Hwang and Carnby Kim Genres: Horror, Thriller, Tragedy, Mature, Manhwa 

Bastard is an incredible comic about a troubled teenager named Jin Seon. We learn from the beginning that terrible things are happening behind closed doors. What starts as a standard murder mystery soon escalates into a much darker event that will leave the readers on edge. If you love Psychological Thrillers, I can’t recommend this series enough. I’m being as vague as possible, because everything else is a major spoiler. The writing is incredible, and I could totally see this comic becoming a film. Final Rating 10/10 (Flawless!) Posted below is the link to the online version of the comic. Started June 8th, 2015 Complete as of May 19, 2017 with 93 Episodes

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjDvsSktKLdAhXqhlQKHcmKAFYQFjACegQIARAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.webtoons.com%2Fen%2Fthriller%2Fbastard%2Fep-0%2Fviewer%3Ftitle_no%3D485%26episode_no%3D1&usg=AOvVaw26joiLKwS2vdFKhzUIc-c4

 

  • Adventures of God by Teo and Corey Genres: Comedy, Satire, ParodyDark Humor

This particular comic had me laughing from chapter one, and I adore the hidden undertones. As the name suggests, Adventures of God is about God and his family up in heaven. Satan also makes many appearances in the comic, and he’s absolutely hilarious. God is depicted as a bit of a drunkard, whose problems are usually solved by his assistant, Gabe. The comic also parodies many important events in religious history, such as Adam & Eve, and Noah’s ark. The art style reminds me a lot of Family Guy, and I think that it perfect for this kind of story. I highly recommend this comic to people who want a good laugh, and don’t get offended by religious satire. Final Verdict 9.5/10 (Comedy Gold) Started November 14th, 2016 Updated every Tuesday and Saturday Total Episodes So Far: 165

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwi8zPH4uaLdAhXS31QKHTZKBJUQFjACegQIBxAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.webtoons.com%2Fen%2Fcomedy%2Fadventures-of-god%2Fep-1-answering-prayers%2Fviewer%3Ftitle_no%3D853%26episode_no%3D1&usg=AOvVaw2uoSwpJ9o6ofefdGFkD6Qc

 

  • Let’s Play by Mongie Genres: Romantic Comedy, Moe, Memes, Video Games

Now one for your gamers out there. This charming comic is about a game designer named Sam. Her life goes awry when a popular Let’s Player gives her first game a bad review. Then, the final nail in the coffin occurs when the Let’s Player becomes Sam’s new neighbor! Things to expect from this series; Nerd Culture, Adorable Dogs, and Relatable Characters. Final Verdict 8/10 (Very Good) Started November 6th, 2017 Updated every Tuesday Total Episodes: 43

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjL9q7qvaLdAhXIxlQKHVpODcsQFjABegQIBhAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.webtoons.com%2Fen%2Fromance%2Fletsplay%2Fep-1-%2Fviewer%3Ftitle_no%3D1218%26episode_no%3D1&usg=AOvVaw3C1NUB8sMVailYnQC_2hEn

 

  • My Giant Nerd Boyfriend by fishball Genres: Comedy, Slice of life

This adorable comic depicts the daily life of Fishball, a 5’2” Malaysian artist with a 6’6” boyfriend. This comic really hit home for me because of its depiction of tall people problems. I’m 6’2”, and many of the events in the comic have happened to me. I also love the art style, which is very cute and Asian. I recommend this comic to absolutely everyone, and you’ll grow to love the characters very fast. Final Verdict 9.8/10 (Adorable art and a story that will make you feel warm and fuzzy) Started March 5th, 2017 Updates Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Total Episodes: 209

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=7&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjQl72CwaLdAhUDLXwKHfEUBhEQFjAGegQIAhAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fm.webtoons.com%2Fen%2Fslice-of-life%2Fmy-giant-nerd-boyfriend%2F001-introduction%2Fviewer%3Ftitle_no%3D958%26episode_no%3D1&usg=AOvVaw28wbAKuu9b4PoJTjJcWiHG

  • HIVE by Kyusam Kim Genres: Horror, Thriller, Suspense, Giant Animals, Survival, Tragedy, Apocalyptic

If you have Apiphobia, stay far away from this comic! The story is about gigantic bees that take over the world. The main character, Lee, is trying to find his family, and the world is on the brink of collapse. It’s filled with plot twists, betrayals, awesome characters, mature content, and tons of crazy insects. It’s a hell of a ride that I recommend to lovers of The Walking Dead, Lord of the Flies, and Horror in general. Final Verdict 10/10 (Magnificent) Started on June 30th, 2014 Updates every Monday Total Episodes: 230

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwilrrD1xKLdAhVJ4VQKHVOjDfEQFjABegQIBhAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.webtoons.com%2Fen%2Fthriller%2Fhive%2Fep-0%2Fviewer%3Ftitle_no%3D65%26episode_no%3D1&usg=AOvVaw3uLZdLwCfo_4BPowHev58O

 

  • Small World by Wonsun Jin Genres: LGBT, Slice of life, Heartwarming, 

Thanks to webtoon, I’ve been widening my horizons on comics, and reading more stories about Gay and Lesbian couples. I am a completely straight guy, but these comics are freaking amazing, and I really respect that they bring these relationships to the general public. This specific one is about Julien and Robin, a gay couple that have very different attitudes. Robin is very laid back and kind of shy, while Julien is extremely protective and hyper. They show their love for one another in completely different ways, and it’s always a joy to see how each character reacts to various events. I recommend this series to everyone, because it’s guaranteed to make you feel warm inside. Final Verdict 9.5/10 (Incredibly sweet and touching) Started on August 31st, 2017 Updates Every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday Total Episodes: 162

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjgh4O1yKLdAhWJCnwKHarLDJ8QjBAwAXoECAUQCA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.webtoons.com%2Fen%2Fslice-of-life%2Fsmall-world%2Fep-1-rain%2Fviewer%3Ftitle_no%3D1159%26episode_no%3D1&usg=AOvVaw1SHG7D8tHd4PIGY7Xrpqru

Keep tune for part 2 coming up on Saturday!

Asher’s Jukebox Part 179

Dream Catcher by Bassnectar & Gnar Gnar from the album Unlimited Released (June 17th, 2016) Genres: Electronic, dubstep, drum step, glitch, trip hop, and downtempo. Produced by Lorin Ashton under the label, Amorphous Music

What can I say about Bassnectar? He’s easily one of my favorite Electronic musicians of all time. My best friend introduced me to his music many years ago, and I’ve loved him ever since. The man’s real name is Lorin Ashton, and he has some of the most epic hair in music today. He’s extremely active on social media, as well, and is very kind to his fans, which are known as “Bassheads”. I got to see Lorin at the Electric Forest last year, and his concert blew me away. As his name suggests, his music is very bass heavy, and you can hear the pulse-pounding beat for miles. This particular song is one of my favorites off of the album, and I’ve listened to it countless times. It starts with a base-heavy beat that gradually amps up in volume. The beat continues to build up, and the sound gets intense. It does this for about a minute, and then the drop happens. Our ears are met with an incredibly intense beat and epic synthesizer. I highly recommend this piece to anyone who loves intense Electronic music. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

 

 

 

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Asher’s Adventures In Thailand Part 3 (Wat Yai Chaimongkol Temple and Wat Na Phra Mane Temple)

Hello everyone, and welcome to the third part of my adventure. I traveled to many Buddhist temples throughout my journey, and this specific site completely blew me away. It is known as Mongkhon, and it was built in 1357 A.D. The temple houses a gigantic reclining Buddha that many people come to see each year. I also traveled to Wat Na Phra Mane temple, which was a bit smaller, but still absolutely incredible. Listed below are the many pictures I took during the trip, and a description of each.

Giant Buddha

As you can see, this buddha is absolutely massive, and actually very well preserved.  It completely amazes me at how intricate and detailed this monument is. 

 

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The buddha wasn’t the only gorgeous thing at the temple. The beautiful set of flowers really caught my eyes as well. The strange petals almost make it look it’s from an alien world.

 

Old Stupa

This is a very old stupa that has been extremely well preserved. The serene looking buddha gives off a powerful aura of tranquility and cosmic awareness.

 

Amazing

Here we have one of the most impressive buddhas I’ve ever seen. I really enjoy this picture, and I believe that I got the chandelier’s lighting just right. The buddha is covered in gold, and his expression makes you feel honored to be in his presence.

 

 War part 1

 

War part 2

 

Both of these pictures depict a massive war between two tribes of India. The artwork is absolutely breathtaking, and reminds of something out of Japanese mythology.

 

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This is another depiction of battle, and as always, the work shines in design and emotion.

 

Now, onto the Wat Na Phra Mane temple.

Gold Buddha

Now, this is just breathtaking! All of these buddhas are completely encased in gold, and are all in a state of pure nirvana. This place hit me emotionally, and I started to tear up at the absolute beauty of it all.

 

 Meditate

Another absolutely gorgeous series of buddhas, each with different materials and facial expressions. I also adore the abundance of flowers that surround the giant statue. 

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This was one of the ceilings of the temples. It has a very unique design that shines in the presence of light.

The remaining pictures are random shots from all over Thailand, I hope you enjoy!

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I took this picture because it was very bizarre, and you don’t find movie posters like this in the states.

 

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A delicious candy isle found in a 7 Eleven of all places. Yes, 7 Elevens in Thailand completely beat over the ones in the states.

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A traditional river in Sam Phram. While the water is quite dirty, I still think that it’s a beautiful scene.

 

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A tranquil picture of an oyster farm located in Amphoe Mueang.

 

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An extremely detailed and colorful sculpture of Shiva located at the Suvarnabhumi airport in Amphoe Bang Phli, Thailand.

 

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The absolute best Crispy Pork I’ve ever had in my entire life! I even ordered seconds! This place is a little “hole in the wall” eatery near the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The savoriness and crunch of the meat enveloped my mouth with a delicate sweetness.

 

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I’ll finish this Thailand adventure with a beautiful picture of the sunset from the beach. At this current moment, it looked as if the sun was sending down beams of light from Heaven.

Asher’s Jukebox Part 175

Hello fellow music lovers! It’s time to bring back one of my favorite topics. The Jukebox has been pretty empty for a while, and that needs to stop! Every Weekend, I’ll be posting more music. Now, let the epic tunes commence!

Zombie by Bad Wolves (2018) Genre: Rock  From the album: “Disobey” Released May 11th, 2018 

Bad Wolves is a Heavy Metal supergroup that’s comprised of many well known Metal musicians like Tommy Vext and Chris Cain. This piece is a cover of the Cranberries’ mega hit “Zombie”. It is also a heartfelt tribute to the passing of the Cranberries’ lead singer, Dolores O’ Riordan. The song takes on a more Metal feel with Doc Coyle’s heavy guitar riffs and John Boecklin’s excellent  drumming. Then, we get to Tommy Vext’s vocals, and our jaws drop. His voice is hauntingly beautiful and gruff at the same time. You’d never expect a fearsome-looking dude with a body covered in tattoos to have such an amazing voice, but appearances aren’t always everything. I highly recommend this song, and would love to hear what you think of it in the comments’ section below.

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