Asher’s Art Gallery (Every Other Monday)

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

  • The Gross Clinic by Thomas Eakins 1875 Oil on canvas 

This is a very visceral, yet intriguing piece by Philadelphia-born artist, Eakins. It reminds me of Rembrandt’s Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp in that it displays an operation taking place in a surgery theatre. The painting can be hard to look at if you are squeamish around blood, but I find it to be very fascinating. Eakins amazing attention to detail makes the audience feel like they are there. It also displays raw human emotion with some of the students paying close attention to Dr. Gross’ techniques, and others moving away in disgust. The work was rejected at first for being too brutal, but now stands as one of the best American art pieces ever made.

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  • Homage to Bleriot by Robert Delaunay 1914 Oil on canvas

This is an awesome Orphic Cubist work by French Artist, Delaunay. Not only did he start a new brand of Cubism, but also incorporated tons of abstraction in his works. This particular piece is absolutely gorgeous and is a tribute to Louis Bleriot, the first man to fly across the English Channel. The work is a brilliant blend of vibrant colors and hidden man-made objects. The leftmost part of the painting reminds more of a pain palette with various colored dots cascading down. We also get the image of the Eiffel Tower in the distance, as well as Bleriot’s plane. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

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Bizarre and Wonderful Books Part 1

Parental Advisory! These books may discuss some controversial themes. You have been warned!

Hello everyone, and welcome to a brand new post! I’ve wanted to discuss this topic for a very long time, and I thought that today would be a good place to start. Throughout the years, I’ve read some absolutely bizarre books. When I discovered “Bizarro Fiction” for the first time, it was like a match made in heaven! This genre is insane, and covers some of the most mind-blowing stories I’ve ever read. I see it as the “Abstract Art of Literature”. It has different meanings depending on who reads them, and isn’t afraid to touch on some offensive subjects. If this post makes you interested in this wonderful genre, then I’ve done my part. Now, let’s dive into the amazing world of Bizarro Fiction!

  • John Dies At The End by David Wong 2009 Genres: Bizarro Fiction, Horror, Humor, Science Fiction  464 Pages Age Rating: 17+ (Strong Language, Gore, Violence, Disturbing Imagery, Drug Usage) 

I’ve talked about this book multiple times in the past, and I still love it to death. The story is about two college kids that fight the paranormal occurrences in their undisclosed town. It also has to do with an absolutely insane drug known as “Soy Sauce”. The book was made into an equally awesome film, and spawned two sequel novels which are just as crazy.  Unlike most Bizarro Fiction books, this one can be found at local bookstores and libraries. I highly recommend checking this book out, and would love to hear what you think of it in the comments’ section below.

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  • Zombies and Shit by Carlton Mellick III October 17th, 2010 Genres: Bizarro Fiction, Horror, Survival, Punk, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Fantasy 312 Pages Age Rating: 17+ (Gore, Blood, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Shocking Imagery, Cultural Issues) 

What is there to say about Carlton Mellick III? He easily is one of the godfathers of Bizarro Fiction. His crazy look and explosively intriguing books make him standout in the crowd of literature. I first discovered him when I was researching books that were similar to the one mentioned above. The crazy artwork alone pulled me into the rabbit hole, and there I stayed. This particular novel is one of his coolest and most fascinating. It literally is what would have happened if you were to put Battle Royale, Mad Max, and Dawn of the Dead into a blender. If you like survival novels, you will adore this book. It is equally humorous and tragic with an excellent blend of hardcore punk. The twenty different characters are also very unique, and the story has many ridiculous plot twists throughout. Once again, I highly recommend picking up this book because it is one hell of a unique ride. (Zombies and Shit can be purchased on Amazon for $13)

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The main picture on this post is of the “Godfather of Bizarro Fiction” himself, Carlton Mellick III.

More Awesome Carlson Paintings

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s time for us to take a look at the mind-blowing works of Larry Carlson. Now, let’s begin!

  • Magnolia Sun by Larry Carlson Archival Pigment  Print on Metallic Paper 

This is an absolutely gorgeous work by “Master Surrealist”, Larry Carlson. It’s another outdoor piece that blends Realism and Surrealism. The painting is set in a forest with two visible trees. The trees are covered with kaleidoscopic leaves that spread across the top like cosmic glitter. It adds a very trippy and beautiful atmosphere. Then, we get to the sky, and are met with a sublime display of wispy blues, purples, and pinks. The titular sun is shining through an opening on one of the trees, and it shines with a powerful yellow-orange light. I’d love to hear what you guys think of this painting in the comments’ section below.

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  • Wonder Land Pond (Aka Afternoon Light) by Larry Carlson Archival Print on Metallic Paper

This is another beautiful painting by “Computer Guru”, Larry Carlson. The piece takes place again outdoors, and I really love what he does with this one. The sky is an amazing blend of starry patterns, neon spiky trees, and brilliant shades of blue.  The “pond” is a large hole that holds an awesome spiral mandala, and it’s surround by some equally fantastic flowers. Tell me what you think of this painting 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 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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Carlson Mondays (Every Other Monday)

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

  • Black Hole Priestess by Larry Carlson Pigment print on paper 

This is an awesome work by “Master Surrealist”, Larry Carlson. It is an incredible blend of Realism and his signature surrealist tricks. The “priestess”, in question, is wearing a flower headdress and a black robe. Her face, however, is an endless stream of sequential circles that seem to be sucking objects in. It is a very unique piece that I hope you all enjoy. Tell me what you think of it in the comments’ section below.

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  • Sun Drips by Larry Carlson Pigment print on metallic paper

This is a lovely work by “Computer Guru”, Larry Carlson. It looks like something that you could find on a stain glass window. The painting depicts multicolored squares that pull the viewer inside. I especially adore the neon colors near the middle of the painting. Tell me what you think of this work in the comments’ section below.

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Asher’s Adventures In Thailand (Temple of The Emerald Buddha) aka (Wat Phra Kaew)

One of the most amazing things about Thailand was the various temples scattered throughout the country. This particular place moved me on an emotional and spiritual level. I took many pictures there, and will be discussing them below. Keep in mind that I wasn’t able to take pictures of the titular Buddha due to the amazing importance to Buddhism and Thai culture. Now, let’s begin this spiritual adventure!

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(This was the view of the temple from the outside, and it completely blew me away. The preservation of the temple is incredible, and its elegant design makes it a very popular monument.)

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(As we travel into the temple, there are many Buddhas scattered around, and each of them look different. This photo is of one of these Buddhas, and it seems to emit a serene aura. Also, behind it is a tower made out of pure gold. It’s nearly too beautiful for words.)

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(This fearsome looking creature is known as a Yaksha. Yaksha are sacred guardians of temples that ward off bandits.)

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(Here’s another picture of the interior. As you can see, many people came to the temple, to admire and respect the Buddhas. I absolutely adore the gold plated towers, and have never seen anything like it before.)

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(This particular picture is of the decor of the Grand Palace. The roof looks as if it were made out of dragon scales or ribbon candy. If you look closer, you can see the dragon insignia on each arch way. 

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(This final picture is of a golden walkway that leads to another Buddha. As you can see, the structures seem completely untouched for thousands of years.)

 

Asher’s Jukebox Part 176

Danny Don’t You Know by Ninja Sex Party From the album “Cool Patrol” (to be released on  August 17th, 2018) Genres: Comedy rock, Electronic, Synthpop.

Ninja Sex Party are a comedic music duo consisting of Game Grump, Danny “Sexbang” Avidan and Theoretic Physicist, Brian Wecht. They are known for creating some of the best and most catchy comedic music on the internet. The music video for this song features Finn Wolfhard, the voice of Mike Wheeler from Stranger Things. It also is probably my favorite NSP song with “6969” coming in second. The song is an epic retelling of Dan’s life story. It starts with him as a child, and gradually progresses to adulthood. The song is filled with charm, and the ending will give you chills! I highly recommend this piece to absolutely everyone, and I’d love to hear your opinions in the comments’ section below.

 

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