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 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.

More Fascinating Creatures Of The Sea (Every Other Tuesday)

Info about creatures found in Claire Nouvian’s book, The Deep, and DK’s Ocean The Definite Visual Guide

Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to look at some more amazing sea creatures. Now, let’s begin!

  • Spanish Dancer (Hexabranchus sanguineus) Size: Up to 24 in Found: In shallow water on coasts and reefs (Parts of the Tropical Indian Ocean)

The Spanish Dancer is an incredibly beautiful creature of the sea. It is the largest type of sea slug, and comes in various colors. The creature gets its name from the undulating movements it makes in the water. Their diet consists mainly of sponges, and they are all hermaphrodites. When in danger, the Spanish Dancer will try to swim away, exposing its brightly colored body.

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  • Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyallarus) Size: Up to 6 in Found: In Indian and Pacific Oceans

The Peacock Mantis Shrimp is a very bizarre creature with immense strength. This type of shrimp is named for its brightly colored body and long legs. When prey wanders too close, the Mantis Shrimp will strike with its legs at speeds up to 75 mph! This is combined with force 100 times the shrimp’s weight! Because of this feat, the Mantis Shrimp can easily take on prey larger than itself. That’s Insane!

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Asher’s Jukebox Part 171

Info on song found on en.wikipedia.org

Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen from the album “Various Positions” (1985)

In order to honor the resent passing of Leonard Cohen, I have decided to review one of his most popular songs. The piece is work of musical genius, and it fills the listener with raw emotion. Cohen’s gruff crooning is filled with passion, and gives off a very melancholy vibe. When the lyrics grab hold of you, you are transported into a world of sadness and bittersweet happiness. It is a very unique piece, and I highly recommend it to everyone.

Tell me what you think of it in the comments’ section below. Happy Listening :D!

 

Yokai Wednesdays

Info found on yokai.com

Konbanwa, everyone! It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more fascinating creatures. Now, let’s go on a journey to the “Land of the Rising Sun”!

  • Haradashi are extremely weird creatures of Japanese mythology. They’re depicted in many forms such as: headless torsos, elderly nuns, or funny female monsters. The most defining feature of a Haradashi is the silly-looking face on its huge stomach. These yokai like to make people laugh, and love to cheer up those who are lonely.

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  • Kojin are strange creatures of Japanese folklore. They resemble scaly, black humanoid figures with ugly faces. These yokai are aquatic, and are extremely talented at weaving silk. It’s said that their silk is of the finest quality, and is even waterproof. Kojin are very emotional, and tend to cry frequently. However, instead of tears, pearls run down their cheeks.

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Weird and Wonderful Sea Creatures (Every other Tuesday)

Info found in Claire Nouvian’s book, The Deep and DK’s Ocean The Definite Visual Guide

Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s Tuesday, and this post is getting an upgrade. I’ll be expanding the subject to cover all marine life. The ocean is home to some of the most fascinating organisms, and I can’t wait to see what we uncover on this weeks’ dive.

  • Tasseled Wobbegong (Eucrossorhinus dasypogon) Size (Up to 4 1/2 ft) Weight (N/A) Depth Found (~130 ft) 

This incredibly strange shark is a master of disguise. When lying perfectly still, this fish resembles a seaweed-covered rock. Its mouth is outfitted with rows of needle-like teeth, and it’s also equipped with weed-like skin flaps. This fearsome predator attacks anything that wanders too close to its mouth. 

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  • Beaked Sea Snake (Enhydrina schistosa) Size (3 1/4-5 ft) Weight (Up to 4 1/2 lb) Found in (Shallow inshore waters) 

The Beaked Sea Snake is a notoriously aggressive and dangerous reptile. Its venom is strong enough to kill 50 people, and is responsible for 10 snakebite related deaths every year. The snake is blue-grey in color, and has a paddle like tail. Its diet consists of catfish and snakes. Despite their incredibly toxic venom, this species of snake still can fall victim to inshore predators, like fish and crocodiles.

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Yokai Wednesdays

Info found on yokai.com

Konbanwa, everyone! It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to look at some more fascinating yokai. Now, let’s go on a journey to the “Land of the Rising Sun!”

  • Hanzaki are very strange creatures of Japanese folklore. They’re depicted as huge salamander with black skin, huge mouths, and tiny eyes. They live far away from humans in lakes and streams. While rarely in contact with people, there have been instances of human consumption among the species.

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  • Enma Daio is an extremely well known creature of Japanese mythology. He’s considered to be the Ruler of Hell, and oversees all the souls passing on to the after life. Enma is a large man that’s covered in traditional robes, and is actually quite kind. His true form is Jizo Bosatsu, the guardian of the underworld, and the protector of children. This form is beloved throughout all of Japan. 

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