A and I went to the San Antonio Public Library. What a great institution. I went through a lot of the art books on the second floor. The area for art books is full of color! All the floors are carpeted in highly saturated hues and the book shelves reflect light as they are made out of colorful plastic. I went directly to the pop art section of course.I discovered a new book about pop portraits and this book focused on the artist who popular during this movement. I next found myself looking through the a fantastic section going over the history of portraiture. Oh how fun it was to find a book on self portraits of artists. I who create self portraits all the time felt as though we were all sharing blood of the same vein. It’s fascinating to think that an artist five hundred years ago created art in the same manner as I am.
The art books were absolutely heavenly and gave me leagues of inspiration. I met up with A who was on the fifth floor. There he was sitting right in front of a window with a spectacular view of the city’s downtown area. He was reading graphic novels. What a beautiful sight.
After when we left A talked about seeing the world in a new perspective. I think this is true. Knowledge is great because it can expand the mind. Nothing can compare to the huge gifts one comes across while exploring the wide world of information. I liked the feeling of seeing the world afresh. I looked out the car window and saw a new wonderful world.
A got me an Andy Warhol graphic novel for Christmas. A is such a great person <3. The book is really good! I like studying Warhols biography, because he’s my hero. Usually the books I’ve read are great, but they can be dry, hard knowledge. With this graphic novel it’s equal parts book, movie and art show all in one. It’s fantastic. A fun part is that the book has a silver lining. I love to look a lot at the silver while reading because silver is Warholian and very glamorous. I’d recommend this book for sure!
My online art show "Digital Dreams" was featured on UNFILTEREDSA. Here is the link. I am so thankful for this great blessing. UNFILTERED is a source that records the contemporary art scene in San Antonio. How fun and exciting and you all should totally check them!
Can we talk about Cardi B and how she's so artistically inspirational!? Okay, so, I have been listening to her music since Bodak Yellow. From that song it was on. It's rare an artist to come for everyone's wigs with such power and passion. I honestly can't remember where my hair went but I am now bald. Cardi B's music was so awesome my hair blew away.
I think when I first heard Be Careful I thought how raw it sounded. I was one the fence at first. The more I listened the more Iiked how authentic she sounded. Her singing made me feel as if I was listening to a really good friend pour her heart out. And I think that's where true music comes from.
Her newest song Money is what I am obsessed with now. I listen to it so much that I can her the beats everywhere I go. I like that Cardi isn't shy about talking about how much she loves money. It almost eclipses everything else. Cardi B is a real, entertaining musician. Only her and Nicki Minaj are two who I can sit down and listen to whenever I need the strong support from people who are changing the game. Who got this mofucka started? Cardi!
Jay-Z was seen adventuring into the Andy Warhol exhibition From A to B and Back Again in NYC. Here's the page 6 article. There’s so much interesting things about this wonderful moment. I feel and think it’s always exciting when art stays and continues to be… POP.
First, I think that it’s very great that Jay-Z is interested in art. Last Halloween Jay-Z was dressed up as Jean-Michel Basquiat. Beyonce was dressed as Frida Kahlo. The connection that I like is the one that connects Basquiat and Warhol. Jay-Z must be seeking out all the great artists of the world. This is what artist need to become a point of HUGE interest when it comes to culture.
Second, I would LOVE to check out a museum with Jay-Z. An artist like him has a HUGE insight into the hearts, minds and lives of other artists. I would love to hear what his favorite art works were and what were his least favorite. It’d be fun to be a pop star and seeing art about pop stars.
Third, the appreciation of culture is extremely important for ANYONE. I think that having a superstar show the being interested in the arts is a noble way of life. Where I come from art is every, and art has the ability to lift the soul. I’m looking forward to the future art the Jay-Z creates, since it’s clear that he’s a highly cultivated individual and deserves and the success and glory the art world can give.
Princess Diana is someone that I think and feel about a lot. I know she's gone and that's why I made her portraits. She's such a beautiful soul inside and out. When I made these portraits I wanted to paint them in many different colors. I asked someone what they're favorite color was and they said "All of them!". I think that's so great. I wanted to give the princess as many colors as I can..
Top five GREATEST art world moments of 2018
From Banksy to Jay-Z the art world has had many INSANE moments in 2018. The art world is no stranger when it comes to shocking, wowing and grabbing the attention of people around the world. In no particular order here are 2018’s art world moments that left us all shaking.
By now most of the pop culture landscape is feeling the aftershock of the internet breaking, summer music video "Apeshit". And I Loooooooove it!
Made by Beyonce (Queen B), and Jay-z, the music video does not hold back from showing the most prestigious art works that are homed in the Louvre; upon which the music video is filmed inside of. What are the major art impacts? What kinds of feelings are given by the music video? What does this artist think and feel about this work of art?
First of all, let me just say here and now that CLASSICALWAVE is crashing in like a huge wall of water on an unsuspecting coastal village. Sweeping in through the mainstream thanks to my heroes: B and J, classical art is finding a strong foot hold in our new digital age world.
My favorite image is of Beyonce and Jay-z standing in front of the Mona Lisa. As Mona Lisa stares at us with her dominatrix eyes from the classic era. Standing in front of her are two figures: Beyonce and Jay-Z who are dressed in pastel clothes which reminds me of the rococo art movement. A rainbow colored pastel world is where the very wealthy of human beings naturally gravitate towards. With all that money, power and talent why not deck oneself in pastels and jewelry? Pastels are the universal indicator of a feel good time.
Much of the sensational imagery in the music videos gives thanks to the Renaissance fascination with humanism. "Humanism is a philosophical and ethical stance that emphasizes the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively." Human bodies make their dynamic debut as the music video is filled with dancing bodies against the backdrop of frozen paintings and sculptures. Never have I encountered such a work that incorporates visual imagery and dance into the classical genre of humanism.
The last shot we see B and J turn away from the camera/viewers and towards each other. Then finally they look back at my girl Mona Lisa. This gesture is what I believe is a humble respect for great master artists and art. To appreciate the arts is to find value in life. The great cosmic consciousness can be find in great works of art. Honor, reverence and respect must be given to paintings, sculptures and now musicians. What a beautiful moment from two very beautiful souls the art world now has.
My eyes started falling with the feelings of sleepiness. I felt myself passing into a another world.
I floated towards the computer stream. I began to dream a digital dream.