Everyday I use a computer machine. I think to me myself: human beings have made this. A person with a mind, a heart and a soul has help to create these machines. These people, these icons, have now become apart of my life in this brave new world.
The beauty of the sky.
Go see life and fly
The beauty of machines.
Glittering through the glass screens.
The sun shines down on everything.
The machine give fire to everyone.
Rays of light shine through a bird’s wing.
A torch so bright is viewed one by one.
Through the sky our cosmic chants
Heard by all animals and plants.
- 2019, Sergio Mata
Gold makes everything look better. Have ugly art? Put some gold on it. Have an ugly baby? Put some gold on it. Have a bad hair day? Put some gold on it. Have beautiful art? Put some gold on it. have a beautiful baby? Put some gold on it. Have a good hair day? Put some gold on it.
Gold makes everything look beautiful. That's why I love it. I love beauty and I love gold.
What can be said about Doja Cat? Inspirational, young, hip, sexy and beautiful. While surfing the web I ran across this amazing music video. One huge artistic expression I liked was the portraiture in the video.
I remember seeing a portrait by Raphael "Young Women With Unicorn" and thinking how beautiful the background of the painting was. Of course I also fell in love with the miniature unicorn. And while I was watching Doja Cat I felt the same sense of wonder between Raphael's portrait and the portrait of Doja Cat in the video. The difference is that in the digital age the background can be replaced by green screen images. Much like how I make my own portraits, in face Doja Car is a huge spark for me to start working on backgrounds in portraiture. IN addition I love the nod to the Microsoft desktop background, this image lives on in the hearts and minds of artist <3
The other amazing aspect of the music video is the use of huge breasts. Gay, straight, man or women we can all attest to the beauty of the bosoms. Now I remember seeing portraits of some very fine rococo era women. With huge costumes and breasts presenting themselves over their corset. On display and a testament to the wonder of women.
"Bitch, I'm a cow (yeah)
Bitch, I'm a cow
Old McDonald had a farm
I give him a titty tryna keep him calm
I'm just tryna turn up in the country
I ain't in the city 'cause they ain't got lawns"
Most of y'all have by now hear of the violent protest created by a sculture of a crufified ronald mcdonald. If not here is a link to an article by artnet all about the moment. I'm not going to talk about any of that, instead I want to talk about the connection between Catholicism and pop-art.
McJesus was created by 40 year old, Swedish, artist Jani Leinon.
Catholiscism was born from pagan Roman mythology. With it's heavy and sensational use of images, catholic art attempts to humanize Jesus Christ. As a child every Sunday I would stare at the cruficied Jesus Christ in church. Absorbing the emotion and human pain formed a spiritual connection. A connection that I have come to understand is pagan, pagan because human emotions are closer to earth than they are to heaven.
WHen I began to discover pop-art I had many of the same reactions suprisinly. The first and most powerful was when I first saw a painting by my hero Andy Warhol, who was also a catholic. The painting was of a cambell's soup can. I remember feeling the same kind of emotions that I had gotten from the church. I felt a sense of both reverence and melancholy for the painting. The can was terribly crushed and the paper label was peeling from the can, you see. I remember thinking that the can was in pain and seconds from being discarded. What I saw was the same kind of final moment of an icon's life. My emotional reaction wouldn't have been possible if not for paganism and her rush of earthly sentiments for the natural world.
When I saw "McJesus" I felt... nothing. I mostly thought. I thought about how replacing Jesus with a pop icon was very suitable. Ronald Mcdonald is certainly no Jesus Christ, but I imagine somewhere some kid is seeing the fast food icon every Sunday. That kid must feel a sense of sensational reverence for the image of Ronald. A sensation that can often be found in... paganism.
All art works seeking to offend or enlighten deserve at least to be understood. For at the end of the day I do believe that the artist creates art not to save anyone else, but instead create art to save themselves.
My favorite music video for this week is "I'm The One" By DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne. Directed by Eif Rivera who is named by XXL magazine as the " Hip Hop's Favorite Music Video Director". And I completely agree.
The music video is a splash of fun, energy and great art. Along with the pop music and hip-hop rap blend, the music is something I enjoy listening to whenever I need a pick me up. I like to sing along with Justin Bieber as he and the other artist declare "I'M THE ONE". This is a play off of DJ Khaled's famous phrase "Another one." My favorite line of course is by Lil Wayne who says "Looking for the one, well bitch, you looking at THE ONE. I'm the best yet and yet my best is yet to come!" What a sensational lyric of confidence and self esteem! Really fantastic.
What I love is the Classical Wave in the video. Classical Wave is a 21st century art movement that uses inspiration from classical antiquity. The music video is filmed at a luxury mansion in Malibu, California. In the opening we first see Justin Bieber and Dj Khaled in front of a gorgeous, classical inspired architecture. This classical architecture reminds me of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. Much like the music itself the building is both grand and harmonious.
Grandeur, harmony, fun, confidence and classical appreciation is why I choose "I'm The One" as this weeks music video.
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!
I am Sergio C. Mata and I am an artist. This blog is about art, history, pop culture, technology, my life and my art. I blog about whatever inspires and interests me. <3