Friday, May 29, 2009
Brendan and the Secret Of Kells
The story of a young Irish boy attempting to protect the Book of Kells from the Viking raids. The art design alone on this film is jaw dropping. Much of the layout reminds me of The Thief And The Cobbler. Check out the website for this film at www.thesecretofkells.com.
Max Manus (Man of War)
Max Manus is a Norwegian film about some Norwegian saboteurs that fought the Nazis in World War II. All of these men were heroes, but the movie focuses on Max Manus. This film looks great, and some of the shots in the trailer look amazing. Since there is no U.S. release of any kind, I haven't been able to see this movie, but according to many reviews I've read the film takes a unique look at the state of many German soldiers during WWII. Apparently they aren't portrayed as exaggerated sci fi villains like many stories tend to do. This film looks fairly real in it's approach. I love that it's a Norwegian film too. Go to the official site at www.maxmanusfilmen.no.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
(L.A. Street Productions)This is an early announcement, but my crew, L.A. Street Productions, is having an art show at Ollin Cafe. Opening night will be July 11th from 6Pm to 9PM. I will be there displaying, and selling maybe three pieces of mine. Stay tuned for more details as they develop.
Monday, May 18, 2009
(Joe's buttery Boneless about 3/4 of the way through the video)
As seen above, my friend Joe hung out and skated at The Berrics here in downtown Los Angeles. You can watch the video of Joe and a bunch of other kids having a hay-day at the Berrics HERE.
A lot of people are not familiar with The Berrics especially if they aren't into skating so I'll set up the story of why this is so cool... Up untill recently, The Berrics has been a secret indoor skate park in LA only accessible to pro skaters. Owned by Steve Berra, The Berrics has a website where skaters all over the world can peek into what it's like to hang out at a beautiful private indoor skate park with a bunch of pros. Most of us have been drooling over the website planning missions to find the Berrics' location and beg to skate inside. Recently Steve Berra posed a "Willy Wonka" type of offer where if people would go watch his friend's film Explicit Ills at a specific theater, he would let them skate in The Berrics complete with a pizza party. Needless to say Joe got a golden ticket and the result is the video linked above. I'm glad you got to skate your heart out Joe. You deserved that rare shot at bliss.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Well it appeares that I have one collector copping all of my ACEOs. Thank you to Ebay buyer/seller Searchfourwisdom for supporting my art and my ministry. Please click HERE to see the full image of the ACEO I'm auctioning off, and to place a bid. Remember 100% of the profits made go towards sustaining my lifestyle as an Urban Youth Worker in Inner city Los Angeles.
Visit the after school program that I live/work in on the web!
Saturday, May 9, 2009
I felt that it would make sense re-posting something here that I wrote on my ministry blog. I'm starting a journey to discover what God wants me to do with art and why...
My heart has been burdened with a number of things in this life, but one subject in particular torments me. I'm talking about art, or more specifically mankind's ability to discern what is good or what is bad in art. This has been a thorn in my side at varying levels pretty much my whole life. The book pictured above (Art and the Bibleby Francis A Schaeffer) is somewhat of a milestone for me because reading it is my first step in actually addressing the specific issue with God. I've studied art since I was a small child, but this marks my first efforts to understand my questions, and search for answers.
Most reading this have probably already tuned out by now, and that's a shame. It's that apathy that has brought me to these questions. Most people that I have encountered, including myself, treat art, or have treated art, as something that is expendable. We see art everywhere. In an age of communication where sensory overload is high subconsciously expected, we have devalued art in our minds and general culture. When recession hits, and budget cuts are rampant, the arts are the first to go. Today's most popular films and musicians are a grotesque representation of what real artists are doing outside of the public eye. It's so hard for a deep, hard working, artist to make a living or get any recognition. What does this mean for our society in general? Have we lost our ability to appreciate good over bad? If God is an artist, why then do most people consider my convictions about art as petty compared to the Gospel? Is art important? Isn't the Bible mostly a collection of art in various forms such as: verbal story telling, poetry, music, and letter writing? If we can't appreciate man's art here on Earth, how can we appreciate God's art? What does God think about art, and it's value? How does a Christian make art without being cheesy. Are there any good Christian artists out there? What does it look like for a visual artist to worship God with their work in a church setting? If I'm right, and art is a vital connection with God the creator, then why does most art produced by Christians look like uninspired watered down Sunday school lessons? Why aren't we tapping into our God's creativity, and making the best art out there? How do I invite the Holy Spirit to collaborate with me and turn my art from vague expressions of myself into prophetic messages to all peoples? Do I really know what I'm asking for?
The questions go on and on. This is what keeps me awake at night. I will continue blogging about my journey through this seemingly sparsely charted territory. If you have any resources that you think I should check out please send your suggestions as comments to this posting.
Does anyone know about the quarterly journal called Image? If there are any subscribers out there please let me know what your experience has been like with this publication.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
I'd like to introduce you the reader to Mo. This ACEO is my first drawing of Mo. He sort of became one of my signature graffiti characters at the Graff Lab on Venice and Union in Los Angeles. I don't normally draw in this flat "cartoon modern" style, but I think Mo is a pretty fun character that I will be developing for some time.
The auction starts at $2.99. Click HERE to start bidding.
(Remember, all of the money I recieve enables me to mentor/tutor the youth of inner city L.A. )