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KQµårk 死神 On January - 17 - 2010

Being a very visual person I tend to think in images and pictures rather in words. For example, I can make allot more sense out of technical date expressed in graphical form than looking at raw numbers or even massaged statistics. Curiously I have a better memory for numbers as well maybe because numbers appear better than words as images in my memory.

In terms or art I see art all around me in a way. To not offend the art purists because I know the distinction between art and imagery so I should say I see beauty and potential art all around me.

Now here comes my huge disclaimer. I like what I like and realize my tastes are pedestrian at best relative to someone who really knows art from a cultural and academic standpoint. I frankly do not understand most modern art and my tastes are more traditional.  However my tastes are extremely multicultural.  We have all kinds of art in our house from African to Classic Roman and everything in between.

Most images can be enlarged by clicking on them.

The Art I Like with Some Examples of Pieces We Have

My favorite classical artists are Monet, Michelangelo and Botticelli. I know not much of a stretch like my favorite classic composers are Mozart and Beethoven. These are a couple of my favorite works.

Poplars on the Epte

Poplars on the Epte

The Venus de Milo

Nymph Chloris being seized by Zephyrus

Some more contemporary artists we like are Vadik Suljakov, Jose Royo, Keith Mallett and Anatole Krasnyansky.  I mention these artists because we have lithographs or seragraphs of their works.   Here are a few we have.

Suljakov “At the Golden Time”.  The image does not do the vivid colours credit.  In the serigraph we have the artist adds even more highlights.  It’s in our well lit foyer it lights up our town house.

Royo’s “Nina con Manzana”. The delicate nature of his work is just outstanding.

Krasnyansky’s “Village Song”.  One of the more modern abstract and modern artists I like.  I love the playfulness and colours of this piece we have on lithograph.

Krysansky’s “Old City Danks” shows his range as an artist.  This is another litho we have from him.

This piece called “Beloved” by Keith Mallett is just an incredible work.   We have the print and the coulours and expressions are just amazing.

Another sketch I love from Marrett that we don’t have.

This painting called “Gaia” was a gift from one of our friends.

I love mixed media because it expands the tools an artist can use to maximize creativity.

Steadfast Samurai Sword of Yalty

A mixed media we picked up onlne which loses allot in translation but it’s detail, color and gold foil overlay is incredible to see in person.

This is a mixed media piece that recreates an ancient Egyptian drawing on papyrus on a whole different media that we love.  Again the image does not do it justice.

I love art that uses allot of textures and materials.  A few of our favorite wallhangings are made from these different materials.  Again while the symbols are traditional they

A piece we have called the “Tree of Life” from Haiti was actually made from the bottom of a 55 gallon steel drum.

Another is a Thai teak wood carving we own which is a traditional Thai design.

Our Asian and African collections are mostly sculptures, carvings and different artifacts.   We have had most of our Chinese jade sculptures and historic artifacts put in shadow boxes by a local .   Much of our Chinese collection is around our little foyer so anytime we get Chinese delivery the it’s always a good conversation topic.  It did not take a good picture but one of our favorite pieces is a traditional Chinese door lock.  Here is just a sample of those pieces.

The traditional Chinese door lock is very decorative but because it is by our door the image came out with allot of glare.

The last piece I will show is my favorite jade piece of a carved elephant that is very cool.

We have several old world map prints but my favorite is an old world reproduction tapestry.

Another group of old world images I like are old world religious and astrological maps.

We do not have this print but one of my favorite old world religious paintings is Hieronymus Bosch “Seven Deadly Sins”.

We have a print of “TERRÆ COELESTIBVS DATÆ that we particularly like.

Art and Entertainment

Art is just serious business for some people but I think it should be fun and entertaining as well.  Art is certainly in the eyes of the beholder.  We love art that is entertaining and playful, especially when there are so many serious things going on in the world sometimes you just need a time out for fun.  Following are pieces we have and art I find entertaining whether it challenges your perspective or just tickles your soul.

Escher is one of my favorites because his drawings are almost comical the way he was so playful with perspective and depth.

A 3D representation of a famous Escher drawing.

Now this will drive the right brained people absolutely crazy but I love fractal art.   No the semantics does not bother me if you do not want to call it art I have no problem.  I just think the images look very cool.

As a Manga and Anime fan I appreciate the artistic talent that goes into that medium though I do not get the appeal of the more exotic forms of Manga called Hentai.

Gene from “Champloo Samurai”

Group shot from “Trinity Blood”

Lucy/Nu from “Elfin Lied”

Ai from “Hell Girl”

You may recognize Shin from “Crayon Shin Chan”

One of the things we loved when it first came along was Adult Swim which is an adult cartoon programming slot on the cartoon network.  We do not like the direction they are going but some of the early shows were ground breaking in the way animation is watched in America.  I would not call it art it art but the images animation uses are very fun.  We bought a few original cells from the early series and they overlay these bits of action cells over the backgrounds to create the animated effect.  The cell is actually on Mylar film and the background is separate as you can see below.

“Harvey Birdman Attorney at Law” cell and background.

“Harvey Birdman Attorney at Law” cell only.

“Aqua Teen Hunger Force” cell and background.

“Sealab 2021” cell and background.

“Space Ghost Coast to Coast” cell and background.

Of course I can’t make mention of about any subject without talking about it’s relation to science.  One area of “art” close to my heart is chemical art.  It is interesting that chemistry “art” (images of chemical processes or structures) often looks like fractal art proving the connection between maths and the physical world.

Chemical Vapors



Turbulence in a Tube.

Gold Nanocluster

Protease Enzyme

Medieval Islamic Quasicrystal

My new favorite artists is one of our very own on the planet WTS.

I have obviously only shown a fraction of the art and images I like.  I love photography as well but did not include many in this piece.   In many ways I feel overwhelmed by the images and art that surrounds us these days.  Like I posted in the last music thread the digital world has changed our whole perspective about what art is and to some what art is not.   Each artist can produce one original creation at a time and the advances in art reproduction only enhances the art we get to experience.  One of my favorite new mediums are serigraphs where they reproduce a high quality textured prints on canvass and in some cases the artists even touch up the print to make each piece unique.  I for one am very happy to live in a world with ever expanding access to the art world.

One of my favorite sites to view art online is Deviant Art where hundreds of artists contribute to the collection.

Written by KQµårk 死神

My PlanetPOV contact is [email protected] Proud Dem whose favorite hobby is cat herding. The GOP is not a political party, it's a personality disorder. Cancer, Heart Failure and Bush Survivor.

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  1. Questinia says:

    I think all imagery can be art. I think everything we look at is art. I think everything we look at can have aesthetic meaning imposed upon it. The simple processing of visual and imagined sense-data into a format can be art. It can be ugly (e.g., Cy Twombly) or beautiful.

    But, as you know, KQ, I’m artsy-fartsy!

    • KQuark says:

      So an artsy-fartsy type can be on the same wavelength as a scientist. But then again you are no common artsy-fartsy type either with your background I would say you use both hemispheres of your brain in concert.

      For example how can anyone look at the pictures of the universe brought to us by the Hubble and say that’s not art is beyond my comprehension. But the counter argument is how can anyone see art in a picture of Fucquis Chenem DicquatTM.

      • Questinia says:

        Ha! I got interested in science by looking at electron micrographs of RNA and various cellular organelles.

        For example, the beauty of the fixative osmium tetroxide rendering many of these structures (the ones containing lipids if I remember correctly) were like beautiful, abstract charcoal pencil drawings.

        I decided that science was where the real art was and since I was in my “purist” years, I was disdainful of the artifice and contrivance of the plastic arts. Even though staining and fixation were based on artefact. I liked the art of the natural sciences. Don’t get me started on what I used to do with my used filtration papers in inorganic chem.

        So I took a course in electron microscopy and that started the whole shebang.
        A man who understands me 😉

  2. choicelady says:

    Amazing collection KQ -- and wonderful work WTS!!!! I think following one’s inner lights about what you collect is entirely -- indeed the ONLY -- way to approach art at all. Living by other’s standards is a recipe for being, well, REPUBLICAN. Your collection is simply breathtaking in its variety and beauty. Thank you for sharing it with us!

    • Questinia says:

      Republican = Philistine = “All paintings are less than $50 this Saturday and Sunday at The Marriott”.

    • KQuark says:

      Cheers choicelady that means a great deal coming from you, especially your comment that my independent choices are not Republican.

      The picture did not come out very good and I obviously could not include everything, but you would probably love the Celtic cross tapestry we have in our dining room.

  3. Kalima says:

    K, the Nanocrystals look like the sunflowers that used to bloom in my grandmother’s flower garden, amazing.

    The 24th one down is just like an antique brooch I found in an antique arcade off King’s Rd in London. The center stone is a huge opal and the changing colours used to fascinate me for hours. I have it in a safe place and will leave it to my sister’s oldest daughter, she would appreciate it’s beauty the most I think.

    Thanks for the beautiful photos!

    • KQuark says:

      It’s amazing how the natural world repeats itself and how maths can express the natural world.

      Thanks for sharing the brooch story. We probably have patterns wired in our brains we are not even aware of which is why we recreate them in things like art, architecture and unique jewelry.

  4. whatsthatsound says:

    KQ, it is an incredible honor (of which I feel unworthy) to even have my not-real-name mentioned alongside so many of the talented individuals whose work you have shared.

    Thank you so much, my friend.

  5. Khirad says:

    First off, Harvey Birdman is underrated . And I loved Sealab too. Adult Swim is part of my regular viewing habit…

    Oh lord, what do I like? Don’t get me started… Bosch, D

    • KQuark says:

      Excellent choices.

      Yup Harvey Birdman was the best early while Boondocks is by far the funniest thing they ever had.

      I like the Venture Brothers but I’m having a tough time getting in some of the new shows because some of the novelty has warn off.

      You’ve gotten me into the Indian and Islamic art more for sure.

      Some of the Anime series like Trinity Blood are so fun to watch because it shows how the Japanese look at things in the west like Christianity which they look at in many ways as a mythology. Then the flip side is I get to learn about Japanese history and mythology through Anime.

      • Khirad says:

        One time one of ’em totally lost me when they started mangling Norse mythology. It was actually very interesting how they incorporate Western mythology without really understanding it -- it did give me a window into their frame of reference and how they interpret it. I find the the ones (from my limited knowledge) based on Japanese myth and culture incorporated far stronger. There is so much to draw from. I remember Japanese stories from my mom -- the Nipponphile. All the kami, ghosts, demons, and Amaterasu -- wow, what more can you ask for in a goddess? Ever seen Perfect Hair Forever? That was hilarious. Full Metal and Trinity I should watch. They just seem kinda hard to jump into in the middle of a series from scratch.

        I mentioned I’m not among the hugest appreciators of idylls. I mean, they’re nice, I like to look at them and can recognize a well done piece, but I prefer more surreal stuff. That being said, Chinese Taoist-inspired art as well as Japanese Shinto/Buddhist nature scenes are another matter. In those you can definitely read something into the spirit of the cultures (though I’m reluctant to compare the two -- lord knows that can be a reckless faux pas to make!).

        Venture Bros is genious. I debated using a Triana avatar at times (she’s voiced by one of my fave band’s singer -- useless trivia). One of the newer ones you must see is Moral Orel. Metalocalypse is more niche, poking some “

        • KQuark says:

          Yup saw Perfect Hair Forever which was incredibly off beat. I don’t know if you remember Paranoid Agent which was pretty dark. The wackiest Japanese anime I remember was Super Milk Chan.

        • KQuark says:

          The funniest part for me is how they mix Catholicism with vampire lore. I guess Christian missionaries who went to the East should have laid off of that literal blood of Christ stuff.

          I love a the Shinigami and references to the Edo period and who can forget the Battle of Sekigahara.

          I loved Moral Orel but I’m not crazy about Metalocalypse. Robot Chicken is brilliant too. They really have got to dump all that live action crap though.

  6. Hopeington says:

    Fantastic! I often spend time on Sunday looking at art,I was just logging in to post a link to art from Haiti, thinking we might all need a break from all the devastating images. And I find this wonderful collection of artistic expression!! I found the gold nanocluster and the Medieval Islamic Quasicrystal, quite intriguing. My family members are big Anime/Manga fans…Full Metal Alchemist is the one they’re following right now…great art work.
    Anyway, here is what I wanted to share about the people of Haiti and art.
    Thanks, it was good to see I was on the same thought waves!!.

  7. escribacat says:

    Great post, KQ. I absolutely loved just about everything you posted! I’m a big art lover too. I don’t know much about it and don’t really want to know a lot. I just want to be a voyeur and enjoy what I enjoy and look away from what I don’t like. Although it is a lot of fun to find someone new and then look them up and find out more about them. I had that experience recently when I was critiquing my niece’s term papers (who’s in grad school). In one of them, she was comparing Kafka with a couple of artists that I’d never heard of — Schiele and Klimpt. They are German expressionists. I really liked some of the stuff I saw, especially Kimpt — if you’re interested:

  8. boomer1949 says:

    I am speechless -- how beautiful. And it’s nice to see “your new favorite” is one of our very own. He is quite good, heh?

  9. nellie says:

    Beautiful post, K.

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