kumimonster: (me wcGreen)
Woke up in Baracoa on March 16 to a lovely breakfast made by our hosts.
It was even better than the ones we'd been getting at the hotel - more selections! (Not much more but hey, they had hot chocolate!).

Trying to get through this so quick summary of parts.
Back to the city center where we got a lecture on the local history from the local historian. He was pretty awesome. He knew a lot about the area and spoke about his attempts to carry his suitcase museum to other more remote areas to share and collect information. He's also got the title of historian of the country or something like that. I'll edit when I get the better details.

So the church we met at is the Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Asunción. The Cruz de la Parra is located here too. It's supposed to be one of the last remaining 29 crosses erected by Columbus in 1492 - or so they say. Now after carbon dating they realized that the wood doesn't seem to come from Spain so who knows what's really the truth? Regardless, the church has gone through some renovations but it is the one of the oldest - remember, Baracoa is also known as the first city of Cuba since this is where Spain is thought to have landed.

Facing the church doors with all his pride is Hatuey - the first rebel of the Americas. He seems to have been a pretty bad ass guy. Unfortunately he was betrayed in the end - isn't that how it always is? - and he got caught by the Spaniards and was burned alive. When he was asked if he wanted to repent, confess and get the chance to go to Heaven, he asked the priest if there Spaniards would be there too. The priest said yes and so he said he'd rather go to Hell.

"Here is the God the Spaniards worship. For these they fight and kill; for these they persecute us and that is why we have to throw them into the sea... They tell us, these tyrants, that they adore a God of peace and equality, and yet they usurp our land and make us their slaves. They speak to us of an immortal soul and of their eternal rewards and punishments, and yet they rob our belongings, seduce our women, violate our daughters. Incapable of matching us in valor, these cowards cover themselves with iron that our weapons cannot break."

He's also known as "The Indian" and Cohiba as well as some other brands use him as their logo. They couldn't have picked better. I started reading up on the guy. I'm surprised there isn't a movie out yet. I guess Columbus makes for better box office figures. And so Hatuey faces off in the town square against the Church and all it stands for. I really, really like everything about it.

We then wandered over to the local gallery where many of us bought pieces of art. I did too. It was a really nice gallery!

The Baracoa visit was one highlight after another. We stopped off at an old hotel owned by a woman from Russia and got the history of that - I was paying less attention here. And that was followed to a visit to the Museo Matachin for our next bit of entertainment.
We got in a bit too late the night before and instead of getting two bands, we only got one. The one that was about to play was pushed back to today and wow, we were all so thrilled not to have missed them! They were my favorite of the entire trip and yet they didn't have any CDs for purchase. Luckily I've already found them on Spotify and Amazon too!

Maravilla Yunquena

Just going to drop the music right here:

The rest of the Videos are at my VIMEO page.
Just watching these over again make me feel really good. I really did like Baracoa and I need to plan a return that lasts a few days longer!

Then on to the next stop and lunch. That goes in the next post.
kumimonster: (morey redhemp)

Craig Morey is selling a few of his prints on ebay including two featuring myself.
Click on image to go to direct listings.

The closeup is also the image used on the TortureGarden TGX DVD.


Same quote for each image:

"This is an 8x10 signed original FCA silver print by Craig Morey, open edition. All prints from Morey Studio have white borders; artist's signature appears in lower right front; image info, studio label, and model name appear on back.  FCA prints are made on Fuji Crystal Archive silver gelatin paper from digital negatives.  Prints are shipped in archival acetate covers, unframed.  (Note: artist logo and copyright info do not appear on print front, only on web version)

This image, Kumi4661, was made in 2003.  It is featured (at size 24x36") in an exhibition at Madame S, in San Francisco, from July 23 until Sept. 15 2009.  (Madame S, 385 8th Street, San Francisco 94103, daily 11:00am - 7:00pm, (800)746-7677

For further info on larger prints, contact the artist at Moreystudio.com  Prints of this image are available up to size 24x36".

About the artist:  Craig Morey is an award winning photographer, based in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 25 years. He is well known for his black and white studio nudes, and has published four monographs of this work, including Studio Nudes (Penthouse, 1992), Linea (Korinsha Japan, 1996), and 20th Century Studio Nudes (Glaspalast, Germany, 2001). His photographs are included in hundreds of books, magazines, and art photo web sites. Morey is also available for private commissions and tutorials at his Oakland studio.

Here is the LINK to his complete listings

kumimonster: (gilles Gants)
after the obon festival in san jose, I led Samar up to Palo Alto to Stanford University's Cantor Museum.
that's where they have one of the 6 (i think it's 6) versions of Rodin's Gates of Hell as well as 19 other pieces in the outside sculpture garden.

The Three Shades



ugolino and his dead kids (before he eats them i'm assuming)

Francesa da Rimini & Paolo

the falling man and thinker

kumimonster: (almatoRoboDog)

yanked from LaughingSquid

The San Jose Museum of Art has a new exhibition “Todd Schorr: American Surreal” that is a retrospective of the amazing work by Los Angeles based surrealist painter Todd Schorr. The show runs from June 20th through September 16th.


Schorr is a leading figure in Southern California’s cartoon-based movement, dubbed “Pop Surrealism,” which embraces low-brow culture and a ribald graphic style indebted to pop sources such as Mad magazine. Schorr’s astonishing, highly polished realism, (inspired by Bosch, Brueghel and Dali), sets him apart from his best-known peers such as Camille Rose Garcia, Gary Baseman, and Mark Ryden. The exhibition, curated by SJMA’s Senior Scholar and Curator of Collections Susan Landauer, is accompanied by a book published by Last Gasp, San Francisco.

Todd Schorr Surreal Night

On Thursday, July 16th the San Jose Museum of Art is hosting “Todd Schorr Surreal Night”, a panel discussion and book signing with Todd Schorr sponsored by Hi-Fructose.

American Surreal: The Art of Todd Schorr

The exhibition is conjunction with the release of American Surreal: The Art of Todd Schorr, a new book by Last Gasp that also serves as a catalog for the show.

This is the latest collection of paintings by one of contemporary surrealism’s most influential artists. American Surreal picks up where Dreamland, Schorr’s previous bestselling collection of mind-bending paintings, left off. The viewer can look forward to countless hours of eye bulging investigative thought while examining the impeccably rendered subject matter that has become the hallmark of Schorr’s outrageous vision.

One of the seminal figures in what has come to be known as the Lowbrow or Pop Surrealism art movement, Schorr has continually and systematically set the bar ever higher in his quest to bring classic old master painting technique to his pop-culture-infused subject matter. This latest collection continues that journey culminating with the epic masterpiece Ape Worship, included in this volume. Schorr’s paintings are the subject of museum retrospectives in 2009 and 2010, and are highly prized and coveted by collectors the world over. American Surreal is sure to satisfy those with an overly-developed visual appetite.


kumimonster: (dougHead)
so got the car parked and with minimal winging, i made it up the hill to the castle.
why do those things have to be so high up  anyway? pfft
anyhoo, really liked it. quite nice.
did the little tour which was fun and saw the memorial.
tried to look for the last recorded soldier in the books present but i only found one from 2006 - there must be more recent ones.
lovely building but as it's still in use, no photographs allowed.

then we skipped the room with the royal scepter n stone of destiny n stuff n things to hit the POW prison since it was the way down to the area where the War Museum was. It was pretty cool but a bit small. At the end was what I really wanted to check out and that was the portraits shot by Robert Wilson of Helmand.

[livejournal.com profile] princealbert  came by n we ate sweet stuff at the cafe before heading down the street to the ghost tour thing but ended up not doing that. :P

I thought the portraits were awesome and I really liked the faces shown in them. But the first thing I noticed was that most (of the soldiers at least) simply had a look of exhaustion in their eyes. Of course i could simply be wrong, but when I look at the images of the portraits shot by Don McCullen for example there's something more - or else just simple shellshock.


Helmand: Faces of Conflict

Explore the life of a modern soldier at the very heart of conflict

Helmand: Faces of Conflict at the National War Museum, features the photography of Robert Wilson, war artist with Edinburgh's 52 Infantry Brigade. From the rocket pod on an Apache helicopter to an unfinished jigsaw at base camp, Wilson captures the lives of soldiers and civilians with an unflinching sense of intimacy.

The exhibition features a series of photographs taken from Robert Wilson's official book, Helmand. The photographs depict up-close portraits of soldiers fighting in the war in Afghanistan which has killed almost 1,000 coalition troops to date.

From the faces of weary men returning from three weeks on patrol to the dusty landscape of their surroundings, the photographs are both delicate and monumental in detail and heighten the sense of human vulnerability at the very heart of war.

kumimonster: (gilles glassed)
at the Mondo Bizarro gallery in Rome
Dec 1 - Jan 17 2008

there will be an exhibition featuring Gilles Berquet's work.

(and i'm included in some of the pieces)


Mondo Bizzarro was born in 1995 as Alex Papa’s odd creature. The original idea was to establish a bookshop about cool art, erotic photography, underground comics and cult movies in his home town, Bologna. 1998 saw the birth of Mondo Bizzarro Press, the publishing company, which produces some surprising books of deviant Art.
A lucky meeting with Gloria Bazzocchi in 1999, gave way to the decision to establish the Art gallery, having the same name. The gallery was opened right next door to the bookshop, in December 2000, in a new big space. Mondo Bizzarro Gallery exhibited a number of celebrated, controversial, and sometimes young unknown artists. The exhibitions rotate approximately every four weeks with a new opening the first Saturday of the month.
A selection of works by the gallery’s favourite artists is available at all times. Original artworks and limited edition prints can be purchased in person and online.
Mondo Bizzarro Gallery moved to Rome in September 2004 in an exciting new location, next to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MACRO). The same premises are the headquarters of the bookshop and publishing company.


kumimonster: (aTrevor)
Hans Bellmer

With over 250 works (object-sculptures, photographs, paintings and above all drawings), this exhibition is centred on the concept of the "anatomy of desire" which is at the heart of the artist's singular creation. A violent and subversive body of work, whose writing is worthy of the great mannerist artists.

March 1 2006 - May 22 2006
11h00 - 21h00
Graphic arts gallery Level 4, Museum Gallery Level 4

link to pompidou site

i better feel better tomorroz


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