Monday, December 19, 2011

Doggy style

I know! 
This entry's title is SUCH a cliché I can barely forgive myself, but it made you look, did it not? (you pervs).

But what is this about? tell us, tell us!
This sculpture, which was picked up in my studio today, will be part of the SmARTy Dogs for Smart Schools public art campaign, produced by Prince Media Developments. All the sculptures that are part of this public art festival will be auctioned off on March 28, 2012 at Pinecrest Gardens and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Smart Schools campaign to support technology at the Village's public schools.
More info here.

Bad doggy, bad!                                                                                 Good doggy.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Flesh was the reason why oil painting was invented

Of course that phrase is not mine. What do I know about oil, painting or... well...

In the spirit of the holiday season, let's cut some heads off!
Really, Broadway? Really???

*PS: by the way, it was De Kooning who conveyed that phrase.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Art Basel & the obsession with self-portraiture

Once again, Art Basel Miami Beach (and all the satellite fairs) came and went.
Oh, how good you were to me, leaving this body so tired, this mind overwhelmed and these eyes wider than ever. 

From the vault

There I am, dancing like nbdswtchng with Matt. Good times :)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Illustration Salad (for no particular reason other than to show them up)

Jumping out of my plié

I had this audition the other day,
it wasn't easy getting out of bed,
I stretched, chasséd, while getting dressed,
not feeling anxious for a single breath.

All of a sudden room serviced knocked,
"I did not order this soggy bread!",
"I'm sorry madame, won't happen again",
I slammed the door in his puzzled face.

I lost my mojo, now tell me what?
"Get back in bed!" the voices cried,
I wrapped myself in terrycloth,
and jetéd right back to my fluffy stage. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Master's Mystery Art Show (2011)

FIU delegate: How did you end up here?
Moi: one beautiful tropical day, I was minding my own business, as I always do, when opportunity knocked. She looked gorgeous! You should have seen her hair.
FIU delegate: Who?
Moi: Op-por-tu-ni-ty... Have you never met her? 
FIU delegate: and what did she have to say?
Moi: "Neo, you're the one"
FIU delegate: Huh?!
FIU delegate: How did you react to that?
Moi: I told her "You're crazy lady... now take your red pill and follow the white rabbit"... and so she did.
FIU delegate: and then what happened?
Moi: She started chasing after poor Snowball like a madwoman!
FIU delegate: Oh boy, why did I ask?.. And then what happened?
Moi: Well (I said, looking smarter than ever) I noticed the paper and t-shirt she had dropped and picked them up.
FIU delegate: and...
Moi: And I started painting on them (My smile shinned so brightly that any star would have been jealous).
FIU delegate: Can I see them?
Moi: Show me yours, I'll show you mine...

Kaleidoscopic t-shirt.
Let's get (just a tiny bit) serious now, because this is really cool: on Wednesday, November 30th the seventh Master's Mystery Art Show will be held at The Ritz Carlton South Beach (FL). It is one of the most interesting events of the Miami Art Season.

More than 1,000 original artworks are donated by artists and sold to the public for the fixed price of $50, to benefit Florida International University's Master of Fine Arts program. 
The Mystery is that the name of the artist for each work is kept secret during the exhibition, only to be revealed at the completion of the sale (drumroll...TA DAH!!!)

It would be fantastic to see everyone there, mingling and supporting the arts.

I know... I'm already showing mine... don't blame the sinner, blame the sin.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

"My take on the evolution of species" - A (mock) National Geographic interview.

In true Darwinian style, I started studying plants that yet not exist but will soon be around. If he studied the evolution of our past I have the right to study the future... right?

Here's an excerpt of what my interview with National Geographic would be like:

NG: So... you say you have studied the future of species? is that right?
Me: Of course, look!
NG: Yeah... Those look like doodles to me... are you serious?
Me: What do you mean? Of course I am. I spent hours playing with my watercolors, and I hate wasting my time (I smiled and sort of closed my eyes as I tilted my head up towards my right, like my answer was the smartest thing this man had ever heard).
NG: What scientific proof do you have that plants will evolve towards that level of personalization?
Me: Well... they need to do something about their boring ways or they will completely be replaced by holograms. I already threw mine away.
NG: That doesn't mean they will start behaving like spoiled pets.
Me: Yes, they can be very spoiled... and they will!
NG: How long have you been working on these botanical experiments in your lab?
Me: Lab?.. Nooo, that's the bar.
NG: So you have not been working on any botanical experiments?
Me: But I'm planing to (once again I smiled).
NG: Ok, thank you for your time, I am leaving now.
Me: Will I be featured in the cover? 

(Door slamming).

Friday, October 7, 2011

A little birdie told me...

We are all no one till someone thinks that we're someone...

 Until there we are no one.

Do you wear what you believe in, or do you believe in what you wear?

A non-sensical Friday. Gotta go back to my brushes... Ciao!

Monday, October 3, 2011

¡Covadonga, estas pingada!

- ¡Covadonga!
- ... (splash, splash)...

- ... (squish, squish)...
- ¡Covadongadonga, estas pingada!
- ... (still no reaction from Covadonga)...
- A ver, a ver... a la casa Covadonga, que estas pingada ¡Covadonga! ¡A la casa!
- (Covadonga, dripping in chlorine-infused water, slowly walks back, dragging her feet in obvious disagreement with the instructions given).

Not Covadonga, this is Hanneli. ...................... This is Covadonga (up here).

pingar v. intr.
  Colgar o estar suspendida una cosa: a ver si te arreglas el bajo de la falda porque te pinga por delante. Pender.
  Gotear una cosa o una persona que está empapada en algún líquido: llovía mucho y llegué a casa pingando.
  Brincar, saltar.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Lyrics to a conversation

- I saw you
- What?
- What do you mean what?
- Where?
To my right, at 3 o'clock!
- That early??
- NO! not the time...
- Is it time to go? Already?
- ...
- Huh..?
- You never answer
- I am, right now... shoot!
- Bang!
- NO! not the gun...
- Who are they?
- The bullets?
- fghvnjk uiytreyduiogiuyubt

(repeat chorus)

Always with naked feet... gotta do something about it. 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sugary shades of Summer

As soon as I saw the series of candy colored pictures published by Dressed Up Alligators I KNEW I would use them as color inspiration to satisfy my sweet tooth (without the calories of course).

Still in the works here...
Color palette inspired by Dressed Up Alligators

Truth becomes words become lies become absence

A while ago I realized that nothing ever came as close to the way my mind+communication skills work as one of my favorite artist's work. Words are definitely more powerful in their absence, therefore the more you say, the less value it seems to have, but the less you say and the more you keep the less I will know and understand.

Magic don't come cheap. We're either drenched with knowledge or lost in its absence.

"In Basquiat's paintings, boys never become men, they become skeletons and skulls. Presence is expressed as absence..."

Whatever these were, whatever they meant, they only exist now as support for what has been built above them, but their power is still there although they are no more.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Color Porn

I knew the word would catch your eye... you pervs! Since you are already here, enjoy this piece of D.I.Y. cinematography.

Ok, this is the crappy version of the video... for some reason the HD is feeling shy and modest and doesn't want to load up no matter how loudly I scream at it: "Be a man!".

Here's a look at the (almost) final piece.

"Whose pair of wonderful legs are those?" you must be thinking while scratching the top of your head with a frown and a HUGE imaginary question mark floating over it... C'est moi, l'artiste!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

More color blocking inspiration pour moi

Color inspiration taken from Hungarian designer Dori Tomcsanyi's Color Project 2010/2011. Such a thrill to chromatically emulate on the paper. The test here is to make the colors look as vibrant as they can.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

My favorite color palette is a girl!

Susie Bubble... you color-blocking genius, you, painting is never dull when your choices are around.
For you, curiously minded people who want to know everything about everybody... click here!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I was amazed by the studio of a Brazilian watercolor artist this past Friday. I stopped by the Bakehouse Art Complex to support Sketchy Miami on their second event.

IfI only were this talented... (sigh!).

*It's not the guy in the picture, he was just an art tourist, like me


Monday, August 15, 2011

The where's, who's and why's of this thing.

I've been considering one if these blogs for a while, but never really got into working on it... until now! A rainy morning in this tropical city of ours (don't ask which, I won't tell.. it's a secret).

The thing is that I don't really enjoy taking on new things that will feel like a huge responsability, I like it more when it feels like a game. I discovered I could upload anything I wanted here through my iPhone and I was immediately sold! Ta-Daaaaaa..!

(Notice the chair I use at home to play on my computer).