Whenever I pick up a brush and begin to mix watercolor pigment on a palette, any stress I had prior to sitting down at my art table subside almost immediately. I benefit directly from what I perceive to be the therapeutic nature of painting. Simply put, I paint for me.
Biomechanical art naturally aligns itself with the worlds of fantasy and science fiction. It is an art form that seeks to combine elements of the machine with organics for a style of art that is visually surrealistic. Human bones, joints and extremities may be reimagined as metal gears and pneumatic pistons. A motorized camera lens often replaces the eye--a signature augmentation of the trans-human or cyborg.
Seen through nostalgic eyes, everything about the past was better. The world made more sense then; they were innocent times. Doesn’t matter that those assumptions are always off the mark – if you believe something is true, well, it makes it easier to fool yourself.
Shakespeare’s King Lear is a monumental play. But one major obstacle to mounting a good production of Lear is to have an actor that is believable as an older man, but who still has the stamina to last through a three-hour show night after night. There have been attempts to use younger actors – Olivier for example played the role in his twenties, but said he didn’t understand it until his seventies.
Little Shop of Horrors started out life as a largely improvised film shot over a two-day period when director Roger Corman found he had two days’ rental left on a set and enough actors to make a quick flick. If you are unfamiliar with Corman, he was an amazing filmmaker who relied heavily on hungry actors on their way up, and desperate actors trying to hold on.
When you think about stencil art, what comes to mind? Some people may think about plastic pre-cut designs available for purchase at any local arts and crafts store, used to paint patterns on walls or unfinished wooden boxes. Others may think about stencil art in an urban sense, as in street designs (graffiti to some) spray painted onto city exteriors.
The Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF) is a great opportunity to highlight local, national and (of course) international talent in our city. From world premieres to Cannes Festival favorites, Heather Waters, Founder and Producer of RIFF brings together a diverse array of films for Richmonders to enjoy. Below are a few films and events this weekend that sparked our interest!
How do you represent one of the greatest Americans to ever live on stage? A larger than life human being who helped to lessen the bondage that millions of people were forced to live in might be shown in over the top mythic terms; but since the operative word is “human,” to tell the true story means to look past the myth to the man himself.