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12th Jun 2017 – Model in Orange

Model in Orange

Model in Orange

Photo from a model shoot with a distinctive orange background, which has a classic Americana look- feels like from roughly the roaring ’20s.

17th Apr 2017 – Katamari Phoenix

Katamari Phoenix

Katamari Phoenix

One of my favorite exhibits in LACMA’s Korean wing, this work of art reminds me of a Katamari… It is a large, (6-8 feet diameter), spherical construction, made from broken pottery fused together, with a golden metallic sealant running along the edges of the individual pieces.

… Now if I can find the Prince…

20th Mar 2017 – Parrot Ewer at LACMA via Merriam-Webster

Parrot Ewer at LACMA via Merriam-Webster

Parrot Ewer at LACMA via Merriam-Webster

Photograph of a ancient Chinese Parrot Ewer.

A few weeks back, I noticed that LACMA and Merriam-Webster’s twitter accounts were tweeting back and forth; one tweet in particular caught my attention:

However, the piece of art wasn’t something that I could remember- after a prompt from the LACMA account, I checked it out- and there it was, plain as day. So, here we are…

3rd Oct 2016 – Ancient City of Gold

Ancient City of Gold

Ancient City of Gold

5th Sep 2016 – Calligraphy on the Red Cliff

Calligraphy on the Red Cliffs

Calligraphy on the Red Cliffs

Photograph of Dǒng Qíchāng’s (董其昌) calligraphic transcription of work the Su Shi (蘇軾) masterpiece, “Second Prose Poem on the Red Cliff”, which is currently on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. This piece immediately grabbed my attention, not just because of its size, but due to its content- Red Cliffs (赤壁), or more specifically, the 3rd Century Battle of Red Cliffs, (赤壁之戰), from China’s Three Kingdoms period, is one of the most pivotal battles of that time. (I’ll stop here, because I could seriously go on way too much- the Three Kingdoms is one of my interests…)

Dong Qichang was a Ming Dynasty painter, scholar, calligrapher, and art theorist- his works favored formal likeness, and avoided anything he deemed to be slick or sentimental. As time went on, he tended to create landscapes with intentionally distorted spatial features. He is considered the one of the most, if not the most, versatile Chinese artist of the last five centuries.

Feb 8th, 2016 – Happy 4713!! 恭禧發財! ( Chúc mừng năm mới! ) ( Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái! )

恭禧發財! ( Chúc mừng năm mới! ) ( Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái! )

恭禧發財! ( Chúc mừng năm mới! ) ( Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái! )

Happy New Year to everyone who celebrates the Lunar New Year!

This is a shot from last night’s festivities in Chinatown, Los Angeles- moments before the cluster of firecrackers at the end of one of the ropes of them explodes.

Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái! 恭禧發財 / 恭禧发财 Chúc mừng năm mới!

Wait, its the year of Chimchar (it is the year of the Fire Monkey…)?

Sep 7th, 2015 – Mayan Majesty

Mayan Majesty

Mayan Majesty

A full view of a Mayan round mosaic shield. This artwork was part of the LACMA exhibit, “Children of the Plumed Serpent: The Legacy of Quetzalcoatl in Ancient Mexico”. This mosaic resonated with me- the colours, the details, the amount of work that must have went into affixing tiny chips of turquoise to wood with natural gum… and then lasted for almost a millenium and counting.

Seriously, this piece demonstrates how much beauty the First Nations were capable of.

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