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7th Aug 2017 – A Wild Jerusalem Sphere Appears!

A Wild Jerusalem Sphere Appears!

A Wild Jerusalem Sphere Appears!

In Malibu one day, I came across this objet d’art in an acquaintance’s home. At the time, I thought that it was interesting, and maybe it was a small model of Jerusalem? Apparently, I was right on both counts, as it was indeed the city of Jerusalem in the form of a sphere. Frank Meisler designed the concept inspired by Mediæval maps which depicted Jerusalem as a circular city at the centre – the navel – of the world from which all distances to other cities were measured. The sculpture depicts the spirit of the city, its ancient walls and buildings of many styles, periods and cultures. It is mounted on a marble base the sphere is revolvable, and forged of metal silver and gold plated. And you can see the Malibu coastline of the Pacific Ocean in the background…

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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…)?

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