If you’ve ever been in a critique, chances are you probably fall into one of the following categories:
1. The Defensive Back: Like a 250lb All American, the DB has a comeback for everything and is not letting anything through that tough exterior– not even valuable feedback. Not to worry; we still love you– after the critique.
2. The Ghost: Also-known-as “Casper,” this person has a strange way of always disappearing right before that 2 hour critique. “Hey?! Wasn’t so-and-so just here a second ago?” “They’ll be back–they left their keys.”
3. The Fat Lady: Before you get upset about the category title, remember the expression, “it ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings”? Well, these guys are still slapping on paint on the way to the front of the room. They always manage to keep things interesting.
4. The Quiet Genius: They let the work speak for itself. Deep down, we all envy them.
There are probably a lot more categories that are missing and should be added to the list. Either way just remember, it’s not you we’re critiquing– it’s the work!
Anyone snapping pics with The Godfather of Soul (even as a kid) has a story worth listening to. Therefore, I’ll let (the now grown) photographer/filmmaker, Marceau Lewis, tell you the rest.
My name is Marceau (Marso) Lewis. I just moved to Los Angeles 4 months ago…
more specifically Long Beach.
And all I want to do is film and photograph.
I’m 24 years old, 25 in December, and I’ve been a cameraman for about 4 years now.
I film and photograph anything, and have yet to make a full time career out of it.
My brand is Unorthodox Genius. I have the best ideas and views about things in the most unusual or “unorthodox” ways.
I can bring the best out of anyone with or without a camera, but at least with it, I can let the world see it. -Marceau
Here’s the first of his growing film series that inspired the name of this post, ” A Video About Nothing.”
If you want to see more of Marceau and his Unorthodox Genius work, check out his website, stalk his Facebook, add him on IG, or follow him on Twitter. He says you’ll like his twitter– “Most people say they’ve never seen anything like it before.” -Marceau
Special thanks to Marceau “Unorthodox Genius” for sharing.
I received a surprise message from Argentine artist, Estela Cuadro, who wanted to share with us her day in the studio. So let’s talk art, music, and inspiration from Buenos Aires–her words, her story.
When I start my day in my studio, I want to listen to some music… It nourishes my imagination, it motivates me.
…I feel pleasure in that. I feel like I never want to stop doing this. It´s part of my life.
When I begin a new artwork I used to use a special cardboard that allows the pigments and water to react in a special way; giving textures, shapes, deformations and then letting my imagination act freely.
I used lots of techniques, like pencil, small coal and oil. Especially when I was young. Nowadays I like to use more than one technique at the same time, and make different results.
I use India ink with salt, and I let them act freely on the support. I use other things to generate texture, and I use oil painting, pencils and pens to realize details.
If I had to pick a style for my art, it would be quite difficult. Perhaps I associate my work with surreal art. My characters and their environment have nothing to do with reality.
The distorted reality is part of my inspiration, my contacts and my experiences. My artwork is based on the unconscious – all associated with my dreams, relationships & with life itself.
I don´t try to tell stories in my artwork. My work isn’t the realization of an illustration for a story, book or magazine (with a text behind the artwork).
There are always ideas or suggestions (of a story) but it’s not a literal sort of story. I take fun in other people’s freedom in interpretation.
I feel that it is important to feel total freedom without restriction and without much precise meaning. I like to leave the interpretation of each piece to each person, you can get carried away like I do in every piece of art.
I think each work has something special, they are part of my “games”, my pleasures.
When I talk about a “game” in relation to my work as an artist, I mean that’s the way that I have fun with the characters, animals and plants when my playfulness arise. You’re letting it flow! So you have to let go of the restrictions and really play with everything that is created, generating a new and unique artwork.
I would say that the (core) passion about art, is to feel free, to have your mind open to all the things new that can appear.
For more information on Estela Cuadro and her art, visit her Tumblr page and follow her on Facebook.
I got the chance to see worldwide recognized graffiti artist, Askew One’s, first Los Angeles solo exhibition at 411 Known Gallery. ‘Diaspora’ is a collection of enamel and acrylic on plexiglass pieces exploring the dynamics of cultural, ancestral, and social identity in the greater Pacific region.
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