“The Voodoo Priestess of the Sea” Artwork by @FrankCunhaIII Finds a New Home

The Voodoo Priestess of the Sea

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So Flattered – I could not imagine a better home for her ūüôā


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Art Inspired by Hurricane Sandy

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Oil pastels on black paper.

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The New Colossus

A Poem by Emma Lazarus, 1883

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

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Sophia is Fine (Art) – @SophiaFine

I wanted to share one of my dearest Twitter supporters and friends, Sophia Fine who is a Fine Arts graduate.  She successfully completed her independent studies in Florence, Italy and was recognized and awarded for her contributions to Literature and Drama. Now she is well-respected in the art-community and is involved in various art shows, solo expositions, and selling her original artwork both in America and overseas.  Click here for more on Sophia and how to contact her online if you are interested in her artwork.

Can You tell us about Your Process.

I came from a Beautiful World, which presented itself to me early in life. Art was always within me, in so many ways, in everything I saw and touched. I feel like a creator of Expressive Beautiful things, as if God Touched me.

Creativity! Yes! Art is a great Gift! I aim to transform my visions and feelings into my Art.

I create happiness. I can’t wait to go to my studio, express myself, and make things happen. Sometimes I pour the Colors on an Empty Canvas and before me I see all the things I had in my mind.

I like to create themes, with enchanted realities, dream-like, and with absurd beauty. But never losing the soul communication with the viewer when jostling together colorful compositions that are as jolly as kitsch Postcards from Heaven!

I like to immerse the viewer in the false immobility of life’s turbulence and to render the animated presence of Joy!

Everyone has a space within them that waits to be filled with new, yet unknown excitement.

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@SweetFix Photo Shoot for Z!nk Magazine ‚Äď Slideshow

Marco Santini On Drums (Photo By Dee Portera : Edited by Frank Cunha III)

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SWEET FIX
Tommy Walker ‚Äď Vocals
Ivan Anderson ‚Äď Guitar
Billy Sapanaro ‚Äď Bass
Jeff Manian ‚Äď Keyboard
Marco¬†Santini ‚Äď Drums

Fashion Designer: 
Jo Lion

Creative Director: 
Montgomery Frazier

Makeup Stylist: 
Dex Philip

Hair Stylist:
Lazarus Douvos 

All Photos taken by:
Dee Portera and Frank Cunha III

All Photos Edited by:
Frank Cunha III

Location: 
Ensemble Studio Theater, 2nd Floor
549 West 52nd Street, New York City

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Who is Vassilis & What is “The Remote Posing Project”

First of all I want to thank everyone for supporting and subscribing to my Art & Architecture (and misc.) blog.  In less than one year we have gone from 100 visitors a day to nearly 1,000 and growing everyday.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I have met some really interesting people utilizing various social media sites. ¬†Vassilis, aka “Vasvas” has some of the most intense portraits I have ever seen. ¬†The interesting part is that he does his portraits remotely. ¬†Read on to learn about his process and how he creates these¬†intriguing¬†images of people all around the world, many which he has never met in person.

Vasvas, your work is incredible.  Can you tell us about your latest project and how did you get started with this project?

Thank you very much! My project is called “Remote Posing Project”. I post in instagram and Flickr hi contrast and highly detailed portraits. My portraits are extreme close ups of people’s faces in order to get the required detail. After posting some of my photos on instagram, a guy with nickname @Nixxin (Ben Boyd from Mississauga, Ontario) sent me a portrait of him to edit.

The post was very successful and I thought that as my shooting process is very simple (put your iPhone close to your nose and shoot!), I could sent some simple instructions and people from all over the world will send me their photos for editing. The Remote Posing Project (the name sucks!) was born! So far I’ve made the portraits of 19 people from USA to Australia!¬†

Can you explain your artistic process?  Which artists if any are you influenced by?

The summary of my process is that I convert a color photo to a HDR black and white photograph. I use only my iPhone 4 for shooting and editing my portraits. The process was discovered by chance one day I was fooling around with some applications… The result was impressive and I perfected the process. My process enhances extremely the details of the skin making some people think ¬†I shoot with an expensive DSL camera.. But it’s just an iPhone 4 or 4s and good lighting conditions! The comment I usually receive is that although I make people look ugly I capture their soul in my photos. Some others say that I make people look like coal miners, which I think, is true! Also women avoid sending me their faces!!! In my opinion I make some very interesting detailed portraits and that is all…. I don’t have have any influences, I never thought that I will be shooting portraits…. But I’m sure there are some great photographers who made this style of photography before me….

So far beside the people participating in the project, I had the pleasure to cooperate with some great instagrammers like Evren Dede (@evrendede) from Greece with who I made my most popular photo and Serhan Keser (@serhankeser) from Turkey who donated a great face to my collection!

Self Portrait by Vassilis This is my ugly face...! I use this photo for my avatar in Instagram. The original caption is "Vassilis Segos, Marriage Counselor". I try to use humorous or intriguing captions in my photos...."

Self Portrait by Vassilis This is another photo of me, previously unreleased. I posted this in a dating site with no success at all...!

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The Monarch – The Wanderer

The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a milkweed butterfly (subfamily Danainae), in the family Nymphalidae. It is perhaps the best known of all North American butterflies. Since the 19th century, it has been found in New Zealand, and in Australia since 1871 where it is called the “Wanderer.”

In Europe, it is resident in the Canary Islands, the Azores, and Madeira, and is found as an occasional migrant in Western Europe. Its wings feature an easily recognizable orange and black pattern, with a wingspan of 8.9‚Äď10.2 centimetres (3¬Ĺ‚Äď4 in).

The Viceroy butterfly has a similar size, color, and pattern, but can be distinguished by an extra black stripe across the hind wing. Female Monarchs have darker veins on their wings, and the males have a spot called the “androconium” in the center of each hind wing from which pheromones are released. Males are also slightly larger.

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Eleven: The Black Leaf (An Autumn Poem)

“A Man In His Life” by Maha Kamel

The Black Leaf (An Autumn Poem)

I was never green,

I was never golden, brown,

Or orange, crisp,

Never magenta,

Or the color of the sun,

At sunset or dusk,

I was always black,

A leaf with no color,

I was never born,

I never needed,

The power of the sun,

What made me grow,

I will never know,

What is sure,

Is that I always was,

And when you die,

I will still be alive,

A single black leaf on this tree of life.

No color near,

No need to fear,

No need for sunlight,

Or her embrace,

I never grew, I just knew,

That void in you,

So cold and black,

This leaf,

Won’t Fall,

It’s suspended here,

For all of time,

The constant that remains,

When all else must change,

I was here when the earth was new and no dust yet lay,

When the winds and oceans grew,

I looked upon with great dismay,

All the pain your kind would bring,

And when the last song is sung,

And the earth a flames,

I will remain, just the same.

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New York, New York

New York, New York, a helluva town. The Bronx is up, but the Battery’s down. The people ride in a hole in the groun’. New York, New York, it’s a helluva town!!


Lady Liberty – 9/11, Weiner, & Code Upgrades

The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, designed by Frédéric Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886. The statue, a gift to the United States from the people of France, is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue has become an icon of freedom and of the United States.

Bartholdi was inspired by French law professor and politician¬†√Čdouard Ren√© de Laboulaye, who commented in 1865 that any monument raised to American independence would properly be a joint project of the French and American peoples. Due to the troubled political situation in France, work on the statue did not commence until the early 1870s. In 1875, Laboulaye proposed that the French finance the statue and the Americans provide the pedestal and the site. Bartholdi completed both the head and the torch-bearing arm before the statue was fully designed, and these pieces were exhibited for publicity at international expositions. The arm was displayed in New York’s¬†Madison Square Park¬†from 1876 to 1882. Fundraising proved difficult, especially for the Americans, and by 1885 work on the pedestal was threatened due to lack of funds. Publisher¬†Joseph Pulitzer¬†of the¬†World¬†started a drive for donations to complete the project, and the campaign inspired over 120,000¬†contributors, most of whom gave less than a dollar. The statue was constructed in France, shipped overseas in crates, and assembled on the completed pedestal on what was then called Bedloe’s Island. The statue’s completion was marked by New York’s first¬†ticker-tape parade¬†and a dedication ceremony presided over by¬†President¬†Grover Cleveland.

The statue was administered by the United States Lighthouse Board until 1901 and then by the Department of War; since 1933 it has been maintained by the National Park Service. The statue was closed for renovation for much of 1938. In the early 1980s, it was found to have deteriorated to such an extent that a major restoration was required. While the statue was closed from 1984 to 1986, the torch and a large part of the internal structure were replaced. After theSeptember 11 attacks in 2001, it was closed for reasons of safety and security; the pedestal reopened in 2004 and the statue in 2009, with limits on the number of visitors allowed to ascend to the crown. The statue is scheduled to close for up to a year beginning on October 29, 2011, so that a secondary staircase and other safety features can be installed; Liberty Island and the concrete pedestal will remain open. Public access to the balcony surrounding the torch has been barred for safety reasons since 1916.

SEPT 11th–¬†

Following the¬†September 11 attacks, the statue and Liberty Island were immediately closed to the public. The island reopened at the end of 2001, while the pedestal and statue remained off-limits. The pedestal reopened in August 2004,¬†but the National Park Service announced that visitors could not safely be given access to the statue due to the difficulty of evacuation in an emergency. The Park Service adhered to that position through the remainder of the¬†Bushadministration.¬†¬†New York Congressman¬†Anthony D. Weiner¬†made the statue’s reopening a personal crusade.¬†¬†On May 17, 2009, President¬†Barack Obama‘s¬†Secretary of the Interior,¬†Ken Salazar, announced that as a “special gift” to America, the statue would be reopened to the public as of July 4, but that only a limited number of people would be permitted to ascend to the crown each day.¬†¬†The statue will close for up to a year on October 29, 2011 (the day after celebrations to mark the statue’s 125th anniversary) for installation of new elevators and staircases, and to bring other facilities, such as restrooms, up to code.


Someplace Between Him and Her

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NYC Resurgence

 

 


Chrysler Building by William Van Alen

My favorite NYC building; The¬†Chrysler Building is an¬†Art Deco¬†skyscraper in New York City, located on the east side of¬†Manhattan¬†in the¬†Turtle Bay¬†area at the intersection of¬†42nd Street¬†and¬†Lexington Avenue. Standing at 319 meters (1,047¬†ft),¬†it was the world’s tallest building for 11 months before it was surpassed by the¬†Empire State Building¬†in 1931. After the¬†destruction¬†of the¬†World Trade Center, it was again the second-tallest building in New York City until December 2007, when the¬†spirewas raised on the 365.8-meter (1,200¬†ft)¬†Bank of America Tower, pushing the Chrysler Building into third position. In addition,¬†The New York Times Building, which opened in 2007, is exactly level with the Chrysler Building in height.

The Chrysler Building is a classic example of Art Deco architecture and considered by many contemporary architects to be¬†one of the finest buildings in New York City. In 2007, it was ranked ninth on the¬†List of America’s Favorite Architecture¬†by the¬†American Institute of Architects.¬†It was the headquarters of the¬†Chrysler Corporation¬†from 1930 until the mid-1950s, but, although the building was built and designed specifically for the car manufacturer, the corporation did not pay for the construction of it and never owned it, as¬†Walter P. Chrysler¬†decided to pay for it himself, so that his children could inherit it.


Guggenheim Museum by Frank Lloyd Wright

The¬†Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum¬†(often referred to as “The Guggenheim”) is a well-known museum located on the¬†Upper East Side¬†of¬†Manhattan¬†in¬†New York City,¬†United States. It is the permanent home to a renowned collection ofImpressionist,¬†Post-Impressionist, early¬†Modern, and¬†contemporary art¬†and also features special exhibitions throughout the year. Designed by¬†Frank Lloyd Wright, it is one of the 20th century’s most important architectural landmarks.[citation needed]

The museum opened on October 21, 1959, and was the second museum opened by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation; from 2005 to 2008 it underwent an extensive renovation.

The building has become a cultural icon and can be seen widely throughout popular culture. It is featured in¬†Matthew Barney‘s¬†The Cremaster Cycle,¬†Bye Bye Birdie,¬†Men in Black,When in Rome,¬†Downtown 81,Ugly Betty¬†and prominently in¬†The International, where a major shootout occurs in the museum. (In fact, a life-size replica of the museum was built for this scene.)

In the film,¬†Manhattan,¬†Woody Allen¬†meets¬†Diane Keaton¬†at the museum. In¬†Someone to Watch Over Me¬†there’s a scene in the museum where the killer confronts the woman who witnessed him murdering her friend.¬†Mr. Popper’s Penguins¬†has a scene where the penguins surf on ice water spilled on the floor, during a social event being held in the museum.¬†The New Yorker¬†has included the museum multiple times on its cover and cartoons.


Casa da M√ļsica by Rem Koolhaas

Casa da M√ļsica¬†(The¬†House of Music) is a major¬†concert hall¬†space in¬†Porto,¬†Portugal¬†which houses the cultural institution of the same name with its three orchestras¬†Orquestra Nacional do Porto,¬†Orquestra Barroca¬†and¬†Remix Ensemble. It was designed by the Dutch architect¬†Rem Koolhaas¬†with¬†Office for Metropolitan Architecture¬†and¬†Arup-AFA, and was built as part of Porto’s project for¬†European Culture Capital¬†in 2001 but was only finished in the first half of 2005 and immediately became an icon in the city. The Building engineers were¬†Arup¬†(London) together with Afassociados (Porto).¬†Inside Outside (Petra Blaisse)¬†designed the large 13 curtains, ranging from 22mx15m to 65mx8m, and the gold leaf wood grain pattern on the large auditorium.

Although the opening day concert took place on the April 14 with Clã and Lou Reed, the building was inaugurated on April 15, 2005 by the Portuguese president. The Prime-minister and many other notable politicians and Porto society were present for the concert by the Orquestra Nacional do Porto.