Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Jean-Luc Godard makes me upset?

I looked through my imdb watchlist and picked up a film. Boyfriend agreed to watch it with me and downloaded the film. There are two reasons why I chose Pierrot le Fou (1965):
  • I've never seen a film with Anna Karina
  • It says "Pierrot escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run" in the description
So. When we watched it up to 10th minute, Boyfriend decided to check who is the director as he completely forgot to do it before downloading the movie. BAM. It was Godard. I've never watched a single movie by Godard because I was told that I'm not gonna like it. Indeed I did not.

From the first moment I recognized the interiors. So colorful, they probably hired an interior designer. Then, I noticed Picasso's "Girl before the mirror" print hanging on the kitchen wall. I couldn't stop thinking about it.

Of course! The whole movie is just one big Picasso painting (who I have no feelings about). It's abstract, it doesn't make sense, and it's colourful. Non-stop scenery changes, characters are always in action, something is constantly happening and nothing is happening at all. No semantic load with ~kewl~/~moody~ dialog insertions and ~mysterious~ phrase repetitions instead. "God, I know exactly this type of people who worship this kind of movies!" It's "you don't understand..." type of people. It's "Rothko paintings are so smart and calming" type of people, "the curtains represent his immense depression and his lack of will to carry on" type of people.

"I think, I'll get v upset if I meet the Godard fan" I said to Boyfriend. 
"I don't like people who like Godard's movies" Boyfriend wrote on Twitter.

We watched it up to 20th minute and then Boyfriend "moved it to trash". 2/10 for the interior design.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


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I'm a Fine Arts student now which means that I constantly think/dream about drawing/painting/making stencils and art books. I'm v busy right now yet so happy. I always wanted to be busy with something 24/7. That's why I started this blog, that's why I began to draw again (which helped me to build a portfolio and enroll in the BFA in Auckland). I always wanted to produce something with my hands, but there was no way I could let that energy go by itself, nor I could decide what should I do and how. There were always these thoughts that kept spinning in my head: it's meaningless. nobody needs it. am I just wasting my time? I needed help.

And now I have to do what I enjoy most in my life. They ask me to make art, giving me advice and marks in return?? All these 3 weeks I've been thinking that 4 years of studying FA will never be enough, like, can I stay for 10?

So, now I'm working on several big art projects simultaneously and it seems like I won't have much time for writing, but I don't consider quitting this blog either. I'll be trying to find time for it, like, if something important happens to me, or if I stumble upon (remember of) some cool artist whose works I want to discuss, I'll write a post about it. 

Today it's Todd Baxter.

He graduated from uni, worked as a photography and art teacher, travelled a lot, was an art director for quiet a time, shot for magazines etc. Tbh, I don't like all his commercial (at least the part presented on his website, but these are probably his best works so..), it's too gaudy for me. MI have to say more: I like him only for his last series called "Owl Scouts". And maybe, for a work or two from his conceptual photographs. He never published a book though!

O w l   S c o u t s

So Moonrise Kingdom! And it was shot 2 years before the release of the film! Anyway, I find it so comforting to look at all the scout costumes details, all the badges, ribbons and fur pieces. If you have a taste and you're a control freak like Wes, or Todd Baxter (or..or..or), your artwork will probably end up looking like this.

The owl badge is beyond amazing. And these big red beads in their scarfs, and the fox that holds the ribbon, only a complete perfectionist can make something that will look like this. I respect the perfectionists (/idealists) like pretty much no one else in the world. Especially when they're artists.

I like this one (he put an owl in a hole!):

And all the pictures below are my favorites:

Nya! Have a good er Tuesday? You already lived through Monday, so go and have a cup of.. anything you like. Yes.