Oh, how I love the internet and how it single-handily shrunk the globe.
Because of this magic, I recently was able to make the virtual acquaintance of an artist, a visionary artist, a German Artist!
How cool is that?
To some dude sitting in a lazy chair in a house on top of a windy and rolling hill in southern Pennsylvania, it’s pretty frikkin cool.
But the best part about all of this is not so much the magic of the internet (let’s face it, that’s old news), the best part is the all the new Art that I now am aware of and have access to.
And now I would like to share some of that magic and awareness and access with you.
The artist’s name is H SHLAGEN and he is currently working on a style of artwork that he has encompassed under the title of MY BLAKEAN YEAR, which was inspired by the Patti Smith song of the same title.
SHLAGEN’s work from My Blakean Year is evocative, to say the least. Many of the pieces evoke from me dark, haunting, beautiful images similar to what TS ELIOT’s masterpiece The Waste Land evokes.
I shared his piece entitle KABUKI for two reasons: The first being its indelible beauty, and the second being that we both share a deep love for Japan.
So celebrate and enjoy with me my new friendship with German artist H SHLAGEN and his wonderful MY BLAKEAN YEAR artwork by visiting both his personal website, where you can while away the time in mesmerizing fascination, as well as the online gallery where is work is exhibited and available for purchase.
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The journey Kurt had been on could have been one that led him toward the ultimate end; but instead, it has taken him toward a new understanding of life and of how to live it to its fullest until that ultimate end is eventually reached. From learning to live, he now understands how not to die... MORE
Kurt discovers truth and meaning in the concepts of “no mind,” “living in the now,” “non-attachment,” and “the angst of existence” as found in the practices and philosophies and Zazen, Stoicism, and Existentialism. You may notice these conceptual influences and others laced throughout this poetry collection… MORE
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I am, therefore I'll think ~ ATLAS SHRUGGED
There is nothing namable but that men will undertake to do it for pay
~ BILLY BUDD, SAILOR
A yokel mind loves stories from of old, Being the kind it can repeat and hold ~ THE CANTERBURY TALES
All morons hate it when you call them a moron ~ THE CATCHER IN THE RYE
When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations . . . then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy ~ DEUTERONOMY
I incline to Cain's heresy ... I let my brother go to the devil in his own way ~ DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE
Life isn't hard to manage when you've nothing to lose ~ A FAREWELL TO ARMS
There are many who do not know they are fascists but will find it out when the time comes ~ FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS
If he needs a million acres to make him feel rich, seems to me he needs it 'cause he feels awful poor inside hisself, and if he's poor in hisself, there ain't no million acres gonna make him feel rich, an' maybe he's disappointed that nothin' he can do'll make him feel rich ~ THE GRAPES OF WRATH
No relation of a dream can convey the dream-sensation, that commingling of absurdity, surprise, and bewilderment in a tremor of struggling revolt, that notion of being captured by the incredible which is of the very essence of dreams
~ HEART OF DARKNESS
Fight till the last gasp ~ HENRY IV
At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice ~ I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS
Fate stands now upon the razor's edge ~ THE ILIAD
His mind was crowded with memories; memories of the knowledge that had come to them when they closed in on the struggling pig, knowledge that they had outwitted a living thing, imposed their will upon it, taken away its life like a long satisfying drink ~ LORD OF THE FLIES
Fair is foul, and foul is fair ~ MACBETH
Two plus two equals five is not without its attractions ~ NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND
Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other ~ OF MICE AND MEN
The world must be all fucked up when men travel first class and literature goes as freight ~ ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE
The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars ~ ON THE ROAD
It is a great danger for everyone when what is shocking changes
~ OUR MAN IN HAVANA
Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing
~ THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY
Cleverness is good, patience is better ~ SIDDHARTHA
I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world ~ THE STRANGER
I don’t want realism. I want magic!
~ A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
Nobody ever lives their life all the way up except bull-fighters ~ THE SUN ALSO RISES
The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience ~ TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
We are all born mad. Some remain so ~ WAITING FOR GODOT
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