Nature soothes me . In Paris, I was running in every direction and just could stop when I contemplated the Seine. ” But, why are you talking about ducks ? ” he said. It is true, that, why ? I did not know myself. I just felt my limbs relax , my eyes falling into the void , the time stopped … the same feeling like after a puff of weed . I must have looked like crazy.
Actually, I look like more crazy in the pre phase: when I totally implodes , my neurons disconnected and must find a solution quickly, very quickly . As if the buildings of New York curled over me, choking me more . The alarm is activated . So I do what I can do , run, save myself.
Thank God he understands me . I know it is not easy, I can not help it , I want , I go , perhaps soon . I get to know these mechanisms As I already tamed psoriasis , why not the rest ? ” You have always lived alone, that’s why you have trouble with the world.”
It does not take that wrong, it is not selfishness ;
I just hard to let “others” in my world …
Growing up in the western world with my roots coming from the eastern world, I cannot help but to see the lack of knowledge both worlds have about it each other. This is not only limited to the east and the west but countries within the west don’t known much about each other and the same goes for the east. I do not believe that only upon being exposed to a new culture in a strange land is the best way to learn about other but it also takes a mind that acknowledges that the world around us is not what only exists.
This semester I am taking a graduate course titled “Art in Mass Media”, which is taught by Prof. Shundi. If you have an opportunity to take that class, I would highly recommend it because its the kind of knowledge I believe many college students should have before becoming young professionals. Going back to the class, this is one of the few classes I have taken in my college years in which the professor does not limit everything to the just the Greek or Roman civilizations. We are taught about many great cultures and how their art influences us and how ours did to theirs. It is so strange to know that we are not told about the greatness that is beyond our cities. We read history textbooks, believe that we have been informed correctly and fall into generalizing a great group of people with stereotypes.
I myself have been guilty of not taking my curiosity beyond an assigned textbook. When I was in high school, I joined a program called the Abraham’s Vision Program. In that program, Muslim and Jewish students met up once a week, visited synagogues and mosques to learn more about the other faith. Our very first meeting for the program was a great eye opener. The Muslim group was sort of surprised to see the Jewish students dressed in clothes other than the regular orthodox attire and the Jewish students didn’t know Muslims even had televisions in their houses. I know this sounds insane but to a bunch of teenage high school students who have never been exposed correctly to different culture, these questions were both sincere and valid.
Even today I come across people who cannot grasp that my last name is Hussain but I have an American accent or that I was born here. I get comments like “you’re so Americanized” or “but your last name is Hussain so you’re not really from Brooklyn….”. We like to believe that we live in a global world and that we have all the knowledge in our palms with the cool devices we carry but the reality is that we are all still very stubborn about giving up the stereotypes that were handed down to us.
And if the world was round? Yes, well, okay, it is already a bit, but anyway.
If you writhing on the landscapes themselves, to give them a cylindrical appearance ? This was undertaken photographer Randy Scott Slavin in his series of photographs “Alternate Perspective”.
These twists and contortions of panoramic images to lavish his work a strange, confined space whilst counteracting the law of gravity. Alterations that give the impression of seeing the eye of a hurricane both solid, liquid and gaseous fuels and provide a feeling of vertigo swirl.
The work of invisible man have never been so visible right now.
The artist Liu Bolin, known for his talent of camouflage, is on display all over the world: from Paris to New York and Moscou, until mid-may.
This Chinese chameleon-artist uses his body as canvas to denounce the consumption society, the repression of the Chinese government, the damage on our environment…
You can see his exhibition “Liu Bolin: Lost in Art” here in New York at the Eli Klein Gallery until May, 11th.
Eli Klein Fine Art
462 W Broadway (Soho)