Gary Alan Ruse Project

What?

Gary Alan Ruse, Tim Sullivan and William Wu have enlisted the aid of some of their favorite friends and authors to create an anthology of science fiction, fantasy and horror stories. The project is Savage Tales of New Port Fierce.

When?

The project was launched on Kickstarter 23 days ago, and the count down is on. Gary set its funding date for June 12, 2022.

Who?

The authors are:

  • Brad Aiken
  • Paul Di Filippo
  • Zen Di Pietro
  • Gregory Frost
  • David Gerrold
  • John Kessel
  • James Patrick Kelly
  • Jacqueline Lichtenberg
  • Susan Shwartz

The editors are:

  • Gary Alan Ruse
  • Tim Sullivan
  • William F. Wu

Where?

Kickstarter Page

Why?

Three artists by the names of Wu, Sullivan and Ruse conceived this wonderful, dangerous and sublime setting on the way to a convention. They have gone through wars and struggles, but are stronger for it, and the idea lived on in them. Their friends, the authors listed above, all have magnificent tales to tell of that setting. It seems that the idea inspired these fantastic tales. So now, we choose the anthology and let them tantalize our imagination with their diverse stories of aliens, mages, nobles and thugs all searching for their desire on New Port Fierce.

Please click here. Take me away!

Art of Ancient Civilizations

Renaissance Art was commissioned by wealthy patrons. Art was a way of preserving the image of people with status. Sometimes, the status came from political connection or religious power.

Ancient Art was functional. It had a purpose. Whether it was a Java Buddha, a Peruvian mummy bundle, an Egyptian tomb painting or a Buddhist temple, each culture utilized art for societal purposes.

Gary had this to say about why he is interested in the Art of Ancient Civilizations:

The art from different cultures was similar in some ways, but each culture had its own style. Most of the art, except for sculptures, treated subjects like rulers and battles, gods and goddesses. They all use art to record history.

Gary Alan Ruse

Helen had this to say about her fascination with the Art of Ancient Civilizations.

Examining the art from ancient civilizations always makes me think of how they built it to last. The fact that these artworks have survived is incredible to see. The themes in the art of all the different cultures interconnect which is also incredible.

Helen Lemus

Who, when and where?

It’s helpful at this point to limit the areas and cultures that we will be examining in this post. Ancient civilizations like those of the Greeks, Aztecs, Egyptians, Incas, and Buddhists all our featured in this post.

These cultures lived long ago and their artwork survives from areas in Africa, Central and South America, Asia and parts of the Mediterranean. Although it is a long period of time, the art of ancient civilizations began with the cave paintings in France about 35,000 years ago up until 500 years ago when new movements took over the artistic pursuits of civilization..

Practical functions of ancient art

Ancient Art was utilized to communicate religious ideas. These artworks were of a large size and intentionally so. To communicate their devotion to deity, the structures had to be large, such as the ancient temples of Sumeria, Central and Southern America, Asia, and Egypt.

This is a statue of Buddha in Java or what is now part of Indonesia. It was made in the 9th Century.

Religion played a large part in the lives of ancient people as they always wanted to placate and honor the Gods. So, temples were built to allow men to ascend to the skies where they could talk to them.

This is the Ziggurat at Ur. This is located in modern day Iraq. Iraq was Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilization, and the Ziggurat was erected to give the people a place to gather and to worship the moon deity, Nanna.

There are more works to explore in the vast collection that has survived the span of centuries. We will look at more next week.

Muu Blanco at Coral Gables Museum

Today is the first Friday of the month, and that is something special for Coral Gables. The Coral Gables Museum hosts Gallery Night, a chance for art lovers to enjoy a world class art exhibition for free.

Tonight, multimedia artist, music DJ and videographer, Muu Blanco of Caracas, Venezuela will be showing his work between 6 and 10 PM. He uses video mapping and music to examine collective memories of his people.

The work is a “criticism to power, wealth and narcissism.”

Artist Muu Blanco shown with beard wearing urban hat in camo grey.
Muu Blanco

The exhibit will excite viewers with dazzling displays of light and video, choreographed perfectly along with Mr. Blanco’s own original music.

Please visit Museum Link for information about the museum’s Gallery Nights and Muu Blanco here.

Coral Gables Amazing Sculpture: “Pause”

Copyright 2022 Helen Lemus

Rafael Barrios

Mr. Barrios studied art in Canada, Venezuela and the United States. This sculpture was placed in Coral Gables in 2019. Originally, this work was displayed at the Coral Gables Museum with over 20 other pieces when this work arrived in the Gables. The exhibition was called Ontological Curiosity. There words were said about it in Coral Gables’ website.

Pause is a large-scale luminescent steel sculpture appearing as a stacked series of three-dimensional rectangles that mysteriously defy gravity and disappear as one passes by. Barrios plays with shapes and altering the laws of geometry, as seen in similar sculptures in the exhibition Ontological Curiosity. Artworks in the exhibition include small and large-scale sculptures, hanging kinetic works, mobiles, carpets, and works that play with light and shadow.

City’s Arts and Culture Specialist, Catherine Cathers.

Pause received recognition from Art Basel prior to being placed in its current location in front of Gables City Hall.

It made me think of rectangular blocks falling and just stopping in mid-air suddenly. As you walk around the sculpture, the blocks seem to recede and then pop back out as you make progress around the sculpture. At different times of the day, the sculpture shifts, too, relative to the position of the sun in the sky.

Looking at this work always inspires me to think about sculpture in a different way because it really does seem to move and shift, but simultaneously gives the illusion of stasis. Most interesting. Pause is located on the corner of LeJeune Road and Miracle Mile.

Description of Photograph of “Pause”

In these two shots, I decided to refrain from using anything but natural light. I tried to shoot in the afternoon with no special settings on my camera.

The shot on the left has a sunburst because the sunlight just bounced off of the side of the sculpture. I thought that it looked kind of neat.

Artist Bio

Picture of a white man with glasses wearing a brown jacket and print tie.  This is the artist, Rafael Barrios.
The Sculptor, Rafael Barrios

Rafael Barrios was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana of Venezuelan ancestry. He studied in Caracas, Venezuela. As a very young person, he received a “youth prize” for art. Then, he traveled to Ontario, Canada because he received a scholarship. Finally, he was awarded a scholarship to study art at New York University’s Graduate Program for Fine Arts.