Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

Artists have a unique opportunity to affect the viewers and listeners of their works on a deep level, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (pronounced caw-ma-caw-vee-vah-o-lay) is a musician who did just that. Known more commonly as Braddah Iz or just Iz, Israel was a native Hawaiian singer/song-writer and activist. Born in 1959 Israel was known by family and friends as a gifted musician by an early age, performing at just ten and going on to form a band—The Mahaka Sons—where he would begin his rise to fame. Iz created music that separated itself from the "Hawaiian music" created for tourists in the century after the annexation of the Kingdom of Hawai'i, going back to traditional roots and actually representing native Hawaiian culture. I decided to highlight his art because I grew up listening to his music and I feel that it represents my culture very well (and sounds beautiful).

Many may have heard his version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" but may not have heard his other work which reflected his feelings about the treatment of Hawaiians and the islands in recent time. I think that the history of Hawai'i is overlooked, that the islands are written off as a fun tropical vacation and that many of the problems that resulted from the illegal annexation and following statehood are ignored. But Iz's music, which is beautiful in its unique sound, mourns the damage, urges change, and offers a look into traditional Hawaiian culture not easily found elsewhere. I chose Iz because  of the expressive, honest feelings his music evokes, the important subject matter of his songs, and a deep personal significance his music has to me.

On his website a detailed, personal biography written by his producer offers insight into his rise to fame and includes a brief discography.

NPR's Renee Montagne published an article about Iz that includes quotes from him, remarks from close friends, and details of the end of his life (I particularly enjoy this article as it makes reference to an important concept in Hawaiian culture: the idea of 'mana').

And finally I would like to invite any readers to listen to the following pieces: his cover of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and his song "Hawai'i '78". In comparing the two I think it is easy to understand his feelings and how he expresses them in his music, it is also an excellent example of how he incorporated ancient Hawaiian music (in this case chanting) into his own. The phrase repeated throughout: "Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Āina i ka Pono o Hawai'i" means "the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness", it is a phrase of great cultural significance that is reflective of the connection ancient Hawaiians had to their land, a phrase that Iz sings beautifully mournfully.

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono


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Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, print maker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright who spent most of his adult life in France. There are so less words to describe his work of art. He was born in Spain and died in France. He always involved his life around his work and how he would creates so beautiful paintings without thinking. He had an unique talent to turn one image into another without putting too many thoughts into. His work of art amaze me like how he understood his work of art and took it to the next level. There is so much information regarding him and his work over the internet. One of the biography is:

1. https://www.biography.com/people/pablo-picasso-9440021

This site gives majority of life journey story as where he grew up and where is learned his work of art. Also, his goals towards his dream paintings. This site is helpful and informative in learning about Picasso's life.

Second website I came across was:

2. https://www.artsy.net/artist/pablo-picasso

This site has information on Picasso's work of art and what each means. It is basically like a art gallery where you look at different images and get amazed by it. Most interesting thing to me was it had the prices to the images which explains how important each art plays its role.

Third website that I cam across was:

3. https://www.guggenheim.org/artwork/artist/pablo-picasso

This site plays its role in different ways. It had more of images which Picasso had worked on. One of the images from this website is this: 
Pablo Picasso, Mandolin and Guitar, Juan-les-Pins, 1924. Oil with sand on canvas, 55 3/8 x 78 7/8 inches (140.7 x 200.3 cm)
This image is named: Mandolin and Guitar.

After reading the title of this image, the word guitar grabbed my attention and  I look at the image right away and saw the guitar. Sometimes, when you don't understand the image but when you read the title then everything comes together. This is what is unique about Picasso and I like the work of art because it makes you think deeper into the image because you never it could be something else or another thing.

Another image: Pablo Picasso, Bird on a Tree, Dinard, August 1928. Oil on canvas, 13 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches (34.9 x 24.1 cm)
Bird on the tree

Every image of his art is so special to me. In my humanities class, I saw videos of Picasso's work where he would draw his painting from the very start. You can see the overall process of one image turning into another. He was so talented that he didn't need to think, he would just move his hands then there is an another image that you can recall.

Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly is an artist from beyond. He creates such beautiful master pieces by blowing glass. Blowing glass is an art in and of itself. There are a lot of techniques that can be used to create intricate bowls, flowers, vases, pitchers, etc. 

Above is a shot of Dale Chihuly's infamous Bridge of Glass located in Downtown Tacoma, WA. He blows the glass out to make it look like flowers, and when Chihuly places flower-like bowls in the ceiling, he turns them upside down (open flower part down) to get the full effect of what the art looks like. He shines light onto the pieces either from above or directly behind to illuminate the colors of glass. 

I decided to choose Dale Chihuly because when I was young, I was inspired by his ability to blow glass and create such beautiful masterpieces. I wanted to learn about Mr. Chihuly and how he created blown glass. I decided to take a WWU Glass Blowing Class the first quarter I attended Western Washington University. I was amazing that there were so many techniques that one had to learn in order to blow glass. It is not easy to do; however, it is fast and fun. You learn new techniques from each glass blower. I highly recommend this class to anyone who is interested!! 

Dale Chihuly's Website
This link goes to Dale Chihuly's Website. On this website, you will find that Mr. Chihuly has an outstanding variety of glass pieces that catch an audiences attention. If you pay attention to Mr. Chihuly's artwork, he tends to place a dark background behind his glass artwork because it enhances the colors of the blown glass that he has on display.

Chihuly Garden and Glass
On this site, this site talks and shows what Mr. Chihuly's Garden of Glass is located, what it looks like, and a list of all of the events that will be held there.

Biltmore Exhibit (Day & Night)
If you ever get a chance to visit the Biltmore House and Gardens, this is a sight to see! When I visited this, I was shocked at all of the amazing art Chihuly had created. I enjoyed taking photos of his artwork so that I could remember the scene at a later time.

Katsushika Hokusai

Katsushika Hokusai

One of the most recognizable artists in the world, his paintings are known for their waves, and Mt. Fuji often being located somewhere within the picture.

I chose to feature Katsushika Hokusai, most commonly known as just Hokusai because I have found his work to be fascinating, and important to me since I was in elementary school. I was dissapointed to see an artist that has given me a great appreciation for the intricacies of nature not featured on this blog. He is famous for his woodcuts and has been described as influencing themes of Claude Monet, Renoir, and has been collected by countless famous artists as well.

These links below help you gain a greater understanding of who Katsushika Hokusai was, and the impacts he has left on the world.

This first link provides you insight into his famous paintings, and the struggles he conquered in his journey into the world of art. This link provides you with an exceptional view and outlook that there is never to late to start painting.

Hokusai's Brittanica Biography provides a detailed description for those who are interested in a text heavy narrative of who Hokusai is an the achievements he accomplished throughout life. This web page is perfect for the Wikipedia lovers, and information rich understanding of a world class artist.

This is my favorite take on this amazing artist, while it states a substantial claim that impressionism may never have happened without him. I believe this link is necessary for anyone with a passion for impressionist art, and those who have a favorite impressionist to understand where their styles came from.

The Legend Dolly Parton

            Dolly Parton is a singer/ song writer that is famous for more than just her music.

Dolly Parton a legend in music.

Dolly Parton has been an inspiration to me for as long as I can remember. Her music is almost always a true story that she her self experienced as a child and an adult. Dolly Parton also played a leading role in the movie 9 to 5. She played a character who was trying to move up in her career. She never let anyone stop her, she has also been in a few newer movies. She acted Joyful noise, and still didn't let anyone get her down. I have always admired her spirit and work. She has lived through a lot and never let it slow down her goals or dreams. Dolly has a lot of female empowerment music and quite a few religious pieces too. Dolly has left her mark on quite a few young artists.

Jeremey Collins

One of the greatest storytellers of our generation, Jeremy Collins will literally paint you a picture of his adventures.
I was scrolling through instagram one night 4 years ago when I stumbled upon some of Jeremy's work. It completely blew me out of the water, gave me shivers down my spine, and really made me feel. I've been in love with his work ever since. I like his style so much simply because I feel like I resonate with it. My own work is somewhat similar  and maybe that's why I like his so much (his obviously way more rad). 

Aside from being such a talented artist, Jeremy is also an avid and accomplished climber and film maker. 
If you'd like to know more about his life or perspective you can find out a little more about him in this short but tasteful interview with him: Jeremy Collins Interview

If you'd like to see more of his incredible artwork check-out his personal website:   https://jercollins.com/ He also has another business of mostly the same stuff at: the meridian line 

If you'd like to watch some of his films hit the link at: Jercollins FilmsJeremy is a well-rounded human-being. Incredibly active, vigilant, and insightful, his art will capture and tell stories of adventure for generations. That's what makes him my favorite artist.

Coeur de Pirate

 I would like to bring everyone’s attention to a wonderful musical artist that I have been inspired by since I was much younger. Beatrice Martin, better known as, Coeur de Pirate, is a Canadian singer songwriter, who primarily sings in French. Beatrice started playing piano at three years old, and her beautiful piano pieces are entrenched in almost all of her pieces. I became inspired by her music when I first heard it in French class almost 9 years ago; a short while after her first album was released. Since that point I have followed her music quite closely. Beatrice is a widely successful musician who has received awards such as Bucky award in 2009, International Achievement Award in 2010, and also the Original Light Mix Score from the National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers for her work on the game Child of Light, and many others. Beatrice is also a queer advocate and after the Pulse Shooting she played a role in introducing the public to the ideas of what it means to be queer, and acting as and LGBT advocate. Coeur de Pirate’s music means a lot to me and is the music I play when I want to remember how the world around me inspires me. I hope you are all able to give her music a listen and also maybe be inspired by her as well.

 I have included some links below to help you all explore Beatrice's music further!

This is a link to the first song I heard by Coeur de Pirate, it is called Comme des Enfants which roughly translates to ‘like children’. The video features Beatrice and is one of her most widely viewed music videos with over 17.5 million views.

This is the official website for Coeur de Pirate, it features album information, videos, our dates, and everything you could possibly want to know regarding where Beatrice and her other band members are going to be globally. Unfortunately she isn’t coming to the US for about another year!

In addition I would also like to add Beatrice’s personal Twitter account. Though this doesn’t exactly fall under music information about herself and the band I think it shows a more creative, fun insight into her personal life. She adds plenty of fun videos of her backstage and at her shows along with plenty of other things you would see a 28-year-old female post.