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Time Goes By

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There is here no measuring with time, no year matters, and ten years are nothing. Being an artist means, not reckoning and counting, but ripening like the tree which does not force its sap and stands confident in the storms of spring without the fear that after them may come no summer. It does come. But it comes only to the patient, who are there as though eternity lay before them, so unconcernedly still and wide. I learn it daily, learn it with pain to which I am grateful: patience is everything!  7

– Poet. Rainier Maria Rilke

Tree’s start out small from a tiny seed and grow into these great strong ever powerful organic forces of life. They don’t rush for anyone, they grow slow and steady, knowing that they will make it to where they are meant to be in their own time. From afar, they are symmetrical, but the closer you get you can see with all of the intricate detail that one by one each branch and leaf is unique and beautiful. A tree is quiet and it is strong, it provides shade, oxygen, beauty in summer spring and fall and it also brings inner peace. Its presence of just being still reminds us that it is okay to take time to breathe and just be. And, it even dances in the wind.

A Tree In Spring. Drawn by Anne Marie Horan. 2009. New York. This illustration is an example of how trees appear to be symmetrical from afar, but when you look more closely, you can see their are small differences in the details.

The poster above is an advertisement designed in 1967. Mr. Louis Sudano, the owner and designer of the DYNAMITE DISCOTHEQUE in Brooklyn. The place was advertised as the world’s largest discotheque at the time. Illustrated by George Jay Rogers, the illustration grows, like something from nature, starting from the center and outward, like a root. It looks symmetrical from afar, but when you look closer you will see that there are small intricate organic shapes throughout. The message from the illustration narrates the groovy trip you’ll be stepping foot into when you enter this Dynamite Discotheque.

There was even a radio announcement, ‘Dynamite is Dy-na-miteLocated in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn on 1830 Coney Island Avenue, near Avenue O Brooklyn.

During the late 60’s, ideas from eastern culture were growing infused with modern society. The club and the ad for Dynamite Discotheque evolved with this movement. Beatles member George Harrison’s interest in the Eastern culture had an enormous influence into the west, Harrison was “leading his band mates on a spiritual quest towards Eastern philosophy and finding inner peace, which greatly influenced their work during the later 1960s” (1).. Planting the influence of the Sitar from Ravi Shankar and Transcendental Meditation under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi into their music, spreading Eastern Culture into modern and pop culture, rapidly carried over with the wind (aka. radio waves).

The poster is 16 ½” by 12 ½” in size. You can see the right and left side of the design are symmetrical figures with a little bit of freedom. Giving it a closer look, the border of the poster is filled with small organic shapes that fit together resembling henna design, an eastern tradition of temporary tatooing (4). The picture is lively, emotional and busy. With just enough flat space to keep you from getting dizzy

Using only black and white lets it be simple amongst all the crazy intricate details. Large bold black eye catching capital letters with serifs are hand drawn standing right above a flat portrait of a mysterious woman’s face. She has “…Eastern mystical (features) in stylized, flat graphic form” (3). The flat artistic features of her face resemble artwork similar to full frontal clarity style of the ancient Egyptian artwork. The illustrated facial features consist of almond shaped eyes, full lips and a distinct nose. Her necklace looks like jewelry inspired by eastern society. Her long, wild, tangled hair gives hints to Medusa, a character from Greek mythology. And in fact patrons of this nightclub state that in the entrance of this space they are welcomed with a giant rendering of the same ladies head, designed to portray Medusa, which indeed was Medusa. Painted in day glow colors glowing in the night, her hair spread throughout each exotic room of the club. It’s a wonder no one turned to stone. The night owls that came to visit this club were welcomed to enjoy the onion dome arches, yoga mats, a rubber room to bounce around, a juice bar cafe, and a room to dance in, carried by a tune from a musical band. Not to mention, the Brooklyn based band Alive and Kickin‘(5) took root in this club. This for sure sounds like a place where you can relax and just be.

The same artist that illustrated this poster also finished the walls of Dynamite Discotheque. The theme of the poster is consistent carried throughout the partitions of the night club. “The whole area is indescribably enhanced by luminous murals designed by by George J. Roger, tasteful renderings of Egyptian and Indian themes” (2). Following through the poster design, the woman’s portrait, surrounded on her left and right side with a bold black vertical organic stripe design that will lead you through to the lower letters whose purpose is to explain the reason of this poster, which is to invite party goeers in to the Dynamite Discotheque night club.

And with this eastern cultural movement we are left with awesome music, yoga, and a better understanding to be like a tree and let things be. To transfuse with nature and let nature take over sometimes.

And so, despite the stormy weather, the wind, and the snow, the branches and time goes by and leaves still flourish when they are supposed to. The tree makes it to where it is to be at the right time. You’ll see that we can be like that to if we just let things be.

I can go on and write the lyrics of the song ‘Let it Be’.  I think that we all need to pay a visit to Dynamite Discotheque, have a seat on a yoga mat with our juice from the juice bar and listen to the Beatles “Let it Be”, as time goes by and our rushes are carried away through the strands of Medusa’s hair blowing in the wind.

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(This post is not complete yet. There are still works to be cited and visuals to be added. Please stay tuned.)

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1 Kozinn, Allan. “George Harrison, ‘quiet Beatle’ and lead guitarist, dies at 58.” New York Times (Late New York Edition) December 1, 2001: A1, A24

2 Gross, Aelx. “DYNAMITE DISCOTHEQUE.” THE east village OTHER

Aynsley, Jeremy, “A century of graphic design.” Great Britain: Octopus Publishing Group, 2001

4 Mirza, Zaynab. Mehndi Body Painting. London: Carlton Books Limited, 1998. Print.

5 Alive and Kickin’.  TighterTighter. Roulette Records. Alive and Kicken. 1970. Record

6 The BEATLES. Let It Be.  Apple Records. Let It Be. 1970. Record

7 Rilke, Rainer M., Letters To A Young Poet. New York | London. W.W. Norton & Company. 1934. Print.

8 Horan, P. Edward. Tree In Hawaii. 2010. New York.

Patience is a virtue…

Here I am posting an image for you to view. This is a screenshot of the painting by Joseph Seymour Guy. What do you think?

Life is about trusting your feelings and taking chances, losing and finding happiness, appreciating the memories and learning from the past.

The power of patience! Waiting is a time to prepare. Every baby step that you take on your journey adds up. I know your dreams may feel like a far away place. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try at all! It may seem like the work you put in is taking you nowhere, but a delay does not mean denial. You may get lost a little bit on your way, but don’t get frustrated, keep moving and enjoy the ride. Always stay focused on the big picture. On Wednsday August 8th of 2012, I took myself on a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. I went alone, as I do so often to gather my thoughts with out distractions. I like to wonder and think by myself this way I can develop my own opinions. I welcome the feedback of friends after the occasion. On this day I ventured into the new American Wing. Every piece on display was wonderful, but there was one that caught my eye in particular. I noticed Mr. Joseph Seymore Guy’s The Story of Goldenlocks. I passed by the painting casually walking, I noticed the piece out of the corner of my eye, took a second glance and stopped to a halt. My heart melted from what I was seeing.

Mr. Guy provided us with the opportunity to peek into the window of an 1870’s world. Here is a pre teen girl who is reading the classic tale of Goldi Locks and the Three Bears to two young boys. Being a mother is an idea that most young girls dream of. Her name isn’t given, but I’m going to call her Madeline, because she looks like a Madeline. By taking on the task of reading to the two boys, Madeline is practicing and preparing for the day when she will have children of her own. She’s waiting quietly and expectantly, she is not giving up. When her time comes she will be ready.

What about the story of Goldilocks? Goldilocks is a woman who knows what she wants. Her story is a tale of experiments. She is a persistant little character. After a day of wandering the woods, Goldilocks is tired and hungry. She dreams to relax. Goldilocks wanders into this random house in the forest. Does she care who it belongs to? Not really, she just wants what she wants. She tastes all of their food, sits in their chairs and tests their beds. This young girl seems inconsiderate but, she just does not want to stop until she finds what she is after. Goldilocks doesn’t have instant results. Her first try is not the winning moment. She doesn’t get frustrated though, she remains patient. Through the long tedious process of trial and error, Goldilocks reaches her goal.

To me Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a fairy tale because the quantity of this young girls experiments have been simplified to three. I also think the reaction of the three grizzly bears, finding a little girl after she corrupted their humble home is dilouteed a little.  As you can see it takes a lot of work to make your dreams real. It took Goldilocks a long time to find her perfect fit. You are not the only one! Life takes so much effort. For most people, much more than three tries of searching and finding is needed to fulfill their dreams. As for the young girl in Seymores painting, she knows what she is doing. She dreams of being a mother. Maybe she is not a mother yet and she knows she won’t be for some time. But she is making it happen. She is practicing and preparing. When the time is right, thanks to all of her practicing and preparations, she will be ready. Everything will fall into place smoothly.

And so, This painting as a whole—it took years and years of building up to create this story. First, Mr. Guy—he needed to know the story of the Three Bears before he started this painting, which was written by Robert Southey in 1837.  And then with my knowledge of Art History and understanding how the work is done. I bet a million bucks, Mr. Guy went through a similar process just as Goldilocks did, in directing the best display to find his right fit for the painting. I’m sure he had to find the perfect young girl and the perfect young boys. Not every home looks as perfect as the one he painted, he might have even controlled where the folds of the blanket fall. The MET does not have his sketches on view but, he definetly must have set up these characters in real life to pose for him, I bet he sketched and sketched over and over again until he found the right nook and craneys to emphasize, and finally went on to paint the final piece.