Today the Pakistani Sufi singer Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan , was arrested at an Indian airport for having a huge amount of undeclared US dollars with him.
I got to know this singer, when i saw a movie Haal- E- dil on board my ship. Usually i am too busy to see a movie or even go ashore, on my Chemical Tanker.
I saw this movie, then hit the bed as it was late at night, then got up after 20 minutes of tossing and turning , and saw the movie once more. Next day, I gave the movie DVD back to the Third mate and told him " I saw this movie twice ".
He remarked " If Capt Vadakayil has seen a movie twice, it means it is worth seeing!"
I said " I expect this movie to be a total flop all over the world. The producer has put his own plain Jane daughter as the heroine, but she has done a good job. And there is a soul stirring song by some Sufi style Pakistani guy" .
Well the singer was the same Pakistani Rahat Khan.
This brings me back to art. Real art has been buried, by vested interests.
So many talented artists and singers have died penniless, yet the pretenders laugh all the way to the bank. It is all about marketing.
Who cares for true talent?
A few years ago, i visited an art exhibition at Mumbai--Jehangir art gallery. Among all the paintings displayed, there was NOT A SINGLE painting, which required a vestige of talent. Most of them were abstract modern art. A few realistic landscapes etc, did not have any true perspective or true light sourcing.
I went to the painter who commanded the highest price, borrowed a sheet of paper and a carbon stick , and drew his face in about 5 minutes - free hand. By some amount of luck it turned out stunningly real. Now, i am the type of guy who performs better, in hostile conditions. I do not care for home crowd advantage. Lot of people gathered around me .
Then I asked him if he can do the same . His reply was simple " I don't do human portraits and faces " . A lady in the crowd sniggered loudly , " That is because he cannot do it, even if he wanted to. He is THE modern abstract painter".
This reminds me how art has degenerated.
In school when i was 12 years old, we had a all India CBSE School art contest. My art teacher, called me and told me to make a clay model. I told him that i have never attempted it before. I was a proven good painter , both water color and oil, and had won several trophies for my school at the Calicut district schools level. He suggested that i must make a model of Mother and Child , and dumped a large quantity of clay in my hands.
I lugged all the clay home, and then i suddenly remembered that one of the local hospitals ( Ashoka ) had a Michelangelo Madonna statute mounted on the top floor. So i took my bike, watched it for about 15 minutes and then came home, with a stiff neck . A lot of people were gaping up from the street along with me wondering what i was looking at-- probably a free , no pantie up-skirt show -- or what? .
My mother and child came out exquisite. I used a wire skeleton , and the whole thing just came up like magic. A smaller 1/8 version though. The next day evening i took it to my art teacher.
He had a look at it , and told me that my statue is too smooth and realistic , and that i must roughen it. He said, art has degenerated , that a smooth statue stood no chance in winning a prize. -- like how a smooth combed male hair do , will be any day beaten by a gel stiffened dishevelled punk Ronaldo hairdo .
So in his presence, with a heavy heart, i used a sharp blade and surface chipped the whole thing, and gave it that rough look. The clay was not yet hard. To cut a long story short, it secured the third prize, at All India Level.
Even today I feel, that Michelangelo's masterpiece looks better in the silken smooth NATURAL REALISTIC way.
It is the age of tattered jeans.
See the outlandish dresses on FTV on skeleton type females, who cant even walk properly.. They walk funnier than the high steppin' hackneys.
And for Hollywood award functions see famous actresses shamelessly wear --" look MA, no yeast on mE twat !" -- peek a boo gowns, where everything is covered except the crotch.
Vested magazines and TV critics call the shots.
My younger son can draw a human face better than me. But there is NO way, he can make a mark in the art world. Like my school art teacher had warned me " Real art has been hijacked !. It is the era of vested pretenders, who want it a particular way, to achieve their own ends " .
I cannot explain degeneration of art, unless I speak about Picasso, the father of modern art.
Indeed Picasso had talent as a young man. But not enough talent to paint your realistic face in 5 minutes. As he grew older, he lost his skills, and others overtook him. Being the shrewd Spaniard he was, he went into abstract , to paint a large mural 11 feet 6 inches high and 25 feet 8 inches wide (3,5 x 7,76 meters) in size. It is shown below.
In my opinion it was an excellent effort, and he delivered what he was told to do. He showcased the bombing of Guernica, a sleepy small village, in Basque country, by German and Italian warplanes, at the behest of Spanish Nationalist forces on 26 April 1937, during the Spanish civil war. It was displayed at the Paris International Exposition in the 1937 World's Fair at Paris.
It now hangs in the Reina Sofia Art Centre madrid.
Two of the world famous comments were--
Guernica shows suffering people, animals, and buildings wrenched by violence and chaos.
§ The overall scene is within a room where, at an open end on the left, a wide-eyed bull stands over a woman grieving over a dead child in her arms.
§ The centre is occupied by a horse falling in agony as it had just been run through by a spear or javelin. It is important to note that the large gaping wound in the horse's side is a major focus of the painting.
§ Two "hidden" images formed by the horse appear in Guernica:
§ A human skull overlays the horse's body.
§ A bull appears to gore the horse from underneath. The bull's head is formed mainly by the horse's entire front leg which has the knee on the ground. The leg's knee cap forms the head's nose. A horn appears within the horse's breast.
§ The bull's tail forms the image of a flame with smoke rising from it, seemingly appearing in a window created by the lighter shade of gray surrounding it.
§ Under the horse is a dead, apparently dismembered soldier; his hand on a severed arm still grasps a shattered sword from which a flower grows.
§ On the open palm of the dead soldier is a stigma, a symbol of martyrdom derived from the stigmata of Christ.
§ A light bulb blazes in the shape of an evil eye over the suffering horse's head (the bare bulb of the torturer's cell.) Picasso's intended symbolism in regards to this object is related to the Spanish word for lightbulb; "bombilla", which makes an allusion to "bomb" and therefore signifies the destructive effect which technology can have on society.
§ To the upper right of the horse, a frightened female figure, who seems to be witnessing the scenes before her, appears to have floated into the room through a window. Her arm, also floating in, carries a flame-lit lamp. The lamp is positioned very close to the bulb, and is a symbol of hope, clashing with the light bulb.
§ From the right, an awe-struck woman staggers towards the center below the floating female figure. She looks up blankly into the blazing light bulb.
§ Daggers that suggest screaming replace the tongues of the bull, grieving woman, and horse.
§ A bird, possibly a dove, stands on a shelf behind the bull in panic.
§ On the far right, a figure with arms raised in terror is entrapped by fire from above and below.
§ A dark wall with an open door defines the right end of the mural.
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§ The shape and posture of the bodies express protest.
§ Picasso uses black, white, and grey paint to set a somber mood and express pain and chaos.
§ Flaming buildings and crumbling walls not only express the destruction of Guernica, but reflect the destructive power of civil war.
§ The newspaper print used in the painting reflects how Picasso learned of the massacre.
§ The light bulb in the painting represents the sun.
The broken sword near the bottom of the painting symbolizes the defeat of the people at the hand of their tormentors.
Picasso chipped in -- "Art is The symbolism I used includes a dying horse, a woman caught in a burning building, and an anguished mother with a dead child".It then went around on a world tour, and attracted much applause and comment.
After this Picasso went into the abstract mode of Cubism. He roped into Cubism Georges Braque, a well known painter.
Cubism came naturally to Picasso ,as he was born a dyslexic.
He did NOT attend school. His father Jose Ruiz Blasco was an art teacher , and forced him into art, just to make him survive .
Picasso had a very difficult birth on 25th Oct 1881. He became blue , as he did not breathe, as he come out into the world, from the womb. As a last ditch attempt somebody blew a mouthful of heavy cigar smoke into the baby's lungs, causing him to cough and start breathing.
Later he became a schizophrenic. He took on many wives. Most of them were underage as young as 13. Two of his wives committed suicide and 2 of them went into mental hospitals.
They developed a CULT, by striking the right poses and terrific self promotion. If you did not cry WOW-- you were just a moron, who did not understand art, and had no imagination.
Every one were forced to jump into the bandwagon of " See, the Emperor is wearing clothes!"
An emperor was approached by two tailors who said that they could make him a suit of clothes of surpassing beauty, and the emperor decided to try them. The tailors asked for hundreds of pounds of thread made of silver and gold, shut themselves up for weeks, and finally came forward with a suit made of cloth so fine that it would be invisible to anyone who was stupid and incompetent. The emperor could not see the suit but he did not want to admit that he was stupid and incompetent, so he decided to put it on.
Once they were informed that only those who were not stupid and incompetent could see the suit, all of the emperor's ministers raved about it. The emperor believed that they could see it and was disturbed that he was the only one who was stupid and incompetent. He decided to give a parade so that all of his subjects could admire the new suit.
At the parade a little child cried out what all of the spectators saw but were afraid to admit: that the emperor was naked, and he could see his balls swinging. The emperor and all the others suddenly realized that the suit did not exist. The tailors were long gone, and of course all the thread of silver and gold that was in the suit.
Picasso founded an art magazine, with rich investors to back him. All made money.
The real talented artists were left begging for food.
Cezanne jumped into the bandwagon, crying about the golden rectangle ( ancient Vedic stuff ). Soon Matisse jumped in.
Here is a true event .
World famous paintings by the greatest abstract artists, without revealing the name of the artist were displayed. Some of these paintings were hung upside down. A Chimp aged 4 by the name of Congo, had painted several abstract paintings--basically splashed paint. The Chimps work was selected by the world famous, investors , art critics and viewers.
This just shows how art has been hijacked into a cult, where everybody follows and toes the line , in a zombie manner. These pathetic art critics, absorbed into the cult, love to talk about perception. There is no execution of an idea what-so-ever.
"Modernism" such as cubism and expressionism intentionally distorts and hides reality, it doesn't interpret and explain it, as real art does.
We're in the realm of hijacked opinion , not objectivity. Cubism has thrived as an art form and such dreadful daubings are worth many millions.
Hey, Picasso lovers--just check out Rembrandt, Rubens, Monet, Renoir , VanGogh etc to see what talent is all about--
Picasso marketed 20000 of such ugly works, till the age of 92.
BLAH BLAH BLAH --
Abstract art is a form of art which uses a visual language of form, art, and color instead of straightforward depictions of images. BLAH Abstract paintings are symbolic rather than literal. Abstract drawing is a form of expressing thoughts without creating a realistic image on canvas or paper. BLAH They may be just colors blended together to suggest a mood or shades of colors brought together to express emotion. BLAH Abstract drawing can be created by simply sweeping lines or brush strokes on paper with no particular organization. this creates a dramatic ambience, suitable to express emotions.
BLAH BLAH BLAH--
Here is a joke about such bullshit visualization--
Several centuries ago, the Pope decided that all the Jews had to leave the
. Naturally there was a big uproar from the Jewish community. Vatican
So the Pope made a deal. He would have a religious debate with a member of the Jewish community. If the Jew won, the Jews could stay. If the Pope won, the Jews would leave.
The Jews realized that they had no choice. So they picked an elderly aged man named Moishe to represent them. Rabbi Moishe's Latin wasn't very good - in fact, he knew very little --- but he was a man of great faith and well respected in the Jewish community. The pope agreed. What could be easier than a silent debate?
The day of the great debate came. Moishe and the Pope sat opposite each other for a full minute before the Pope raised his hand and showed three fingers. Moishe looked back at him and raised one finger. The Pope waved his fingers in a circle around his head. Moishe pointed to the ground where he sat.
The Pope pulled out a wafer and a glass of wine. Moishe pulled out an apple. The Pope stood up and said, "I give up. This man is too good. The Jews can stay."
An hour later, the cardinals were all around the Pope asking him what happened. The Pope said: "First I held up three fingers to represent the Trinity. He responded by holding up one finger to remind me that there was still one God common to both our religions.
Then I waved my finger around me to show him that God was all around us. He responded by pointing to the ground and showing that God was also right here with us.
I pulled out the wine and the wafer to show that God absolves us from our sins. He pulled out an apple to remind me of original sin. He had an answer for everything. What could I do?"
Meanwhile, the Jewish community had crowded around Moishe. "What happened?" they asked.
"Well," said Moishe, "First he said to me that the Jews had three days to get out of here. I told him that not one of us was leaving.
Then he told me that this whole city would be cleared of Jews. I let him know that we were staying right here."
"And then?" asked a woman.
"I don't know," said Moishe. "He took out his dang lunch and so I took out mine."
He was doing child molestation all through, and nobody could stop this man.
His propaganda machine cried " It is the child like virginal quality - the pure potential - of these women that attracted him" while in reality he was having perverse sex with all of them, using his millions.
Even our own self promoted and over rated MF Hussain tried to work his non-existant charm , on attractive Bollywood actresses like Madhuri Dixit, Tabu, Amrita Rao etc. They problem was these intelligent women visualised his ugliness in his swimming trunks , -- NOT in a Hermes suit in front of his Buggati, as a dumb gold diggin' blonde would have done.
Art is an outlet for a man to be creative. It goes beyond feelings. It requires vision and talent. Most abstract modern art is BULLSHIT.
The final image and the concept, are equally pathetic. Modern computers can give much better abstract art.
Have you seen the latest swirling MP3 images ? Why do we need painters to still these colourful images , or do Alt+ Print screen?
Where is the neuron baiting or expansion of mind here?
A modern day art museum is full of lies. There is a huge poverty of human spirit.
All rich painters are over rated--an example being our own over-rated MF Hussain. He creates waves by doing something outrageous, like painting Hindu gods in the nude , or wearing a Hermes suit and walking barefooted into a party. And all would cry--WOW! What a genius-- he has forgotten to wear shoes. He would wine and dine selective media powers, and they would come on TV and say " Hussian-saab is an angel !"
How long do we have to survive this absurd irrelevance, having NIL aesthetic value?
What is all this BULLSHIT abstract art that uses shapes and negative space rather than representations of actual objects---
-- where unless you discern a particular meaning , you branded as " not too bright" ?
Can any of the abstract artists of this planet, conceptualise what is the 4th dimension? Do they have a concept of how 4D ultrasound pictures of formed for the baby in the womb? The 11th dimension will be too much for them.
IN ART AUCTIONS, MOST OF THE RIDICULOUS TOP BIDS OF SEVERAL MILLION DOLLARS ARE MADE BY THE PAINTER HIMSELF. HE JUST USES A FRONT. OF COURSE HE DOES NOT HAVE TO PAY HIMSELF. AND THE ART MAGAZINE WHICH HE CONTROLS AND THE BRIBED PRESS CRITICS WILL MAKE SURE THE TOP BID MAKES THE HEADLINES.
1945 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild Jeroboam-- Sold at $114,614
Sold to an “anonymous buyer” at a Christie’s auction in 1997, this bottle comes from what is considered by wine enthusiasts to be one of the finest vintages of the 20th century.UNNQUOTE
Let me test your IQ-- who do you think bought this blessed bottle
of red wine? Yes- of course, Rothschild himself.
IN INDIAN CINEMA, MOST OF THE FIRST WEEK COLLECTIONS ( FAN CLUBS FULL OF ROWDIES ARE FOR THIS PURPOSE ) ARE SPENT BY THE STAR HIMSELF. THESE FAN CLUBS ARE PAID SALARY MONEY EVERY MONTH IN MILLIONS. THESE FAN CLUBS ALSO MAKE SURE THEY PURCHASE THE TICKETS OF AN UPCOMING RIVAL STAR, TO BOO THROUGHOUT THE MOVIE, BREAK FURNITURE AND WALK OUT IN A HUFF.
In the US Master Chef contest of 2011, the winner , a small town Mississippi girl, Whitney, was ridiculed by a panel of the best food critics of the world in the quarter finals, as someone who cannot cook, by tasting one of her dishes. At that time I told my wife--THIS GIRL WILL TAKE THE TROPHY. She won the semifinals and then finals , where the judges were chefs , NOT critics. Just to show what critics are worth.
WHO ARE THESE BULLSHIT CRITICS ?
DO THEY HAVE A HOTLINE WITH GOD , LIKE THE POPE ?
DO THEY HAVE TONGUES AND TASTE BUDS BETTER OR BIGGER , THAN YOU AND ME?
WHO ARE THESE FUC#ERS ?
THESE MONSTERS MADE THEMSELVES OR WERE MADE BY MONEY POWER , RIGHT ?
And now something about this Master Chef cooking contest.
We are supposed to believe that cooking is rocket science cum work of art. Contestants had to make theme items conveying love, anger, lust , greed --blah blah.
And then the dumb lookin' judge would say " I cant see the theme in the dish you made". And you should hear the ridiculous ways they describe each dish!! Dont these stupid people know that there are billions on this planet.
All of us eat cooked dishes, daily , 3 times a day -- right? unlike the bombing of Guernica canvas--
The proof of the pudding lies in the eating-- not in the garnishing, or bullshit comments of critics.
Probably it might be a great and novel thing for people who eat hamburgers, french fries , fried meat, microwaved frozen food and tinned stuff , doused in ketchup -- day in day out.
The dumb looking cooks and the critics really tried hard to show that they are cerebral. If a contestant screws up the cooking, he would claim " I innovated!". Now since innovation is the IN thing in town, the judges would gasp " Wow! you have balls of steel, and give him max marks !"
Interpreting abstract art.-- Black Irish Humor
Above-- Tina Ambani pays 2.5 million dollars for this bullshit painting "Birth" by FN Souza--probably to show the world -- " I have made it large ".
At the National Art Gallery in Dublin , a husband and wife were staring at a portrait that had them completely confused.
The painting depicted 3 black men totally naked, sitting on a bench.
Two of the figures had black penises, but the one in the middle had a pink penis.
The curator of the gallery realized that they were having trouble interpreting the painting and offered his personal assessment.
He went on for over half an hour explaining how it depicted the sexual emasculation of African Americans in a predominately white, patriarchal society, literally frothin' from the mouth.
'In fact', he pointed out, 'some serious critics believe that the pink penis also reflects the cultural and sociological oppression experienced by gay men in contemporary society'.
After the curator left, an Irishman approached the couple and said, 'Would you like to know what the painting is really about?'
'Now why would you claim to be more of an expert than the curator of the gallery?', asked the couple.
'Because I am the artist who painted the picture,' he replied.
'In fact, there are no African Americans depicted at all. They're just three Irish coalminers. The guy in the middle went home for lunch.
By the way all modern art is supposed to be in 4D., as in a Klein Bottle, where spacetime is distorted so there is no inside or outside, only one surface.
CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL