Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

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Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

I’d rather be enslaved to a sadistic Egyptian Pharaoh than temporarily give up anything leavened.

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I’d rather be enslaved to a sadistic Egyptian Pharaoh than temporarily give up anything leavened.

I burn with no causes.

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I burn with no causes.

DUNCAN DIVULGE.

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DUNCAN DIVULGE.

Duncan is Dante

A collage of Classical and Renaissance period art 

This is me, a twisted sculpture and painting from the Classical and Renaissance period; two periods that I discovered bits about Duncan. Your eye will first glance at the painting; Dante and Virgil in Hell (1850) by William-Adolphe Bouguereau since it is in a vertical format. Turn the collage upside down and the sculpture, Laocoon and His Sons (Rhodes Sculptors: 1st Century) will be revealed. These two masterpieces best describe the current me in the context of Classical and Renaissance period. Let me give a short background of the two art works as I connect it to Duncan.

As seen on the Hellenistic sculpture (320-30B.C.E.), it represents a natural progression from the Classical period.  The work from the Hellenistic period became even more emotional, displayed more dramatic movement, explored a greater range of themes and modelling, and became even more realistic. Artists also now considered the environment of their subject and began to use negative space an additional tool to express their vision. This sculpture is highly dramatic through its use of twisting forms; there is no place the eye to rest when viewing this piece. The pain and anguish of the figures is expressed through the intensity of their expressions, the multitude of strong diagonals that are formed, and the muscular, physical reaction to their situation. The negative space becomes just as powerful as the positive space. The figures, in collaboration with their surrounding environment, create interplay of space that infuses the piece with endless movement.

On the other side, the painting depicts a scene from Inferno; a classical poem written by Dante Alighieri in the 1300’s in which Dante is led through the levels of Hell by the dead poet Virgil. In this particular moment, Dante is witnessing the horrors of the wrathful in Hell. Clearly, Dante is the figure cloaked in beige and covering his mouth in utter disbelief. His eyes, however, are not directed at the two fighting men. He is staring off towards the side of the painting which makes us wonder what exactly he is looking at. Virgil continues to look down at the scene before us while he attempts to steer Dante onward with a hand.

                Both art pieces have similarities that helped me combine them into one hit piece; one piece that will depict who I am today. Honestly speaking, it is hard to explain it in words. All that matters to me is the feeling that I get whenever I stare and try to examine each element in the collage. As I scrutinize, I realize that I am in a ferocious battle against myself. Like the two fighting figures that have been accented with an intense light that seems to shine exclusively on their bodies, they clearly proclaim dominance within the painting and begin a clear line of movement. It is the movement that I endure between the good and the evil egos of Duncan. Of course good always wins against evil but with so many temptations, distractions, and twisted truths that swirl around the world, such obstacles extract the best out of Duncan. Akin to Laocoon and His Sons, the negative and positive spaces skirmish for power and impact that gives me a further understanding of balance in life, and the afterlife. It reminds Duncan that everything happens for a reason and results to respective consequences. May it be good or evil, all I know is I am Dante, who had this privilege to see the hereafter in order for me to cherish what I have now as a treasure—my life, my God-given talents, my blessings. Amen.

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Duncan is Dante

A collage of Classical and Renaissance period art 

This is me, a twisted sculpture and painting from the Classical and Renaissance period; two periods that I discovered bits about Duncan. Your eye will first glance at the painting; Dante and Virgil in Hell (1850) by William-Adolphe Bouguereau since it is in a vertical format. Turn the collage upside down and the sculpture, Laocoon and His Sons (Rhodes Sculptors: 1st Century) will be revealed. These two masterpieces best describe the current me in the context of Classical and Renaissance period. Let me give a short background of the two art works as I connect it to Duncan.

As seen on the Hellenistic sculpture (320-30B.C.E.), it represents a natural progression from the Classical period.  The work from the Hellenistic period became even more emotional, displayed more dramatic movement, explored a greater range of themes and modelling, and became even more realistic. Artists also now considered the environment of their subject and began to use negative space an additional tool to express their vision. This sculpture is highly dramatic through its use of twisting forms; there is no place the eye to rest when viewing this piece. The pain and anguish of the figures is expressed through the intensity of their expressions, the multitude of strong diagonals that are formed, and the muscular, physical reaction to their situation. The negative space becomes just as powerful as the positive space. The figures, in collaboration with their surrounding environment, create interplay of space that infuses the piece with endless movement.

On the other side, the painting depicts a scene from Inferno; a classical poem written by Dante Alighieri in the 1300’s in which Dante is led through the levels of Hell by the dead poet Virgil. In this particular moment, Dante is witnessing the horrors of the wrathful in Hell. Clearly, Dante is the figure cloaked in beige and covering his mouth in utter disbelief. His eyes, however, are not directed at the two fighting men. He is staring off towards the side of the painting which makes us wonder what exactly he is looking at. Virgil continues to look down at the scene before us while he attempts to steer Dante onward with a hand.

                Both art pieces have similarities that helped me combine them into one hit piece; one piece that will depict who I am today. Honestly speaking, it is hard to explain it in words. All that matters to me is the feeling that I get whenever I stare and try to examine each element in the collage. As I scrutinize, I realize that I am in a ferocious battle against myself. Like the two fighting figures that have been accented with an intense light that seems to shine exclusively on their bodies, they clearly proclaim dominance within the painting and begin a clear line of movement. It is the movement that I endure between the good and the evil egos of Duncan. Of course good always wins against evil but with so many temptations, distractions, and twisted truths that swirl around the world, such obstacles extract the best out of Duncan. Akin to Laocoon and His Sons, the negative and positive spaces skirmish for power and impact that gives me a further understanding of balance in life, and the afterlife. It reminds Duncan that everything happens for a reason and results to respective consequences. May it be good or evil, all I know is I am Dante, who had this privilege to see the hereafter in order for me to cherish what I have now as a treasure—my life, my God-given talents, my blessings. Amen.

Three Things: Art, Design, and Artist

An ambitious statement of what Art is

I really don’t know how to start this explanation of what Art is for me. I don’t know how to narrow down the tremendous ideas that swirl inside my head waiting to be picked as my answer for this assignment. But one thing is for sure; I enjoyed and had fun doing this homework. I did not say that just to have extra points. I said that for it is the truth. By doing this simple essay, I discovered a lot more of what I am as an Artist, a Student, and a Human.

Finally, I had organized (well, sort of) my ideas and come up with this line up. I will state some famous quotes about art from famous artists then my stand about it. Though it’s many (I told you it’s not that organized) I hope I did my point here for what Art really is.

“Art is an idea that has found its perfect visual expression. And design is the vehicle by which this expression is made possible. Art is a noun, and design is a noun and also a verb. Art is a product and design is a process. Design is the foundation of all the arts.”— Paul Rand

Amen to what Paul Rand has said. I believe, of all of the definitions of Art, may it be technical or personal, the catch is, Art and Design are two things we must know and understand. Art and Design may have similarities, but they are different and inter-related. One cannot survive without the other; we cannot survive without the two as well. Just like what Jasper Johns said, “Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it.” It is because Art and Design is parallel to religion, it is a way of life, and it is part of life. As what Robert L. Peters stated: “Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.”

“A design isn’t finished until somebody is using it.” — Brenda Laurel

            Brenda Laurel may state that design may be finished, but I believe that Art is never finished; it is only abandoned by the artist. Because anytime, the artist has the control to change what he has done. He has the full power to manipulate it for Art is flexible and very personal. I myself have tried it probably due to the reason of seeing imperfections about my artwork, thus wanted to fix and improve it. It’s like what Scott Adams said: “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”

 I have already made mentioned about three things: Art, Design, and Artist. These three subjects are what we’ll usually see in all definitions of art. I suppose, as one of the million, I am more in favour of what Art and Design may do to shape an artist—to know one’s inner uniqueness. Thanks to the poet, Waldo Emerson for reminding me this through his saying: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Art and Design are good keys to be known by who you are. I myself am still in the process of doing this. As a strategy, I look at things differently. “No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If He did, he would cease to be an artist.” ― Oscar Wilde

Yes, I am still in the process, and I will never give up on this journey. “There’s no retirement for an artist, it’s your way of living so there’s no end to it.” Henry Moore said. In time, I can say that the definition of Art and Design will change. Change is the only permanent in the world. I as well will change as an Artist—my beliefs will revolutionize as struggles may come and go.
For me, such problems are not entirely problems. Whereas in fact, problems are mostly the source of inspiration in doing such art. Like what Lady Gaga stated: “As artists, we are eternally heartbroken.” We are perpetually thirsty and hungry for what we crave for. And similar to this problem is stated by Pablo Picasso: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

Pablo Picasso really tickled my mind. I asked myself, am I still going to be an artist as I grow up? What kind of an artist will I be as I grow old? Gosh, that became really deep and personal though this assignment only requires what Art is. As I have said, this homework really gave me more than I expected. I revealed parts of me. Leonardo Da Vinci was right. “One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.” And in the future, hopefully, (or should I say ambitiously) the future students who will have this same assignment will use my original quote about Art. So help me God.

“We are all Artworks. I consider myself as one, and it is not yet finished.”  ― Carle Duncan M. De Guzman

Just relax and let go.

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Just relax and let go.

J’ai ton amour

The Immaculate is the real beauty.

The tempting illusion is the beast.

Inspired by Our Lady of Gaga-lupe, here’s my interpretation of the concept of Beauty and the Beast.

Photography and Digital Imaging: Carle Duncan De Guzman
Models / Costume and Make-up: Prince Lotus and Lady-Gagita Eljay Laroa

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J’ai ton amour

The Immaculate is the real beauty.

The tempting illusion is the beast.

Inspired by Our Lady of Gaga-lupe, here’s my interpretation of the concept of Beauty and the Beast.

Photography and Digital Imaging: Carle Duncan De Guzman
Models / Costume and Make-up: Prince Lotus and Lady-Gagita Eljay Laroa

waah, sleepless nights.. feels like am looking like this :| =))

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waah, sleepless nights.. feels like am looking like this :| =))

We are all Art Works. I consider myself as one, and it is not yet finished.

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We are all Art Works. I consider myself as one, and it is not yet finished.

ALTER-EGO

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ALTER-EGO

Last year looks. somehow missing my long hair..

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Last year looks. somehow missing my long hair..

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