By Deb A.
He would play a few notes and then stop, nonchalantly dismissive: 'Nahhh... I don't think you can handle it.' The crowd would shriek, laughing and begging and howling, unsure of whether their cheers meant that they wanted more or that he was right: they couldn't handle it. He would always give them just a little more than they could handle. Prince made an indelible purple mark on generations.
As the world began to light up purple, collaborative studio Random International put a call out to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to amend its Rain Room. The exhibit allows visitors to control the rain: falling water pauses in response to a human presence. LACMA bills Rain Room as "a respite from everyday life and an opportunity for sensory reflection within a responsive relationship."
On Friday, visitors found themselves underneath the purple rain.
The exhibit is closed from tomorrow until May 19th due to conservation efforts. But the world will still be purple for days and weeks to come.
And the universe will be, too, for much, much longer.
By Deb A.
It only makes sense that a film about Vincent van Gogh be groundbreaking.
Loving Vincent is the world's first fully painted feature animation. The investigation of the artist's life and death is based on van Gogh's own paintings and an archive of 800 of his letters. Honouring van Gogh's statement that "we cannot speak other than by our paintings," the film is anchored by the artist's own works; 62,000 oil paintings on canvas (one for each frame, or 1/12th of a second), created by artists who were specifically trained in van Gogh's techniques, fill out the story.
Of van Gogh's 2000 works, only about 100 made the cut: some, like The Potato Eaters, were too much of a stylistic break from the method used for the animation. Others, including some of his most famous paintings, were sacrificed for the sake of a cohesive storyline.
There was another type of painting required to make the film: being forced to stifle their own creative flourishes in order to fit within van Gogh's distinctively energetic style, some of the team of 85 artists needed an outlet. They painted for themselves on the weekend.
The character of Vincent van Gogh does not appear in the film; instead, quotes from his letters are read out by his family, friends, and the subjects of his paintings, including Margaret Gachet (Saiorse Ronan) and Armand Roulin (Douglas Booth). Directed by painter and director Dorota Kobiela--who came up with the idea after rereading van Gogh's letters--and produced by Oscar winner Hugh Welchman, Loving Vincent is due to be released later this year.
By Deb A.
Agave Magazine's first issue of 2016 is a celebration of vitality that takes shape over a broad range of genres, including poetry, short fiction, memoir, collage, painting and sculpture. It is one of only two issues that will be published this year, and is available in its entirety on our website. (Digital copies will be available in the shop soon.)
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Jason Willome (cover artist): Matching Concealed Patterns (The Seam Grows When You're Not Looking) (Art: Painting)
Maria Alvarez: Butterfly Shoes (Literature: Short Fiction)
Charlie Baylis: My Night in Paris (Literature: Poetry)
Kaitlin Botts: Botanica Strange (Photography)
Robin Boyd: The Siberian Flamingo (Literature: Poetry)
Gin Cooley + Max Eremine: A Portrait of Gin Cooley (éclat series) (Photography)
Darren Demaree: Emily As the Sun Lolls Low (Literature: Poetry)
Donna Festa: Woman in Brown (Art: Painting)
Julianne Fuchs-Musgrave: Granlin's Dream (Art: Painting)
Jennifer Garza-Cuen: Detroit, MI (Photography: Feature + Interview)
Danielle Gillespie: What's Measured in Miles and Meters (Literature: Short Fiction)
Mark Goad: Nothing Is As Long (Literature: Poetry)
Karen Havelin: Like I'm Indestructible (Literature: Novel Excerpt)
Marc Janssen: Used Jacket (Literature: Poetry)
Allan Johnston: Exile's Revenge (Literature: Poetry)
Daniel Long: Damsel Fish/Poe's Tales (Photography)
Daniel Long: Oblique Magritte (Photography)
Margaret Morrison: Both Ways (Art: Painting)
Ellen Mueller: Waffles the Horse (Art: Collage)
S.E Nash: Collaborative Microbes (Art: Sculpture)
Yanuary Navarro: A Coyote's Dream (Art: Illustration)
Cory Peeke: A Higher Education: Suits (Art: Collage)
Nirvair Rai: Dhaka Diaries: A Photo Essay on Longing in Dhaka, Bangladesh (Photography: Photo Essay)
David Schaefer: Night Count (Literature: Poetry)
Stanley Solomon: Grandma Siegel and the Flaming Pot (Literature: Memoir)
Elham Tashkandi: Black & White Images (Photography)
Phaedra Taylor: Grizzly Angel (Art: Painting)
Phaedra Taylor: Ingrid and the Nautilus Torch (Art: Painting)
B.A. Varghese: That One Thanksgiving (Literature: Poetry)
Peter Victor: Eliana T. (Photography)
Jessica Vorheis: A Great Light (Art: Painting)
Caroline Walsh: Currents (Art: Painting)
Paul Warren: We All Have Our Demons (Photography)
Anne Whitehouse: Grout Pond (Literature: Poetry)
Georgio Zapadiotti: Between Reality and Fantasy (Photography)
Jane Zich: Cosmic Eruption (Art: Painting)
Emma Zurer: Daughter of the Desert (Art: Collage)
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