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YUKARI ART: SHINTARO OHATA
Born in Hiroshima, 1975. Shintaro Ohata is an artist who depicts little things in everyday life like scenes of a movie and captures all sorts of light in his work with a unique touch: convenience stores at night, city roads on rainy day and fast-food shops at dawn etc. His paintings show us ordinary sceneries as dramas. He is also known for his characteristic style; placing sculptures in front of paintings, and shows them as one work, a combination of 2-D and 3-D world.
''afterglow'', 2011, acrylic on canvas
Shintaro Ohata is an artist who depicts little things in everyday life like scenes of a movie and captures all sorts of light in his work with a unique touch: convenience stores at night, city roads on rainy day and fast-food shops at dawn etc. His paintings show us ordinary sceneries as dramas. He is also known for his characteristic style; placing sculptures in front of paintings, and shows them as one work, a combination of 2-D and 3-D world. He says that it all started from when he wondered “I could bring the atmosphere or dynamism of my paintings with a more different way if I place sculptures in front of paintings”. Many viewers tend to assume that there is a light source set into his work itself because of the strong expression of lights in his sculpture. His further steps have been noticed as he has been featured by lots of media from overseas, including a cultural magazine from the USA that featured him on their front cover and a long interview. 「水族館」/ ''Aquarium'', 2010, panting, polystyrene based sculpture
''2'', 2011, panting, polystyrene based sculpture
''loop'', 2010, panting, polystyrene based sculpture「さんぽ道」/ ''SANPOMICHI -hanging around-'', 2007, acrylic on canvas「線香花火」部分/ detail''Sparklers'', 2010, panting, polystyrene based sculpture
（Posted by No Agency on January 23, 2013 ） More Pictures @ https://www.pinterest.com
UMBRELLA: IMAGE of a CITY'S STYLE
（Photo Courtesy: Eric Chavet *top; Katerina Vorvi *bottom）
According to the champion and researcher of cultural creative industries in Malaysia, Dr Tan Beng Huat, who is also a fellow member of the renowned Malaysian Institute of Management (MIM), the “character” of a city is defined by its awareness, attitude, style and philosophy it believes in.
It seems no issue in understanding the awareness, attitude or philosophy of a city.
For instance, in Berlin, every Berliner follows traffic light; green you go, orange and red you stop, whether it is 3 in the morning or in the afternoon, for men or vehicles.
Your car just has to stop right in front of red light, even when there is no car coming from the other side in midnight.
(Photo Courtesy: Samuel kreuzer *top; Olah Laszlo Tibor *middle/bottom）
It is obvious, all Germans “aware” or “appreciate” how important it is to be law-abiding. It is part of their disciplines, which often translate into the reliable quality of their manufacture goods such as cars, machineries and electronics.
But, what is style? To be precise, the style of a city? and how does it shape the “character” of a place?
To me, it is simple. Style is defined by the mental image we hold for a city. When I travel to a place, there are usually a few things I would first observe.
Umbrella is one of them. Isn’t it strange enough?
（Photo Courtesy: 2006 *top; Misha Kaklakov *middle; Diana Tula *bottom）
The way people face the weather; how do they go through rain, thunderstorm or hot sun, reflects their contentment or dissatisfaction toward the life in that city.
Are they elegant or in a hush; bitter-faced or look into the sky with a smile?
When most people in that place hold the umbrellas and walk with poise, the scenery can be contagious. We will say to ourselves that, I would like to be part of this city.
On the contrary, when most people are sour-looking, and rush through the weather, you know, how bad, people are not happy at all here!
The style of a city constitutes its attractiveness. With imagination and innovation, the cultural creative activists can help shape peoples’ mental picture towards a city. However, the policy makers must first have the concept of how to make life easier for their citizens.
（Photo Courtesy: Julia Drobonova *top; Irina Klimenko *bottom）
(Source of Article: https://iconada.tv/profiles/blogs/noagency003 June 12, 2011)
When measured by album sales and song downloads, The Beatles were one of the biggest bands in existence. Yesterday is the world’s most covered song, and other tracks written by the Fab Four are familiar to most people who will read this.
While their official end came in 1970, their influences continues well into today.
Don’t forget that The Beatles were writers, too. While people see them as musicians, what they sold was their writing.
Writers can learn a lot to improve their writing through The Beatles. If you want to know more about writing that captivates those who hear and read it, they knew some writing tricks.
Go to YouTube, and look up some lyrics before reading further. Start with Strawberry Fields Forever, Help, or I Want To Hold Your Hand. Some were rock, some were blues, and others were radio-friendly – a couple were very unusual.
Here’s what writers can learn from the writing of one of the greatest groups to exist.
The official Beatles members were Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.
Albums including Yellow Submarine, Abbey Road, and A Hard Day’s Night are credited to the band. Popular, individual songs are too many to list here.
The Beatles still have an incredible influence on art, popular culture, and creativity. Their work is popular, everlasting, and original. Their work is inspiring, written about often, and discovered by new fans every day.
Do you want people to see your writing like this someday?
Learn from the Beatles just as much as from traditional writing role models like Stephen King.
They knew how to write.
There are many writers who look to primarily fiction or non-fiction authors for inspiration. Include scriptwriters and lyricists in your list, even if you do not write in the same media which they do.
The Beatles were responsible for the lyric ‘I am the walrus’.
People are still debating what it could have meant. But it’s still catchy enough to have sold millions of copies – and inspired thousands of other artists.
As a writer, your greatest tool is using (and often bending) the capacity of language. Words influence a lot of things, including mood, and a writer’s tone.
Does it mean that you have to use flowery, embellished language every time you write? No, not necessarily. But writers should always use language with just a dash of creativity that sets them apart from other writers in the world.
Know language, and aim to get to know it better as a writer every day.
It worked for the Beatles, and it can work for you.
A title is responsible for what makes a reader continue, get hooked, or read something else.
The Beatles knew the power of writing great titles.
On paper, the titles are powerful on their own.
As a writer, that is what you should aim to achieve.
Writing elements like the hook, the first paragraph, and the last sentence are just as important as writing a great title.
John Lennon reportedly once told another band member that it was time to ‘write a swimming pool.’
While that was pretty blunt, it describes what writers should know about the business side of their writing.
See pitches and sold work as business capital as a writer. After all, your words are worth money. Every word counts, especially when the writer intends to sell any of them. 4. Work On Telling Great Beginnings, Middles, & Ends
The Beatles had a knack for great stories within their songs.
Read the lyrics of songs like The Ballad Of Rocky Raccoon, or Strawberry Fields Forever. Eleanor Rigby and even Can’t Buy Me Love are good examples of their storytelling capacity.
There are beginnings, middles, and ends. Distinct ones, and each song tells a story to the listener or reader.
As a writer, you should aim to make your writing always achieve this.
Excellent fiction and non-fiction writing means you should always work on better beginnings, middles, and endings..
The original idea for Yesterday came from a catchy melody and Paul McCartney singing the words ‘scrambled eggs’ to it. Creativity is a strange thing. It can strike at any time, and a writer has to be ready to seize the moment (or set out a time for pitching and writing every day) to keep ideas flowing.
The song Yesterday is credited as the most covered and recorded song in history. That’s really something, and it started with a very basic core idea.
Keep all your ideas. Don’t discount the weird ones. They might just be the ideas that work well with readers – and remember that the best ideas can, indeed, come from some very weird places.
Writers like order, but too many writers blame their circumstances for an inability to get writing. There’s never an ideal environment to work, and it is something that might be impossible to find.
The Beatles performed many gigs where the crowd was so hysterical from Beatlemania that the band couldn’t hear themselves sing. They couldn’t hear their instruments. But still, they performed – and usually, very well.
Gigs are chaos. Studios are chaos. Musicians’ heads are chaos. Often, so is the environment in which you will have to write.
Don’t let circumstances stand in the way of completing your writing.
Rights to Beatles lyrics are worth more their literal weight in gold. Especially songs credited to the partnership of John Lennon and Paul McCartney have been bought, sold, re-sold, and traded to the tune of billions in total.
Professional writers aren’t selling consumer products like watches, silver, or shampoo. They’re selling rights to their work.
If you’re a writer, record it when you sell and publish your work. Learn what type of rights you are giving up, and whether the work can be re-posted (or republished as a reprint again).
While writers write, writers should also have a handle on the business of selling and administrating their rights.
For any writer, how they handle their rights is as important as how good their ideas look on paper.
Almost everyone knows the Beatles. If you don’t, now is an excellent time to have a listen to their library of work.
The movie Across The Universe is also an excellent start for new fans (and even though it doesn’t feature the Beatles themselves, it features plenty of their best work).
As a writer, every influence can help to grow your abilities as a writer.
Who are your strongest writing influences right now, and what have you learned from their work?
Image: This image is from the “Album Covers Wiki” on The Beatles and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.
By Alex J. Coyne. Alex is a writer, proofreader, and regular card player. His features about cards, bridge, and card playing have appeared in Great Bridge Links, Gifts for Card Players, Bridge Canada Magazine, and Caribbean Compass. Get in touch at alexcoyneofficial.com.
Sarah Williams 7 Pearls Of Writing Wisdom From Susan Sontag Susan Sontag was an American writer, filmmaker, and political activist. She was born 16 January 1933, and died 28 December 2004. A personal hero of mine, she was deemed ‘one of the most influential critics of her generation.’ Rightfully so. Until her passing in 2004, she forged a daringly outspoken life during both turbulent and thrilling bouts of history. Susan possessed New York by shirking sexual stereotypes and sharing bold, unapologetic meditations on love, art, humanity, and pop culture. From her prolific essays and talks on literature to her intimate letter correspondences, words were the catalyst of choice for Susan’s self-expression. After Susan’s death, a series of her personal journals were released. She had spent an entire lifetime contemplating the importance of writing in relation to her life experiences and the experiences of others. This is a collection of her most poignant pearls of writing wisdom. 7 Pearls Of Writing Wisdom From Susan Sontag 1. ‘You have to be obsessed.’ Much like Rainer Maria Rilke, who questioned writers whether they would die if forbidden to write, Susan instilled a similar urgency. You don’t choose to be a writer. You have to be. There must be something inside that commands a person to write. This commitment and desire to improve the craft is what propels you forward, both as a writer and a moral human being. ‘People write me all the time,’ she said, during a 1992 talk given at the 92nd Street Y, ‘or get in touch with me about “what should I do if I want to be a writer?” I say well, do you really want to be a writer? It’s not like something you’d want to be, it’s rather something you couldn’t help but be. But you have to be obsessed.’ 2. ‘If I am not able to write because I’m afraid of being a bad writer, then I must be a bad writer. At least I’ll be writing.’ In this journal entry from 1979, Susan motivates writers to denounce their insecurities and push through. It doesn’t matter if the quality of writing doesn’t quite match the quantity by which you produce it. If you’re compelled to write, you write. If you continue to write, you get better. 3. ‘Love words, agonize over sentences, and pay attention to the world.’ Fiction. Narrative. Poetry. Non-fiction. Reviews. Every genre is a commentary on life. If you don’t pay attention to the world, you won’t have much to say about it. Susan Sontag contextualized her personal view of the world within a framework of the Vietnam War and her voluntary participation in the Siege of Sarajevo. She stressed the political role and social duty of the artist and the ways in which language can both create and distort reality. Put in the most simplistic terms during her acceptance speech for Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, ‘A writer, I think, is someone who pays attention to the world.’ She urged writers to ‘be serious,’ without forgetting the importance of humour in both life and literature.
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