The Summer of ’17

Aside from celebrating the 20th wedding anniversary with my wife, Jean, and the launch of the Androgynous Project exclusively for the Art Frenzie Gallery in Wilton Manors, 2017 is the year I have been granted the distinct honor of being the featured artist at the City of Sunrise Anime Festival as well as the speaker for ‘Otaku Mode.’  Having an art talk and gallery opening simultaneously during a Japan themed festival is a dream come true.  If you’re in South Florida and can make it, I’d love to see you there!

Details:
2 Free events at the City of Sunrise Anime Festival featuring Carlos Aleman

Otaku Mode (At the City of Sunrise Theater, 2:30pm)
Artist, writer, speaker and cultural provocateur, Carlos Aleman, examines the creative spirit and the appreciation of all that is different, exotic and compelling revealed by our western love for Japanese pop culture. The talk is a preview of a creativity course he is slated to teach at the Civic Center in July, 2017.

Anime-Japan (At the City of Sunrise Art Gallery, 4:00pm)
After the talk, you are cordially invited to the special reception celebrating the launch of Anime-Japan, the new art exhibition featuring the work of Carlos Aleman. Come meet the artist inside the Sunrise Art Gallery and also enjoy the 2017 City of Sunrise Anime Festival just outside the doors of the gallery.

In addition to the art talk and gallery opening, there will be lots of activities including animated movies, origami, manga, calligraphy art, bonsai demonstration, a ‘cosplay’ costume contest, Japanese food, and performance by the Taiko Dojo Drummers (There is a cost for the food and Taiko Drumming).

Eventbrite:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/anime-exhibit-festival-tickets-30927131884

Facebook Event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1863489450590765

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Kintsugi Samurai


‘Kintsugi Samurai’ © 2017 Carlos Aleman

I’m finishing up my pieces for the summer Anime-Japan show.  This one has quite a bit of gold and glitter in the face (photo doesn’t quite capture it) and so I thought I’d describe it with the word, kintsugi.  If you’ve ever seen broken Japanese pottery repaired with lacquer and gold dust, you might find ‘kintsugi’ can also be a metaphor for people who have experienced brokenness and recovery.  I plan to carry the sentiment over to some paintings I’m starting to work on in my head.  I’ll keep you posted.

Cosplay Awards

‘Cosplay Awards’ © 2016 Carlos Aleman

I woke up this morning with an idea for a final touch, Picasso’s Guernica, the large anti-war painting I once viewed in New York many years ago.  I think the light bulb represents the bombing of the city and the horse symbolizes suffering.  Why would I incorporate this into a work about pop culture?  I think we need the constant reminder that we’re at war, or at least that’s why my subconscious mind waited to tell me upon awakening.  ‘No Face’s’ ghostly presence seems appropriate.