Montag, Jänner 31, 2005


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Sonntag, Jänner 30, 2005

GANYMEDE, THE SOUTHERN PRINCE

Also known as GANYMEDES

WHO WAS GANYMEDE ?

Ganymede was a son of Tros, first king of the classical land known as Troy. He lived on the island of Crete, and tended sheep there on the slopes of Mount Ida. One day Zeus caught a glimpse of the handsome young boy as he was tending sheep on Mt. Ida, and was suddenly inflamed with a passion for him.
Zeus thereby changed his shape into that of an eagle, swooped down onto the craggy slopes of Ida, and carried the boy off to Mt. Olympus, home of the gods, to serve as the cup bearer. Now it so happens that this position was already filled by Hebe, the daughter of Zeus and his wife Juno. Once Ganymede arrived at the royal court there began a furious competition between Hebe and Ganymede for the honor of serving the gods.

Eventually Ganymede won the post, and stayed on also as the beloved companion to Zeus. Ganymede's father, Tros, mourned for his son because he did not know what happened. Zeus felt sorry for him, and gave the father special horses that only gods could ride upon. He also made Hermes explain the entire story, including the honor of becoming immortal.

To honor the events surrounding the elevation of Ganymede to "cup bearer and servant of the gods," he placed his shape of an eagle, a shape he assumed when abducting Ganymede to Olympus, into the heavens as the constellation Aquila (eagle), and immortalized Ganymede as the constellation Aquarius (water bearer). One of Jupiter's moons is also named after Ganymede.





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KALHIL GIBRAN'S WISE ADVICE

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.


(KALHIL GIBRAN)

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Pencil drawing, 100 x 70 cm

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Samstag, Jänner 29, 2005

SUNFLOWERS

This painting is a document of the bitter end of a great love.

It was a love, on the same line of Romeo's and Juliet's love with the major difference that Rome and Juliet died before they had a child ...

Freitag, Jänner 28, 2005



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Donnerstag, Jänner 27, 2005

MY SON JOHANNES

This is the first drawing I made of my son Johannes ...

This was our first eye contact we had ... our first face-to-face interaction ...

Time flies ...Tomorrow he will be 40 years old ...

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"THOU SHALT NOT KILL"... Deuteronomy, chapter 5/17

The deportation into a concentration camp happened without any legal basis. The "Notverordnung zum Schutz von Volk und Reich" ("Emergency Decree to Protect People and Reich"), dated from January 4, 1934, allowed police officials in Germany to impose "Protective Custody" without trial and limitation in order to "fight subversive efforts". Usually, a written order called "Schutzhaftbefehl" would be issued by the Gestapo headquarter and the RSHA in Berlin, but this only applied to German citizens.

The structure of NS-persecution aimed at the elimination of "hostile groups", beside political opponents and possible enemies of the people primarily JEWS.

After 1936, persecution was enlarged against :

ANTISOCIALS

WITNESS OF JEHOVA

HOMOSEXUALS

GYPSIES




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January 27, 1945 AUSCHWITZ

January 27, 1945

LIBERATION OF AUSCHWITZ BY SOVIET TROOPS


They find some 5.000 prisoners left behind but unable to move.

No comment ...

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Dienstag, Jänner 25, 2005

THE ANGEL OF CATHARSIS

Still being ill and down with the flu ... tomorrow I have to take a stronger dose rate of antibiotics ... I have plenty of time to reflect and to recall my past ... for the experience is the summation of our thoughts, considerations and reflections we put into practice.

ANGELS ... in the ancient world they were also called DAEMONS are creatures between God and the human being ... Socrates characterised them as our "interior voice" and so they have - in the way I see it - rather a psychological character than a religious one.

About twenty years ago I concerned myself with the world of Angels. At that time I was used to meditate and one day I had the apparitional vision of my ANGEL OF CATHARSIS and I tried to materialize him in an artistic way.

Two years later I had a great exhibition in a well known Gallery in Hamburg. After the vernissage (the private view) of my pictures I returned to Salzburg where I lived at that time.
The gallery owner liked my "Angel of Catharsis" very much and so I presented him this picture for his troubles ... with the success that he bilked me of the money ( of selling`) ... after one year...

Montag, Jänner 24, 2005


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Samstag, Jänner 22, 2005

INFLUENZA

... since Thursday ... overnight ... I am down with influenza ... this photomontage I found accidentally in the net ... it's really similar to one of my feverish dreams I had tonight ...

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Donnerstag, Jänner 20, 2005


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Mittwoch, Jänner 19, 2005

THE LIMBIC SYSTEM

The LIMBIC SYSTEM, the oldest part of our brain, is also responsible for our love life ... it controls mood and attitude :

Functions

sets the emotional tone of the mind
filters external events through internal states (emotional coloring)
tags events as internally important
stores highly charged emotional memories
modulates motivation
controls appetite and sleep cycles
promotes bonding
directly processes the sense of smell
modulates libido


Problems

moodiness, irritability, clinical depression
increased negative thinking
perceive events in a negative way
decreased motivation
flood of negative emotions
appetite and sleep problems
decreased or increased sexual responsiveness
social isolation



The deep limbic system lies near the center of the brain. Considering it's size -- about that of a walnut -- it is power-packed with functions, all of which are critical for human behavior and survival. From an evolutionary standpoint, this is an older part of the mammalian brain that enabled animals to experience and express emotions. It freed them from the stereotypical behavior and actions dictated by the brain stem, found in the older reptilian brain. The subsequent evolution of the surrounding cerebral cortex in higher animals, especially humans, gave the capacity for problem solving, planning, organization and rational thought. Yet, in order for these functions to occur one must have passion, emotion and desire to make it happen.

The deep limbic system adds the emotional spice, if you will, in both positive and negative ways.




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Samstag, Jänner 15, 2005

THE DAMNED (1969)

Today I'll see "The Damned" ("la caduta degli dei") by Luchino Visconti with Helmut Berger as a transvestite ...

Helmut Berger as "Lola" in "The Damned" by L.Visconti

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"The Night of the Long Knives" in "The Damned" by L.Visconti
This was the beginning of the persecution of homosexual persons during the Nazi-Regime in Germany and Austria ( the so called "Das dritte Reich")

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Freitag, Jänner 14, 2005

my new artistic concepts

I see, I need now urgently a relax from the occupation with the dramatic, tragical subjects of our actual reality and I'll seek sanctuary in the arms of the Greek God PAN to ease up a little bit ...

PAN'S PROFILE ;-)) :

Appearance: Horned, furry, half-man, half-goat, a bit on the short side. But not unattractive in the original bad-boy sense.

Symbol or Attribute:His horns. His "pan-pipe", a curved row of small flutes also called the "syrinx" - Syrinx was a maiden who turned herself into reeds to hide from Pan.

Strengths:
Lusty. An able musician.

Weaknesses:
Lusty. Also likes noise and loud music. Can incite 'panic', a mindless fear or rage, sometimes at the order of the goddess Rhea. Not adverse to tearing people apart on occasion.


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Alain Delon in Visconti's film "Il gattopardo" ("Il leopard")
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a scene of Visconti's film " Rocco and his brothers "

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LUCHINO VISCONTI

There is now a great retrospective of Visconti's cinema in Vienna's CINEMA NERA

Luchino Visconti ( 1906 - 1970 ) :

Marxist scion of an ancient Italian aristocratic family, Visconti brought a highly distinctive (and distinctively gay) sensibility to a body of work that began in the earliest days of neo-realism, took in psychological dramas and adaptations of Dostoyevsky, Camus and Thomas Mann as well as historical spectacle on the grandest operatic scale, and ended in the magisterial late chamber works of the 1970s.

Yesterday I saw "Rocco and his brothers" today I'll see "The Leopard" and viewing his dramatic films I can take a Time-Travel into my younger days ... a very exciting on both counts...


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Dienstag, Jänner 11, 2005

JIM

...being in front of a burnout syndrome I took 4 days free from my work in the hospital... according to Albert Camus' quote:

Without work, all life goes rotten,
But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.

-Albert Camus


Therefore I did something for my soul too in the morning and I made a little thumbsketch of my blogger-friend JIM. (http://jamesowen.blogspot.com/)
JIM is so kind to revise my translations of my German tests of my Official Website which will be updated soon ... but apart from this he is a handsome guy as you can see below ...

this pencil drawing should be a surprise for him too ... for he is still sleeping ... ( in his town it's now 05:05 a.m. but here in Vienna it's now already 11:05 a.m. !!)



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Donnerstag, Jänner 06, 2005

THE TRIPTYCH OF VIOLENCE

my dear friend, the young Florentine poet MARCO SIMONELLI wrote about my triptych:

Sì, è vero, noi abbiamo una sensibilità molto affine. Tempi diversi, storie diverse, la stessa Storia che diversamente si riflette sulle nostre vite ma esistono (lo so) persone che sono come tipi simili di terra per cui, seminando, riescono a dare dei frutti molto simili, anche in diversi appezzamenti di terreno. In fondo, siamo tutti esseri umani e la tragedia dello tsunami secondo me ha dato ancora più consapevolezza alla nostra specie di homo sapiens sapiens: siamo tutti piccole formiche su un sassolino di mondo che si sta sgretolando ... che senso hanno allora le violenze umane, come i vari martirii delle guerre religiose (da sebastiano ai kamikaze) o politiche (come Carlo) di fronte alla violenza estrema, non combattibile della Natura Matrigna, come la chiamava Leopardi?
Nel tuo Trittico c'è tutto questo:
E' pittura riflessiva, che fa riflettere sul significato dell'essere umano oggi. Anche le figure umane che usi, infatti, sono accennate, hanno una figuralità che sfugge, come dire che sono simboli di cose che accadono e sono sempre accadute e trascendono il tempo e la storia per andare direttamente al cuore dell'essere umano. al coacervo di istinto e violenza, di eros e thanatos. Ci salva la pietas, il sentimento di empatia che, come nel nostro splendido caso, si sviluppa fra gli esseri umani. Oh, Hans! Se tutti potessero comprendersi, capirsi e rispettarsi, nel mondo, come riesce a noi! Dobbiamo solo sperare, con gli stessi occhi dei personaggi del tuo Trittico.

www.marcosimonelli.net

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TRANSFORMATION 3

today I could finish the last painting of my Triptych "Transformations" which I will call now :

THE TRIPTYCH OF VIOLENCE

This is a reflection to the man's distinct tendency to resort to violence against the dissidents, beginning with Saint Sebastian until up to our days.

To this triptych I was inspired by my my friend Marco Simonelli, a young Florentine poet and his recently published "SESTO SEBASTIAN" for which I made the frontispiece last year.

http://www.marcosimonelli.net/

At the moment I'm feeling a little bit drained ... just like a woman perhaps feel after a complicated childbirth ...


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Sonntag, Jänner 02, 2005

HUSSAM WAS HERE

Today Hussam was visiting me for the first time ... we had a candlelightdinner ... and I made my first drawing of him ... it is my first drawing in this new year ... he wants to be my 'MUSE' ... and I am ready to wrap us in the magic carpet of our kismet ... I am ready to go on a journey with him ...

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