I like to recommend three artists: one that I like, one I just found out about, and one who is a personal mentor:
- Vik Muniz (Wikipedia, Official Website): I first saw him on TV back in the mid-2000s and I was impressed by his “paintings” using chocolate, garbage, and whatever else he could find. This past summer I also saw a documentary called “Waste Land” about his humanitarian work, which he used art to help people. He is both a photographer and a painter, though not in the traditional sense. I think this is what makes him an Artist.
- Albert Paley (Wikipedia, Official Website): I only recently heard of him on NPR. But after a little research I begin to like his work. First of all, he is from Pennsylvania, my second home state. And he taught at Rochester Institute of Technology, which is next to the University of Rochester, where I went for undergrad and currently going for graduate school. So there’s definitely some local connection there.
- David Walsh (University of Rochester Webpage): I had Professor Walsh for an architecture class back in 2006 when I was a student at UofR. He is my favorite liberal arts professor. Not only is he knowledgeable in art history, he is also a modern day impressionist painter who had held numerous exhibitions across the country. And not only is he a painter, he does excellent pencil drawings. A true Teacher and an Artist. I am very honored to have two of his drawings! (You will see some of his work online, as soon as I help him design a website.)
Recently, I was pondering this question.
“Following Your Bliss” is a saying by Joseph Campbell, who was a mythology scholar. I saw his “Power of Myth” series awhile back, and I understood what he was saying, but I did not understand the word “bliss.” What is bliss anyways?
The dictionary states that bliss is: perfect happiness; great joy. Now that’s hard to find. A perfect happiness. Does that even exist? Great joy. What is that?
So I’m supposed to follow my happiness and joy, which is a very good advice, if I know where happiness and joy can be found.
My philosophy, which I dreamt up when I was 15 or 16 years old during my skateboarding days, is “Follow the Flow.” I’m sure I’m not not the only one who had thought about this idea. But in the 21st century, this idea of flow seems to me is more sensical than bliss. Bliss belongs to the Buddhist era, whereas Flow belongs to the Modern era.
There is a great book called Finding Flow, which I recommended about two weeks ago in this post. It is a book by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a Russian psychologist. He described Flow as doing something you really like, and you are so into it that you don’t realize that time has passed by. That, to me, is more suitable for the contemporary living and work ethic.
But I think it’s wise to follow both my bliss and the flow. Both will grant me the paths to happiness and peace. So why choose when you can have both?
Recently, my friend Nick Eng, who is an engineer working for Amazon.com, took this photograph below. He told me it’s very similar to the ones I take under my Abstract section of the gallery. I agreed. Except I would have zoomed in a little closer.
I think it’s great that people see things a little differently than others. That’s what makes this world so interesting.
2014, Nick Eng, Seattle, Washington