Thursday, March 19, 2009

Neverland Netherlands # 9 - Exhibition at Planet Art

'Lime Light' and 'Sleepwalking' will show in the window display of PlanetArt in Enschede, Holland!

Noorderhagen 11
7511 EJ Enschede
tel. 06 55 83 03 11

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Neverland Netherlands # 8 - 35mm Film Experiments

 The following are experiments made on various 35mm stocks: color, black and white, and 35mm still film color negative. I've enjoyed documenting these images using a DSLR and a lot of light. These photographic image are made without a camera. Placing objects directly onto the surface of a photo-sensitive material such as photographic paper and then exposing it to light. The result are negative shadow image in varying tones, depending on the transparency of the objects. Artistic cameraless photography was used by Man Ray,  László Moholy-Nagy, Christian Schad, Imogen Cunningham, and Pablo Picasso.

Neverland Netherlands # 7 - Exhibition at B93

Guest Artists Cécile Wesolowski(France) and Jovanna Tosello(USA) at B93

Date: April 1st 2009
Kunstenaarsinitiatief B93

Hoge Bothofstraat 166
7511 ZE Enschede

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053 4303831

Cécile and Jovanna’s exhibit ‘Guest Artist’ is a screening of video portraits made during their residency at Art Residency Enschede.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Neverland Netherlands # 6 - Utrecht

This weekend I went with Cecile and her boyfriend to a day trip to Utrecht. Utrecht is a municipality and the fourth largest city of the Netherlands. The a population +300,000 and an ancient city with buildings from the Early Middle Ages. Utrecht was the main centers of the Dutch golden age  until Amsterdam became its cultural center. The city sits in the exact central of the country and is an important transport hub for both rail and road transport. Utrecht University, the largest university of the Netherlands, as well as several other institutes for higher education
The cityscape features old medieval architecture, canals, the former cathedral Dom Church, and the Rabobank-tower.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Neverland Netherlands # 5 - Animation Production

After settling into the studio, I began production on the animation project I'll be working on for the rest of my stay in the Netherlands. I started with the Adobe CS3 Flash for the first time. Taking baby steps, I've created small animated clips. Working in this direction, I see the projec turning into an animated installation. The filmmaker in me is gravatiate towards the short film genre.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Neverland Netherlands # 4 - Shopping in the Netherlands

The supermarkets and department stores are completely different than the ones in Los Angeles. There's this store in Enschede called HEIMA. It's selection of products are a mixture of Target and IKEA. In the make-up section of the store, I spied a display of cheap contact lenses with a variety of persciption strengths.
I wear prescription glasses and never bothered with the hassle of ordering contacts lenses. Although, I've alway wanted to try a pair, but the process of scheduling a doctors appointment and finding fitted contacts have always diswayded me. Standing in front of the display, I couldn't help buy several pairs. I found an assortment of colored lenses: "green" "blue", "hazel", and "gray". Although gray was the only color mute enough to pass as possiblity real.
It took me at least 40 minutes to get one in. Getting a tiny sheet of plastic onto one's eye ball feels like a strange dance. I wrestled with the soft lens; it attached to everything else but where I commanded it. 

Friday, March 6, 2009

Neverland Netherlands # 3 - Bicycles

A omafiets, a dutch word for grandma's bike, is traditional form of roadster bicycle used in the Netherlands and are referred to as Dutch bikes outside of the Netherlands. Omafiets bicycles are painted black with a steel frame and give the rider an upright riding position. The single-speed gear bike has a skirt guard to prevent skirts and dresses becoming entangled in the rear wheel or its spokes. However both sexes ride omafiets bicycles and are often painted with bright colors.

Cycling in the Netherlands is inexplicably common. I'd go father to say the relationship between the Dutch and their bikes could be seen as perverted. Adopting to these wheeled friends as my main transpiration tool has been difficult. The weather has been unforgiving -chilly, raining almost every other day. I hate being wet and riding a bike during a storm means I'm getting wetter faster. The country is well equipped with cycle-paths and cycle facilities. The network reaches all parts of the nation and into the bordering nations of Belgium and Germany. The cycling surface quality is good and the routing tends to be direct with gentle turns making it possible to cycle at speed for considerable distances. Bike lanes come with their own sets of rules and systems - including traffic signals/lights, tunnels and lanes.