Posts Tagged ‘Jacques Laliberté’

  • Yelp review of the planet Earth

    Dec 29, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Jacques Laliberté  We visited this quaint planet — it’s in a corner of the Milky Way galaxy — on the recommendation of the wife’s carbon surgeon. I guess those guys are used to another level of accommodations because the wife and I found our experience downright unpleasant. Let me explain: First, the hospitality encountered in North America — a brash continent whose citizenry are highly active and their demeanor brusque — was not up to universal standard. The wife then reminded me that these sentients do not travel off-planet so wouldn’t know how others comport themselves. They eyed us askance, making no attempt to disguise their discomfort. The foodstuffs we sampled were spiced in unique and concordant ways, as their native organic ingredients are found no where else, and trying local food is one reason we travel. Unfortunately, the human serving us was undergoing life-span changes which nullified her empathy. Regional temperatures were tolerable, though we remained bound to our SCn-pacs just in case. The single, newer star — affectionately dubbed “Sun” — that lights Earth is agreeably dull — with one caveat, below — adding a warm hue to the surroundings. Travel Advisory! The light/dark cycle this star generates during Earth’s intervallic rotation is alarmingly brief and would’ve caused us to pupate if not for our medications. All our pre-trip research did not describe this potential horror. Beware

  • Hard drive by: Edsel shopping in the Digital Age

    Nov 3, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, ColumnNo CommentsRead More »

    By Jacques Laliberté Our household requires a second vehicle and my 1989 Dodge Dakota pickup — hardy as it is, has over 233,000 miles on her — is only trusted for in-town lumber duty. As a freelance pet portraitist, I can only reasonably afford an older car model, spending under ten grand, if that. And I’d prefer a European Classic that will appreciate 400 percent during my ownership while attaining 80 mpg. All fantasy aside, I took the simple route in my car search — the new millennial one — and logged in to scan the websites of local auto purveyors, from frontage road Buy Here Pay Here lots’ garish sites to slick manufacturer’s dealer showroom portals. They all pretty much use the same software to showcase inventory, allowing me to filter my choices by make and model, year, mileage, MPG ratings, number of cylinders, price range, even color. They are only missing filters for “number of $1,000s needed in immediate repairs” and “percent chance our mechanics didn’t discover the pot stashed in a fender well.” Once on a website, scrolling down vertiginous listings of brawny pre-owed — not used, mind you — SUVs and last years’ trade-ins, you are confronted with endless pop-up windows that migrate infuriatingly across the screen like a lame Pong game. Portrayed by stock photos of Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, gorgeous salespersons with names like Nikki

  • Wisdom through stillness: Carla Woody integrates indigenous ideas in art, life

    Aug 7, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Feature4,044 CommentsRead More »

    By Jacques Laliberté “Set your intent and let it go. Your intent is your beginning. Worrying about the details detracts from the intent . . . the attraction will take care of the details.” Thus — in her “The Lifepath Dialogues” blog — Prescott artist Carla Woody imparts the first of many lessons in a way of living. Artwork and writing are two of the primary ways she’s integrated her far flung experiences circumscribing a circuitous path around the globe. “I was fortunate to spend a significant portion of my 1960s childhood living in a suburb of Paris influenced by French culture where the arts are valued,” Woody writes on her website. “We traveled all over Europe. I remember spending a lot of time in art museums and exploring narrow cobblestone streets with my parents.” With her childhood mercifully free of the influence of organized religion, Woody was primed to encounter mystic traditions whenever they showed themselves. First, though, came a potential — perhaps vital — obstacle: her service in the military as a consultant in leadership development. Perhaps full immersion in her culture created the momentum to fling her so energetically toward subsequent events. “Over the last 20-plus years, I’ve been privileged to have ongoing experiences with traditional indigenous spiritual leaders and healers who serve their communities,” Woody writes on her website. “My main involvement has been with Quechua

  • Artist in Exile: Rhonda Zwillinger: The life of an art refugee

    Mar 6, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Portfolio5,121 CommentsRead More »

    By Jacques Laliberté What would it take for you to move from New York City — or Los Angeles or Miami — to Paulden, Arizona? If you know the characterizations of Prescott and its more, uh, rustic neighbors to the north, you have a sense of the shock that would befall a city gal stopping in Paulden’s Pink Store her first time expecting Gauloises and a Times. Now what would you imagine it’d take for an internationally-accomplished, gallery-represented, celebrity-collected feminist East Village artist to do just that? Sell her million-buck co-op and up-and-leave for the dusty, prickly-pear and goat head ridden, summer-sizzlin’, mobile-home-livin’ barrens of Paulden, a locale beyond even Chino Valley in geographical — and, yes— cultural stature? Long story. So, let’s rewind a bit. And, in the interim, keep the word “angst” in mind.   NYC Broadway boogaloo Scene: The hey-day of NYC culture, early ’70s. Enter: Rhonda Zwillinger, daughter of a long line of women artists. Her grandmother — a doyenne of haute couture in Russia — especially influenced her trajectory as a mentor of crochet, knitting, and apparel. She studied with the legendary Phillip Pearlstein at Brooklyn College, dutifully painting figures and landscapes. A “serious artist,” she eschewed making the customary rounds, which at the time consisted of belonging to movements (civil rights, environmental, anti-war, et al.). To quote her rep with Galleria La Giarina, in

  • Writ large: Jacques Laliberté satirizes memoir-ization

    Mar 6, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood Is it good? Yeah, it’s good. From here, this critique of Jacques Laliberté’s first, self-published novel, “The Fictional Autobiography of the 21st Century’s Greatest Artist, Andienne Brünsilder,” gets a little messy. First — and this is a deal breaker for those who eschew the word “meta” — is the work’s hat-on-a-hat genre as a fictional autobiography. That designation isn’t particularly consequential, however. Let’s just call it a story. At its core, Laliberté’s is a classic self-discovery story set in a (lovingly rendered) satire of the commercial art world. The egoist protagonist, Andi, prefers to tell the tale as a confessional, tell-most memoir. Many of the details are plucked from the greater Zeitgeist: bigger-is-better works of art, pop culture and kitsch sensibilities, bizarre corporate sponsorships. Some of the settings, art pieces, and, notably, people, though, are lifted straight from Laliberté’s own experiences. Some are more thickly veiled than others, to protect the not-so-innocent, presumably. Andi — whose full name yields no anagrams of note — starts his journey at a club in Berlin. He’s the kind of guy who throws his own birthday party and capitalizes the word “fate.” The protagonist caters a few vignettes, stray thoughts, and sketches, which lends an air of voyeurism to the mix. But, ultimately, Andi’s well aware he’s being watched — that he’s showing you something — so he only reveals his

  • BELL, (COMIC) BOOK, & CANDLE: The fun fraternity of Prescott’s comic artists

    Oct 3, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Portfolio4,546 CommentsRead More »

    By Jacques Laliberté Most would agree Prescott is a town of fabulous artists of all genres, talents and personalities. What may not be evident is that we’re also fortunate to be in the company — hidden though it is — of some of the best and quirkiest cartoonists, too. Though comic book art has generally been considered a “trashy” art form, the reality is that now, more than ever, artists with real talent and rare gifts gravitate to the form because of its immediacy and unique expressive potential. The line blurs between fine art and commercial illustration as comic artists make the leap to moving images, conceiving of and drawing gorgeous animations for studios like DreamWorks, Disney, and Pixar. Prescott-based cartoon artist Ryan Liebe says the distinction is moot: “Cartoonists and illustrators have had to expand their skill sets to fit in to today’s mass consuming state of affairs. You can find a drawing or animated character or anthropomorphic character to represent and sell just about everything from U-Haul boxes to dog food.” It’s a small community of cartoonists, and a few of our locals and their idiosyncratic styles are represented here. Don’t be surprised to find new delight in one of your old pastimes: reading comics.   The workman-if-the-workman-were-like-Da-Vinci In the thick of the industry around 1981, at the time the field was expanding with broader subject matter and

  • Books about comic books: A pair of primers

    Oct 3, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Jacques Laliberté Cartoonists can be a brainy lot, curious about the “why” behind how their drawings work. At least two artists have done the research and penned a pair of witty primers. One resource is “Understanding Comics, the Invisible Art,” by Scott McCloud. This master thesis-style tour de force — itself a comic book, no less — is a fascinating deconstruction of drawn communication through history that seeks to explain the medium. The author’s operating definition of comics is revealing: juxtaposed pictorial pieces and other images in deliberate sequence. That just about says it all, though the book threatens to betray the magic of comics in the way learning a magician trick’s mechanics spoils the mystery. For magic cartoons are. Your earliest memories surely include the after-church Sunday funnies, stocking-stuffer coloring books, or perhaps brightly-printed bed sheets and pajamas. We all recognized images before understanding graphic language in the form of words, to be sure. The secret to cartoons, says McCloud, — their hook — is that we see ourselves in these drawn worlds; we identify with the characters. The simpler he or she is delineated, the more we identify. As a character becomes more detailed and specific, the less we imagine being them. After all, how many of us are eager to see ourselves as a 6-foot-tall buff white male newspaper reporter, who, incidentally, can fly, see through

  • Playing house: Couples, is your relationship strong enough to survive an IKEA household asembly project?

    Aug 1, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Jacques Laliberté Couples have shacked-up forever, mostly for basic reasons of survival, to share food, chores, and occasionally — when the nest was tidied for the day — snuggle. Inevitably, when unexpected guests — or babies — showed-up, the couple would realize something in their dwelling was missing. A chair. A fold-out futon. Perhaps an entertainment center. About this time — circa 1104 CE — IKEA was invented. Fossil records corroborate this. Shopping for and assembling the typical IKEA furniture project requires most of the qualities and skills psychologists agree define a healthy, well-balanced couple. As an indicator of a couple’s mental and sexual health, harmony, and histrionics (the 3 Hs), experts look at the couple’s: • level of tolerance for repetitive and gender-based tasks, • communication method, • partner empathy, • common reward values, and • perceived partner attractiveness. This shows that the IKEA shopping and purchases assembly protocol closely mimics those of the non-IKEA variety that a contemporary couple encounters and may even determine their relationship’s likelihood for success.   PHASE I: Purchasing The IKEA experience begins, as all great journeys do, with one step on the path. In IKEA’s showroom, the path features foolproof guidance arrows which sequence visitors through room mock-ups. The couple’s first challenge is here: Is this mock-up living room space one you both could get comfortable in? Sit on the neutral color

  • Dear Prescott,: A northern neighbor mails a missive

    Jul 4, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By  Jacques Laliberté   ***** A 20-year resident of Prescott, Jacques Laliberté has written for and designed several publications, as well as his own Art-rag. See his fine art work at Society6.Com/DazzlDolls

  • Illustrious, illustrative: Being a consideration of Ida Kendall’s frame of mind

    May 30, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Portfolio29 CommentsRead More »

    By Jacques Laliberté Energy. Verve. Motion. Her paintings have all these. They’re emotive and occasionally provocative. Take “Monsoon,” a spare composition brimming with an amazing swirling spiral of feeling, moving quickly the way “a monsoon comes in abruptly and washes it all away” as its painter, Ida Kendall, explains. If Kendall is caught up in it, this monsoon, and if the figure huddled at its center is indeed her own, naked and vulnerable, it doesn’t appear she’s overwhelmed by it or suffering its consequences. You could argue the woman is in her element – perhaps even impelling the elements around her to suit her purpose or whim. A metaphorical ray of sunshine brightens her hair in toasty flames, a stunning focal point to the work’s cooler blue tones. Another giveaway: All is not as it seems. Her arm rests in soft repose across her knee and her hand is naturally relaxed. But we’d be wrong. “For me ‘Monsoon’ exhibits a very dark feeling, showing that change is a part of our lives,” Kendall says. She points out the under painting, whose gestured lines reinforce the rain clouds’ flowing course down a deep crevasse into the earth. Indeed: All is not as it seems.   Wherewith, wherefrom, & whatnot Kendall’s working style hews closely to the illustrators who inspire her. It’s art that says something. The painting “Monsoon” has that book-jacket

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