Posts Tagged ‘Jacques Laliberté’

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

    Aug 7, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Feature3,756 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, Portfolio4,835 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, Portfolio4,240 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

  • Blurred lines: Art imitates artist in this tale of mentor Charles Huckeba & his protégé, Carleen Blum

    Feb 28, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Portfolio3,219 CommentsRead More »

    By Jacques Laliberté Picture the spiral. Winding inward. Twirling outward. Back through time. Forward to a new start. Reaching. Connecting. The cosmically bold paintings of Prescott artist Carleen Blum explode inward and break out into the universe simultaneously – just as spirals do. Her paintings weren’t always this way, though. In well-known artist Charles Huckeba, Blum has found the mentor she needed. She’s advanced her expression by tapping into his proprietary techniques and years of R&D. “Charles has an in-depth skill level from years of education, study, and artistry,” Blum said. “His skills combined with his kindness have taken me far.” It’s a blend of practicality, artistic sensibilities, and individual aesthetics. “Carleen came to me and asked me how to get those effects and textures, how to use color,” Huckeba offered. “At the start, she wasn’t interested in doing abstracts.” But in many ways, she was primed for such works. “I am not a realist artist,” Blum said. “Instead, I guess that you could say that I am more interested in abstract, but abstract using symbols, and mandala forms.” The work of Huckeba’s protégé has, in turn, given Huckeba pause. “Her subject matter is iconic (and) symbolic, with washes and textures,” he said. “She really surprised me.” Thus, Blum and Huckeba have become fellow artists, each pushing the other in their respective roles — Huckeba as mentor and Blum as

  • Miles of smiles

    Feb 28, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Column4,161 CommentsRead More »

    By Jacques Laliberté Want to know the secret to happiness? There’s no shortage of advice. … A litany of pop culture pundits, songs, books, slogans, websites, blogs, Etsy products, calendars, and bumper stickers proffer platitudes: “Don’t worry be happy,” “Be calm and carry on,” and so on. Even with all those words of guidance, all those lists and one-a-day inspirational quotes, all those CDs and DVDs, all those quizzes and workshops, all those studies — to say nothing of  a recent 172-page U.N. report on the subject — you might feel yourself lacking when your glee languishes. It’s easy to feel jaded about happiness. Still, all these sources attempt to answer a deceptively simple question: What is happiness? Here’s an open secret: It’s not the big things. Or, at least, not only the big things and the things that provide us with the greatest, deepest moments. If we all noticed our soft exchanges of happiness with the people who populate our tiny world, we might see how every interaction can improve our qualities of life — lo, our happinesses. Gretchen Rubin, author of multiple books about happiness and founder of “The Happiness Project,” has test-driven many studies about happiness as well as commonly held conventions. Rubin suggests, “One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy; one of the best ways to make other

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