Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros

José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros is back -- with Profanity Pop -- a celebration of creative freedom in our time.














Mythology, religion and the representation of power have manifested in all of the great works from antiquity. With Profanity Pop, Rodolfo pays tribute to specific historical works that have inspired many generations. Universal themes are once again narrated by beloved animated characters, but in the guise of the divine and with all the fragility of martyrs. Away from the paradise of happy endings, the pastel sprinkled drama takes on a vulnerability that juxtaposes subversively with situations never similarly interpreted.

The Monarchy of prejudices and taboos crumble in this story. The disenfranchised reach beyond discrimination, and in this narrative no union is sinful or suppressed.

The absorbing worlds of entertainment, fashion, and excesses, with the magic of kitsch, invite us to desecrate the seductive world of POP.

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To see more of José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros' works, click here and here.

And, if you are in the Los Angeles area, you can see his works in person at La Luz de Jesus Gallery from August 1-31, 2014.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dr. Perv


Did you hear about this case?!

Hospital Settles Lawsuit By Thousands of Women Over Exam Photos 

The Johns Hopkins Health System will pay $190 million to former patients of a gynecologist who used a small camera to secretly film examinations, in one of the the largest sexual misconduct settlements involving a physician.

The Baltimore-based hospital is settling a class-action lawsuit that includes more than 7,000 women and at least 62 minors; more women will likely register with the suit.

From member station WYPR, Christopher Connelly reports:

"Dr. Nikita Levy saw more than 12,000 patients over the decades he spent working at Hopkins. But in February of 2013, Levy was fired after a fellow employee reported suspicions he was taping patient examinations. He committed suicide 10 days later. "Investigators ultimately recovered more than a thousand secret videos and hundreds of photographs of patients."

The Baltimore Sun has this quote from the plaintiffs' lead attorneys:

"When learning of Dr. Levy's behavior, our clients were extremely distraught. They felt a great breach of faith and trust. They felt betrayed. Now, with this proposed settlement, we can begin the process of healing our community."

The hospital's administrators issued a statement acknowledging the settlement and saying that the money for the settlement will come from insurance.

"It is our hope that this settlement—and findings by law enforcement that images were not shared—helps those affected achieve a measure of closure," the statement reads.

Ever had a pervy doctor?  I had one especially weird doctor experience.  I was a teenager (probably 12 or 13 years old) and I had some sort of issue -- I can't remember exactly what the problem was.  My mom called Kaiser to get a same day appointment.  The receptionist told her my appointment was with DR. CONCEPTION (talk about a warning sign!).

I have always hated going to see the doctor -- any kind of doctor makes me nervous beyond belief.  When the doctor came in to see me, I tried to be friendly to put myself at ease, and I said, "Hi Dr. Conception!"  He angrily corrected me and told me his name was Dr. Concepción.  HAHAHAHHA.  Well I thought that was hilarious and I was cracking up.  He wasn't.  

Anyway, he asked me to sit at the examining table.  He started in by checking my mouth, my eyes, my ears.  Then he asked me to lay back.  I didn't think that was strange, so I laid back.  Next thing I knew he said he needed to to check my abdomen area.  AND HE UNBUTTONED AND UNZIPPED MY PANTS.  ?!?!?!?  I was stunned.  WTH!  Nothing terrible happened -- he just unzipped my pants and felt around my belly area.  And that was it.  But it was WEIRD.  But it certainly doesn't compare to what Dr. Nikita Levy did to his patients!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Courtesy of Kira

Sometimes my sister hands her camera over to my 7-year old niece, Kira. Maybe I am biased (ok, clearly I am biased), but I think Kira takes great pics!  Here are a few of her unedited shots. :)

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Spirit Animals, Plus Paintings by Deedee Cheriel

A couple of weeks ago my sister emailed me about her friend that was looking for some "bear" art (?!), because her spirit animal is the bear. I have to admit that I cackled when I heard the term "spirit animal," but I wracked my brain for artists that feature bears in their work, and then went poking around to various sites looking for more bear art (here and here) to recommend.

And then I couldn't help but do a little hunting around to find out what MY spirit animal is. Turns out the bear is my spirit animal too.  RAWR!

Of all the "bear" art I found, I think Deedee Cheriel's works are my favorites. Here are a few of her paintings featuring bears and other fabulous fantastical creatures. 

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Nalini 'Deedee' Cheriel is a visual artist who started out creating record covers and T-shirts for the Oregon music scene in the early '90s. Born in Eugene, Oregon, she began her own band and record label at the age of 19. Influenced by the popular DIY culture of that time, she played in several all-girl bands (Juned, Adickdid, The Teenangels, The Hindi Guns) and co-created the semi-autobiographical film "Down and Out with the Dolls". Cheriel has lived and studied abroad: Honduras, Chile, England, Portugal, Spain and her native India. Deedee is currently residing in Los Angeles.

Cheriel's work explores narratives that recognize the urgency and conflict in our continuing attempts to connect to the world. With influences derived from such opposites as East Indian temple imagery, punk rock, and her Pacific Northwest natural environment, her images are indications of how we try to connect ourselves to others and how these satirical and heroic efforts are episodes of compassion and discomfort. Bold elements drawn from landscapes - both urban and natural - and pop culture, suggest the ability to find commonalities and relationships between ourselves and our surroundings that inevitably confirm our greater humanity and quest for love.

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P.S. Merry Karnowsky Gallery represents Deedee Cheriel.