Parra for Cuva, Darwis, 2016

As I had during my commute this morning a proper headphone moment (basically when you stop everything you do, and just focus on the music you are listening to, while highly enjoy it), I thought I would share 🙂

The track was ‘Sacred Feathers’ from Parra for Cuva (ak.a. the German producer and DJ Nicolas Demuth). I already knew him for his excellent version of ‘Wicked Games’ but he released few months ago his new album titled ‘Darwis’ and this is pure joy for your hears!

A Darwis or Dervish, is a member of any of the various Muslim ascetic orders which exists in Sufism, and they are renowned for performing whirling dances and vigorous chanting as acts of ecstatic devotion.

The music of Parra for Cuva is quite different of course but it has a travelling and meditation vibe, so rich in sounds, that makes your mind whirling again and again… !

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Ricardo Mazal, Bhutan Abstraction G1, 2014

Ricardo Mazal’s works are beautifully complex: influenced by abstract expressionism, he explores the ‘spiritual in art’ with the themes of life, death, time, transformation… inspired by his numerous travels he did, from meditative pilgrimage in Tibet to the Odenwald cemetery in Germany where ashes are buried at the base of trees,  allowing then to nourish its roots.

Visually, the colours and composition of large format seems sometimes floating in the air, depicting the passage of time or more largely the succession of one status to another, which is an important notion in Buddhism (life to death and life again for ex.).

He also use the colours of the prayer flag of Bhutan, one of the most preserved Himalayan kingdom, in the series Bhutan Abstraction and we may see here an influence of Piet Mondrian approach for using a restrictive palette.

His methods are similarly erudite as he manipulate digital photography, using various computer programs in addition of oil paint.

This is for all these reasons it is easy to spend hours and hours in front of each work, which are, despite their similarities,  never the same and owning its individual magnificence.

http://www.ricardomazal.com/

Ricardo Mazal, BA Study with Yellow 5, 2015

 

Ricardo Mazal, Bhutan Abstraction G1, 2014

 

Ricardo Mazal, Bhutan PF19, 2015

 

Ricardo Mazal, Noche Transfigurada II, 2016

The perfect and complex works of Jaq Belcher

If you read this blog often (according to my stats, some are 😉 , you know I love white/blank pictures, geometry, nature and abstract, so how not to mention the works of Jaq Belcher?

The installations and paper cuts from this Australian artist based in New York, take the form of faultless white leaves or flowers in a complex ensemble. Similar to a meditation practice, the viewers are engaged to focus in order to fully admire this perfect density created. The result is flawless, always light and harmonious, offering a real (and rare!) impression of peace and balance.

Simply beautiful…

http://www.jaqbelcher.com (where the pictures are from)

 

 

 

 

 

Breath in, breath out and let’s meditate with Keira Kotler

After the stress of this day, I wanted to share the delightful Meditation Serie of Keira Kotler.

I LOVE her photographs.

She succeed to abandon completely the object and to magnify instead the simple but always variable connexion between colours and light, thanks to a brilliant out of focus.

And this is exactly what meditation is (at least for me!): peacefully releasing the focus we have in our mind on our daily struggles (work, love life, health, family…) and simply being, empty our head a little and enjoying our present and space for what it is.

If you are new to meditation, I would advise this following app here  . Free and simple, its big advantage is the person talking do not have an annoying voice like many other ‘guide’ !

Namaste! 🙂

http://www.keirakotler.com/

Sample Page

Keira Kotler, Lavender Meditation [I Look for Light], 2015 

 

Keira Kotler, Pale Green Meditation #2 [I Look for Light], 2015

 

Keira Kotler, Rose Meditation [I Look for Light], 2015  
Keira Kotler, Teal Meditation [I Look for Light], 2013