Tuesday, November 1, 2011

New Month, New Awakening, New World - The whole world and its people can simply be divided into 2 categories - the Self-Indulgent or Inspiring. Which are you?

The days passed by so fast, it's 1111 already!
The month of November is finally here - and the numbers on the date is very lucky: 1/11/11. The number 1 connotes many auspicious elements: it means a clean slate, a new start on the first day, fresh beginnings and many more.Please NOMINATE my blog at Nominate My Blog I foresee many exciting gadgets premiering this month for all consumers to buy for Christmas and such. It's also a reminder that the year is ENDING! Questions like "Have I fulfilled all my new year's resolutions?" began to surface. As for me, I've learnt so much this year. One most important lesson I discovered is - People can be categorised into these 2 parts :self-indulgent or inspiring. Self-indulgent people always think about themselves. They are also most insecure about many things. The most glaring point is, they are usually self-delusional, thinking they are better than others or more good looking, or more superior (I know a group of men like that). How blind can they be? As for me, I was the victim of such blindness.

Are we born blind?

Blinding Self-Indulgence
I believe a lot of people in this world are "blind" to their own greed  and stupidity. If not, then why all the major religions of the world confirmed this mortal human "blind"-ness? I began to realise this greed and how it translates to art. Recently I was at KLCC and witness a mini art exhibition at the main concourse area. I urge all my followers here to go and see art exhibitions. Some of the art pieces are really interesting. Of course there's one or two that is awfully self-indulgent. It's interesting to note that now I can FURTHER sub-categorise types of Self-Indulgent people into 2 main sub-categories Selfishness and Immature. The first part referring to the art pieces I've seen and the second part falls to the human weakness. That's why it's always a good thing to have a coach around to give you the third eye. (like a third honest opinion) 

Disrespectful text message from a VP

Being treated like an invisible
Let's start with the immature part. Being a single artiste allows me tremendous space and freedom to philosophise the frailty and weakness of the human race. Of course I am not free from being victimised by such people, the text messages I received can be quite appaling too. For example, I've known a Vice President (VP) of a large company. This VP stays with the mother at a very high-end condominium. I was invited a few times over, and always I sense an "ulterior motive", One has to decline doing something one is not comfortable doing at the expense of compromising one's values. Imagine what shock I receive with the text message (see visual above). To ask me to sneak into the place at night and leave so early? I consider myself to be a pure artiste, one that can never accept the role of invisibility. Want to know what's my reply? Read until the end to find out whether I am an immoral man or not.

Spacious space
To clear my mind off such hypocrisy of our dreary world, I try to focus my mind on the positive and delight on the beauty of every moment. It was a pleasant surprise to witness an interesting stage - an exhibition of student artistes. I always advised my students to Visit Art Galleries. They're a source of inspiration, and it's FREE to view! The whole stage is divided into 2 sections - the product display and the art display. I suppose artistes like myself are more drawn to the art display, rather than the sponsored product, for I find the prices quite expensive. I love the walkway which is wide and spacious for visitors. Some even pose in front of the artworks and snap pictures. Lovely.

Get Hung Over
As you guys know, some art pieces - no matter whether its a film, TV series, music, commercial or whatever that is related to art, can be, in my opinion be divided either self-indulgent or inspiring. Actors too can be categorised, same as ALL living human beings, despite their vocation. Bosses who are self-indulgent will be extremely demanding and selfish, at the pretense of being "high standards". Artists who are self-indulgent will produce works that is hard for the public to understand, which requires much effort. Like the visual, the bunch of ties being hung actually raises many questions to its relevance, sometimes looking a tad childish piece of art. And a white boot at the bottom? Walking away with those ties, sir?

Get chain over
This art piece can be a tad self-indulgent to my taste for at first impression, it doesn't give me much of a sense of the aesthetics. Does the artist enjoy what he's doing? One must love one's journey towards a goal. Aspiring actors must attend auditions before getting a job. Know more how to make Enjoyable Casting. If one does not love it, the work may result to be self-indulgent. Or worst, you'll end up hating attending auditions. But I do love the way the can openers are used and pieced together in the art piece. The only self-redeeeming quality.

Conventional Safety
Some artistes tend to be on the safe side, and chose subject matter that is more neutral, and pleasing to the eye. Like this picture, it is actually a man-made lake from a coal mine, you can spot the machineries and factory at the background. But being too safe is not good. A true artiste must take chances, to think beyond the box, break conventions, not just following the conventions - doing the same thing over and over again.

Video Art
This piece of art is truly lovely, I believe it's a mixture of video and animation, what I should label as "breaking out the box"? The top of the wedding cake-like structure spills some colours right to the whole structure. It's interesting to note that there'a chair next to it. Wonder what that means....

Pure Self-Indulgence
This piece looks like a work for the self-delusional - the different facial expressions attest to the similarities of an actor auditioning for a part in a movie or show. I have a funny suspicion the face belongs to the artiste himself. Again, this work does not inspire anyone but seek to glorify the artiste himself? I wish the eyes were open, rather than closed (as to avoid identification?). At least when your eyes are open, it shows you're glorifying yourself all the way, not half-heartedly. I think people will respect you more for that. Or else it's just plain irritating to view.

Drowned World
This picture takes the viewer into the blurry world of water.
Love the concept. Totally not self-indulgent. Have you ever wonder how the artist drew the picture? In my guess, I believe she took the underwater shots and paint from the photos as reference. But it's hard for me to buy these art works, because I wouldn't know where to place it. At the living room? At the dining hall? The bedroom? Probably the best place would be at the pool-side as a warning to swimmers to swim at their own risk.

Wall Art
This isn't a wall per se, more like a divider but with glowing translucence mixed with interesting colours and words. I love the idea of even the most insignificant object at the exhibition being turned into an art form, somewhat. I love the transparent quality of this piece, of course no visitors actually stood in front of this piece to evaluate or admire it, except me (shows how "weird" I can be when appreciating an art form). Hey, I appreciate all things, even Sunlight

This art pieces make me feel like I am in a form of hatred or denial within myself. At times it feels demonic and ghastly. The red, blue and green base colours seem to connote a specific emotion? Red being anger or passion. Blue being confused or panic. And of course green that suggests some form of envy. This delves into the Buyer's Psychology , but one as distorted as this is hard for me at least, to purchase any. Where could I place it? Maybe give it away to some religious places of worship to be hung at their walls or ceilings, as a sign that you better pray to escape damnation.

Hard-to-Wear Slippers
I don't know whether this is a product demo or an advertisement, but looking at the product itself - it doesn't seem to be wearable at all! Reading the copy, I discovered the product is a form of environment-friendly slippers. To walk, you need to use your front big toes to hold the little palm trees at the rear. The structure is so small, I can imagine the pain on my toes when I'm trying to walk in it! All this pain for the environment? I don't think slippers pollute the environment that seriously. Come on, seriously?

Anti-smoking Ad Campaign
Interestingly enough, advertisements are considered as an art form as well. I've worked in advertising before, and I believe it is valid. The 3 visuals show the burnt end of each object - a banana, lipstick and a teddy bear. The banana is used to connote the human sexual organ, lipstick to connote beauty and finally teddy bear for children. These are the negative effects you spread when you smoke.

My butt can hold?
From far, looks like an ice-cream cone, but look closer...This is a Do-It-Yourself kind of info poster and actual prototype of using all your discarded plastic bottles and turn it into a piece of furniture. Notice how many plastic bottles required to make a sofa-like chair and table? Then there's the styrofoam-like top to hold the seat or a flat plastic to make it into a table. Seriously, this project is for the astute and technically-superior. I wonder what will happen when I place my delicate buttocks on one of these.....surely collapse and fall flat! (haha, not that I have a big butt) But maybe I could use this cost-saving idea as stools for my students when my Coaching Classes get Bigger.

Acknowledgement - so simple, yet so rare
Want to know my reply to the VP? Being an actor in Malaysia for some time now, it's sad that our own industry people will still diss you aside like some unknown. They will still put you through the hardship of audition and all kinds of unprofessional attitude you have to put up with, giving you the treatment of a nobody. I used to let others treat me this way when I was still new, but there is a certain point when you just had enough. Artistes need to stand for themselves, especially for those with strong background. Even for new talents, they should be given equal respect too. I don't know why some people are the way they are....even in my own personal life, I need to make a stand. Acknowledgement of the self, of the person you are from others - so simple yet so rare, due to the fact that many people are so self-indulgent, constantly thinking only about themselves that may prevent any industry from growing. It's time we learn to acknowledge and respect the ideas and opinions of others. Only this way of open communication can we all truly lift each other up.

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