Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Carpe Diem #1242 Rhythm – Joie de Vivre (Robert Delaunay)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode in our journey through modern art is all it's differences. Today I have a beautiful painting by Robert Delaunay for you. It's titled "Rhythm - Joie de Vivre" and it is part of an abstract paintings series of three paintings.

Rhythm Joie de Vivre (Robert Delaunay)
What can I say about this painting. It's a wonderful piece and somewhat older than the other pieces of modern art we have seen here already. It's a rare, but masterly painting by Robert Delaunay, with explosive colors and monumental format. In 1930/1, Robert Delaunay (1885-1941) painted a majestic ensemble of three abstract works entitled Rhythm – Joie de Vivre.

Robert Delaunay

Robert Delaunay (1885 – 1941) was a French artist who, with his wife Sonia Delaunay and others, cofounded the Orphism art movement, noted for its use of strong colors and geometric shapes. His later works were more abstract, reminiscent of Paul Klee. His key influence related to bold use of color and a clear love of experimentation with both depth and tone.
shifting shapes
colors like the rainbow


© Chèvrefeuille

I think this painting by Delaunay is really nice, you can see a lot of things in it, it can be a snail, or flowers or even somewhat strange alien presence. I like the way he has used the colors in this one and they look very similar with the art of Paul Klee, which I hope to bring tomorrow.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until August 29th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now .... have fun!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Carpe Diem #1241 Exposure (Antony Gormley)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of CDHK. We are exploring "modern art" this month and try to create art ourselves with haiku, tanka or another Japanese poetry form. Today I love to invite you to virtual visiting the harbor of my hometown, Lelystad The Netherlands, were we will find a wonderful and somewhat strange piece of "modern art" created by Antony Gormley ... Exposure ....

Exposure (Antony Gormley) 
This is what Antony Gormley tells us about "Exposure":

[...] "My concept of how sculpture works in the landscape is that it is a still point in a moving world. The whole idea of EXPOSURE is that this work, made at a particular time, rooted to ground, reacts over time to the changing environment. One of the known environmental changes that is happening is the rising of the sea level through global warming. It is critical to me that at the time of its making this work reacts with the viewer, the walking viewer, on the top of the polder and that the surface that the viewer stands on is the surface that the work stands on. The work cannot have a plinth. Over time, should the rising of the sea level mean that there has to be a rising of the dike, this means that there should be a progressive burying of the work."[...] (Source: Antony Gormley)
Exposure as seen from the dike (photo by Chèvrefeuille)

I am a big fan of this sculpture, but there are a lot of people who don't like it.
My hometown has several harbors, but at the most important one you can observe this statue called 'exposure'. It's a great steel structure and it shows a squatting man that looks over the IJsselmeer (a large lake, a former sea called Zuiderzee) the result of the Dutch reclaim of land from the waters. In my hometown 'exposure' is sometimes called 'the shitting man', because it looks like someone who's shitting in free nature.
Batavia Harbor, in the background (to the left) you can see Exposure too (photo by Chèvrefeuille)

"Exposure" is guarding our harbor and it's a wonderful piece of art. You can say that "exposure" is the business card of our town.

uardian angel
looks out over the harbor
a shitting man
constructed out of steel
exposed to the weather

© Chèvrefeuille

Of course I had to try to create a new poem inspired on this beautiful piece of Modern Art, but I couldn't come up with something, so I decided to "re-do" an "oldie" as you have read above.
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until August 28th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our next episode later on, but I don't know yet which piece of modern art I am going to use, ... for now have fun!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Carpe Diem Looking Back August 2017-#1

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a (re) new feature here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. In this feature I will look back in time and sometimes into the future ...

Recently the Autumn Retreat closed and I am so happy that this retreat was another wonderful success, of course I had loved to be creating more haiku myself for the retreat, but ... well time isn't always on my side ... and my muse has vacation too sometimes ...
I have read really wonderful haiku, tanka, troiku and troibun (troika + prose) and I enjoyed reading them. I realize that I haven't read the last say 20 entries, but for sure I will do that soon.

Waves sculpture (modern art photography)
Our "modern art" month is running towards its end and I have the idea that this "modern art" theme is not easy, not easy at all or it's the time of year (holidays / vacations), because the response looks somewhat less than other months.

As you maybe remember several months ago I started "Wandering Spirit", the story of Yozakura, the unknown haiku poet. I will publish a new episode of this story later this week and I hope you all will like it again.

Next month, making the future, to look back at later this year (smiles), we will have a whole month of Imagination or images for your inspiration. I am busy to gather the images and the backgrounds towards them. So I hope to publish our new prompt-list next weekend.

As I look back into time than I see a structure of waves in our visitors numbers and that makes me happy. Earlier this year we reached our one million milestone and I really hadn't thought that I could do it ... with the beauty of haiku.

In the years of CDHK I used very often novels by Paulo Coelho to create our prompt-list and I think those months were exciting ... so I will do that again.

Of course there is our upcoming anniversary month October and I hope I can inspire you all and amaze you all ... because I think this anniversary month will be one festive month in which I will take the Tardis (Dr. Who) to visit several places to which I have sweet memories ... five year CDHK I didn't thought that could be happening .... and now ...


Chèvrefeuille, your host.

Carpe Diem #1240 Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue (Barnett Newman)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I hope you have had a wonderful weekend and that you have found the inspiration to respond on our "weekend-meditation". I thought I had done an earlier post about "Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue", but I think it was on one of my other weblogs. I had hoped to create an easy episode today, but I think it will be not that easy.

We are exploring modern art this month and today I love to challenge you with the abstract art of Barnett Newman who painted "Who's Afraind of Red, Yellow and Blue".

Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue (Barnett Newman)
"Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue" is a series of four large-scale paintings by Barnett Newman painted between 1966 and 1970. Two of them have been the subject of vandalistic attacks in museums. The series' name was a reference to Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the play by Edward Albee which had premiered in 1962, which was in itself a reference to Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?, the 1933 song immortalized in Disney cartoons.

Barnett Newman started the first painting in the series without a preconceived notion of the subject or end result; he only wanted it to be different from what he had done until then, and to be asymmetrical. But after having painted the canvas red, he was confronted with the fact that only the other primary colors yellow and blue would work with it; this led to an inherent confrontation with the works of De Stijl and especially Piet Mondriaan, who had in the opinion of Newman turned the combination of the three colors into a didactic idea instead of a means of expression in freedom.

Maybe you can remember this painting which I shared several years ago;

Mondriaan (painting by Chèvrefeuiile)
And this was the haiku which I created inspired on this painting:

morning dew shimmers, 
the sun climbs into the sky -
colored cobweb

© Chèvrefeuille

I hope I have inspired you.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until August 27th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, exposure, later on .... for now have fun!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Carpe Diem Writing and Enjoying Haiku #5 creating beauty

!!! Open for your submissions next Sunday August 20th at 7:00 PM (CET) !!!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our "weekend-meditation", our weekly challenge. This week I have chosen for a new episode of our "Writing and Enjoying Haiku feature" as inspired on the book by Jane Reichhold with the same title (as you can see in the logo of this feature).

For this episode I choose the title "creating beauty", because in my opinion every haiku (or tanka) is a small piece of beauty. I think every haiku poet gives his / her own feeling in his / her haiku and because of that every haiku (or tanka) is a beautiful gem. That's one of the reasons I created Chèvrefeuille's Publications, because I think every haiku poet deserves to be published without exception.
Woodblock Print "Snow Rose"

What is the creative beauty of haiku? (or tanka)?

I think the beauty of haiku (and tanka) is mostly in the smallness, both are short verses, and in those short verses there is need to tell a lot and that's not always easy, but every haiku poet succeeds in it ... so that's the beauty, the creative beauty of haiku (and tanka). Is that the only thing that makes haiku creative beauty? No certainly not .... it's the theme of it nature, shortness of life, spirituality, the strong form, the relaxing sound of the 5-7-5 syllables (those sound like the waves) or the 5-7-5-7-7 form of tanka. But it is also the beauty of the poet, or the beauty of the reader. Haiku is a symbiosis between the creator and the reader ... you can (maybe) say haiku is the Creator and we the haiku poets and the haiku readers are only the instruments for the Creator ...

Haiku, it's a short verse, but you can only create them from the heart, from the soul not from the mind ... haiku you have to sense, feel, touch, smell and so on ... haiku it's a symbiosis of all senses, the poet and the reader ... haiku is TOTAL ART ...

In several posts here at CDHK I have said it already I think ... haiku is ART ... and it's a beautiful Art. Maybe we can play with the lay-out:

                       run to and fro
                                                      to the beach

                                                      back and forth
                      grass waves on the wind
green ocean

Just two examples, not good haiku maybe, but as an example for playing with the layout of the haiku. Both haiku show "in a way" the movement of the waves and the grass.

Of course you know the one-line haiku, let's take a look at one of the above haiku-examples, but now written on one line:

back and forth grass waves on the wind green ocean

Or maybe we have to try it in the classical way vertically written, as you can see on the image below:

Basho's "Old Pond" vertical
The above image shows you Basho's "Old Pond" written 'vertical' and with a drawing/painting ... a haiga ....

There are so much possibilities with our beloved haiku ... be creative .... play with your haiku or tanka, change the lay-out or create a haiga ...

Haiku (or any other Japanese poetry form) is creating beauty ... So your task for this "weekend-meditation" is to create beauty, play with the haiku, play with the tanka ... enjoy writing haiku.

This "weekend-meditation" is open for your submissions next Sunday August 20th at 7:00 PM (CET) and will be open until August 27th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our next episode around that same time. For now .... have a great weekend and enjoy the creative beauty of haiku (or tanka).

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Carpe Diem #1239 shifted flowers (unknown artist)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What a wonderful month we have. All those pieces of beauty we call "modern art" and we really have seen wonderful art works. Yesterday we had the "crossed house" or what do you think of that beautiful episode we had on "sacred geometry" ... well I think all the art was gorgeous and with today's episode I hope to do that again.

This episode I have titled "shifted flowers", it's a painting by an unknown artist, at least I couldn't find the artist's name or better said "I couldn't decipher the name on the left down side".

I think this painting is gorgeous and I will try to explain why I have chosen the title "shifted flowers". In this painting you can obviously see flowers, but they are fainting away into a formless scene of colors.

And that brought an old haiku in my mind. This one I created in the "Baransu" episode of our first series of Haiku Writing Techniques:

the old pond
yesterday ... Irises bloomed
only a faint purple

© Chèvrefeuille

This haiku describes in a way the painting of today.

shifted flowers
A short episode, but to say more would be a "sin" ... this painting speaks for it self.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until August 23rd at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new "weekend-meditation" later on. For now ... have fun!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Carpe Diem #1238 Crossed House (Manuel Clavel Rojo)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

In this month of modern art inspired themes at CDHK I have today another wonderful piece of architecture, but first this: I have already started with the preparations of our upcoming month of Carpe Diem. September will be an awesome month I think and that month I have chosen to make it myself a little bit easier. How? Let me tell you. Maybe you remember our special feature Carpe Diem Imagination in which I shared images for your inspiration and sometimes I told you a little about the image. Next month I will create a whole month with Carpe Diem Imagination episodes ... so I am already gathering images to use. I think September will be an awesome month too.

Okay ... back to our episode of today. Today I have a very special piece of modern architecture. This piece of architecture you can find in Murcia Spain and it is created by Manuel Clavel Rojo architects. It's the so called "Crossed House". The crossed house has two floors, and it seems that both parts can move separately from each other ... and maybe it's really "moveable", but I couldn't find information about that. The architects choose for this "form", because than the house could catch the most of the sunlight and the wonderful views of the landscape around it.

Crossed House
Let me tell you a little bit more about this modern art architecture:

On a site in the higher part of a residential zone in the environs of Murcia is located the singular, crossed house with views to the adjacent mountains, the "Sierra de la Pila" and "Valle del Ricote". From the ambiguity, being on a site of a future densely built-up area and at the same time enjoying today’s unsurpassable views, was born the idea of the project: to orientate the lower level of the house to the garden's intimacy and grant to the user at the superior level the delight of its views considering future edification and the influence of solar radiation.

This conceptual setup is materialized by a geometrical operation, the rotation of two elements, as if it were two construction toy blocks that are stacked and handled easily. The stacked oblong volumes, of a length of 20m and a depth of about 5m, are rotated by 35 degrees so that the extremes orientate to the most favored views and generate at the same time cantilevers of about 10m length.

These cantilevers, together with the rotation between both volumes, provide the necessary sun protection of the facade and pool residence.

The expressive power of this formal configuration, very elementary in principle, is further enhanced by a subtle distinction between the two volumes: the edges are rounded according to the orientation of the main openings of each level reinforcing this way the autonomous nature of the volumes. Thus, on the ground floor rounded transversal edges frame the big opening to the southeast, upstairs such treatment is applied to the longitudinal edges framing the views of the rooms at each end of the volume. This also apparently reduces the contact surface between the two stacked volumes and reinforces the oblong nature of their geometrical form.

Crossed House at night

The contact to the ground is solved using again the same mechanism of rotation. This time a third, buried volume corresponding to the pool deck rotates with respect to the two volumes of the house to resolve the transition between garden ground and dwelling.

The surface's treatment of the concrete volumes provides a contrast between the outside with a rough finish created by a shuttering of sand blasted pine strips and an interior of smooth finishes. (Source)

An awesome building ... but can we create haiku inspired on this one, or will that be more like a senryu?

Here is my attempt:

caught in the windows
a rich landscape

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until August 22nd at noon (CET). I will try to publish our next episode, Shifted flowers, later on. For now .... just have fun!