The Magic of the Cities.

Zen promotes the rediscovery of the obvious, which is so often lost in its familiarity and simplicity. It sees the miraculous in the common and magic in our everyday surroundings. When we are not rushed, and our minds are unclouded by conceptualizations, a veil will sometimes drop, introducing the viewer to a world unseen since childhood. ~ John Greer

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Night of the Alebrijes IV

"Ignis Spiritus"
Alebrije (paper mache) by Israel Alcala. [Hyperion]
(Alebrijes are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures. The first alebrijes, along with use of the term, originated with Pedro Linares. After dreaming the creatures while sick in the 1930s, he began to create what he saw in cardboard and paper mache. His work caught the attention of a gallery owner in Cuernavaca and later, the artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Linares was originally from México City, he was born June 29, 1906 in México City and never moved out of México City, he died January 25, 1992. Then in the 1980s, British Filmmaker, Judith Bronowski, arranged an itinerant demonstration workshop in U.S.A. participating Pedro Linares, Manuel Jiménez and a textil artisan Maria Sabina from Oaxaca. Although the Oaxaca valley area already had a history of carving animal and other types of figures from wood, it was at this time, when Bronowski's workshop took place when artisans from Oaxaca knew the alebrijes paper mache sculptures.)

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Anita said...

wow!!how special!!i had to google los Alebrijes..Fantastic tales!!

Beautiful shoot by you and very good music too!!i must say ❀✽.¸¸.•*`*Just loving it!!!❀✽*hugs!!❀✽.¸¸.•*`*❀✽.¸¸.•*`*

Unknown said...

Que bonitas son tus fotos y los tratamientos que las das, me encanta dar un paseo por tu blog, hago el comentario en esta pero bien podia hacerlo en cualquiera de ellas.
Un saludo

Unknown said...

Excellent photo.
Greetings. -

Unknown said...

Great shot, and I too had to Google. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Susie of Arabia said...

The font is too small for me to read, but I love the photo, especially the colorful one!

SORRENTO said...

Hola, soy Israel Alcalá. Gracias por fotografiar nuestra obra. bellas fotos.