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Musetouch Visual Arts Magazine Issue 15 published!

Dear readers,

I am dedicating this edition to one special person, a beautiful and magnificent artist, creator and admirer, a great friend of mine who is momentarily fighting for her life. To Ljiljana Bursac.

I also want to thank to Nini Baseema, Jelena Grujic, Kiyo Murakami, Murielle Mirabelle Velay Michel, Ian Furniss, Gines Serran, Mark Sadan, Aleksandar S. Jankovic and Milos Djajic for being there for me and supporting me.

Special thanks goes to all of you. Without you Musetouch would not exist.

Maia Sylba

Cover by Kiyo Murakami

 

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Musetouch visual arts magazine issue 14 published!

Dear readers,

There are bright times of happiness, joy, and bliss, but also dark, cold times of sorrow, lonelines and silence. You can sit and wait, you can kill yourself with mourning, thinking about dreams which never came true, passions that were never realised, a love never lived…or…you can create.

I choose the second option, the second path and although I am not the happiest person alive, I am deeply honoured and pleased to create Musetouch, to meet all of the beautiful artists I presented, to get to know their stories and secrets, to dream, fantasise, imagine together with all of you, my dear readers and friends.

I want to thank to Ljiljana Bursac, my Nini Baseema, Jelena Grujic, Kiyo Murakami, Ian Furniss, Gines Serran and Mark Sadan for sharing that path with me. I am thanking all of you too, and asking you to … create.

Maia Sylba

Cover by Kiyo Murakami

 

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Musetouch visual arts magazine issue 13 published!

Dear readers,

It is hard to write anything today because I am too excited to do that. A year has passed by, a wonderful year of creation, passion, sadness and agony, but also enormous joy and happiness. Today is the first birthday of Musetouch.

I want to thank to people who are always with me on this incredible journey, no matter how hard it gets. To Ljiljana Bursac, Jelena Grujic, my Nini Baseema, Kiyo Murakami, Murielle Mirabelle Velay, Ian Furniss, Gines Serran and my dear old friend, my kindred spirit Mark Sadan.

I also want to thank to all amazing artist who I had an honor to present, and to all of you for being there for me and this amazing magazine which I love deeply. For supporting me and being the best readers and friends in the world.

Maia Sylba

Cover by Kiyo Murakami

 

 

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Last Rites Gallery – Brian M. Viveros “Returning art to the unclean”

Last Rites Gallery presents Returning Art To The Unclean, new works by Brian M.Viveros.- NEW YORK, NY (September 3rd, 2011)

Known for his strong and sensuous depictions of women, Brian M. Viveros is a master of contemporary iconography paying homage to the femme fatale. While he almost exclusively paints portraits, within the expressions of his women is conveyed such deep emotion and overwhelming sexuality that his work is undeniably erotic. Often without even a hint of nudity, the viewer is seduced with a mere pout and gaze from his subject’s faces. Although carrying on a long tradition of the alluring female in art, his work differs from Pin-Up style images of the past. Aside from the absence of figurative representation, the commanding subjects in his art contrast “Cheesecake” ideology of the soft and innocent. Instead, with her empowered stare, the Viveros smoking bad-girls flaunt battle scars, tattoos, and army paraphernalia. A force to be reckoned with, she is the epitome of a subculture heralding a new era with shifting ideals. This underlying concept of grit combined with sensuality is brought forth in his execution and paint handling, as flesh rendered with an almost touchable suppleness is juxtaposed by paint splatters and brushstrokes. With explosive compositions and an unmistakable style, Viveros creates 20th century representations of both beauty and culture.

Brian’s paintings have appeared in museums and galleries throughout the world, and featured by media including Juxtapoz, Tattoo Society, Hi Fructose, Skin Two, TLC’s LA Ink and more. In 2005 Viveros made his directing debut with his short “Dislandia”, and he has since created the full length feature “Southern” and other films, which have premiered internationally and have been featured
on networks including The Sundance Channel.

In what will be Brian’s second showing at the gallery, the opening will feature an all new collection of original paintings, as well as special rare prints from the artist’s own collection; poster giveaway and signing; live “Smoking Army” performance; screening of Brian’s films along with his new short, and much more.

About Last Rites Gallery:

Established in 2008, Last Rites has become a premiere gallery for the Dark Art movement and a haven for artists who prefer to explore the ominous, uncomfortable, and eccentric in their work. Striving to showcase some of the most thought-provoking art in contemporary surrealism, Last Rites creates an atmosphere where the artist can harness limitless expression and the observer can reflect inward, inspired to understand that which resides in us all. Since it’s inception, media accolades now include Juxtapoz, Inked Magazine, Tattoo Society, Hi Fructose, NY Post, and the Channel 11 News. Paul Booth, featured by Rolling Stone as “King of Rock Tattoos”, opened Last Rites after 20 years of contributions to the tattoo and art community. Networks including Discovery, TLC, MSNBC, and MTV, continue to share the Last Rites reputation with the world. The uniqueness of Last Rites, aside from its focus on such work, is the collaborative effort between founding director, Genevive Zacconi and Paul Booth. The fact that they are both accomplished artists as well, allows for a stronger relationship with the exhibited artists, and amore understanding and creative approach to the overall presentation of their work- enhancing the experience for everyone who visits Last Rites Gallery.

Last Rites Gallery is located at 511 W 33rd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues (3 blocks from Penn Station), 3rd floor, New York, NY 10011. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 2pm to 9pm, Sundays 2pm to 6pm. For more information, please visit:

lastritesgallery.com or call: 212.529.0666.

 

 

 

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Strychnin Gallery – Valley of Dolls

On September 9th four of today’s most exciting and well-established doll-designers will come together to Strychnin Gallery and display their newest creations in the course of our upcoming group show titled “Valley of Dolls”. The Strychnin Gallery will be featuring Marmite Sue, Eric Van Straaten, Virginie Ropars and Elena and Ekaterina Popovy.

Exquisite and precious materials, extremely elaborate handicraft as well as outstanding design concepts result in extraordinaire work that are cherished and sought after all over the world.Renowned for their distinctive styles these artists, influenced by different trends of the art and fashion worlds, constantly interpret and redefine the notion of beauty and thereby create works that enthusiastically strike the eyes of their beholders. The balanced mixture of dark and mysterious, but also elegant and adorable attributes constitute to this twisted beauty that makes these artworks so special and exceptionally well- received by their audience.

Strychnin Gallery

Boxhagenerstrasse 36

Berlin 10245

Germany

Ph :+ 49 (0)30 9700 2035

Fax: +49 (0)30 7492 0078

strychnin.com

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Musetouch Visual Arts Magazine Issue 12 published!

“I am proud of you for your work in Musetouch and also inspired…it is also as if language cannot contain nor express the passion dreams and art of the artists…but there you are on your golden surfboard riding on the tumultous waves of muse….you too a muse…the question being what images to send you as my vision embraces the earth, the worlds, the many levels and dimensions of reality, fantasy, light and shadow, light and darkness…you know the work of Balthus and Lewis Carrol are part of that phrase Diane Arbus wrote regarding do not fear to photograph what draws your heart and soul…for it is the child wherein dwells the dream…and we who live briefly beyond that time we were child..remain within child …and when there…we are not far from that time when we were before birth…coming from the great ocean of darkness and dreams to the ocean of light and awareness…it is said that “before we were, we were loved and named, and from the source of creation the yearning that we might grow and appear in our utmost beauty”…so I am drawn to the memory and the presence of the child with the fantasy and dreams…but not an idealized concept alone because even as children we are more aware and feeling and passionate than adults are williing to remember…if anything their is both a fear of that time an attempt to both supress the boundliess energy and curiosity of childhood…to force the child to become filled with the rigid thinking gird of superstition and shame and repression…while in truth they are like hollow reeds from which the most beautiful thoughts and music can flow…all having deserved that mothers love, that milk and nurturing and celebration…that time of oness with the god of life, beauty and creation… that ebb and flow of beauty from the ocean of our dreams and desires, of our life and death…from whence we all come and go…so there…within this world and reality we dwell in…there is also the invisible but present dimensions of dream and fantasy…the delicate tendrils of love that encircle us with sweet breath….from which we are called upon to see, guard, protect and nourish…so I am lost in words…lost in the beauty and mystery that pervades the impulse of your Musetouch….for truly with our art and vision and music and dance and form we touch, we kiss and are kissed, embrace and are embraced…we rise, child and old grandparents, lovers, we rise and transcend this eartlhly form…like sweet fragrent wisps of spoke…yes words fail us…but we stand ever the child full of wonder by the night sea, neath the sky of endless stars…neath the pulsating throbbing rising undulating light. Happy 12th edition to you, my dear Maia!”

Mark Sadan, artistic photographer and director of the legendary Sesame Street

Cover by Kiyo Murakami

 

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Mark Sadan – The unbearable beauty of existence

The small, but very special and unique book ” The unbearable beauty of existence ” published by Mark Sadan and illustrated and designed by Tom Cody, was based on an interview by Maia Sylba in the December 2010 issue of Musetouch visual arts magazine. The presentation of the book will be on July the second, in New York.

See more about this beautiful edition, written with a heart at…

theunbearablebeautyofexistence.com

Mark Sadan began his work in art as an actor in his early twenties graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. Mark later studied as a Filmmaker and recieved two special screenings of his films in cine-probes at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Later, he was awarded a full scholarship to study at the Film and Television Institute at New York University where he produced short films for Sesame Street and NBC television. After directing a documentary in Norway, Mark was invited to exhibit at the Preus Foto Museum. This led to a further exhibition at the World Trade Center in 1983 and a subsequent decision to devote himself to photography as a way to express his passion and vision.

Mark has given workshops extensively in the U.S. and exhibits internationally in Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, North America and the U. K. His work has been featured in many leading photo magazines such as “La Photographica” from Spain, “Zoom” from Italy, “Iris”, Brazil, “Nippon” and Asahi” in Japan, “Scwarz/Weis”, (Black & White) Germany, “Foto-Forum”, Norway. His work is also found in many private and museum collections. Recently, he has had solo exhibitions at the Julia Margaret Cameron Museum on the Isle of Wight. U.K., the National Museum of Dance in the USA and the National Photo Art Museum in Norway.

 

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Musetouch Visual Arts Magazine Issue 11 published!

Dear readers,

Last night I suddenly got sad. There was no special reason, I just felt sadness… a deep one. It came out nowhere. It was hugging me like a passionate lover, without letting go. Some friends of mine were looking for me, supporting me as always, and telling me the same eternal advice…stay positive, think positive, write positive, paint positive, be positive…positive, positive…and everything will be just fine.

What is so wrong with sadness? Why are people avoiding that emotion, why are they so afraid of it? Staying away from sad people…as if they are sick, maybe even insane! Isn’t it true that some of the most beautiful creations in art came from out of the deepest sadness…Dante wrote regarding unrequited love, that Beethoven, my favorite composer, created his most wonderful music, because of feelings of sadness and passion that he couldnt release by being with the person he was in love with. Unrequited love… again.

What about Van Gogh…tortured by sadness, obssesed with a love he never reached, fighting with pain…creating masterpieces…the most beautiful paintings ever.

Sadness has proved to us that it should exist, that it must exist no matter how hard it is and how painful it is to live with it. It has its place in the world, its throne.

I will reveal to you a secret…Musetouch came out of sadness too.

My heart and thankfulness goes to Ljiljana Bursac, Jelena Grujic, my Nini Baseema, Kiyo Murakami, Murielle Mirabelle Velay, Ian Furniss and two dear friends, the great artists Mark Sadan and Gines Serran.

Maia Sylba

 

Cover by Benita Winckler

 

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Musetouch Visual Arts Magazine Issue 10 published!

Dear readers,

Working on Musetouch didn’t bring me only enormous happiness and satisfaction, but also new friends…artists, people with huge hearts, sensitive and emotional. I realized that I am not the only one, some kind of emotional freak, and it has made me less lonely.

What is quite interesting is that most of these people are creating to escape from pain, sadness, to reach happiness and as one of my friends said…to stay sane. That is something that is almost common to all the artists I have met during these ten months. Art is their sanctuary, a parallel world in which they are finding their true self, comfort, joy and bliss, and also a way to fight, express themselves and stay sane…as I already said.

Can art save the world? Is art the only thing that is breaking the walls, national and cultural differences, and uniting people in its unique, beautiful dimension? The answer is yes. I am sure that art is the only thing that can release us and make us more noble, more human.

It is saving my friends…let it save you. Try to create and you will see…

Special thank goes to Ljiljana Bursac, Jelena Grujic, my Nini Baseema, Ian Furniss, Gines Serran and my dear friend Mark Sadan.

Maia Sylba

Cover by Kiyo Murakami

 

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Musetouch Visual Arts Magazine Issue 9 published!

Dear readers,

I am dedicating this edition to a wonderful human being and a great humanitarian, obsessive with novels, poetry, paintings and art generally. A person with a huge heart, passionate about everything he ever did. To my father, whom I unfortunately lost on this month, eleven years ago.
He gave me his eyes, his smile, passion, courage and will, a strong positive energy that leads me through life. He was a big child, just as I am.

Some are saying that I am afraid to grow up, some that I am not mature enough, some are just smiling, but in spite of all that, and all of them, I will stay true to myself for the rest of my life. I will love purely and unconditionally, I will dream, fantasize, hope and believe, and I will never be able to hate.

I am a child. I am playing, and Musetouch is my playground.
I thank Ljiljana Bursac, Jelena Grujic, my Nini Baseema, Ian Furniss, Gines Serran, Mark Sadan and all of you, for playing with me 🙂

Maia Sylba

 

 

Cover by Kiyo Murakami