Noh Masks

Posted in Uncategorized on April 30, 2010 by daleowen

A major componont of theatre is the ability of the actor or actress to connect to the audience, through actions, facial expressions, and voice.  However, in Japanese Noh theatre, a form of Japanese drama, the actors faces are covered up by a mask.  These masks are called Noh masks and have been a part of the Japanese culture since the 14th century.  The plays are performed by an all male cast, as women were not allowed to act. The stage is composed of a single square stage that is in the form of traditional Shinto shrines.  There is also a long narrow bridge at the back of the stage where the actors enter.  The only backdrop that the Noh theatre has is a picture of an old pine trees. Pine trees were used to represent that the play would be set in the world of spirits, or a sacred place.

A major component of Noh plays were the masks that the actors used.  Because the masks were a fixed emotion the actors had to rely on their skills to accurately portray the emotions of their character.  The traditional masks were constructed from Cypress wood and had very few holes, two for the eyes, one for the nose and one for the mouth for breathing.  Because these holes were so small the actor had to rely on the four posts in the stage for direction.

There were five major types of masks, men, women, the elderly, Gods,and demons.

This is an old man mask. It’s name is Sankoujyo. Old men masks are some of my facovorite because i think they are all very unique when compared to the men and women, i found all these masks from this website “” They have many interesting masks and styles.  Here on this mask you can see the small holes that the actor would look out of. You can imagine how hard it would be to see out of it.

This is a mask of a male, this masks name is Jyuroku. I like this mask because it has a very simple expression, yet however if the direction of the mask is changed slightly, it can look mad.  Go here to see what i mean .

This is a female mask and its name is Manbi.  I am not too fond of the female masks.  I do not seem to find them very diverse, and all of their general characteristics seem to be the same to me.  I might be missing some cultural influences on why they are made this way though.

ZaouThis is a God mask. God masks were used to celebrate the conversion of a heart of malice, to warmth and kindness. They also served to represent a departed spirit and also how a the power of a spirit excells beyond that of a normal humans.  This mask is called Zaoh, and is modeled after the face of the statue Zaoh.  I like God masks because they still look human, but are also fierce and powerful compared to the human masks.

This is a Devil mask.  It wold seem logical that devil masks are used to represent demons and such.  However devil masks are used for two purposes.  The first is to portray a devil and create disasters such as the plague or an earthquake.  Devil masks were also used to ward off evil spirits.  Unlike the god mask they bare very little resemblance to the man mask and are much fiercer than the god masks. This mask is called  ” Daikijin”, Dai means great or big, Ki means devil, and Jin means god,  Daikijin literally means ” The Great Devil God”.  I like devil masks the most because of their many forms.  They have the most unique features out of all the types of masks and i find them truly amazing.

This is a humorous video about “Noh Theatre”


Chinese Ink Bamboo Paintings

Posted in Uncategorized on April 27, 2010 by daleowen

Xai Chang was born in 1388 and was famous for his bamboo art.  He was a native of the Suzhou region and in 1457, because of his skill at bamboo art he was appointed as a minister of the Court of Imperial Sacrifices.  He did not focus on replication the entire scenery but instead took in the emotional aspect of the bamboo and incorporated it into his art.  Bamboo is a very strong grass and can bend without breaking.  This was a popular symbol of integrity and strength.  Xai Chang because a leading bamboo painter and was famous in China, Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia.

I am very fond of this painting and I was immediately drawn to it when I first saw it.  I look at it and i see very small growths of  bamboo struggling to stay alive.  The wind is blowing against it and the leaves are blown to the side, yet the bamboo shoot stays upright and strong. The lack of a background makes me focus on the appearance and personality of the Bamboo and I feel like it is alone in the world, living in a desolate location. And yet it continues to survive even against the harsh wind.

The second thing i notice about this painting is the beautiful calligraphy at the top of the painting and at the lower right hand corner.  The calligraphy is an art to itself and it alone can stand as a painting.Some of the characters are small and faint while others are large and bold. It almost seems like there is a picture in calligraphy.


Burnt into time

Posted in 1 on April 20, 2010 by daleowen

Hello everybody!

This is Dale again, I am sorry but i will not be able to do a video blog this time around, I do not have the time but hopefully I can make another for the next blog!

For my virtual gallery my theme is Burnt Into Time.

Artist: Dino Muradian

Dino Muradian is regarded as the worlds leading pyographer.  Pyrography (woodburning) is the art of burning wood.  Dino was born in Romania in 1953 and he started woodburning in 1965.  He is a completely taught artist as woodburning is a very rare form of art.

I have chosen this piece for my “Burnt Into Time” theme because this is truly a classic image. Jimi Hendrix is one of the most revolutionary musicians and he himself, has been burnt into history.  When Dino burnt this piece it set him in the spotlight in the world of woodburning, and his success can be attributed to this one work of art. This piece is simply titled “Jimi Hendrix”.  Unfortunately Dino’s offical website is down, so I cannot produce any production date of this image.

This second piece is Dino’s re-creation of Jaques-Louis David’s “Napoleon Crossing the Alps”  This painting was originally created in the year 1800.   This is a very historical painting and Dino does a wonderful job re-creating it.  It is amazing because while painters have many different brushes and paints and types of canvases, Dino only uses two instruments, the wood he burns on, and his burner.  It is amazing that such an accurate re-creation of this wonderful art work can be created using only heat.

Dance Pyrography  - Dance Fine Art Print

This piece is simply called “Dance”.  What is amazing about his piece, is not it’s historical freeze in time, but Dino’s ability to take something as beautiful as a ballerinas movement, and burn it onto wood.

Artist: Julie Bender

Julie Bender was born in St. Louis, Missouri.  Her career started as a computer artist and she later worked as a manager with web and software development firms.  She did not start he career as a pyrographer until 2002 but since then her abilities to understand this art has skyrocketed.

This piece is called “Perseverance”  I liked this piece because it captures so much in a single instant.  I love how Julie illustrates the horses muscles, the action of the jockey, and even all the folds in the jockies uniform.

This woodburn is called “Up, Up and Away.  I like this because it captures the dog as it is running with the bird in its mouth.  I think it is amazing that Julie is able to capture even the grain of the dogs fur as it is running, and can even differentiate the how the fur changes throughout the body.

This piece is called “Conflict of Interest”.  I chose this piece because the image to two brown bears snarling and fighting will never leave a persons memory.  Again it is amazing that with only one burning tool Julie can transfer the realness of these bears onto wood.

I would like to thank my dad for inspiration.  His woodburning are what gave me the idea to host this art exhibit. His works can be viewed at , note however that this site is not up to date and he has many more works than what is shown!


Dada Movement!

Posted in 1 on April 9, 2010 by daleowen

Marcel Duchamp submitted "Fountain" to the Society of Independent Artists exhibit in 1917, it was immediately rejected. The submission of a urinal, to an art exhibition, is the perfect example of the Dada movement. the submission of a urinal, to an art exhibition is the perfect example of the Dada movement.

Marcel Duchamp created "L.H.O.O.Q" in 1919. It is easy to see why this makes such a great example of Dadaism. The timeless classic, Leonardo's "Mona Lisa" has had a mustache and beard drawn over her face. Some would call this defamation, the Dada called it art.

“Dada is the groundwork to abstract art and sound poetry, a starting point for performance art, a prelude to postmodernism, an influence on pop art, a celebration of antiart to be later embraced for anarcho-political uses in the 1960s and the movement that lay the foundation for Surrealism” – Francis Picabia


Impressionism blog!

Posted in 1 on March 30, 2010 by daleowen

This is going to be my 4th video blog! I hope everyone enjoys it and PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE leave me any comments about my presentation style, I really would like to know what i can do to make my videos better and more enjoyable to watch. Thanks you and enjoy!!

Alfred Sisley-Small Meadows in Spring

Armand Guillaumin - La Place Valhubert

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Posted in 1 on March 18, 2010 by daleowen

!!!!Classical era video blog!!!!

Posted in 1 on March 14, 2010 by daleowen

Hey everyone! This is my third video blog! Hopefully it is much better than my last ones and like i promised MUCH shorter! There are three videos, youtube only lets me upload ten minutes at a time, so the first is me talking, and the second two are my musical piece that i chose. It is roughly 15 minutes long so i divided it into an eight minute, and five minute movie. It is Mozart’s Violin Sonata in G major K. 301.  It is composed on just two movements, Allegro con Spirito and Allegro. Enjoy =]


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