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Writing a line…or two

Line sketches, are the springs of my Beirut exhibition. Old and new, were brought in, so to speak, and reproduced through various media, as if to revive the intrinsic value of the line sketch. All drawing for me is a line drawing. In oils, or water colors, in type design or word art, in the beginning is a line- actually an outline that defines the form, gives it shape and actually brings it to life.In preparing for the exhibition, sketches even from the early years, were turned into relief linoleum prints. Others into screen prints in line and color. Some were hand colored after prints were made.Screen prints of simple lines reproduced new iPad sketches on both paper and canvas. Here the digital was pulled back into the tangible, so to speak and not the other way round.Line prints on canvas were developed into oil paintings, some were used to...

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How do I start a type design..

Two students of type design asked me about the first phases of developing a type design  i answered from my personal experience as follows: Well. How it usually starts:   1. As I am not a dedicated type designer professionally, but a designer that is continuously striving to improve the esthetics of print design, I do not start from realizing a need for a certain type of type ( though sometimes I do), but rather a type esthetic value. The uniqueness and originality of its. Form. As I am working, sketching, or designing -even designing logo through a logotype- I suddenly see in front of me a word or even a letter in a word, that I feel could turn into an interesting type face. So the beginning is never that of an expert, nor a professional (!), but rather someone that is attracted by the beauty of form. In most cases that is.   2. Stage too is taking this form and roughly sketching...

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ART IN THE MAKING

ART starts with feeling. And ends up (in visual arts)  as something you want to keep looking at. I define art as the human process of transforming an intense doze of feeling, accumulated in the self, through impressions and emotions over a period of time, into a drawing, a line of poetry, or a tune or any other human activity we can call art.   Art in the making if you wish, is the act through which the artist gets into this complex moment where the workings of the human self, through a surge of sentiment, collects from its reservoir of impressions and visual formations and ideas, brings together and puts into a queue those elements and the artist, holding to a tip of a thread starts the process of turning all into a work of art, whatever that work of art may be. v   ...

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Cut a piece of your wife’s’ dress, or How not to look at a modern painting

The best way to look at a piece of modern art, mainly abstract art, is to forget that it is abstract. It’s been quite a while since non-artistically inclined persons (whatever that may mean) started complaining that they look at works of modern painting and understand nothing. No one can blame them. No one can blame them for not understanding, as actually no one is sure that there is anything to be understood. Maybe there is to feel, or even figure out, or even interpret, but that’s not the same. And no one can blame them for complaining, because they were made to believe, through art critics and gallery blabbers that they should look at art and grasp genius! And so understand was used as if a synonym of ‘to appreciate’. And hence whenever you cannot understand, then you cannot appreciate and vica versa. With time a great drift was happening...

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Taste in time

It seems that in human history, artistic taste and aesthetic values do not evolve or get finer with the passage of time.They mainly  take different forms and shapes. Artifacts made in old times and by various civilizations, are almost always found to possess indisputable artistic and aesthetic qualities, sometimes and to our surprise, unmatchable today. As if societies old like new, and especially mature epochs of civilization, have a natural inborn artistic talent, and a spontaneous inclination for balance, contrast, harmony, and whatever it takes to create what is visually attractive and inspirational !   In short we have no grounds to assume there is a primitive savage art, and contemporary refined art. Actually some of the things displayed in art shows today look more savage than anything one can imagine. And so many of the items we see from old days, are so perfect, that they become an enigma, and raise in our minds questions on how is it that such ancient civilizations with their limited...

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“shadows are shy reality”

I like shadows. They are like shy reality! Another form of reflection without a mirror. The kinship of shadow and loneliness is so eminent. The gaze and the haze. The resonance of silence.  The lonely and the shadow share that shallow existence, that yet persists and endures in careless surrender. – I found few lines of verse for great poets on the shadow, I thought I will add to this post./ KH Between the idea And the reality Between the motion And the act Falls the Shadow For Thine is the Kingdom By T S Eliot And, as his strength, Failed him at length, He met a pilgrim shadow. “Shadow” said he, Where can it be- this Kingdom of Eldorado? By Paul Laurence Dunbar I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me, And what can be the use of him is more than I can see. He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head; And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed. By...

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