The Towers – Abstract Video Art by Joas Nebe

It’s the Little Things

Joas Nebe provides us today with an abstract video art about birds! Watch the artistry and read the fascinating backstory.


INTRO: THE TOWERS(HD/4k, color, 2019, 3m50s, 36s excerpt) “Since quite a while I am working on the issue of smallest creature, e.g. insects, butterflies, birds. I have had other issues before, too.
One big one was the visual impact that a metropole has on its citizens and visitors.
My video work always depends on where I am living. I have been living in the most part of my life in big cities like Hamburg or Berlin. Five years ago, I moved to a small town in Southwest Germany close to the French and Swiss border.
Since i am living-so to speak -at the countryside and my interest has shifted to nature and here especially to the smallest creatures, insects and birds.
Later it turned out (to be exact: this year) that insects and birds are facing among other species the greatest extinction since the death of dinosaurs hundred thousands of years ago. I read in a newspaper article the unbelievable number of 1500 species of birds only!
That was more than enough reason to continue with my issue. There was another drive to readopt the issue of birds on which I had worked before.
During the time I was living in Berlin, I used to be awfully fascinated by the different species and the mass of birds that came year after year to Berlin in order to stay the summer between the endless streets surrounded by endless multi storey buildings.
Why do birds come to at least for them to such a hostile place like this…?”

2019 MAGAZINE 43, issue 6, winter 2019, pp. 24-30, , link


INTRO: THE TOWERS(HD/4k, color, 2019, 3m50s, 36s excerpt) “Since quite a while I am working on the issue of smallest creature, e.g. insects, butterflies, birds. I have had other issues before, too.
One big one was the visual impact that a metropole has on its citizens and visitors.
My video work always depends on where I am living. I have been living in the most part of my life in big cities like Hamburg or Berlin. Five years ago, I moved to a small town in Southwest Germany close to the French and Swiss border.
Since i am living-so to speak -at the countryside and my interest has shifted to nature and here especially to the smallest creatures, insects and birds.
Later it turned out (to be exact: this year) that insects and birds are facing among other species the greatest extinction since the death of dinosaurs hundred thousands of years ago. I read in a newspaper article the unbelievable number of 1500 species of birds only!
That was more than enough reason to continue with my issue. There was another drive to readopt the issue of birds on which I had worked before.
During the time I was living in Berlin, I used to be awfully fascinated by the different species and the mass of birds that came year after year to Berlin in order to stay the summer between the endless streets surrounded by endless multi storey buildings.
Why do birds come to at least for them to such a hostile place like this…?”

2019 MAGAZINE 43, issue 6, winter 2019, pp. 24-30, , link


Artist:

Joas Nebe, who holds degrees in psychology and literature, is a self taught artist, born in Hamburg but now located in South Germany. After a few years in Berlin he decided three years ago to move south close to the French and Swiss border. Important exhibits include the artist´s “Climate Change Cartoons“ on display on exhibition “Letters from the Sky” which accompanied the Durban UN conference on Climate Change 2011 in South Africa and “Machine Fair”- a film about the mechanical site of a metropolis- shown at Museum of Modern Art, Moscow as part of “Now&After” screening in 2012. Other film works has been shown at 25th Festival Les Instants Video (Biblioteca Alexandrina, Cairo), Videoformes Festival 2014 and 2015, Sustain Our Africa, Madatac 3, 4, 5, 6 Competitive Official International Selection (Madrid), Papy Gyros Nights 2016 Hong Kong/ ART_TECTURE, In 24hours: Future Visions (SHIFT:ibpcpa) 2020, just to name a few.

Solo shows are “Intrude Art and Life” at the Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai in 2008, where Santiago Capriccio, a short epilogue to the Philosophical Cartoon cycle was chosen to be one out of 100 non-Chinese artists to be displayed on public video screens in Shanghai for one day, 2016 “Encyclopedic”, a one night solo show at The Greenhouse, Berlin, 2016, “You Did A Bad Thing For A Good Reason”, solo show at Berlin´s Cormac Weiss Gallery, curated by Marinus Jo Dimitrov IFEA (International Curatorial Award 2016) supported by Christopher Grape Fund; 2017 “On Nature” at 16:9 Gallery, UTCL, USA curated by Manzi Yang, 2020 The Palace Project, Online Fine Arts Museum, Argentine.

2017 Joas Nebe received a M 5 ARTS stipend for his video work “The Dictionary serial” (USA). 2017 he has been awarded with the Residency by Correspondence from The Arts Territory Exchange Program, 2018 with the Social Media Residency by Peripheral Forms, the Online Residency by Coldbench (all UK), the Social Media Residency by Open Call Artists by @boykeats/ Lu Gallagher (2020) and ECUMENE Residence (2020).

Joas Nebe ́s curatorial works have been shown in different European countries. He developed three projects to which international video artists contributed. “The Encyclopedic Cartoons Video Project” had it ́s premiere in Berlin and has been shown since in many European countries. His second curatorial work “the Proverb Picture Project” again with participating artist from different continents and countries had it´ s premiere on VisualContainer TV in 2014. 2017 Joas Nebe developed a project about democracy, scrabble and wordlists, called “The Democracy Scrabble Project”, had it´s premiere again on VisualContainer TV and (.BOX) Video Project Room, Milan in 2018.

Follow:

http://www.jsnebe.de/

https://joasnebe.wordpress.com

Joyful Paintings by Emily Shih

It’s the Little Things

I am certain you will be finding the joy in these paintings as much as I have! Emily Shih has the goal of using her paintings to lift others up and she definitely succeeds in her endeavors. Come take them in to bring goodness to your day!



Artist:

My name is Emily Shih. I am an self-taught artist who lives in Taiwan. I work primarily in acrylic and watercolor. My artwork has been shown in exhibitions in Taiwan, New York, South Korea, South America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. 

I fell in love with creating art at an early age and has never stopped in the pursuit of this passion. For me, art is about falling in love with something, it’s about the feelings it conjures 

up inside you. 

My artworks are inspired by nature’s beauty. I love using rich and vivid color on painting. By piling up different shapes of hue blocks, I transform the realist world into a bright and splendid world of my own. This is how I praise nature, and a way of self-expression. 

I believe that artworks can bring people a lot of throbbing of mind, therefore, I want to use my work to heal people’s hearts. I want for people to look at my artworks and feel the same thing that I do- peaceful, happiness, joy and always believing in something good. So, I welcome you to join me on this visual journey. 

Follow:

Website..http://www.flickr.com/photos/emilyshih/ 

Instagram..http://www.instagram.com/cat2791

Artistic Wheatpaste Gardening by Pampi

It’s the Little Things

Pampi reminds us not only the importance of gardening, but also the artistry that can accompany it! Check it out below!


Artist Statement:

What brings me joy is engaging in productive projects that keep me learning.  Nothing more productive than gardening projects:  though we got a late start, this garden – the United Neighbors of Lower Roxbury Community Garden – is hosting two raised beds for a program I’m doing with young people to cultivate food secure futures.  I learned how to make wheatpaste and – in company of a dear friend – decorated the raised beds with poignant movement history collages featured in an old calendar.  Here we are enjoying the greens coming in framed by the freedom movements that save us.


Artist:

Pampi

Caste-d newcomersettler of Massachuset and Wompanoag lands

culture worker: pigment fabric art and body they/them pronouns

Follow:

www.thirdeyefell.com
www.indivinecompany.org
www.facebook.com/das.pampi
insta + twitter @thirdeyefell

Bread Artwork by Ranjeet Singh

It’s the Little Things

Ranjeet Singh uses the fascinating medium of bread to create bold concepts! Take in the images and read about the ideas behind this unique form!


“B” for Bread and “H” for House

(“R” for Roti and “G” for Ghar)

Hariya lets go home… get-ready-go

We started with the motto of development and help of all. But over time, both left behind. People walking barefoot half left many things behind, but What was left will be a dream. It must have taken time to become this dream. Some dreams might be collective, Someone’s dream; the dream of a family and someone’s entire village or country. I can say this with a lot of heart; the people walking home have lost their dreams. Walking back home heads down with the loaded burden of their baggage and responsibilities. While returning to villages with burning feet, misfortunes have become new normal in their journey. Swinging between life and death, the train accident of Aurangabad took place on May 8th, 2020, is the agony of their forever shredded dreams. This incident has stirred me up even more. I have been working on the lives of labourers for a decade but the anguish and discomfort felt today like never before. I am constantly thinking while baking bread in my kitchen, the images of labourers walking home are all over my mind and heart. The smells of brunt bread often wake me up. The burnt piece has now been turned into a surface, into a medium and a vacuum!

 Circumstances bounds men to express. And when the conditions are not available for such an interpretation, this constraint could be explosive. In such a thick time, the artist discovers a new medium in his art to express himself from his consciousness. He can also get the courage to take the inspiration from personal and public life. The discovery, use, and timely development of the new media should be considered as a part of the condition. From this point of view, the roti in my art could be seen as anxiety arising out of a situation that LOCKDOWN’s situation has created.

 For me, a piece of bread is not only a medium but it is also a metaphor of contemporary times that we have created, but not controlled by us. Roti is just not a means of erasure hunger; it has made migrant labourers in the country. For the sake of food, the farmers have become labours and keeps changing like the goods baggage in the train and then they are divided into caste and class in the name of manpower. Today they are helpless within their own contrary and people. Therefore, roti for me is a metaphor of civilization wheel which brought a renaissance in the civilization and now it has become a medium of expression for me. It has spread in all the eight regions and four directions, like geography an anthropomorphic one, it has crossed the boundaries of history and is presently present, throughout the railway tracks and parliament roads. Now it is raising questions on the need and intentions of VISTA PROJECT, asking questions about the system, degraded lives of farmers and labours (roti, Kapda Makan) bread cloths and roof. Questioning the misery of banks, autonomy of Reserved Bank of India and the dreams of five trillion-dollar economy. A series of my work asks, what sought of achievement country have got through the development and help of all?…


Artist:

Ranjeet Singh

Artist, New Delhi

Oh “Hanky Panky” & Other Poems by Kenneth Pobo

It’s the Little Things

Three little poems filled with little wonderments of music, hot air balloons, and flowers! Come see the work of Kenneth Pobo!


OH “HANKY PANKY”
To you I owe my musical life!
The Roulette label spinning on
our stereo console.

June 1966. I was eleven.

I had entered a sea made of chords
and thrums. I knew I’d be sailing
for the rest of my life.


JEFF AND JERRY UP

In a hot air balloon, they float
over farms and groves, land
a disappearing puzzle piece. Up
they go, only Jerry finds that he
has acrophobia. Jeff says relax.
Jerry remembers his friend Marsha
who got him up on the ferris wheel—
it stopped. She rocked it fiercely.
Jerry puked.

All he wants is ground
that petunias clutch,
dew on his feet,
a cloud’s tall white hat
as he bends to weed.


BOWL WITH BOUQUET PATTERN
July outrageously flirts
with dahlias. Blossom kisses
go everywhere. But the heat!
I want to board up the sun,
melt it with one raindrop.

In our fly-inspected kitchen,
I pop corn, heap it in
my grandmother’s bowl.
How many dinners did she have it
on the table? Grandma,

whenever I fill this bowl, I hear you
telling me about phlox
by the back of your house–
I grow those too.


Poet:

Kenneth Pobo has a new book out from Assure Press called Uneven Steven.  His work has appeared in: Nimrod, Hawaii Review, Atlanta Review, Mudfish, and elsewhere. 

Follow:

He is on Twitter at @KenPobo. 

Grilling Out & Other Poems by Vivian Wagner

It’s the Little Things

Vivian Wagner poetry is like inhaling the present moment. Take the time to read her work and may it encourage you to find joy in the now!


Grilling Out

We set up the hibachi

between our trailers,

under a cottonwood tree,

and circled the cast iron

pocket filled with coals.

We watched fire

progress to ash,

listened to grease drip

and burn, wiped

watermelon juice

from our chins.

In those moments,

the summer evening,

like the rest of the future,

spread around us, an infinite,

smoky expanse only vaguely

aware of the coming night.


Groundhogs

Their tunnels are

long and dark,

near and far,

alongside the foundation

and under trees,

beneath the fence,

towards the woods.

They watch me when

they surface, listening

for news from above-

ground, even as their

minds move below.


Crocheter’s Lament

I wish I had used

up all the yarn,

not worried about

seeming like

a granny for

crocheting all

the time, since

we’re all grannies

eventually,

anyway.


Coping

My sorrows prefer sheets,

fresh and washed,

folded neatly in the closet.

My sorrows don’t remember

what it’s like to not be on a shelf.

My sorrows are the color of my cat,

golden and promising.

My sorrows don’t know

what to do next.

My sorrows like to crochet.

My sorrows enjoy a big screen.

My sorrows sometimes

make chocolate chip cookies.

My sorrows, this morning,

took a walk and feel

a bit better.


Sacred Things

Breath

The space between breaths

Light on purple yarn

A cat licking himself

Cool, rainy breeze

Pine needles

Sound of traffic

Water through culvert

Ringing in ears

The space between breaths

Breath


Poet:

Vivian Wagner lives in New Concord, Ohio, where she’s an associate professor of English at Muskingum University. Her work has appeared in Slice Magazine, Muse/A Journal, Forage Poetry Journal, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Gone Lawn, The Atlantic, Narratively, The Ilanot Review, Silk Road Review, Zone 3, Bending Genres, and other publications. She’s the author of a memoir, Fiddle: One Woman, Four Strings, and 8,000 Miles of Music (Citadel-Kensington); a full-length poetry collection, Raising (Clare Songbirds Publishing House); and three poetry chapbooks: The Village (Aldrich Press-Kelsay Books), Making (Origami Poems Project), Curiosities (Unsolicited Press), and Spells of the Apocalypse (forthcoming from Thirty West Publishing House).

Little Things – Haikus by P.J. Reed

It’s the Little Things

If there’s anything you need today, I wager to bet it’s little poems of little things! Come read the adorable and charming haikus by P.J. Reed!


little things

fuzzy empty clouds
dandelion skeletons
of half-blown wishes

fading summer rose
petals soft as rabbit ears
float onto the grass

the day is cooling
evening wind coos and twitters
through our open door


Author:

P.J. Reed 

Writer of Warlocks. Destroyer of Worlds.
She is an award winning multi-genre author with books ranging from high fantasy, horror, to haiku. She writes the Richard Radcliffe Paranormal Investigations series and the Bad Decisions series. Reed is also the editor and chief paranormal investigator for the Exmoor Noir newsletter.
Reed lives in Devon, England with her two daughters, two rescue dogs, and one feral cat called Sammy. 

Follow:

For more information about Reed visit one of her websites below but choose wisely!
Horror/ Paranormal  – https://pjreedwriting.wixsite.com/horror
Poetry – https://pjreedwriting.wixsite.com/poetry
Fantasy – https://pjreedwriting.wixsite.com/fantasyTwitter – https://twitter.com/PJReed_author
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/p.j.reedauthor

The Rosy Season of Life/It’s a Wonderful Life – Painting & Poetry O.Yemi Tubi

It’s the Little Things

O.Yemi Tubi captures summer time relaxation in this creative and remarkable painting! Continue with the zen feel as you also read his poem on appreciation of life!


The Rosy Season of Life

It is a Wonderful Life 

It is a Wonderful World after all; 

after all the tilling and toiling of the working hours. 

It is a wonderful world after all; 

after the gloomy and dreary of the wintertime. 

It is a wonderful world after all; 

the sun is shining; the nightingales are singing, and human beings are dancing. 

It is a wonderful world after all; 

the fields are green, and the flowers are blooming. 

It is a wonderful world after all; 

when humans take a break from all the wars, worries and woes 

and be at peace with himself and to enjoy the bounties of the Lord. 

It is not a perfect world after all; yes! 

It is a wonderful world.


Artist:

O.Yemi Tubi

Follow:

http://www.o-yemi-tubi.pixels.com

http://www.artistsandillustrators.co.uk/Moyat/artwork/56792

http://www.saathiart.com/Tubshttp://www.instagram.com/oyemit

At the Bay & Other Poems by Linda M. Crate

It’s the Little Things

Linda M. Crate takes us through an array of little things to soak in as we cap off the work week! Her words may even inspire you to seek some waterfront nature to enjoy!


at the bay
the bay brings me joy
perhaps not as much as
the ocean,
but a joy of it’s own
with the observation tower
and colorful murals on the pavement;
taking boat rides on
both scallywags and the victorian princess
or even just observing the beauty of
the sky flecked against the
water;
and even watching the loud and noisy gulls
little specks of white against
a blue sky and bay bringing a little
contrast of color
blooming like my favorite flowers
against the sky.
-linda m. crate


rare summer breeze
little flowers
of so many colors
blooming

it’s a soft joy
that embraces me

each petal telling
a story of a seed
growing up out of the
darkness to kiss
the sky,

and every flower
makes me happy;

but especially my favorites:
lilies, sunflowers, and hibiscus
dancing tenderly in the rare
summer breeze.
-linda m. crate


flying between the waves of the sea
when i am standing on the ocean
my feet buried in the sand,
watching the waves
twist and turn and sing with rimes
of the ancient mariner;
i feel peace
as the water carries out every
burden that wasn’t mine to carry
instead replacing it with shells
or crabs scuttling across
the sand—
and to me there’s nothing prettier
than when the ocean meets the sky,
kissing as if they’re lovers;
as if a mermaid and a faerie could
be lovers
flying between the waves of the
sea sharing only love and a song
two pretty lyrics
not easily forgotten.
-linda m. crate


enjoy the day
there is joy
in the little things:
flowers blooming,
autumn trees,
oceans lilting,
crows dancing in the sky,
puffy white clouds
drifting slowly by,
creek songs,
meeting up with friends,
rainbows after the rain,
pockets of buildings
covered in ivy,
music,
spending time alone,
books and friendships forged
on the love of such books,
anime and reading,
writing and dreaming,
finding one’s voice and passion;
sunny days and moonlit nights—
not to mention rainy day
lulls, summer breezes,
the beauty of winters tears glittering
in starlight and sunlight both;
there is joy in everything you just have
to dust away the worries and embrace
moments as they come—
no one knows what tomorrow may bring
so enjoy today.
-linda m. crate


even in the darkness
i miss sewing
the concentration
required
was worth it in the end

pieces of fabric
became the first outfit
my sister wore in the hospital,

a baby quilt and a little
fabric bear;

they said i would press the pedal
of the machine the way my
mother hit the gas pedal—

yet in the end
i still managed to create
beautiful things,

and i find there is beauty in
creating things still:
necklaces, poems, books;
and anything else i feel inspired
to make—

life can be bitter sweet so to me
i try to focus on the sweet
because even in the darkness
light can be found.
-linda m. crate


Poet:

Linda M. Crate’s works have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies both online and in print. She is the author of six poetry chapbooks, the latest of which is: More Than Bone Music (Clare Songbirds Publishing House, March 2019). She’s also the author of the novel Phoenix Tears (Czykmate Books, June 2018). Recently she has published two full-length poetry collections Vampire Daughter (Dark Gatekeeper Gaming, February 2020) and The Sweetest Blood (Cyberwit, February 2020).