Under the Sea: A Virtual Art Show and Blog Party

A Virtual Reality Image of an avata in shadow named 'de Milo'
de Milo

In June, Teagan Geneviene invited me to do a virtual art show on her blog.

This was after I told her I’d met an art dealer who advised me to organize
an online portfolio.

I’m clueless about such things.

Teagan and I figured a virtual art show would give me a way to practice building a portfolio.

When she mentioned having the art show on an imaginary submarine I staged a shot in VR to use as an invite and wound up making a storyboard of Cornelis Drebbel’s undersea search for the lost paintings of Rob Goldstein.

A Virtual Reality capture of an avatar dressed in the character of Cornelis Drebbel poseing with a dgital painting named Lavender
Cornelis Drebbel poses with ‘Lavender’

I turned the storyboard into a video based on silent era news shorts.

A digital Painting in lavender based on a photograph of leaves on a tree
Lavender

The Drebbel video is a bit OTT, you’ll see what I mean when you watch it.

I’m honored Teagan chose to highlight my work on Teagn’s Books and
delighted that she let me play with Cornelis Drebbel.

A Virtual Reality image depicting an avatar as Cornelis Drebbel posing with a photograph called '9th and Harrison'
Well done, Cornelis Drebbel!

I hope I did him justice.

The party at Teagan’s Books and it runs all weekend.

I hope I see you there!

Bring a link to the party and feel free to leave one here.

Under the Sea, a Virtual Art Gallery Showcasing the work of Rob Goldstein

A virtual reality image depicting a mermaid and Cornelis Drebbel posing underwater with an abstract digital painting by Rob Goldstein
Cornelis, the Mermaid and A Surrealistic Pillow

Cornelis Drebbel based on a character by Teagan Riordain Geneviene
Excerpt of Theme from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961) by Paul Sawtell
Illustrations, Video and Digital Paintings (c) Rob Goldstein 2018

 

America: Our Self Inflicted Wounds

This is a companion piece to my podcast on Annette Aben’s Tell Me a Story.

The first charge against King George III in one of the most pivotal rants in
human history is that he refused to abide by the law:

“He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for  the public good.”

A cartoon depicting a corrupt King George 111
King George III awash in payoffs while the people suffer.

This idea that no one is above the law drives the evolution of American Democracy:

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”  Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address.

Everyone is a human being and all human beings are equal before the law,

and equally protected by it:

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. 14th Amendment

In 1948, the United States co-authored and signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which included Franklin Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms: Freedom from Want, Freedom from Fear, Freedom of Speech, and Freedom of Worship.

Eleanor Roosevelt the Declaration of Human Rights

From the Preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,

Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

 

America’s Self inflicted Wounds

Photograph of a homeless woman sleeping in front of Whole Foods on Market and Dolores in San Francisco 2018
Market at Dolores Street, San Francisco 2018

When George W. Bush declared the end of the war in Iraq most
people knew there were no weapons of mass destruction.

Americans were still dying in Iraq when the voters made Bush President
again in 2004.

Blackberry photograph of a poster made after Barack Obama's first presidency with the caption 'Yes we did."
Yes we did

“When the United States stands up for human rights, by example at home and by effort abroad, we align ourselves with men and women around the world who struggle for the right to speak their minds, to choose their leaders, and to be treated with dignity and respect. We also strengthen our security and well being, because the abuse of human rights can feed many of the global dangers that we confront — from armed conflict and humanitarian crises, to corruption and the spread of ideologies that promote hatred and violence.”

– Barack Obama, Statement on Human Rights Day 2008

When Barack Obama became President he chose not investigate the U.S.
Invasion of Iraq.

Our leaders will not always make the right the decisions and that’s why
lethal actions based on false information requires accountability.

We don’t heal the nation when we hide from our mistakes, we make it sick.

Devin Nunes commits treason behind closed doors.
Nunes: We’re the only ones who can save Trump from the Constitution and the Rule of Law

We make ourselves vulnerable to corruption and the spread of ideologies that promote hatred and violence.

To have faith in the American Democracy is to live with ambiguity.

America will never be perfect at living up to our ideals and we must never
stop trying.

We must have faith in our innate morality as expressions of the divine; as
beings endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights.

Click to hear my podcast on Tell Me a Story.

(c) Rob Goldstein 2018