Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
The pic above is my beautiful Mom in Baghdad when she was 6 months pregnant with me. She is originally from Jaffa, Palestine but her family left to Iraq when she was young.
My Mother was 23 when she gave birth to me. I was her first born in Baghdad when my father was away in Iowa. My grandfather named me Usama. Once when I was young, I felt such deep love for my mother that I cried silently to myself.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Here’s the literal definition of “art cinema”: Usama Alshaibi’s short piece My Third Painting, which plays like a cross between Jackson Pollock, traditional glass plane animation, and a phone call from your drug dealer. You know, part horror movie, part abstract expressionism.
Actually, I remember watching a short documentary years ago on Jackson Pollock that placed a camera under a plane of glass he dripped and drabbed his paint onto to show off his technique. Although, I would assume with Alshaibi’s piece above that he’s using some sort of video green-screening effect to approximate the same thing here. Plus, what Alshaibi can do with the green-screening that the Pollock documentary couldn’t is place the painting on several different “levels” instead of just one. It’s an interesting effect.-From Bad Lit by By Mike Everleth