ALDEN ART – This Modern Life: Poetry and Image of Alden Marin

Venice Arts Club member ALDEN MARIN is a Los Angeles based artist – a poet, painter and musician who uses ‘remnants found’ to create his art. Marin is a weaver of ideas and tactical substance to form an artistic chronology of his day to day. His music provides enlightened depth to his dimension.
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THIS MODERN LIFE
You can say
what you want
about my fickle nature
indecisiveness
and uncertainty
about arrival dates
and departure times–
modes of payment,
credit lines;
whether to go with
day’s initial greyness–
or eventual sunshine;
Being enthralled
by birdsong outside
or irritated, in turns
by the same voices–
Hard to concentrate
in this modern life
with so much transpiring
on screens, phones
wireless devices
modes of communication
seen & unseen–owned
or in the frame
of acquisition mode–
everything ringing
with respective needs
And as many opinions
trying to register beliefs…
You can say what you want
about my actions and moods
and it’s probably true, but
I may or may not
agree with you.
ALDEN MARIN – Asparagus
ALDEN MARIN MUSIC – Fade To Blue

PHILOMENE LONG – Poet of Venice, CA

Philomene Long – Poet of Venice, CA.


TIME THAT’S LEFT – Alden Marin Poetry

From the poetry and sketchbooks of Alden Marin, Los Angeles poet, artist, musician:
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Time that’s left–
it’s shadow and cloud
nothing outwardly profound
and then, utterly so–
when–in simple moments
everything can be known
because nothing can
other than in elemental form–
No origin, no ending
all beginning
in constant unfolding;
the vigilant birds
in their flight paths;
the route of ancestors
well-worn–turned to cities
later down the life
of civilization–one
of walls that build & fall
like the light of day itself–
dawning, peaking, waning
to dark–and starting again
only to dim, then rise
in its routine–
since time began…
‘WRITE EVERYTHING’ – Alden Marin, 2012

JAMES MATHERS DECODED – Storyboard scenes from the animated short film, ‘The Parking Lot At The Center Of Time’

No one would ever accuse VAC founding member James Mathers of spreading it on ‘too thin’. Everything he does is spread thick, especially his paint. Many of these oil-stick  drawing were completed here at the VAC.  During this period, the script for Parking Lot was refined then recorded with an ensemble cast including DJ Lyf, Malia Luna, Bailey Rye, Pablo Capra, Dead Dave, Doug Lewis, Cara Tompkins, Derek DeVries.

These drawings form the groundwork for the produced version of Parking Lot.  Approximately 80 drawings make up the storyboard for Parking Lot, here are a few choice selects.  The complete collection will be posted on this blog, coming soon.

JAMES MATHERS – STORYBOARD SCENES FOR ‘PARKING LOT AT THE CENTER OF TIME’

PARKING LOT AT THE CENTER OF TIME – YOU TUBE


BRASS TACKS PRESS – Chap Books

Visit BRASS TACKS PRESS, the home of VAC member PABLO CAPRA, for poets, chap books, prose and media:


BRASS TACKS PRESS – Topanga Beach Experience

“Topanga Beach Experience: 1960s-70s”
by Paul Lovas & Pablo Capra
(Brass Tacks Press, 2011)

FOREWORD
by Pablo Capra

As I delved deeper, I was impressed to learn how much Topanga Beach had contributed to surf culture. In the ‘60s, it was a place of refuge for Miki Dora (and Charles Manson!). “Surfer” magazine’s main competitor “Surf Guide” was based at Topanga Beach. Several pioneering skateboarders grew up there, including world champion Woody Woodward. In the ‘70s, the three best surfers in Malibu called Topanga their home break: Jay Riddle, Davey Hilton, and George Trafton. Topanga Beach was also home to three influential surf filmmakers: Hal Jepsen (“Cosmic Children”), Grant Rohloff (“Men Who Ride Mountains”), and Scott Dittrich (“Fluid Drive”). Surf films like “The Californians” by Jamie Budge and “Muscle Beach Party” starring Frankie and Annette were shot at Topanga Beach. The beach even had its own surf band, Blue Juice.

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CECI N’EST PAS PARIS – Alden Marin

CECI N’EST PAS PARIS

At twilight, we saw Paris

at Rose and Lincoln

in his red Mustang, turning left–

across from the Tasty Goody

but he wasn’t savoring

their famous Yang Chow rice

or garlic chicken just yet;

artfully puffing a cigarette

looking to the western sky–

preoccupied with the appearance

of Venus and Mars, their nearness

undoubtedly–with his window down

and one arm out–he also sees

the last lavender from the setting sun at seven

and considers purple & magenta

perfect colors for his next work

about cherubic, smiling children…

or a surrealist trompe l’oeil

at the elegant restaurant

that trusts him with its walls–

the look he imparts of time and life—

of croissants, eggs and the

Magritte pipe—“Ceci n’est pas Paris…”

at Rose and Lincoln–

but yes, it is–

before he disappears, like Houdini might

into Venice–with his enigmatic smile;

a world of paint—

and compelling images on his mind….

Alden Marin ‘Counting’, pen on paper 6″x6″, 2011