Monday, August 14, 2017

I took a photo of myself with iPhoto, wearing a black shirt. A black cloth was hanging behind me. I then used PicsArt app to make the photo black and white and I used some effects to make the face/hand glow with high contrast, blurs, and etc. Noticing too much sharp edge on my head and the eyes/nose/mouth on my face, I had to fix it. Also, the nose nostrils were deep black, which didn't match the eyes, mouth, and eyebrows color (grey). I used PhotoShop to solve the problem by blurring the edge and filling the nostrils in grey color. This is titled "Death" and it's pretty much influenced by Robert Mapplethorpe's self-portrait with a skull on the cane, which I saw at Rochester George Eastman House several years ago. That Mapplethorpe photo really hit me and I shall never forget it. Powerful indeed!

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

70's Vintage Self-Portrait

I had a photo similar to this but lost it. I finally found time to do it again with the right sunlight into the room from the window as natural light. I wore the white long sleeve shirt, untied black tie, and a black hat. I posed similar but not exact like how Patti Smith posed in her 1975 "Horses" album (photo by Robert Mapplethorpe). I then made the work into black and white in 70's vintage look and added the cracks around me as if it's an old 70's picture. Turned out interesting. I had fun with this project.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Self-Portrait with Make-Up and Hat

Here is a new self-portrait I just created. I put the make-up on in front of the mirror, which took a while to do. Then I used my iPhone, facing myself, and I turned myself around to see what backgrounds would look like. The glowing sunlight coming from my window became my background choice. I snapped the picture of myself with that background. I then used PicsArt app and manipulated the image with effects that enhanced the quality and beauty to the work. It was a lot of fun but a lot of work. 

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Series of Self-Portrait with iPhone

For a while, I have been doing self-portraits, just by using an iPhone. I have been going beyond just regular photos by manipulating them, using PicsArt app. Influenced by Cindy Scherman, I portray myself with different poses, characters, and styles. It has been fun doing the digital photo manipulations in creative ways. I will continue to work on the self-portrait projects and eventually have them framed and exhibited in a gallery or somewhere down the road. 

Enjoy those amazing photos I created. Click on those pictures to see them bigger.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Three SciFi Artwork

I created these 3 SciFi artwork in glass frames a few years ago, using PhotoShop and Illustrator software. They were exhibited in a gallery with a grant I received back then. Do have more saved in external hard-drive. 

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First one is a big bee-like creature flying. The second one is an android with a virtual reality goggle seeing people in infrared. The third one is a genetically-modified person with high-tech implants and other wearable devices. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

"Shakespeare's Immortality" Poem at Gallaudet University

My "Shakespeare's Immortality" poem, translated into ASL, was presented with Dangerous Signs at Gallaudet University on October 22nd, 2016 in their Andrew Foster Auditorium. I and the cast members performed this work interactively on stage in creative ways. This performance was part of Gallaudet's Visual Shakespeare Festival. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Dangerous Signs at Gallaudet in D.C.

I and the cast members of Dangerou Signs will perform at Gallaudet University on Oct. 22nd at 1 PM. It is a special performance in honor of Shakespeare 400th year. The performances will consist of ASL poetry, songs, mime, and dancing. This trip is an exciting event as the whole D.C. area will celebrate Shakespeare 400th and our show is part of the whole thing. 

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