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Author Archives: Richard A. Peña

Theater: Reality, Rituals, and the Human Imagination

Altamira, Spain – Before the Common Era Perched high on the edge of the cave wall, small reddish-brown bird watches with curiosity from its nest and observes the outline of twelve silhouettes huddled around a smoky but tender fire.  The smoke from the fire rises, softens the angular light of the sun setting in the […]

Beethoven and the Revolution

It was time, not the time kept by a clock or pocket watch but time kept for eternity.  Underneath the landscape’s horizon line, the hills and valleys around Vienna appeared like a romanticized painting with soft rich greens, golden brownish reds, and luminous beige hues.  The view was speckled with bare trees anticipating the touch of the […]

Abstractions – Sketches in Organic Unity

Book Review: Title: Abstractions – Sketches in Organic Unity Book Release Date: July 2015. Dimensions: Large Format Landscape Book and eBook, 28 Plates, 58 Pages. The book entitled, Abstractions – Sketches in Organic Unity is a continuation and extension of the explorations and findings from the series Flora Nocturne.  Specifically, focusing on the abstract, unreal, […]

Digital Panopticon

Arestor looked down at his newly born son with wonder, and with fatherly pride.  As for his newborn son was beyond the size of any human baby imaginable.  Arestor wiped all the tears from his son’s crying eyes, all one hundred of them and decreed to all, from here forth, my son will be called […]

The Rite of Spring 1913

 The Adoration of the Earth Introduction Augurs of Spring Ritual of Abduction Spring Rounds Ritual of the Rival Tribes Procession of the Sage: The Sage Dance of the Earth The Sacrifice: Introduction Mystic Circles of the Young Girls Glorification of the Chosen One Evocation of the Ancestors Ritual Action of the Ancestors Sacrificial Dance […]

Elements of Innovation

In the thirteenth year of the twentieth century, technological innovations were like buds on a flower ready to blossom.  The Ford Motor Company introduced the first large-scale moving assembly line, the first successful recipe to make stainless steel came about in 1913, but there was another discovery that was so small, it could not be observed by […]

Flora Nocturne – Still Lifes

Flora Nocturne is an analysis that compares and contrasts two visual constructs; Objective Poetic Transformation and Abstraction.  Objective poetic transformation is not a new idea and derives from photographic statements and criticism from the twentieth century.  Practitioners from Alfred Stieglitz to Edward Weston to Minor White were pursuant to purity, objective observations and gateways.  The […]

Who is enjoying the shadow of whom…

In the year 1889, Oscar Wilde looked out the window of his London flat, as the fog rolled in, pondered about the great discourse of human observations, the iconic values of civilizations; beauty and truth. Taking on the Aristotelian constructs, and changing the dialogue of existing thinking about aesthetics and image making. Firing a shot […]