Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Aliens Of AkahtiLândia - Exhibit at F+ Gallery Santa Ana, California

Aliens Of AkahtiLândia - Exhibit at F+ Gallery Santa Ana, California.

Photos, sculptures and paintings depicting exotic insects observed during the last four years by California-born artist, Ithaka, at his jungle property in the area called AkahtiLiandia (pronounced: aah-kah-tee-land-eeah) of Brazil's Atlantic Rainforest. S insect art exhibit "Aliens Of AkahtiLândia" in F+ Gallery at the Santiago Art Walk last Saturday night. Artists: David Clyde Kersh, Erica Ellingson, Ian Morris, Ithaka, Nathan Paul Gibbs, Steven Kutcher and Will Thompson. - along with a special appearance by world-famous live insect handler and actress, Diana Terranova. Gallery owner/director: Micah Kersh. Sponsors: Sambazon and Bibi Graetz wines

















Wednesday, February 18, 2015

ITHAKA EXHIBIT - OPENING FEB 21st 2015 (7-10pm) at F+ Gallery - Santa Ana, California


ITHAKA EXHIBIT - OPENING FEB 21st  2015 (7-10pm) at F+ Gallery - 661 N. Poinsettia Avenue in Santa Ana, Ca 92701. Also featuring insect works by guest artists David Clyde Kersh, Erica Ellingson, Ian Morris, Nathan Paul Gibbs, Steven Kutcher, Will Thompson -and a special appearance by world-famous live insect handler Diana Terranova. All show info at below link, see you there: https://www.facebook.com/events/338590866327366/


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Aliens of AkahtiLândia (artist's statement)

I'd been living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for five years and was feeling it was time to move on, when after researching a tip from an anonymous stranger in October 2010, I investigated (and soon afterward purchased) a small brick house on an acre of jungle property just outside of the Serra do Mar Atlantic Forest Reserve on the southern coast of the State of São Paulo – about 300 miles south of Rio. Needless to say, it was a move that somewhat metamorphosized my mostly urban-suburban upbringing and adulthood.
The immediate neighborhood of about 2000 acres,  an area called AkahtiLândia (pronounced: aah-kah-tee-land-eeah), is extremely rural. There is a native Guarani village just down the road, where many of the local residents literally live in mud and stick huts. There are several rivers and small mountains, exotic birds and wild animals.
For the past four and a half years, I've been occupied with a mutated version of the life I've known since my early twenties: making art and music…and surfing, but this time in a neo-tropical forest environment.
The things that have really impressed me most about the jungle are the tiny animals; spiders, moths, beetles, worms, etc. Visually, there's no end to the variety. The colors and geometric forms are absolutely mind-blowing. To me, insects are living, cutting-edge, contemporary art forms.
I spend several hours a week just observing and photographing them. And attempting to ID them. But sometimes that's impossible, as many of them have yet to be officially recognized by the scientific community. It's also probable that in creatures having such short reproductive cycles (some procreating more than thirty generations of offspring in a single year) that subtle adaptations are constantly resulting in new variations of existing species.
I've noted some insects with extremely sophisticated behavioral traits. A few, believe it or not, seem to demonstrate what appear to be real emotions.
This relatively recent obsession of mine has fueled an entire body of work entitled, Aliens of AkahtiLândia - integrating all three of my visual mediums; sculpture, photographs and mixed-media paintings. The sculpture pieces, although based on actual creatures I've seen or photographed, are modified and manipulated versions of the real thing, while the flat mixed-media pieces are normally truer to the actual entities that inspired them.
I call them Aliens not only because of their seemingly unearthly eccentric multi-colored appearances and high IQs, but also because of their extremely complex, functional and almost indestructible body designs. Most people who believe in extraterrestrial life think that beings from other solar systems will appear somewhat humanoid and be more or less our size. I disagree. I find it more likely that they would be something much smaller and more insect-like.
Imagine if some of these creatures already present on this planet originated from other parts of the universe. How would we even know it?
One earth insect, the Tardigrade - aka the Water Bear, has already been proven to be capable of surviving the vacuum of space.
And if one or more of these minute species already here was actually more intelligent than man, how could we even measure or determine that? (maybe they simply choose not to communicate with us).
More importantly, would we admit something so much smaller in stature to humankind is in fact superior to us in many ways?

Ithaka 2015


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Ithaka: Aliens Of AkahtiLândia Exhibit Opening At F+ Gallery in Santa Ana, California

February 21, 2015 (SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA) - F+ Gallery presents Ithaka: "Aliens Of Akahtilândia" : Photos, sculptures and paintings representing exotic insects observed during the last four years by California-born artist, Ithaka, at his jungle property in Brazil's Atlantic Rainforest. The show will also feature depictions of a select number of these same insects by special guest artists; Erica Ellingson, Ian Morris, Nathan Paul Gibbs, Will Thompson and David Clyde Kersh

Brazilian açai smoothies and coffee will be provided opening night thanks to Sambazon's mobile cafe. As well as fine wines courtesy BIBI GRAETZ (Italy).


The opening reception will take place on February 21th from 7-10pm. The show will remain on exhibit for two weeks after the opening with viewing opportunities available by appointment.  


The evening is planned in coalition with the Santiago Arts District where 7-10 other gallery openings will be happening within walking distance. Other galleries of note are Curbside Gallery, Kaboom, and Shutter + Light. 

Hosted by:
F+ Gallery
661 North Poinsettia Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701




Ithaka  – AkahtiLiandia, Brazil  (Statement from the Feature Artist)

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I'd been living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for five years and was feeling it was time to move on, when after researching a tip from an anonymous stranger in October 2010, I investigated (and soon afterward purchased) a small brick house on an acre of jungle property just outside of the Serra do Mar Atlantic Forest Reserve on the southern coast of the State of São Paulo – about 300 miles south of Rio. Needless to say, it was a move that somewhat metamorphosized my mostly urban-suburban upbringing and adulthood.

The immediate neighborhood of about 2000 acres, an area called AkahtiLândia, is extremely rural. There is a native Guarani village just down the road, where many of the local residents literally live in mud and stick huts. There are several rivers and small mountains, exotic birds and wild animals.

For the past four and a half years, I've been occupied with a mutated version of the life I've known since my early twenties: making art and music…and surfing, but this time in a neo-tropical forest environment. One thing that has really impressed me most about the jungle are the tiny animals; spiders, moths, beetles and worms. Visually, there's no end to the variety. The colors and geometric forms are absolutely mind-blowing. To me, bugs are living, cutting-edge, contemporary art forms.

I spend several hours a week just observing and photographing them. And attempting to ID them. But sometimes that's impossible, many of them have yet to be officially recognized by the scientific community. It's also probable that in creatures having such short reproductive cycles (some procreating more than thirty generations of offspring in a single year) that subtle adaptations are constantly resulting in new variations of existing species.

This relatively recent obsession of mine has fueled an entire body of work entitled, Aliens of AkahtiLândia - integrating all three of my visual mediums; sculpture, photographs and mixed-media paintings. The sculpture pieces, although based on actual creatures I have seen or photographed, are modified and manipulated versions of the real thing, while the flat mixed-media pieces are normally truer to the actual entities that inspired them. I've noted some insects with extremely sophisticated behavioral traits. A few, believe it or not, seem to demonstrate what appear to be real emotions.



I call them Aliens not only because of their seemingly unearthly eccentric multi-colored appearances and high IQs, but also because of their extremely complex, functional and almost indestructible body designs. Most people who believe in extraterrestrial life think that beings from other solar systems will appear somewhat humanoid and be more or less our size. I disagree. I find it more likely that they would be something much smaller and more insect-like.

Imagine if some of these creatures already present on this planet originated from other parts of the universe. How would we even know it?

One earth insect, the Tardigrade - aka the Water Bear, has already been proven to be capable of surviving the vacuum of space.

And if one or more of the minute species already here was actually more intelligent than us, how could we even measure or determine that? (maybe they simply choose not to communicate with us).

More importantly, would we admit something so much smaller in stature to humankind is in fact superior to us in many ways?

Ithaka 2015

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

"WELCOME TO BINGO" - 1989 Short Film Starring Ithaka

"WELCOME TO BINGO"

MOVIE: Welcome To Bingo



Written and directed by: Ted Crittenden for his final project at:
Loyola Marymount University - Film Division- 1989

Starring:

ithaka darin pappas
jason steiner
charles erikson
beth depatie
t. scotty doherty

Story:

Two down and out Mojave Desert gas station attendants
Dick Kennedy (Ithaka) and Danny Boy (Jason Steiner)
dream of seeing Las Vegas, a mere three hours away.
The only thing stopping them is Kennedy's broken-down
Camaro and the jealous ex-boyfriend of Kennedy's
pregnant girlfriend, Claire





Friday, September 26, 2014

Ithaka: as featured on Meet Joe TV - 2014

"If you're doing artwork based on nature,

I think it's really important to be out in the nature itself.

A person, an artist, they become what they think about most...

what they surround themselves with most.

Just being out here in this environment, in this jungle environment,

I'm kind of slowly becoming a piece of the nature itself.

My artwork is reflecting all of that.

And unifying yourself with nature itself as an artist

it has the potential the destroy you.

My philosophy on art is...instead of trying to cerebralize everything,

it's to change your life and the art will change automatically.

Just being out here, working out here in nature, 

it's made me realize some new passions that I've never really

even thought twice about my entire life...specifically insects.

My name is Ithaka. I'm an audio-visual eco-expressionist 

and nature lover."

Ithaka - AkahtiLândia, Brazil




Ithaka on Meet Joe TV

Monday, September 8, 2014

Ithaka Exhibit: City Life: Greed, Hunger and Loss


ASAHI EVENING NEWS, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1992
               Fine Arts

City  Life:  Greed,  Hunger and  Loss

By M. Jordan

Special to the Asahi Evening News

   The work now being shown at Galerie YMA in Tokyo, is that of photographer/sculptor, Ithaka.  Although these two mediums seem at first glance to be separate entities, these photos show that the two seem to go hand in hand.  The photographs are a journey into the mysteries of emotions.  When looking at them you cannot help but get caught up into the feelings they conjure; happiness, remorsefulness, confusion unknowingness, mournfulness.
 Ithaka enables the viewer to take a look into the world (perhaps his own hermetic world) of bottled up emotions.  His work is truly personal, his subjects are close friends of his, yet one doesn't feel left out when viewing them.
  Ithaka began assisting photographers at a very young age and shortly thereafter went out on his own.  He has shot photographs for nearly every fashion magazine including, Vogue, Elle and Glamour, and has also shot the record covers for many bands.  The problem for Ithaka was that working specific photograph jobs compromised him from the start.  He began doing sculptures as a way to take a break from the rigors of the job.
   The sculptures used in the photos are cut and restructured surfboards.  All have taken on a new form as well as a new life, displaying the forms of the human body (usually female) as well as Ithaka's own creations.  Before restrictions had been placed on him as to how he could shoot his photos; he had been forced to take a back seat.  Now what he was yearning for was to create his own type of photographs.  He son began to fuse the two mediums, hence coining his own term "sculptography."
   Although Ithaka (Ithaka darin Pappas) was born and raised in Los Angeles, the city proved to have too strong of an impact on his work.  Los Angeles was too overbearing; and he no longer wanted to struggle against the Los Angeles mindset that declares its self to be the center of the globe.  This Los Angeles mindset is perfectly encapsulated in his sculptures shown in this exhibit, entitled "Greed, Hunger, Loss," all representing aspects typical of any metropolis.
   His photos also show the lost feelings that are hard to recover when living in a big city, yet they always remind us of why this loss occurs.  Lying peacefully stretched out in the sand we are mesmerized by the serenity of "Joni by the Sea," yet down below the rocky cliff reality sets in showing what the city is all about--we see a Mercedes and a Lamborghini on the highway below.  Our illusion is shattered and we are immediately pulled back into the present.
 Ithaka 's search for eternal well being has led him to Lisbon, Portugal where he is now based.  Portugal offers him a new outlook on life,.  According to Ithaka, "life here is more simple, when you're in a place like this -- life is about you and the people around you, not the world at large."  One has to wonder where this new exploration will now take him, or us.
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Works by Ithaka at Galerie YMA
(03-3562-0007 on Suzurandori in Ginza near Ginza subway station through Oct.7. 
The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ithaka: SO GET UP (Ith's Brain Boiler Mix) 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XefZXic-woc

Twentieth anniversary re-record of SO GET UP.

I originally recorded this vocal/lyric as a B-side
of a single for Underground Sound Of Lisbon in 1994.

They went on to have massive success with it,
and for some reason thought it was not important to credit me
with vocals and lyrics. Small overlook.

This version was recorded at Coffin Alley Studios - California
in the summer of 2014.


SO GET UP - Brain Boiler Mx