Who the fuck is Adrianne Katzen?

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Who the fuck is Adrianne Katzen?

How about giving a quick look to the long list
I’ve compiled in the ‘About’ section first?

     Now, to clarify I am an alter-ego of a real person. Or should it better be phrased as saying that ‘Adrianne Katzen’ is a pen-name, an artistic name? Hmm… In any case it is the vehicle for the real person hiding behind a false name to be able to do everything that this real person limits herself to do in everyday life. Its a chance to explore uninhibited. It’s a chance to challenge myself beyond the limits I have imposed on myself. What else could be better?

If you’re asking what will I be posting… just make sure you drop by to check periodically. I literally have no clue yet. I want to see how this idea develops without the restriction of planning every little thing thing that goes here. I want the freedom of not knowing. So, I’m guessing it will be an ever changing blog where anything and everything could be explored.

I don’t care if you like it or not. And I mean that. You don’t like what you might come across, feel free to go to another site. I don’t want to have to convince you to read my shit. If you’re interested, great! If not, well, you know what to do.

- Adrianne Katzen

Feelin’ like Lindsay Lohan (Yes, I’m talking about REHAB…)

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Feelin’ like Lindsay Lohan (Yes, I’m talking about REHAB…)

As of now, I’ve been two weeks as an inpatient in a rather-expensive [by my standards] holistic rehab (can’t really say much because of some stupid confidentiality agreement…but fuck that! It doesn’t cover my thoughts about it…).

Anyways, I have to say this detox phase really sucks…like REALLY SUCKS! It’s horrible and don’t let anybody fool you into thinking it’s the “most comfortable part of it like they told me. Even though I’ve been on some medicine it still feels like i’m doing this cold turkey… and somehow makes me realize it would have been almost the same doing it by me onesie in my home.

I’ve got to say:  Quitting drugs ain’t that fucking hard, it’s the staying clean part of it that fucks you up and messes up with your mind.

Anyways, I’m still supposedly “detoxing”, so I can’t say I’m some sort of expert on this shit. Just makes me feel a bit more experienced than before. And, yes, go ahead and ask me: WHAT THE FUCK WAS I THINKING??! (It’s what I’m thinking right now…)

I’ve got two more weeks coming up. The question is: will I stay here or sign myself out before it’s time?

Note to Self #3: REHAB!

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Note to Self #3: REHAB!

Right now, I’m doing one of my “NOT new year’s resolutions”: getting the hell outta here for my own fucking sanity! I need to do this and I plan to keep posting while I’m there… that way I’m gonna give all of you an inside perspective on drug rehabs and hopefully help someone somewhere decide if that is something they could consider to better their own life. And NO, I’m not gonna preach about the good things that can come out of stopping drug use/addiction because I’m the first one that hates people telling me that.

Book Review: FRESCOS: 50 Puerto Rican Artists Under 35

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Book Review: FRESCOS: 50 Puerto Rican Artists Under 35

FRESCOS is probably the only book on the subject of the younger generation of Puerto Rican artists. Many (or in reality, not so many…) other books have been written about established artists from a historical point of view. FRESCOS takes a more curatorial approach (of course, since most collaborators are curators) and presents the artists by placing a rather large number of images of their artwork alongside their curriculum (CV) – something that takes up most of the 352 pages. Yes, the book is huge and heavy… so it isn’t something you could carry around… it’s more of a desk-reference type of book. Another good thing is that it is both in Spanish and in English, so it reaches a larger population.

Back to the curators who write the essays: They are not obscure curators, they have importance in the Puerto Rican art scene. Celina Nogueras Cuevas, the editor of FRESCOS, is also the founder/ex-creative director of CIRCA (the most important art fair in PR) and has done a multitude of other projects. Marianne Ramírez Aponte is the director of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico. Juan Carlos López Quintero is the director of the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. Cheryl Hartup is the chief curator of the Museo de Arte de Ponce. Elvis Fuentes is a curator in the Museo del Barrio (NY).

Other curators include: Marimar Benítez (ex-chancellor of the Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico), Pablo León de la Barra, Paco Barragán, Sylvia Karman Cubiñá, and Marysol Nieves.

The only thing that bothers me is the large font of the essays included (18 or 20pt). I think they could have saved some space/pages (and therefore money) if they had chosen a smaller font size. Actually, if funds were available I would love to see a “pocket book” of this.

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I am sort of revealing my identity/real name without actually saying it. But what the hell… (Just don’t publicize it here on this blog. If you’d like to confirm your suspicions e-mail me, I will be sure to respond if you are correct!)

Note to Self #2: These are NOT new year’s resolutions…

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Note to Self #2: These are NOT new year’s resolutions…

This is my first post of the year 2012. A bit late, but I will post it anyways…

For the past couple of years I have consciously not made any new year’s resolutions because I don’t actually follow them… and even if I complete some, they are only about 25% of the full list. So this year, I have GOALS THAT NEED TO BE ACCOMPLISHED.

1. Travel! Hop on an airplane heading anywhere far from where I’m at right now. And no, this isn’t as superficial as it sounds. It’s more like: RUN FOR MY OWN LIFE AND MY OWN SANITY! I want to start over somewhere where nobody knows me… even if I can only stay for a couple months.
2. Turn the super-pile of important documents into digital format. I cannot continue to put this off. I HAVE TO STOP PROCRASTINATING IMPORTANT SHIT!
3. Re-launch my career as an artist by exhibiting at least twice this year OR re-launch myself as an independent curator/director of a non-profit organization I used to run dedicated to fine art photography. I NEED TO BE DOING SOMETHING WITH MY LIFE!

This year hasn’t exactly started as I expected it would have. I bought this year’s agenda last week, so try to imagine how far I am from catching up to the times…  Besides that, I’m battling myself more than ever. My head is a mess and definitely needs some organization. I don’t even know what I want anymore… and that scares me shitless.

And, yes,  I know anyone who reads this won’t give a damn about it. It’s personal. But I promise the long-overdue continuation essay on Adolf Hitler and his art will be posted this month, along with more religious ranting…

Christmas is NOT Jesus of Nazareth’s Birthday…

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So yesterday a lot of people celebrated what is called “Christmas”, “Christmastide”, “Noël”, or worse “Feast of the Nativity”. This “Holiday” is a mix of Christian, pre-Christian and secular themes and origins. So, it’s really a hybrid of a bunch of stuff.

I huge amount of people already know this. I will contribute my little “grain of sand” and post this up in here. The figure of Jesus of Nazareth (A.K.A. ‘Christ’/ ‘Christos‘) was NOT born of December 25 as some people still think. If you’re one of those who still believes that, you need a reality check...Go have fun on Google or some other search engine and find more about the topic. I will give you some hints & keywords to check out:

•  • Pagan winter festivals • Roman winter solstice • April 17, 6BC • Star of Bethlehem theories • Christmas = “Christ’s mass” • Yule • rebirth of the Great horned hunter god • Cernunnos • Pan • Dies Natalis Solis Invicti • Sun God • (Sol Invictus) = birth of the “invincible sun” • Yule singing = caroling •  •

One of the most important things is that the ‘Christ’s mass’ was scheduled at the same time as pagan winter festivals to keep church members from going to pagan festivities. This date was also chosen to help pagans asimilate and convert to Christianity in an easier way, thus celebrations like Yule and Dies Natalis Solis Invicti were a equated and absorbed into the Christian liturgical calendar.

I personally dislike the holiday season. Apart from all that I’ve mentioned above and it’s fake meaning (Yes, I absolutely hate when people say that Jesus the true meaning of Christmas), it’s disgusting how people relate it to material gifts. I hate giving gifts as much as I hate receiving them.

Anyways, I hope that anyone who is ignorant of this be motivated at least a tiny bit to find the actual truth.

- Adrianne Katzen

That thing called a “Life List”?!

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That thing called a “Life List”?!

So, a lot of people have what they call a “Life List” or a “Bucket List”. Some have even published it on 43Things or other websites of this sort… I have a problem making such list, but I will try nonetheless… Here goes attempt #1 (in no particular order):

Make ArtExhibit my Art • Learn photography darkroom techniques • Finish my bachelor’s degree • Get a master’s degree • Write a book or two or more • Read more than 100 booksOrganize or Curate an art exhibition • Skydiving! • Bungee jump! • Do yoga • Learn how to shoot a gun • Tattoo! • Get more tattoos • Become fluent in Français • Learn Deutsch • • Go to a stripclub • Learn Pole Dance inversions & tricks • Be a better dancer • Go on a road trip with no predetermined destination • Learn to tattoo (well enough so I can ink on  myself and others’ skin) • Design custom tattoos for myself • Design tattoo flash or custom art that is actually used on others • Learn how to pick a lock • Sing at a Kareoke • Be a groupie for a rock band I like • Learn to play the electric guitar • Go to a rave party and candyflip! • Eat escargot in France • Live in New York City, Paris, and Los Angeles, CA • Visit Paris, France • Visit Germany • Visit London, England • Do a ritual at Stonehenge • Visit Morocco • Visit India • Visit Moscow, Russia • Visit Thailand • Visit Egypt • Travel the Mediterranean in a sailboat • See an aurora borealis • Publish an article in an important national magazine or newspaper • Create a website or blog • Go nude sunbathing at a naturist/nude beach • Buy myself a corset • Buy a nice pair of stripper shoes • Get my driver’s license • Win the lottery (even if it’s $1) • Get some permanent make-up done (eyeliner, top) • Get laser hair removal treatments • Send a message in a bottle and have it reach the intended person • Find another cat that I can love as much as the one I had that died • Learn to communicate in cat language (meow!) • Have a Ball Python as a pet • Get a job as a Jack Daniel’s promotional model • Work at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) • Stop procrastinating •

[ I probably have a few more in the back of my head,
i'll update this post as soon as they decide to come out of the dark. ;) ]]

Today’s Lesson: Stop trying to help people who don’t want help

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Today’s Lesson: Stop trying to help people who don’t want help

People (who exactly? who knows?) say that we learn through trial, through our experiences. Seriously, what the fuck?! I digress.

Some people, myself included, not always learn from their past mistakes or trials. Some of us just rush back to make the same damn mistakes. Some of us are that fucking stubborn, that fucking stupid andheadstrong.

Bad stuff is not necessarily all bad. There is no white and black distinction in life. We have to accept that there might be some good or benefit to those “bad” things because if not there might not even be a reason not to do or have them.

I will not tell anybody ever no to do any one thing because it is “bad”, harmful, or risky. (I would though warn them to make an informed decision). If people want to do anything, they  will. And if they want to repeat that, they will. A person’s inner-self will dictate what they do or don’t do … not anything you or I will tell them.

So, if you see someone who you think needs your help to stop doing “bad” things, please think more than twice about it because most peope tend to reject unwanted help. If you still decide to try and help them anyways, stop trying to do so as fast as that person asks you not do do so and go away.

Always remember to respect each and everyone’s will to do as they please and to think as they please.

- Adrianne Katzen

Things I probably shouldn’t do…

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Things I probably shouldn’t do…

Here I present the top 10 things that I do either on a daily basis or just occasionally that maybe … just maybe … I should NOT do:

10. Eat the same things over and over each week.
9. Wait until I’ve run out of underwear or socks to wash a load of clothes.
8. Think about getting an actual paying job but doing nothing to get it.
7. Watch the same episodes of a TV show over and over again (even if they’re not interesting).
6. Not answer my cell phone calls or texts for more than a week.
5. Buy pointless stuff thinking I might use them in the future.
4. Buy tons of condoms, have them on my purse or on me, but forget to use them from time to time.
3. Procrastinate every single thing I have/need/want to do.
2. Randomly “forget” to do stuff that I agreed to do just because “I don’t feel like it right now”.
1. Do risky things that might get me killed.

Now, the fact that I do these things and I shouldn’t does not mean that I will stop doing them. Ok… I agree, some I should actually not do anymore and change them for “healthier” things. But, whatever.

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