Saturday, September 24, 2016

112. Jose Feliciano - Angela

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This work was not meant to be complicated - it was just an experiment  with the Liquify filter on the sunshade,
the artist's fingers, the guitar strings and the letter F.

For all its simplicity,  I was also attempting  to create something  that would look  like two vertical planes;  one
from each of the two images - a front image at right and a back image at left, without  lightening or darkening
the blue background.  This I tried to achieve  by extending the guitar fretboard  beyond the picture frame of the
image at left and by placing a strip of black to  separate the two images and which  would create the impression
of a shadow to suggest that the right image is in front of the left image.

At first,  the idea  seemed perfect  -  with the extended  fretboard  inserted behind  the blue  background of the
front image,  the viewer,  looking at the  left image  from top to centre,  could approximate  that the  thickness
of the shadow is the same as the distance between the face of the guitar and the back of the artist.

The dilemma,  however,  proves that  the idea  was not perfect.  Looking  at the left image  from the bottom to
the centre,  the viewer would  now realise,  reckoning  from the shadow,  that the left  image is  not behind the
right but is in front of it. The extended fretboard could not resolve the dilemma - it is now at its centre. 

The partial  repetition of  the black  strip at  extreme right  produced a  certain unevenness  of the  plane of the
right image  -  it's as if the right  elbow of the artist is nearer  to the viewer  than his left hand.  And it does not
work to resolve the dilemma at left. Instead, it only adds to it. Such is the characteristic of a blivit or a Schuster
fork which is also featured in my immediately preceding work, The Grand Illusion by Styx.

Such is the characteristic of impossible objects.

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Impossible  objects  really  get us chasing  our tail.  Our brain  tries  to do  its best  usually,  however,  there are
instances when it fails to process correctly what the eye sees.

The brain makes sense  of shapes and symbols.  It's trying to put them together like a jigsaw puzzle,  formulating
that which isn't there to that which is believable.  2D figure is sub-conscionsly  interpreted as  3D object although
such object can not exist.

Here's the original album cover art design.

Cover illustration by George Stavrinos, album design by Neil Terk &
Co., art direction by Beverly Weinstein & Janna Merlyn Feliciano.
Album produced by Anna Merlyn Feliciano & Jose Feliciano.
Private Stock 1976.

Aaron Loves Angela is about two teenagers living in the slums of New York City who are deeply in love with each
other.  Angela (Irene Cara),  who is  Puerto Rican,  falls in love  with Aaron  (Kevin Hooks),  who is black.  Their 
relationship is not approved by either of their parents. They both rebel against their parents' prejudices, but soon
find out that their friends and neighbours share the same prejudices as their parents.

The soundtrack was composed by José Feliciano and Janna Marlyn Feliciano, recorded and performed on the José
Feliciano album Angela. wikipedia 

Fame star Irene Cara made her film bow in Aaron Loves Angela.  Cara plays Angela, a Puerto Rican girl who falls
in love with Aaron,  a black ghetto youth (Kevin Hooks,  whose father Robert Hooks also appears in the film). The
unrelenting  grimness  of their  lives is leavened  ever so slightly  by comic-relief  character  Willie (Leon Pinkley).
Way, way down on the cast list is singer  Jose Feliciano,  making his unstressed acting debut.  The script for Aaron
Loves Angela is by Gerald Sanford, and appears to have been adapted from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
Rotten Tomatoes

(A) Angela - I've Got a Feeling - Sweet Street - Nirvana

(B) Why - Michaelangelo - Salsa Negra - As Long as I Have You

"Angela" live from Ahmad F. Elyan on YouTube.