October 17, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — MASTER BEN LAU @ 9:20 am

FIGURE 1:   DOMESTIC DISPUTE BY THE ALPHA SEER FORMERLY KNOWN AS BEN LAU

(HOW SHOULD AN ART STUDENT LOOK AT ART)

A true Painting must be teeming with LIFE, in contrast to illustration, which is anything but ART! There is truly nothing in an illustration other than platitude and entropy! Look at a Norman Rockwell, –then turn your gaze to a Titian masterpiece, –you tell us the difference! Or you can read Harry Potter (illustration for children) Vs. Shakespeare (Art for the mature adults!) You can listen to the pop music at first and then tune to Mozart or Beethoven later. Again, you tell us the difference! It is therefore pertinent for an art student to detect that irreconcilable difference by means of careful comparison at the start.

Comparing Ben Lau’s work with those of the others on this website will definitely clarify this 21st Century mess at hand;– namely, that Beauty cannot be expressed through ideas (or concepts)! The reason for it is quite simple: the other “artists” on exhibition here are, in fact, art students who have not attained yet! Ben Lau, by contrast, is a MASTER of Painting! That can be readily verified through careful study of Ben’s compositions. It may be further confirmed by the Knox Martin comment about Ben Lau on http://benlauart.com, as well as his praise for the Alpha Seer ( a.k.a. Ben Lau, ) in an essay on http://thealphaseer.com. As an art student, you have the obligation to find out about all this. You are obliged, not just to yourself, but also to Humanity, to do so!

Nothing should be embraced as truth through belief and hearsay. You have an obligation to always see it for yourself! It is O.K. to be skeptical at first, then you must take up the offer by making investigation, in order to achieve conviction. CONVICTION, – not belief, – is a divine gift in life, as a shaft of inner light has been gained to guide you in all actions from now on. Enlightenment has a dawning effect on the human spirit, but one must make a good effort towards that.

Conceptual experiments inevitably leads to a complete breakdown in Art.The history of Pop art, Conceptualism and Postmodernism has given us sufficient proof for that. It is the story of spiritual bankruptcy! Who except a stupid and unenlightened crowd would still insist on visiting the Walker Art Centers of the world, the Gugganheims of the world, the Whitneys of the world, – or even the Museums of Modern Art of the world, where conceptual bombardments, extremely boring, mundane and fake stuffs are shown there, –ideas are packaged and sold as Art en mass to a crowd heavy with herd instincts! The blind leading the blind is the name of the game!

Beauty must express itself through the creator’s sublime nature, more commonly known as “artistic genius”, where supreme artistic intuition born of Nature is in reign! Only Nature can instruct the artistic genius. Little wonder why Matisse says, “Art cannot be taught!” On the other hand, the everymen, better known as the Pop artists or Postmodern artists, or Conceptualists, do not have the talent to produce art. Who are those people in the last 500 years of painting? They are Caravaggio, Andy Warhol, Chuck Close, Rauschenberg, Edvard Munch, Gustav Klimt, Marchel Duchamp, Kahlo, Bacon, Lichtenstein, Albers, Hofmann, Newman, Beckmann, Nolde, Pollock, Matta, Still, Rivera, Ernst, Tanguy, Dali, Kokoschka, Magritte, Hopper, O’Keeffe, Leger, Klee, Braque, Kirchner, Modigliani, Chirico, Marc, Schiele, Malevich, Derain, Kandinsky, Klimt, Gauguin, Monet, Cassatt, Sargent, Pissarro, Sisley, Whistler, Homer, Courbet, Delacroix, Hiroshige, Gericault, Turner, Constable, Gainsborough, Boucher, Rothko, Stella, Hockney, Johns, Hirst, Freud, Hawkins, Motherwell, Dine, etc., etc. and etc. These folks simply do not have the talent to produce art for the following reasons: 1. they do not have the sublime intuition born of Nature for art; and 2. with that important intuition missing, they can only behave like the blind, being incapable of seeing or understanding Art. The guiding INNER LIGHT for the understanding or seeing of Art is amiss! Some of the folks listed above may be a hero to many, some may be extremely popular owing to their nationality or gender ( Munch, O’Keef); some may have become famous for their inventiveness of things (Pollock, )– nevertheless, we should know full well that, without artistic genius, they cannot call themselves masters of Painting, – no matter who they were, or what they had done.


The Alpha Seer

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October 17, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — MASTER BEN LAU @ 11:46 am

There is no nobler pursuit in life than that of enlightenment! Although in a somewhat different realm altogether, the Gautama Buddha had done that, and successfully made the leap to the divine, – so enlightenment is not a fairy tale or anything that is without precedent or basis!

Yes, the human spirit can be enlightened, and it should be !

In my painterly activities, I have intended to demonstrate a certain CREATIVE IMPULSE in painting, in contrast to  mere inventiveness of ideas. Ideas originated from mental activities and memories are extremely unreliable, (one may envision the mind as some sort of computer! If you go into the right kind of meditation taught by Krishnamurti, you may see it clearly, i.e., the human mind is no more than just a computer!)  By the way the mind operates like a computer, – how it feeds on memories and is fueled and conditioned by them in all of its movements, nothing ever originated from it can be called new or original. The resulting production can be no more than mechanical at best! That being the case, one can then proceed to see the vast difference between CREATION, which has life, – and invention, which is awkward, and basically  mechanical! The artistic genius is a natural, who produces true art; whereas the everyman artist is one, by the exercise of this computer- like mind, produces illustrations. In other words, the everyman cannot produce art no matter how hard he tries.

Even though the human mind may rank first among the primates, it is still a primate’s mind ! One may call it a “superior mind”, –but that’s about it! It is not to say that the artistic genius does not have the same monkey’s mind too, however, there is something mysterious that goes into his action of painting which eventually transforms it.  What that is remains a mystery, – just call it a natural phenomenon !

Take the feat of flight for example: With a single leap, a bird is in mid-air. She does not require a runway for flying and her entire operation or attitude is charming to the extreme! How awkward is the flight of a mind-conceived flying machine, say a plane, for example, by comparison?

In a similar way, the artistic genius just takes a leap, and he is in mid-air! That is the incredible power of Mother Nature! It is inexplicable and mysterious, like life itself, but it is the reality!

Hence the difference between illustration and painting is just like night and day –separating that which has LIFE (Painting) from that which is mechanical, awkward and futile (illustration)!

A true Painting must be teeming with LIFE, in contrast to illustration, – which is anything but ART!

No matter how deep our emotional attachment to our preferences, there is truly nothing in an illustration other than platitude and entropy! Not unlike flying, –which is hardly a human trait, the everyman relies on the mind to “do art.”  Such “art” is inevitably conceptual and imitative! Look at a Norman Rockwell for a while, –then turn your gaze upon a Titian masterpiece. You can tell us the difference ! I have nothing against Rockwell, he is an excellent illustrator and he is American, too, –but Titian obviously has helped us in touch with greatness! Or one may read several chapters of Harry Potter (illustration for children) Vs. some Shakespearean verses (Art for the understanding adult!). Harry Potter may be interesting, but the same result unfortunately prevails. Shakespeare is true literature, whereas your Harry Potter can be no more than an illustration or narrative ! Finally, let’s listen to the Beatles’ for a while, then tune to Mozart or Beethoven. The difference between great art and illustration is vast! In all three instances, your soul is nourished by great art, whereas the more worldly stuffs can do little in that regard. They may entertain your curiosity or satisfy your emotion, but that is as far as they can take you!

It would be unacceptable if you say that difference cannot be felt! It would be even more so if you have decided to actively deny the difference, because you have your own preference of your Pop music, your Harry Potter, your Andy Warhol or what not!

It is unacceptable because you have denied enlightenment for the human spirit, to be in touch with greatness through the vehicle of true art. It is unacceptable because you have refused to enter the stream, which will eventually take you to the ocean!  So it is pertinent for you therefore, as art student, to detect that irreconcilable difference by means of careful comparison from the start.

THE ALPHA SEER FORMERLY CALLED BEN LAU

Figure 1: Desert Terrace by the greatmaster Knox Martin

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October 17, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — MASTER BEN LAU @ 12:15 pm


NOW OPEN http://artists.de and find out why THE ALPHA SEER FORMERLY KNOWN AS BEN LAU IS THE GREATEST ARTIST OF THEM ALL!

IT IS LIKE LOOKING AT THE SET OF TAO IN THE AWESOME WORKS OF THE ALPHA SEER AND SEEING ALL THE REST AS SUBSETS OF NON TAO.


THIS IS NO EGOTISTIC BRAGGING OR RANTING, RATHER, IT CONCERNS YOUR ENLIGHTENMENT. I WISH I WERE TELLING YOU ABOUT THE WORKS OF SOMEONE ELSE, BUT THAT OCCASION HAS NOT ARISEN YET.

FOR THOSE WHO HAVE GOOD EARS WHEN THEIR HEART IS OPEN TO THE GREATNESS OF MOZART OR SCHUBERT, THEY WILL KNOW WHAT IT IS TO BE IN TOUCH WITH THE VASTNESS OF THE UNIVERSE OR THE GREATNESS OF BEAUTY!

EVERY SINGLE NOTE OF THOSE MASTERS IS PRECIOUS. BY THE SAME TOKEN, THROUGH COMPARISON, ONE MAY SEE EVERY SINGLE STROKE BY THE ALPHA SEER AS PRECIOUS, WAY ABOVE AND BEYOND ANYTHING HTTP://ARTISTS.DE WEBSITE CAN OFFER AT THIS POINT IN TIME.

COMPARISON, MY FRIEND, IS THE KEY TO ENLIGHTENMENT. IT IS YOUR OWN ENLIGHTENMENT, OR IS IT NOT?

NO, MY FRIEND! ENLIGHTENMENT IS ENLIGHTENMENT! IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE EGO OF ANYONE! IT SOUNDS ABSTRACT BUT IT IS EASY TO PERCEIVE IF YOU CAN SEE THE TRUTH THAT THE EGO IS JUST THERE TO HELP WITH THE WORLDLY AFFAIRS OF THE LIFE OF AN INDIVIDUAL. ENLIGHTENMENT IS BEYOND AND ABOVE THE LITTLE EGO OF AN INSIGNIFICANT INDIVIDUAL, LIMITED IN ITS SCOPE, TIMELY AND WORLDLY, MATERIALISTIC, AND NON SPIRITUAL, – WHILE ENLIGHTENMENT HAS TO DO WITH THE COLLECTIVE HUMAN SPIRIT, WHICH IS SO VAST AND SO TIMELESS THAT YOU WILL BE AMAZED WHEN YOU GET TO THAT POINT THROUGH CORRECT MEDITATION.

BUT MY FRIENDS, I AM TRULY FEELING SOME GOOD KARMA IN THIS GROUP OF PEOPLE AND TO KNOW THAT ONE DAY THE UNDERSTANDING WILL BE YOURS FILL ME WITH JOY.

ENLIGHTENMENT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EXISTENCE ITSELF, SO WORK HARD AT IT THROUGH CORRECT MEDITATION!

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October 17, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — MASTER BEN LAU @ 6:34 pm

WHO IS OLIVIA? SHE IS THE DAUGHTER OF THE GREAT MASTER KNOX MARTIN. CHIP OF THE OLD BLOCK!

SHE HAS A LOT OF FAITH IN THE NEW PRESIDENT.

Dear Ben,
I’ve been working on this painting on a commission for months!
Whew! Finally completed it today!
Love, Olivia

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