Reading a biography of Leonard Cohen inspired Cecelia Fuentes to create a portrait of the Canadian singer-songwriter in the Byzantine style of iconography. Cecelia writes
My reason for putting contemporary people like Leonard in an icon is to show the Divinity that is within all of us. I have been studying traditional Byzantine iconography for several years but my intention has always been to include everyday people in my work.
Cecelia explains that the script on the bottom reads “Lord Of Song” in English words transposed into Greek alphabetic characters. The icon was painted in the traditional manner using egg tempera on a gesso board with linen backing and gold leaf.
So long Marianne
You, infinite light
From Oana and Stefan Cajal
This video was originally posted Aug 22, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric, as the second in a trilogy of videos celebrating the 80th birthday of Leonard Cohen.The following text is from the earlier posting:
“Everybody’s youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness.” F.Scott Fitzgerald
The visuals in So Long Marianne are my graphic art confessions about the dream and madness of youth. Paradigms of Essential Longing, conjuring Leonard Cohen’s beloved memories of his enchanted Island of Love and Inspired Verse.
They are Incantation Postcards to Leonard Cohen’s Youth, to my Youth, to your Youth, to everybody’s Youth.
I wish that, in our present world darkened by senseless pain and despair, Leonard Cohen ‘s message of love and empathy will travel far and bring a ray of light to those thirsty for beauty and hope.
I hear from across Time, the voice of W.B.Yeats telling me: “Take, if you must, this little Bag of Dreams, Unloose the cord and they would wrap You round”
Video: “So Long Marianne, Invocation Of The Muse”
Video by oana maria cajal
Oana & Stefan Cajal offer Here It Is, The Greatest, their 15th Cohenesque picto-video, a tribute to Muhammad Ali, inspired by the discovery “that Muhammad Ali is our hero’s hero!” (See Leonard Cohen Names His Hero: Muhammad Ali) The soundtrack is Here It Is by Leonard Cohen & Sharon Robinson from Ten New Songs (2001).
Oana and Stefan Cajal’s evocative, Leonard Cohen-themed videos have been cherished features at Cohencentric. All Cajal videos can be found at Oana Maria Cajal.
From the Tiny Sparks Etsy site:
My name is Marina and I am a Spanish sculptor based in France. Here you will find all my available sculptures. They are all handmade, original pieces, made with love and polymer clay 🙂
Reimagined New Skin for the Old Ceremony Video Introduces Alex Da Corte To Art World
New Skin for the Old Ceremony is a compilation of short moving-image pieces set to the music and lyrics of Leonard Cohen’s 1974 album of the same title. Organized in 2011 by Cohen’s daughter, Lorca, and Darin Klein, Programs Coordinator, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, the film comprises pieces that mirror the album’s original track listing. This event was extensively covered in Reimagined New Skin for the Old Ceremony Opens At MoMA April 14, 2011
This exhibit proved the key to the ascendancy of at least one of the artists, Alex Da Corte, as indicated in this excerpt from Alex Da Corte’s ‘Free Roses’ Puts His Eccentricities on View by Randy Kennedy (New York Times: March 27, 2016):
After attending the School of Visual Arts in New York with thoughts of becoming a Disney animator, and later earning an M.F.A. from Yale, he came to notice in the art world fairly quickly in 2010 with a three-minute video inspired by and set to the 1974 Leonard Cohen song “Chelsea Hotel #2.” Mr. Da Corte made the video shortly after his car, with his computer, clothes and all of his studio notes, had been stolen from a street in New York. Depressed, he returned to Philadelphia and went to one of his favorite no-frills supermarkets, Fine Fare on West Girard Street in the beleaguered Ludlow neighborhood, and loaded a shopping cart, mostly with processed food and plastic.
With a cellphone camera and a white backdrop, he took the things he had bought and in only a few hours made the video, a stark poetic progression in which pairs of dirty hands perform a kind of ballet with the cheapest consumer goods — slicing a piece of bologna in half, stacking white bread, crumpling a plastic happy-face bag attached to a fan, pouring purple dish soap into a neon-green clothes hamper.
“Watching it still kind of breaks my heart, because it makes me think that I wish it could always be that easy,” Mr. Da Corte said, sitting on the ground in the hallucinogenic-patterned gallery where the video runs.
From Alex Da Corte: Free Roses (MASS MoCA site)
The exhibition features two of Da Corte’s most important video works. The first is the seminal Chelsea Hotel No. 2 (2010), named for Leonard Cohen’s song of the same title, which provides the soundtrack. The work can be understood as an index of Da Corte’s vocabulary of materials, colors, and processes. Two hands—variously covered in flour, dirt, aluminum foil, and packing tape—manipulate foodstuffs and objects, including bread slices, bananas, grapes, cherries, bologna, and lettuce, as well as a plastic grocery bag, broom, and IKEA chair. The video bursts with color featuring a bright orange bucket, a robin’s egg blue plastic bowl, and cherry-red soda. Ketchup, soda, and nail polish mimic both paint and bodily secretions. As a study and a performance of color, texture, movement, sound, smell, and desire, the video brings to mind a number of precedents including the performances of the Viennese Actionists, as well as Fischli/Weiss’ 1987 film celebrating the magic of making sculpture, The Way Things Go, and Richard Serra’s Verb List from 1967–68 (Da Corte’s version might read “stacking bread,” “shaking soda,” and “squeezing ketchup”).
Video: Alex Da Corte – Chelsea Hotel No. 2
In honor of the New Yorker’s publication of the Leonard Cohen poem, “Going Home” and the streaming of the “Going Home” track from the Old Ideas album from the New Yorker web site in Jan 2012, we offer the Cohencentric version of “View of the World from 9th Avenue,” the iconic 1976 New Yorker cover drawn by Saul Steinberg that depicted the world as seen from a New Yorker’s perspective.
Update May 4, 2016: Cohenites who were actively following the Canadian singer-songwriter’s career in early 2012 will probably recognize almost all of the locations on the Cohencentric Cohenlandia Map. Because, however, some Leonard Cohen fan sites have undergone name changes and, sadly, other sites are no longer active, newer fans may be mystified by certain references.
Credit Due Department: View of the World from 9th Avenue by Source, Fair use, via Wikipedia
Originally posted Jan 20, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
The complete title and description of the video offered by the authors follow:
“Hallelujah On Fire”, dedicated to LC.
A Cohenesc voyage to the end of the begining of…
Venus Of Urbino, an enigmatic leitmotif of sensuality
in the famous ironic window of the holy and the broken.
nonexplanatory visual hymn of love, beauty, sex, betrayal, death,
faith and surrender.
Dr Heck Note: Viewers will, I believe, find their experience of this work enhanced by taking a look at the discussion and presentation of the two earlier parts of Oana Cajal’s Leonard Cohen-inspired Longing Trilogy videos posted at
- Part 1: In The Moment – Right Now: The Cohen Upstairs Video & Exhibition
- Part 2: Dreaming Suzanne – Dedicated To Leonard Cohen
All posted Cajal videos can be found at Oana Maria Cajal.
Hallelujah On Fire
The Longing Trilogy – Part 3
Video by oana maria cajal