Art – Sculpture – Paranoia

I created this sculpture while I was student of Ronald Gonzales at Binghamton University (http://ronaldgonzalez.com).
Thanks for him and his class, I discover my passion of doing sculptures as a hobby.

Paranoia

Do you feel suspicious? Or do you sense that other people want to do you harm? We are, in some degree, paranoid.

Our perception makes us change our actions in response to what surround us, to what we perceive as personally threatening. We chronically think that others are lying or cheating us in some way or another. We cannot confide ourselves to others for fear of being betrayed. Comments or events are misinterpreted as personally threatening. Insulting us, making us have long-term grudges against others. We see others actions and/or words as a direct attack in some way or another, therefore we counterattack. We think that the whole world is pitted against us. We suffer of hallucinations, fictional scenarios build inside our mind that lack of contact with reality. We take extreme actions which are completely out of proportion to what is really going on. Not only paranoia affect us, but also we make sure that it affects those who surround us.

This sculpture is made of plaster. The main colors are black and white. Inspired by the comic “Sin City” by Frank Miller, the eyes were colored. Each pair of eyes are pointing  to different directions, left, right, up and stray providing a feeling of searching for something. Black is used to provide a shadow and also to make the effect that each head goes further out.

This sculpture is a mirror. This is a reflection of that part of us that make us nuts. This is a way to say, STOP! Life is not a soup opera. Real life is not a distorted version of what is shows on TV, but TV is a distorted way to show reality. We cannot seclude ourselves to fear. We have to use fear and not being used by it. Fear is paranoid and paranoid is fear.

Alejandro G. Carlstein Ramos Mejia

Paranoia - View 1
Paranoia - View 1
Paranoia - View 2
Paranoia - View 2
Paranoia - View 3
Paranoia - View 3
Paranoia - View 4
Paranoia - View 4
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Art – Sculpture – More than Skin

I created this sculpture while I was student of Ronald Gonzales at Binghamton University (http://ronaldgonzalez.com).
Thanks for him and his class, I discover my passion of doing sculptures as a hobby.

More than Skin

We have to ability to see the fines discernment, distinctions. We have the power to impose judgment to others. In order to be different, we discriminate. We search for any excuses. We are very creative in finding reasons to discriminate others. We failed to see is what is behind the superficial.

Between the most finest human creations, we have responsible to create the following ways to discriminate: We discriminate middle-aged and elderly people for being old when we will older sooner or later. We abuse people who are overweight when we perhaps are anorexic.  We abuse members of another race and after we take vacations in their countries. We show favoritism to relatives or close friends by giving them jobs and then comply when someone else not qualified get the job we wish obtain. Sexism, the opposite sex is always inferior to our sex. We discriminate homosexuals, when we perhaps like the same sex but we don’t want to recognize it. We go out, blinded in our egos,  treating a person or group with different religious beliefs than ours, when we may change of religions in the future. The list can go on and on; however, human beings are more complex than that.

This sculpture is made of plaster. The main colors are black and white. Inspired by the comic “Sin City” by Frank Miller, the eyes and tongue were colored. Starting from a view in which the skull is seems. A person can go around and start discovering sections being added. First, the person will discover an eye, then the muscles, and finally the skin. The black base is used to move the eyes of the spectator to the midpoint of the sculpture, regardless the angles it being see.

The thing that may be seem has an imperfection, as difference, is indeed the essence of beauty and originality of this world. These imperfections prevent us to be just one cheap copy of each other. These differences provide us variety to our life. As the title imply, there is more than skin. There is more than the eye can see.

Alejandro G. Carlstein Ramos Mejia

More than Skin - front view
More than Skin - front view
More than Skin - Front view - Eye close view
More than Skin - Front view - Eye close view
More than Skin - Side view
More than Skin - Side view
More than Skin - Back view
More than Skin - Back view
More than Skin - Back view - Close view muscles and skin
More than Skin - Back view - Muscle and skin close view
More than Skin - Back view - Mouth close view
More than Skin - Back view - Mouth close view
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Art – Sculpture – Hombre Falso

Who do you know if someone is “real” or “fake”? How do you know if you are fake or not? Many things that surround us influence us. Little by little we lose our personality and turn ourselves in something we are not.

What is considerate fake? Perhaps it is when we try to conceal our defects in order to appear more attractive, valuable, and/or interesting. Acting like something we are not, in order to obtain “popularity”. Using whatever clothing we are told is “trendy” by TV’s shows and/or famous people. Changing ourselves, our appearance, and our personality just to be accepted inside the group we wish to be part of.

This sculpture is made of plaster. The main colors are black and white. The colors were used as shadows. The base was painted in black, so the sculpture seems to be getting out from the shadows from the bottom. At the front there is a skull, expressionless, representing the real face of an individual. At the back, there are three faces showing different emotions, used to gain favors and/or attention.

Sometimes we surround ourselves with so many “fake” people that we start lose ourselves and become “fake”. We lose what make us unique, special. We stop living for ourselves but start living for others, just to please them. We are being used and we used others, forming a vicious infinite cycle. This sculpture was made to remember that it’s time to loves ourselves, to remove our masks and be ourselves once more. Appreciate our differences and appreciate the differences of others. Let’s be original, and no fakes.

Alejandro G. Carlstein Ramos Mejia

Hombre Falso - Front Face
Hombre Falso - Front Face
Hombre Falso - Turn Side
Hombre Falso - Turn Side
Hombre Falso - Back faces
Hombre Falso - Back faces
Hombre Falso - Turn Side
Hombre Falso - Turn Side
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Code Examples in C++

Here are some code examples written in C++
Even do they are written in C++, I would advice to compile them in Linux as I did. If you encounter any problems or errors, please let me know by providing an example of the code, input, output, and an explanation. Thanks
NOTIFICATION: These examples are provided for educational purposes. Using this code is under your own responsibility and risk. I do not take responsibilities of how they are used.

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