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Air Balloobs (Google Searches series), 2016
KALAF: hello !
I got it… i feel a bit silly not knowing what you meant by GChat, so i googled it
you can always count on google
KALAF: Its good to know I can count on something
you actually have a menu item in your website called google searches
is this an image you found?
or an image you created?
KALAF: an image i created
It came into conversation once
so i decided to make it happen for me visually
RAMOS: ... sorry i'm totally looking through all of them right now
finger licking good - ha
RAMOS: and nowhere with you
RAMOS: i love these
theres a subtle or not really subtle sexuality to all of your work
and it is very elegant in my opinion
even while being overt
KALAF: glad you can find them humorous, i still catch myself giggling at some
RAMOS: oh for sure - there is a gradient of humor
like blue moon for example
RAMOS: it's not that its humorous but it is the .... i'm looking for a word
can't put my finger on it
KALAF: unapologetic.. ill take that
RAMOS: i originally asked you to have this conversation with me when i saw your series on religion
where are those on your website?
KALAF: See the thing about that project ...
I started it as practice. I had to take a photoshop class, and our professor told us we should use our imagination really go wild.
So I mean I pretty much heard "free for all". I come from a catholic background, but I'm not religious. And i guess if I did believe in a higher power it would be a Woman.
RAMOS: that's a bit bias
why wouldn't it be a hybrid of the two?
KALAF: Honestly, thats a good way to think of it.
maybe ill make a collage that shows my lady jesus morphing
RAMOS: i think it would be absolutely contemporary to make collages of a new gender
one that based on this theory can really be more like the creator
KALAF: You know before i just used it s practice.
RAMOS: practice for what?
KALAF: just to improve my photoshop skill
But now since i posted my recent ones (that were flagged)
It was nice to see that people could appreciate them
RAMOS: i think if they were flagged it is a very very good sign
KALAF: i mean i also got a lot of backlash which is okay with me
but its good to know people could find the positive in it.
RAMOS: backlash is icing on the cake
KALAF: Makes my heart smirk
it feels great honestly
That those collages could make someone feel something. even if its anger
RAMOS: you are allowing people to explore emotion
or rather you are a conduit for navigating such
for me, and this is personal, it gave me great joy to not take the images of religion so seriously
i'm sure Jesus is not insulted
so why should we?
the point of spirituality or religion is to find peace and spread peace
KALAF: I mean my mother has seen them
some make her uncomfortable but they eventually make her giggle
so it allows people to not feel so uptight about such a topic
RAMOS: i can't speak for Jesus but i would be giggling too
KALAF: Ha pretty much. But then you've got lords followers sending me to hell and cussing at me for creating these images
RAMOS: well they need something to do
KALAF: guess you're right
when you're right, you're right
RAMOS: so what's next?
where do you plan to take all of this information?
KALAF: Gonna start selling prints outside of the Vatican City
hah just kidding
idk maybe i'll make a church of some sorts for the face I've created
got me thinking here !
RAMOS: yes! a whole new religion for the future androgynous society
Finger Licking Good (Google Searches series), 2016
Nowhere With You (Google Searches series), 2016
Blue Moon (Google Searches series), 2016
Untitled (She is a woman series), 2016