Carlos Aleman Brings Dark Chocolate to Delray’s Arts Garage!

 

I had the privilege of visiting with local artist and writer, Carlos Aleman, just before the debut of his latest Dark Chocolate exhibit (called “Samurai”) and was happily introduced to his wife, Jean, and surrounded by his wonderful works.

Carlos and I sat down last August, and I was very impressed with not only his talent, but also his kindness. He is worldly, imaginitive, and prolific in his expression of his creative genius. Be sure to catch this local treasure’s latest exhibit–Samurai Dark Chocolate at Delray’s Arts Garage! Why asked for the play-on-words reason behind the name of the exhibit, Carlos explained:

“Dark Chocolate is the nutritious, antioxidant-rich form of the deliciousness derived from the cocoa seed. So, a “Dark Chocolate” Japan, for instance, would be the best version of Japan–or, at least what I like best about it. And, this Samurai Dark Chocolate is an extension of what I did last year. […] This is my geek, pop culture thing. It’s about not being too serious. I believe in sincerity, not seriousness. There’s so much seriousness in this world, I want to tone it back a little.”

Upon your visit, you will be treated to a bevy of Japanese-inspired paintings and sculptures from this incredible artist, including many that were not featured in his previous big Dark Chocolate showing:

 

 

The Arts Garage has established itself as a mecca of local talent–from artists to musicians and more–and, having Carlos’ exhibit there is a real special treat.

 

 

Don’t miss Carlos Aleman‘s Samurai Dark Chocolate at the nine four Gallery at Delray’s Arts Garage, showing now through August 11th, and be immersed in his vision! The showing is full of vivid colors and imagery that express his passion and love for Japan and it’s culture with a pop/animation flavor to his presentation. Your senses will be absolutely delighted! While you’re there, be sure to also pick up his latest art books.

nine four Gallery at Arts Garage
94 NE 2nd Ave
(Pineapple Grove)
Delray Beach, FL 33444

Get to know the artist’s mind!! Listen to my podcast with Carlos (guest #37) from 8/01/2015:

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Where does the Name “Curve the Cube” Come From?

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People ask me “What does ‘Curve the Cube’ mean?” or “How did you come up with ‘Curve the Cube’?” (or some similar variation) from time to time. Well, the inspiration comes from a lightbulb moment I had one day while at work. As I explain in more detail in my post about what a Curvist is, I’ve always wondered what other people did to create a life for themselves that was full of doing what they love. Growing up, I was preparing myself for something less risky, more of a “sure thing,” like being a doctor, lawyer, or businesswoman. But, as was evidenced by the economic free fall of the mid 2000s, nothing is guaranteed. Settled into what would have once been a secure corporate path, I had a firsthand seat the the fraying and eventual unraveling of more than one company. I personally saw DOZENS of people walked out of jobs–even a whole department in one fell sweep once. Though I had a Bachelor’s degree in business (with two majors) in my back pocket with over 10 years experience as an Analyst, I grew more and more nervous about the likelihood of keeping my paycheck coming from one place for too long.

So, there I was one day in my cubicle wondering why I was stuck in a job I was enjoying less and less everyday in exchange for its ever-dwindling sense of security. Why was I willing to grow more and more dissatisfied with what I was doing to make a living in exchange for less and less of a guaranteed payoff? Even those benefits that once seemed easy to take for granted (pension, health insurance, time off, etc…) were slipping away from the grasp of most people I knew. And, I couldn’t help thinking, “What’s the point of this commitment to a ‘sure thing’?” If life was becoming more risky anyway, how was I not at least leveraging that risk in doing SOMETHING that I really loved? As I’d often questioned before, someone has figured out how to get by doing x, y, or z; why not me?

As I was having these thoughts, I was listening to my favorite podcast (at the time, of course, lol) called Nerdist, hosted by Chris Hardwick. That’s when the idea hit me: just find these people living their passion and ask them. Have a conversation and record it for the world to hear. What was I going to learn? How would I be changed? And, who else would these conversations inspire? So, I investigated how to start a podcast (pretty easy, it turns out) and brainstormed an initial guest list. Lucky for me, my pilot episode was set to pack a punch–literally–when Kevin Rolston, host of The KVJ Show said yes!!

Starting this podcast was one of the favorite projects of my life. The conversations I have had thus far have encouraged both others and myself to live a life being more true to oneself, rediscover passions, and think “outside the box” on how to get them done. These revelations and switches in thought stoked the flame within myself to pursue a life in marketing and social media, rather than as an Analyst. In actually taking this lean, I knew I was set for a bumpy road. I was basically starting my career over! But, my guests have really given me the inspiration to be courageous and go for it. Now that I am not only full-speed ahead with this podcast, but also in a marketing position with a really solid firm, I’ve completed the arc and have curved my own cube! I have even had both the head of Nerdist, Adam Rymer, and the CEO of Juicy Results, Jeremy Pound, on my podcast to give me and anyone else out there wanting to start a new digital radio or marketing thing some great advice!

On a side note, I have had people mistakenly call this podcast “Curb the Cube.” While I own both URLs for easy of discovery, I definitely did not want to call it “Curb the Cube.” For me, to “curb” your current situation sounds like a much more definitive and drastic action to take than to “curve” it. So, I think it would be a very irresponsible message for me to put out there to completely throw caution to the wind, quit your job, and lead a nomadic life in pursuit of something while totally disregarding a need for bread and butter. In the end, you have to work REALLY hard to curve your cube–you have to be dedicated, make real sacrifices, and break through serious moments of doubt (both internal and external). There may be months at a time (or, even years) when you feel like you are working multiple jobs–and it should, if you are truly committed to both your craft and your end of the societal bargain. But, the bottom line is that you should find something you are passionate about and do that thing–whether full time, as a part time gig, or as a side hobby that costs you more than it earns you. If you love it, do it.

Find your passion. Do your thing!

Enjoy! ~ Jaime

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Be a Curvist! ~ First Blog Post from Jaime at the Curve the Cube Podcast!

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Curve the Cube Podcast – Find your passion… Do your thing!!

It takes a certain kind of person–a mix of brave, crazy, self-assuredness, etc.–to decide to press on with a dream and keep believing in him- or herself. I started my Curve the Cube Podcast asking variations of the same basic question: Someone is making it pursuing their dream; how did they do it, and why not me? I’ve been asking this question in various formats my entire life–when watching American Idol, walking through an art gallery, or learning about such incredible figures as Thomas Edison. How did they live a life they were passionate about? Were they able to make a living? What were their concessions and sacrifices? So, it dawned on me one day as I was listening to the Nerdist Podcast: just ask them. And, while I’m at it, record the conversations and share them for all to hear–in other words, start a podcast!!

And, Curve the Cube was born!

After a few episodes, I decided to concentrate my focus on the plethora of local talent right here in south Florida. In these 70+ conversations I have been blessed to speak with some incredibly inspiring people, including:

They all share something down to the very fabric of their being that I find FASCINATING (which I will get more into with a later blog post). They are inspiring, unapologetic in their drive, and graceful in their willingness to share the secrets of their success with others. They are CURVISTS!

Curvist (def):

In Cubist artwork, objects are analyzed, broken up and reassembled in an abstracted form. A CURVIST takes the ordinary life and rearranges it to fit in more of his/her true passions. They may be the odd one in the caffeteria, at the water cooler, or at the dinner table. But, they go from standing alone to standing out!

It’s time to curve your own cube!! Join the Curvist community! Don’t live a life stuck in a rut… Find that thing you were made to be passionate about and live it!  Whether full time, part time, or as a hobby, life is a lot better with a bit of inspiration and passion. BECOME A CURVIST!!

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