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'BRUISE ART' - The "Great American Novel/Memoir"

Project Type

Novel/Memoir with Illustrations & Design Retrospective.
A. I. gets a Soul / 'Going Viral' Pop Culture / Violent Police Gangs.

Date

April 2023

Location

Silicon Valley, California
Florence, Italy
Beijing, China

Roles of G. R. Barlos

Writer - Designer - Illustrator - Translation

'Bruise Art' Defined

1. 'Bruise Art' - The novel/memoir:
The ultimate Artificial Intelligence project is created by the iconic designer Jackson Bartholomew to make the perfect ‘vessel for the human soul’ in his attempt to achieve ‘digital immortality.’ A ‘going viral’ stunt goes awry when Jackson disappears off the Ponte Vecchio bridge in the center of Florence, Italy. The world is transfixed.

2. 'Bruise Art' – A new Art Form:
Created and developed by G. Randolph Barlos in 2015 involving the use of the Eastern ‘cupping/bruising’ technique. Beyond the traditional therapy, 'Bruise Art,' as art form, uses a series of bruises on the skin arranged and manipulated to create various works of art in the form of images, patterns, and designs. The cupping bruises are the brush strokes, the body’s skin the canvas. The random markings of the therapeutic technique are thus transformed into an intentional and new art form, that is, 'Bruise Art.'

3. 'Bruise Art' – A Philosophy and Lifestyle:
The constant testing of oneself as a means to greater enlightenment toward the realization of one’s highest reasonable potential. Just as the therapeutic cupping/bruising technique challenges the body’s immune systems, and thus creates a positive and health-enhancing reaction, so the intentional challenging of oneself in life choices and in the setting of higher goals and aspirations, serves as a pathway to greater knowledge, enlightenment, and life successes otherwise unrealized. It is the living of life within the framework of the art of self-testing, of ‘bruising’ oneself, that is the essence of the ‘art of the bruise,’ Bruise Art.

In 'Bruise Art,' the ultimate Artificial Intelligence project is created by the iconic designer Jackson Bartholomew to make the perfect ‘vessel for the human soul’ in his attempt to achieve ‘digital immortality.’ A ‘going viral’ stunt goes awry when Jackson disappears off the Ponte Vecchio bridge in the center of Florence, Italy. The world is transfixed. The police drag the Arno River. His body is never found. Is it a ‘law enforcement gang’ murder, a kidnapping, a hoax, conspiracy … or something else? Moriah Liung, Jackson’s celebrated wife and creative partner, hires the young, brash, Samuel Curien to investigate, to press past the crowds, courts, police, detectives, reporters. From the seamy scenes of underground Silicon Valley to the consuming ambitions of Hollywood, the author captures the triumphs and tragedies of Californian culture at the beginning of the 21st century by expertly interweaving a series of stories: Love, ambition, betrayal, fame. Within his new genre, ‘the Great American Novel-Memoir,’ G. Randolph Barlos explores the issues of our times, from ‘Sil-Val’ Big Tech corruption to police gang violence, all of it under A.I.’s challenge to our ideas of what it means to be human.

'Bruise Art' is written in the genre of the ‘Great American Novel,’ that is, primarily about the American experience, that depicts the culture of the United States of America at a specific time. It is presumed to be written by an American author who is knowledgeable about the state, culture, and perspective of the common American citizen. The literary work is used to identify and exhibit the culture and language of Americans, to capture the unique American experience in that time.

'Bruise Art' the novel is combined with the author's memoirs ... a ‘Nov̴̴-oir.’ Where the fiction story ends and the memoirs begin is always at issue, part of the point and purpose of the author’s use of the combination. Barlos provides tantalizing hints in the form of ‘Truth about the Fiction’ notes at the end of each section. For the most part readers are left to their own devises to determine which depictions are revelations and which the writer’s creative imaginations. Those lines are purposefully blurred, playing back and forff, one to the other, at times the two becoming the one.

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