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Matthew LaPenta  Bronze emojis as global hieroglyphs. Bhakti Yogi, Mystic, Time-Traveler, Childrenโ€™s Book Author ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒˆโœจ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ˜ŽโœŒ๏ธ

New work from the Psychedelic Poptarts series. Iโ€™m calling this pair Primary Reduction of Matter. These are the first two works Iโ€™ve made in awhile. I havenโ€™t painted much in the last year because yoga, emoji sculptures and art direction take up most of my time. #pyschedelic #poptarts #minimalist #minipainting

โœŒ๏ธPeace in, peace out. Cast bronze with a Nickel plating, which then gets black oxide and finally polished. โœŒ๐ŸฟโœŒ๐ŸพโœŒ๐ŸฝโœŒ๐ŸผโœŒ๐Ÿป#peaceful #peaceofmind #peace #peacemaker #peaceout #peaceoutโœŒ

โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ™ I feel with this next round of work I took the aesthetics up a few levels. Iโ€™m really finding a stride with complimentary materials. This is polished stainless with a stained wood base. The first in the edition already sold. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™ #prayhands #pray #prayforme #thoughtsandprayers #prayers #prayforthewicked #prayingmantis #prayhard #prayedup

๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ™ Sometimes the hallow formed from horns. We all have our demons but the great work is to become the philosopher... transmute the darkness. Coal into gold. You are Devine. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ™

๐Ÿ˜‡Headed to Shakti Fest tomorrow morning. We are assembling all the #earthangels in one place to chant, pray, yoga, and most importantly DANCE our hearts open. 3 days of pure bliss. Much Love to my yoga family at @bhaktiyogashala for everything you do.๐Ÿ˜‡

I only see it fitting to follow up the last post with a ๐ŸŒˆ because thatโ€™s how I felt after the Sat Nam festival. This sculpture was fun to make because itโ€™s the most abstract shape Iโ€™ve made in the series, Especially when the sculpture didnโ€™t have paint. I decided to make this one because physics tells us we/ everything is all made of light. But a large heavy metal object might feel like the furthest thing from light and thatโ€™s why I love this sculpture. Itโ€™s an extra dense configuration of light... maybe that should be the title of this one instead of emoji rainbow.

This photo had too much bliss, I had to share. It was captured at @satnamfestival is Joshua Tree, CA. I spent 4 Days doing Kundalini breathwork, chanting, singing, and praying. I woke up every morning and chatted to the sunrise, while talented musicians poured their hearts out. I grieved, laughed, cried, danced, and sang with so many new friends. Sat Nam Fest was one of the cleanest, safest, sober festivals Iโ€™ve been too. So grateful to all the teachers and staff that dedicate themselves to the lineage and lifestyle. Thank you so much for doing your part in raising the vibes of this planet. Love to all my relations. ๐Ÿ™ Sat Nam ๐Ÿ’™

Creeping on the interwebs and found this install shot of my install in an office in NYC. It was installed in January of 2017. It was every face I had made to date. #installationart #emojiart #sculptures

๐Ÿ’ช A never ending quest to find inner strength to keep making more beautiful things. Power and strength to all the creators that have the courage to sacrifice their comfort, so there can be more beauty in the world. Donโ€™t give up, you are needed. And you are stronger then you know. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป The process of creating a new sculpture.

Today Iโ€™m on the cover of @quebecscience. This issue is about waste and how to better manage it and reuse it. I love the use of art and science coming together to help eachother. Thanks to the editors for having a sense of humor. And thank you to @janacruder for taking such a great photo ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ™. #poop #pooping #poopjokes #science

๐Ÿค‘ Money face, painted bronze on concrete base. Maybe Iโ€™ll make a bitcoin version next ๐Ÿค‘ #emojiart #bronze #sculpture #moneytalks #momoneymoproblems #moneymaker #moneymoves #cashruleseverythingaroundme

Itโ€™s almost purrfect. This was the second sculpture I gold plated. It was quite the journey and learning process. And even still there is a tiny flaw on the back. But I guess thatโ€™s what makes it art, thatโ€™s what makes it human. There are always going to be flaws and there is no sense in obsessing over them. Let the flaws go, show that you are human. Cat with Heart Eyes Emoji, bronze with gold plating and ink. #bronze #catart #catartshow #catlove #catlovers #catperson

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