30 April 2010

Erica Shires Photography

Gorgeous shots.

I cannot remember where I found this photographer, but if it was from a dear reader or fan, to you I say Thank You.

27 April 2010

One at a time.

I feel that I've been relishing in technology too much lately. I don't mean technology per se... I don't know the word. Information, maybe. My wonderful art teacher in high school used to tell us to step away from the "image overload" that society bombards us with daily. He said it pollutes our imaginations (well, roughly, though I'm sure he wouldn't disagree with this wording). And it's true - there are images everywhere. It can be overwhelming. Hell, it IS overwhelming.

Too often I prefer quantity over quality, you know? Quantity does have its place (obviously), but it should not be appreciated at the expense of quality. Oscar Wilde and Julia Child said it well: "Everything in moderation, including moderation." Especially in terms of images. Advertising. Blah. It's a great thing sometimes, but other times it is too much for me. Sometimes I love flipping from one picture to the next to the next, looking for the one that will speak to me. I think they all speak, though....... if we listen. (Cheese and corn alert!)

Join me in learning to appreciate one image at a time.

This one comes from today's L O L I T A blog.


24 April 2010

Earth Day and Jefferson Starship

I was quite the busy bee on Earth Day. We had guacamole / hula hoop / amazing music / eco info festival of sorts at school. I didn't include the above gem of a song on the playlist I made for the event, so I thought I'd spread its presence across the universe here. Or the internet, because these things are not the same.

Thanks and credit goes to my mom for being awesome. About three years ago she bought a used copy of Blows Against The Empire on Amazon upon discovering that iTunes doesn't sell it. And then promptly made me listen to it (while she sang along of course). Good stuff. I couldn't find "Mau Mau (Amerikon)" on youtube, but everyone should hear that one too.

Oh, and Happy [belated] Earth Day!

beegee bags

These clutches / glam wallets are stunning. I have a few formal events coming up, so maybe I can use them as an excuse to buy one... !

             all images beegee bags

Laughs! Brought to you by George Carlin

Life is tough . . . What do you get at the end of it? A death. What’s that, a bonus? I think the life cycle is all backward. You should die first, get it out of the way. Then you live in an old-age home. You get kicked out when you’re too young, you get a gold watch, you go to work. You work forty years until you’re young enough to enjoy your retirement. You do drugs, alcohol, you party, you get ready for high school. You go to grade school, you become a kid, you play, you have no responsibilities, you become a little baby, you go back into the womb, you spend your last nine months floating — and you finish off as an orgasm.

George Carlin

My softest red scarf was warming your throat

21 April 2010

Morgan O'Hara, Artist

Recently I was given an awesome opportunity to work with conceptual artist Morgan O'Hara. She was installing a "live transmission" drawing of hers at the LAB Gallery at the Roger Smith Hotel, NYC. Through a professor I found out that she was looking for students to help out with painting the drawing onto the wall.

She describes the process best:

This work addresses life and the signs of life. The most immediate sign of life is movement. Its purpose is to honor each individual as seen through human activity. Unremarkable or normally unnoticed movement patterns are rendered visible through oscillographic or seismograph-like drawings done in real time in real life. That which is tracked is vitality, the visible pulse of life. That which is alive, moves. The process is interactive. O'Hara works from the premise that while observing and transmitting the movement of a chosen subject, there is a temporary escape from the isolation of dualistic thinking. Anyone who observes the process begins to see more consciously. The best LIVE TRANSMISSIONS occur when the role of observer-participant and participant-observer merge. The drawing on paper remains in life much in the way that a footprint on the beach takes its place. The drawing is a bit more material than a heartbeat but resembles it in its circular flow. Movement produces life produces movement. This work began as a search for relationship and meaning.
– Morgan O'Hara

A live transmission drawing was projected onto a huge wall. We painted black in the negative space between each line, down to the smallest detail. Here are some examples of previous installations.

And the time-lapse video of the piece I worked on... so amazing.

all photos from Morgan O'Hara

20 April 2010

Hi, my name is Thom Yorke.

Oh wait, did I say Thom Yorke? I meant Vijay Kishore.
By the way, I ROCK.

La jeunesse


I'm spouting this lovely language all over the place. Sometimes I think of the French word before the English one. They say that means progress, though, which is good. Right? Right.

I was just flipping through/ catching up on my favorite blogs. Found an old post from la porte rouge with some lovely shots. Her writings are so thoughtful and gentle. I love reading about life on a farm while listening to the city kids playing outside my window.

19 April 2010

Sometimes I wish

that my room was as clean as this

or as neatly cluttered as this

photos via mossière

16 April 2010

Chloë Sevigny

I've been wanting to write about Chloë for a while now, so I'm glad this article in Apartamento gave me a push to do so.

I think she has one of the most interesting faces I've ever seen. I want to draw it. With dark dark charcoal. And create colorful abstract works.

 She also has great style
and is a little goofy

and apparently has an awesome apartment.


14 April 2010

I was free! I was free! I was Free!

I am SO excited for Feist to release a new album. This track is stunning.

13 April 2010

The Milk And Honey Centennial Of Sorts!

This is my 100th post. I can't believe I've sat in front of a computer and typed in this little white box 100 times. It makes me wonder how much I could have accomplished if I was doing something else. But if I thought of everything in this way, I would never be satisfied with anything I do. 

Conveniently, Tokyo Police Club has a song called "Centennial". It's kind of cute and whiney in an endearing way. Just when I think I don't like it, I decide I like it. Whaddya think?

11 April 2010

Ella Peru

Canadian designer Su-Hui Chu is the mastermind behind these sweet designs. She has traveled around much of the world, and I think the global influence is alive and well in her Spring collection. Sadly, Ella Peru is only sold in stores in Canada. Any New York boutiques want to make a wholesale account and stock these pieces? Pretty please?

photography by Angela Fama (a favorite!) for Ella Peru

09 April 2010

Stewart + Brown in the Spring! (An Encore)

I love the fun and positive messages of these boards. Couldn't agree more with the above statement.
And a beautiful Fall sneak peak...

and I leave you with a silly and delightful song that was playing on my unfortunately early alarm clock radio this morning. Thanks, Jazz 88!

all images Stewart + Brown

06 April 2010

Happy April

Spring is finally, really, truly here! I will post more about Montreal later, but first I must get my film developed. Here are some shots from my digital camera to pique your interest!

The best meal

The best sculpture

The best ridiculous thrift shop

The best room/ceiling

The best view from the top