Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Happy Vernal Equinox 2019!


Happy Spring Equinox! The day and night are of equal length today. Perfect symmetry.

BEAUTY: Painting--Andrew Salgado

The beautiful, colorful work of Andrew Salgado (previously here and here) is like looking into a kaleidoscope.


Top to bottom: Contemporary Pleasure Island Time Wasters; Mexico; The Astrology Lesson; The Dandy; Accidental Prayer; Canopy; Lounge

http://andrewsalgado.com/

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

What's on TV? The Art of Linda Tillman

Artist Linda Tillman delightfully recreates scene from living rooms in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, showing what was on. We only had three channels back then, kids...


Prints are available through her Etsy shop!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/LTillmanArt

Monday, March 18, 2019

"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by UNKLE featuring Keaton Henson

This is a special cover of Roberta Flack's 1972 hit "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by UNKLE featuring vocals by Keaton Henson (previously here).



http://unkle.info/
http://keatonhenson.com/

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Birch Moss Chapel

This has got to be one of the loveliest architectural concepts I have ever seen. Japanese architecture firm Kengo Kuma and Associates built a chapel in the mountain town of Karuizawa, in Japan’s Nagano prefecture out of birch trees, steel, glass, acrylic, and moss. This lyrical, stunning structure is perfectly camouflaged among its surroundings. The architects used the birch trees as pillars and the stone and moss-covered pathway that leads to the chapel continues inside, blurring the line even more. A glass curtain wall and acrylic pews allow only the natural aspects of this special place to be present.


https://kkaa.co.jp/works/architecture/birch-moss-chapel/

Monday, March 11, 2019

"Visions of Gideon" by Sufjan Stevens

"Visions of Gideon" is taken from the soundtrack of the 2017 film "Call Me By Your Name" by Sufjan Stevens. Sometimes I put this song on and it ends up on repeat for a few hours...

It played while we watched Timothée Chalamet cry, in an agonizing, relentless, near-five minute close-up for the final scene of the film. Such tenderness and heartbreak. Truly stunning. Read my review of the film here.



I have loved you for the last time
Is it a video? Is it a video?
I have touched you for the last time
Is it a video? Is it a video?

For the love, for laughter, I flew up to your arms
Is it a video? Is it a video?
For the love, for laughter, I flew up to your arms
Is it a video? Is it a video?
Is it a video?

I have loved you for the last time
Visions of Gideon, visions of Gideon
And I have kissed you for the last time
Visions of Gideon, visions of Gideon

For the love, for laughter, I flew up to your arms
Is it a video? (Is it a video?) Is it a video? (Is it a video?)
For the love, for laughter, I flew up to your arms
Is it a video? (Is it a video?) Is it a video? (Is it a video?)
For the love, for laughter, I flew up to your arms
Visions of Gideon (visions of Gideon), visions of Gideon (visions of Gideon)
For the love, for laughter, I flew up to your arms

Visions of Gideon (visions of Gideon), visions of Gideon (visions of Gideon), visions of Gideon
Visions of Gideon, visions of Gideon, visions of Gideon
Visions of Gideon, visions of Gideon, visions of Gideon
Visions of Gideon (is it a video?), visions of Gideon (is it a video?), visions of Gideon



https://sufjan.com/

Friday, March 8, 2019

Happy International Women's Day 2019

International Women's Day 2019 campaign theme:
#BalanceforBetter

The future is exciting. Let's build a gender-balanced world.

Everyone has a part to play - all the time, everywhere.

From grassroots activism to worldwide action, we are entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance. We notice its absence and celebrate its presence.

Balance drives a better working world. Let's all help create a #BalanceforBetter.



Today, March 8th, 2019, is International Women's Day.

Since the world is still pretty much run by straight white men, and therefore pretty much every day is already Men's Day, we are pleased to celebrate International Women's Day (observed since 1911!)

But especially in this time of daily shocking allegations of sexual abuse against women in all areas of life, and the evidence that women are STILL paid less than men for doing the exact same amount of work in the exact same position, we observe International Women's Day now more than ever.

To the women in my life, I love you all. I wish the world was a better place for you and treated you better. In many places around the world, even in developed countries where one would not expect it, women are still seen as second class citizens. Unfortunately, misogyny is alive and well... "feminine" things always take a backseat to what is masculine. Manliness is seen as a virtue while femininity is seen as a weakness, something to be avoided or discouraged. And unfortunately, misogyny is the basis of homophobia (an unnatural fear of what is perceived as feminine).

Of course there are countries around the world where women are still literally treated as second class citizens, denied the ability to drive, vote, live alone, own property, and work at a chosen career--or they are treated like property and beaten, raped, or mutilated because they are female.

As a man, there are many things I don't have to worry about like whether or not the clothes I am wearing are too revealing so as to attract the attention of a man who might attack me, being molested or raped on the way to my car at night or even in broad daylight, being sexually assaulted at work, and having my personal feelings and ideas discounted because I am "hysterical" or because it must be "that time of the month." I have heard many stories from my female friends about what clothing they could wear if they felt safe, and about how their thoughts or suggestions were passed over at work in favor of the exact same thought or suggestion from a man. This still happens.

Now, more than ever, there's a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. There's a strong call for motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive. Collective action and shared ownership for driving gender parity is what makes International Women's Day successful. Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights." So make International Women's Day your day and do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women.

Visit the International Women's Day website to learn more:
https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Linus Quotes

From the site "Linus Quotes", a series of Peanuts cartoons where Linus' original words are replaced by profound and pithy quote from great minds... this one is a quote from Oscar Wilde.


https://linusquotes.tumblr.com/

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

BEAUTY: Glass--Simone Crestani

Italian glass artist Simone Crestani creates stunning glass bonsai trees. He has a poetic Artist Statement about this series:

"While my hands were still becoming familiar with the art of glass working, my thoughts were already putting down roots and binding me to this material for ever. Solid bases, branches that grow and seek the light: the first projects were still only inside my head and already had the form of a bonsai. The bonsai is the symbol of my work; it is the art of giving form, with respect and full understanding of what I am taking care of. The bonsai is a concentration of life, it overcomes the barrier of size and expresses strength and energy; it is a work of art that is never finished, in which nature continues to develop and evolve. I shape the material, but the end result has an identity of its own. I help it to grow, and wait until it gives me an indication of the equilibrium that will allow it to express itself."


http://www.simonecrestani.com/