Friday, March 6, 2015

BEAUTY: Installation--Davide D'Elia

Italian artist Davide D'Elia created a peculiar, engaging installation called Antivegetativa at the Ex-elettrofonica Gallery in Rome. Using a special type of marine paint, his cripsly executed statement is just as crisp in its meaning.

From the artist's website:
"Antivegetativa (antivegetative, the name in Italian of anti-fouling paint) is composed of paint, a chair, a buoy and nineteen paintings from old cellars, flea markets, antique shops and junkyards of Rome. The canvases show seascapes, rocky landscapes, photo portraits touched up by hand and images of “youngsters” from an age now forgotten by history. The chair on the other hand is the conceptual site where time stops, while the buoy is the emblem of the spatial limit not to be passed. The paintings, academic in style, the chair and the buoy have all been half-immersed in the thick “Tiffany blue” paint – so-called because it came into being the same year as the famous brand – with which the artist has permeated the Ex Elettrofonica space. Anti-fouling paint of the thick variety is normally applied as a coating for the hulls of old ships and is particular in that it seals out plant and animal organisms to the point of eliminating every possible form of life. The result is an acidic and unreal space, immersed in the abysses of the a material that erases everything, including space, time and life. From the process of immersion of the objects in the paint stems a reflection on a stretch of common history, that of things, and this gives rise to another, much deeper one, on what remains beyond the end of material. Through the process of cancellation of natural processes, Antivegetativa is an experiment in halting nature’s physicality, as well as the passing of time."

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

BEAUTY: Interiors--Will Kopelman

Will Kopelman--actor, art adviser, and husband to actress Drew Barrymore--unveiled his home office with adjacent closet and bath for the latest issue of Architectural Digest and it is stunning.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

"Down To Earth" by Flight Facilities

"Down To Earth" by Flight Facilities (Hugo Gruzman and James Lyell).

A fun, smooth dance song, yes...but worth watching for the über-talented and utterly sexy Sam Rockwell dancing through a diner. Go Sam!!!

"Disco Ball" by Leal

"Disco Ball" by Leal.
Another smooth dance song. And another fun video.

And Leal can mooooove...

"Bunkerpop" by LoneLady

LoneLady (Julie Ann Campbell) performing "Bunkerpop."

I just can't let this one go... it is infectious, jittery, shifting. All the more remarkable for its blending of percussion and guitar into what would normally be some kind of synthpop moment.

Her new album, "Hinterland" wil be out March 23, 2015. LoneLady says of the collection, "It’s channeling Parliament/Funkadelic, Stevie Wonder, Rufus, Prince, Arthur Russell...among others. A strange - but nonetheless real - meeting of funk from Audenshaw, Manchester."

Friday, February 27, 2015

BEAUTY: Mixed Media--Alexis Arnold

Working with discarded books she has found in the street, San Francisco artist Alexis Arnold petrifies them in a crystal solution, making some rather lovely geode-like formations.

Arnold says, "The Crystallized Book Series addresses the materiality of the book versus the text or content of the book, in addition to commenting on the vulnerability of the printed book. The crystals remove the text and transform the books into aesthetic, non-functional objects. The books, frozen with crystal growth, have become artifacts or geologic specimens imbued with the history of time, use, and nostalgia. The series was prompted by repeatedly finding boxes of discarded books, by the onset of e-books, and by the shuttering of bookstores."

Top to bottom: The Alchemist's Handbook; All's Well That Ends Well; All's Well That Ends Well detail; Catcher In The Rye view and detail; Crime and Punishment; The Dictionary of Superstitions; Linux: The Complete Manual; The Autobiography of Benevuto Cellini

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Federico says...

“All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster's autobiography.”
--Federico Fellini

“I don’t like the idea of 'understanding' a film. I don’t believe that rational understanding is an essential element in the reception of any work of art. Either a film has something to say to you or it hasn’t. If you are moved by it, you don’t need it explained to you. If not, no explanation can make you moved by it.”
--Federico Fellini

“I’m just a storyteller, and the cinema happens to be my medium. I like it because it recreates life in movement, enlarges it, enhances it, distills it. For me, it’s far closer to the miraculous creation of life than, say, a painting or music or even literature. It’s not just an art form; it’s actually a new form of life, with its own rhythms, cadences, perspectives and transparencies. It’s my way of telling a story.”
--Federico Fellini

“Life is a combination of magic and pasta.”
--Federico Fellini

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BEAUTY: Photography--Marius Vieth

Alone in the city at night. Photographer Marius Vieth wanders around Germany, New York, Seoul, with a camera, catching lone figures in the fog, snow, or rain... so evocative...