Monday, November 19, 2018

BEAUTY: Photography--Naohiro Maeda

Hot on the heels of yesterday's post of Dermot Russell's achingly moody photographs of the lonely Tuscan countryside, here is the meditative work of photographer Naohiro Maeda. His series Passages sprang from two large life changes he experienced together: the death of a close friend and moving to the United States. His reaction to both of these disconcerting events was to seek places of solace and comfort and he worked through grief in his art. As he told art website Ignant, "These two strong experiences happened sequentially and created a disconnection I have never felt before. The weather and time of day in my work reflect my transition from sadness to calmness to lightness."

Sunday, November 18, 2018

BEAUTY: Photography--Dermot Russell

Dublin-based photographer Dermot Russell shot images of the Tuscan countryside in autumn and while they may be devoid of a subject, he feels that they are still full of an essence. The black and white somehow serves this idea well.

Friday, November 16, 2018

"The Guardian of the Temple" by La Machine

The French design and production company La Machine (previously here and here) unveiled a new show this month in Toulouse. Called "The Guardian of the Temple," this fantastic live performance featured a 46-foot tall Minotaur and an enormous spider walking the streets enacting the ancient Greek myth of Ariane. Simply stunning.

Their website reports:
"Toulouse marked by gold, fire, blood and water, will see his temple disappear. His guardian buried underground will remain. When the sun rises on the temple finally discovered, fifty equinoxes will be necessary for him to come back to life. Protector of the city, he will be reborn by the waters of the river in favor of the new blue moon. Wandering in search of the temple, lost in the heart of the labyrinth, only Ariane metamorphosed will guide him to his new home."

From 1 to 4 November will be played in Toulouse The Guardian of the Temple a myth in four acts created by François Delaroziere and the company La Machine and played exclusively in Toulouse. The show will feature a monumental machine, the Minotaur, dedicated to the city of Toulouse that will reinterpret the myth of Ariane. This show, played in the streets of downtown Toulouse, a real labyrinth of nature, is an introduction to the setting up of the cultural and touristic equipment of the Halle de La Machine in the Montaudran district around the historic track of the Aéropostale now called the Giant's Trail.

A large part of the company's team is already on site and has started the rehearsals of the show, which promises to be one of the major events of autumn in the Toulouse region. The rehearsals and the show will mobilize more than 200 people from the company, a hundred volunteers and a large part of the agents of Toulouse Métropole.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

SAJIII Cabana and Pool

For a family's vacation home in San Juan de Alima, Michoacán, Mexico, architecture firm CDM|Casas de Mexico created an amazing pool and accompanying cabana. Built to look like a natural tide pool nestled among an original, existing outcropping of rocks, the pool looks out over the Pacific Ocean. The pool house is 1,474 square feet with a single grand room integrating living and dining with a kitchenette. And the roof doubles as a balcony and platform for viewing nighttime skies...

Just stunning.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Inward Significance

"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

"Face The Fire" by Boy Harsher

The electronic duo Boy Harsher has an intriguing name and I have been watching them for a little while. After a few EPs, they are releasing their full length album "Careful" this February. And this song, "Face The Fire" will be on it. Dark, moody, and sexy at the same time. I love lead singer Jae Matthew's murmured vocals over the pulsing retro electronics of Augustus Muller.

Monday, November 12, 2018

BEAUTY: Painting--Deedee Cheriel

The deliberately naïve art work of Deedee Cheriel is beautifully fascinating: a bit of Native American iconography via Plains and Pacific Northwest, a bit of Egyptian hieroglyphics, and a bit of arcane symbology reminiscent of Tarot cards. And of course, regular readers know I am always in love with human bodies with animal heads...

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