Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Haze by teamLab

The art collective teamLab just unveiled a new light exhibit called The Haze utilizing light, fog, and sound to immerse viewers in an ephemeral vortex.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Currently listening to...

...the soaring, anthemic "Light Is On" by Alex Lloyd. This song makes me quite emotional...wait for the build with the chorus...

It's entertainment, and it takes you away
Into the fire, into the fire it will play
It's consequential and it calls out your name
Into the fire, into the fire it will say

The light is on, we'll shine on
The light is on, we'll shine on

Your brother, sister will make sense of it all
Out of the fire, out of the fire they will call
You hear a voice now, as you walk down the street
Out of the fire, into the fire you repeat

The light is on, we'll shine on
The light is on, we'll shine on

We've come to shake you from under your stone
Together alone, we'll be there

We've come to take you away from it all
How big or small, we still care

The light is on, we shine on
The light is on, we shine on

Monday, August 27, 2018

"Curtain's Up" with David Lynch

From Stella McCartney, the David Lynch Foundation, and Tête-à-Tête, David Lynch holds forth on abstract cinema and bringing peace to the world.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Currently listening to...

...a retro moment of "Pretty In Pink" and "Dumb Waiters" by The Psychedelic Furs. I had a flash of these songs in my mind and got out my old vinyl...

Formed in 1977 as an art rock/punk outfit by lead singer Richard Butler and his brother Tim on bass, The Psychedelic Furs became one of the staples of the 80s music scene. Their first album, the self titled "The Psychedelic Furs" was a marvel both sonically (the small group included a saxophone! I can only think of one other group from that time period to use a saxophone so effectively and that is Romeo Void) and lyrically, with a sharp spartan sound and strange dream-like narratives with recurring motifs of everyday objects.

It was their 1981 sophomore effort, "Talk Talk Talk" that brought them to wider attention with their song "Pretty In Pink" which inspired John Hughes to make a film of the same name. While the song was used in the film, lyricist Richard Butler later said that the film had nothing whatsoever to do with the original intent of the surreal, doom-y lyrics. For this kaleidoscopic portrait of an enigmatic woman and her suitors, the main character Caroline makes her second appearance here after appearing in a song called "India" from their first album. Even after all this time, the song holds up. It sounds like it could have been made today (albeit with some better recording equipment, although I actually really like the lo-fi sound). And the video...well, I watched it on MTV when such a thing existed. I just love the hallucinogenic, Alice-In-Wonderland feel of it.

Caroline laughs, and it's raining all day
She loves to be one of the girls
She lives in the place in the side of our lives
Where nothing is ever put straight

She turns herself 'round
And she smiles and she says
"This is it, that's the end of the joke"
And loses herself in her
Dreaming and sleep, and her
Lovers walk through in their coats


Pretty in pink, isn't she?
Pretty in pink, isn't she?

All of her lovers all
Talk of the notes and the
Flowers that they never sent
And wasn't she easy
Isn't she pretty in pink?

The one who insists he was the
First in the line is the
Last to remember her name
He's walking around in this
Dress that she wore
She is gone, but the
Joke's the same

Pretty in pink, isn't she?
Pretty in pink, isn't she?

Caroline talks to you
Softly sometimes, she says,
"I love you" and "Too much"
She doesn't have anything
You want to steal
Well, nothing you can touch

She waves
She buttons your shirt
The traffic is waiting outside
She hands you this coat
She give you her clothes
These cars collide

Pretty in pink, isn't she?
Pretty in pink, isn't she?

The fractured, disturbing "Dumb Waiters" is also from "Talk Talk Talk" and in fact, opened the album: side one, song one...a pretty splashy way to begin (a poppy, savage sax line plays against a background of dirge-like noise). It harkens back to the sound of the first album which was subversive, textured, and yes, psychedelic, with Butler's amazing, trademark voice, at once gravelly and reedy. And the video feels like an Andy Warhol/Velvet Underground reference.

Give me all your paper ma
Gimme all your jazz
Give me something that I need
Something I can have
Mrs. London's coming round
She's coming with her son
Gimme all your paper ah
So I can get a gun
She has got it in for me
Yeah I mean it honestly
She's so mean

Give me all your paper ma
So I can buy a train
They just wanna suck you in
To being one of them
Tell her that I'm not in here
Tell her I'm a freak
Tell her that I fall about
Every time I speak
She has got in for me
Yeah I mean it honestly
I just scream

Give me all your paper ma
So I can buy a train
I don't know how I got in here
It's making me insane
Have another cigarette
And have another cigarette
In a room where lovers go
Talking on the telephone
They have go it in for me
Yeah I mean it honestly
They all dream

Saturday, August 25, 2018

BEAUTY: Photography--Sebastian Magnani

Swiss photographer Sebastian Magnani hit upon a great idea. For his Reflections series, he photographs two different view points at once: by placing a mirror on the ground, he captures what is below but also what is above. I love seeing the sun-dappled, shadow-y forest floor as well as the tree canopy overhead!

His Artist Statement about the series is poetic, off-kilter, and meandering:
"It’s all about the great thing about mirrored mild. It’s like a universe, a small planet, with a number of risk’s in distinction of buildings, colors, moods and numerous lightnings, the fascination of interaction like nature and civilization, or the gravitation between life and death, such as in the rose blossoms, in which the tree in the mirror full of life and color radiates, on the floor, the sheet but already on is wilting. And finally, a really important thing, the key for self-development, the selfreflection, which is always crucial to progress. Compare new with the old, removed again, be fond of discovery, then back to the origins, an interplay that keeps us moving, we can feel the life."

Friday, August 24, 2018

BEAUTY: Painting--Zoey Frank

Lunch is served in these charming, near-Cubist images of sandwiches, chips, and pickles by Zoey Frank.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

The Succulent Cakes of Leslie Vigil

Joining the ranks of other bakers who make succulent cakes (Iven Kawi here and Alana-Jones Mann here), cake artist Leslie Vigil creates works that look like mini-succulent gardens complete with hens-and-chickens and string-of-pearls, sometimes with a terra cotta or stucco base which adds to the warm, garden-y illusion! Cute, and delicious because she makes the plants themselves out of buttercream frosting!

Monday, August 20, 2018

"Ghost" by The Acid

Totally grooving on this spooky, minimalist dance song "Ghost" by The Acid, previously here. And I just put two and two together and figured out that marvelous, smooth, silky RY X, previously here and here, is also a member of The Acid!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

BEAUTY: Photography--Christy Lee Rogers

The photography of Hawaiian photographer Christy Lee Rogers is immediately arresting. Floating bodies, swirling and twisting fabric, and chiaroscuro lighting give her astonishing works the feeling of a Renaissance painting. Her work is all the more astonishing when you understand that she creates her artworks underwater!

She says, "My purpose behind the work is to question and find understanding in the craziness, tragedy, vulnerability, beauty and power of mankind."

Her website bio speaks about her process.
Christy Lee Rogers is a visual artist from Kailua, Hawaii. Her obsession with water as a medium for breaking the conventions of contemporary photography has led to her work being compared to Baroque painting masters like Caravaggio. Boisterous in color and complexity, Rogers applies her cunning technique to a barrage of bodies submerged in water during the night, and creates her effects using the refraction of light. Through a fragile process of experimentation, she builds elaborate scenes of coalesced colors and entangled bodies that exalt the human character as one of vigor and warmth, while also capturing the beauty and vulnerability of the tragic experience that is the human condition.

Top to bottom: Apparition; Awaken; If The Heart Could Fly; Imagine; Our Hopes And Expectations; Rhapsody; Shine; The Gravity of Water; The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter; The Innocents; The Unending Journey

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Bill Amberg Studio Prints On Leather

English leather craftsman Bill Amberg of The Bill Amberg Studio commissioned artists and designers to create patterns to be digitally printed onto leather hides. This new technology offers exciting possibilities in the world of leather upholstery but also other applications as well: leather floor tiles, wallcoverings, and fashion items like bags and shoes!

Avant garde furniture designer Faye Toogood opted for an abstract pattern reminiscent of cave drawings...

...while L.A.-based interior and product designer Natasha Baradaran went a different route with a traditional floral lace pattern.

Design icon Tom Dixon created a pattern that mimics crinkled aluminum foil! This trompe-l'œil effect will surely delight anyone who first sees the pattern and then feels the soft smoothness of the leather!

And interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud imagined a set of hand drawn concentric circles in soft, comforting colors. They recall growth rings of trees.