Archive for November, 2007

11.20.07

the institute for figuring (iff)…

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here’s an interesting thought. idea. place to ponder. the institute for figuring (iff). they describe themselves as an organization dedicated to the poetic and aesthetic dimensions of science, mathematics and the technical arts. The Institute’s interests are twofold: the manifestation of figures in the world around us and the figurative technologies that humans have developed through the ages. From the physics of snowflakes and the hyperbolic geometry of sea slugs, to the mathematics of paper folding, the tiling patterns of Islamic mosaics and graphical models of the human mind, the Institute takes as its purview a complex ecology of figuring...
yep. really. it is sort of a must visit. my favorite spot is the virtual gallery.

11.19.07

lost plays…

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this weekend i was able to enjoy the lost plays of tennessee williams- three recently discovered one acts produced by the actors studio. it is always a treat to listen to the language of williams done well. and it was done quite well this weekend. i love the overall poetic aesthetic of williams, and it is so much fun to design one of his plays. the set for this show was by danny cistone– and he did a good job of creating a set that could be easily altered to accommodate different locations. he missed a little on creating any sort of metaphor- which is too bad, because williams is full of metaphor. for me, the essence of tennessee williams is best found in the photographs of clarence john laughlin. laughlin was an amazing photographer, who photographed new orleans with a very surreal eye, and his images are full of big ideas and meaning- just like a good tennessee williams play. watching the lost one acts this weekend reminded me of laughlin, and it also reminded me of the genius of tennessee williams. and that is nice.

11.19.07

poppies…

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if you want to play beneath a poppy filled sky- go check out this beautiful collaborative installation…

Plays Well With Others is a topsy turvy installation of an inverted poppy field opening November 13 at the Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery at the Madison Campus of Santa Monica College. This exhibition is a result of a collaboration by the group PiNK.

Sharon Kagan, Lana Shuttleworth, and Leslie Yagar formed PiNK ( an acronym for the artist’s tools: Pins, Needles, and Knives ) out of a shared interest in the exploration of all things tactile. With their combined curiosity and tools in hand, PiNK has created a whimsical adventure into a sky of orange flora that invites all to play.

The exhibition will run through December 8.
Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday 12 noon to 5 pm, and Saturday 11 am to 4 pm.

11.12.07

not murakami…

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i thought it might be nice to check out the takashi murakami on saturday… i am not a huge fan- but i like eye candy, and he does that real well. upon arriving at the geffen contemporary i noticed a line. lines, museums, and me do not go well together. i really don’t like to fight to see art. i guess i am lazy. anyway. next to the geffen contemporary is the japanese american museum– it is free on saturdays! so i decided to let go of murakami and enjoy a less chaotic museum experience. it was a real swell way to spend saturday.

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the show at the japanese american national museum is the “giant robot: 50 issues” exhibit- which features a lot of artists that i had seen in their store, but the show is really well curated- and it reminded me how much i like these artists. the first image above is by saelee oh– i have always loved the sweet detailing in her work. and then of course there is souther salazar. i have had a postcard from his show on my refrigerator forever- and it always makes me smile. i recommend the experience. really… a nice way to spend a saturday. maybe i will make it back to the geffen… or. maybe. i won’t.

11.12.07

must mention…

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i did get to see pina bausch at ucla live this past week. it was a major event- and i was thoroughly thrilled by it all. there is no easy way to describe one of her pieces- but i can say… oh my goodness. the body can express so much! and- even though i am usually against a stage done all in black, this show taught me a lot about how the darkness of the stage can become the most beautiful of reflective surfaces… also. the costumes. wow. really. the costumes. so so. okay enough. i liked it.

11.07.07

dali…

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it is true. i visited the dali exhibit at the lacma. definitely worth a visit. i really recommend watching some of the movies- they really puts his paintings in an interesting perspective. so yeah. go. but. i also recommend this book– featured above- it is about dali’s design for the 1938 world’s fair. he created an installation/performance piece that i wish i could have seen- luckily there is this book which really does tell a great story- and there are pictures… lot’s of mermaids and underwater sea adventures…

11.05.07

fabrics…

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i don’t know where i have been, but i have certainly spent my last dime at joann’s fabric store… i have found purl. oh my- what a great site for fabrics! i am not a big quilter- nor can i knit- but if i did, i would certainly be spending all of my money at this shop. since i am a huge fan of color and pattern, i am sure i will find a reason to make some sort of purchase… maybe my next set design will include a quilted room (ooh. that is an idea). the store also has a blog which has some great crafty ideas. i really love the idea shown below. a simple and inexpensive way to put art on the wall. click here to get the “how-to” instructions.

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