July Mood Board

July, the official middle of summer. The days are getting muggy, and the fans are running all night. It’s always one of my favorite months, but this one is big for me. I’ll be getting married at the end of this month, so I’ve been thinking abut love, about work, and about long term commitments both to myself and others. Already it feels different than the playfulness of spring. That being the case, I wanted to show you some of the things I’ve been looking at, thinking about. I hope they inspire you like they did me to always be looking for more art in galleries and in the world. Enjoy!

Vivian Suter at Gladstone Gallery.

Liza Lou  artist from New York. Liza working on Gather (One million)

Liza Lou artist from New York. Liza working on Gather (One million)

Carly Steinnbrunn -   Cacti, 2014

Carly Steinnbrunn - Cacti, 2014

Deliah Ammar

Deliah Ammar

Loulou Elliott

Loulou Elliott

Julio Reyes

Julio Reyes

Marianne Hendriks

Marianne Hendriks

Marina Mika

Marina Mika

Ernie Barnes - He has a great show at the African American Museum, check it out here

Spring Time Mood Board

Okay, okay. So I missed a few posts. I’m back now, and ready to give you all a taste of what I’ve been looking at, thinking about. I’ll admit I’ve been a bit nostalgic, and I have a theory that everyone gets a little nostalgic when the seasons change. The first day of Spring feels markedly different, and reminds me of the spring before, and before that.

Particle Memory by Lita Albuquerque, 1995

^ Particle Memory, Lita Albuquerque 1995

In addition to being nostalgic, I am also recently engaged so I’m feeling romantic as well. All in all, general feelings alert! I hope these pics inspire you like they did me ~

  1. Screenshot from my favorite movie scene of all time, this abstract ballet dance scene in the middle of Singin’ In The Rain. This scene made me understand dance on an entire different level as a kid

  2. Poppies in the Spring , by Bye.Bye.Birdie on flickr

  3. A close lil crop of dust on one of my pictures, that I’ve always liked for some reason

  4. Château de Chenonceau

  5. Small excerpt from Art & Fear, by David Bayles & Ted Orland. Amazing book for artists that want to relate to their work! Highly recommend! You can find it in a pdf form online for free.

  6. “Part” by Iain Stewart, 1998. Chromogenic print

  7. “The Sun Is Out”, Tommy Bruce 2015

  8. Unable to find the artist behind this soothing Cloud TV, but I looove it, whoever you are! I will credit you if I can find you!

  9. Unable to find the artist behind this last one, but it feels peaceful and like love. Again, reach out if this is you!

Sunday Book Review

The Year Of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

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I’ll admit, I have a bit of a habit of not reading the back cover of books before starting them. If I have a hunch that it will be good, I try to resist spoiling anything for myself. I’d read Slouching Towards Bethlehem, also by Joan Didion right when we were moving to California. It was a series of essays about her time in California and New York in the 60s & 70s, and it was a magical read. Something about the way she writes is so crisp and matter of fact, but still has something enchanting about it.

“…quite simply, I was in love with New York. I do not mean "love" in any colloquial way, I mean that I was in love with the city, the way you love the first person who ever touches you and you never love anyone quite that way again. I remember walking across Sixty-second Street one twilight that first spring, or the second spring, they were all alike for a while. I was late to meet someone but I stopped at Lexington Avenue and bought a peach and stood on the corner eating it and knew that I had come out out of the West and reached the mirage. I could taste the peach and feel the soft air blowing from a subway grating on my legs and I could smell lilac and garbage and expensive perfume and I knew that it would cost something sooner or later—because I did not belong there, did not come from there”

- Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Since then, I’d been craving another good Didion read. Then I found The Year of Magical Thinking and just went for it. If anyone reading this has read that, they know it is not what the title may imply. It is not magical, it is not happy. The book is about the year following the sudden death of Didion’s husband. As you may be able to guess, I was not necessarily prepared. However, it drew me in anyways. I don’t think about death or grieving a whole lot, and while I don’t wish to, I did want to have a better understanding and outlook on dying. This book was a gold mine for that. It welcomed the irrational feelings and doings that can follow the death of a loved one, it didn’t excuse or glorify any behavior, it simply explained.

It was however, strange to be reading this beautiful book on death while in the early stages of planning my wedding. It was an odd intersection. After awhile however, I grew to enjoy reading it while also thinking about my wedding. It’s important to have a healthy mindset about death, and I want to go into my marriage knowing that. All to say, don’t think you’re in for anything magical with this book, but you will end up learning something valuable as you read it.

“Grief turns out to be a place none of us know until we reach it. We anticipate (we know) that someone close to us could die, but we do not look beyond the few days or weeks that immediately follow such an imagined death. We misconstrue the nature of even those few days or weeks. We might expect if the death is sudden to feel shock. We do not expect this shock to be obliterative, dislocating to both body and mind. We might expect that we will be prostrate, inconsolable, crazy with loss. We do not expect to be literally crazy, cool customers who believe their husband is about to return and need his shoes.” 

- Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking