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Friday, January 23, 2015

Gustavo Perez

Gustavo Pérez
We are admirers of Gustavo Pérez' work. And so, we lead you to an essay written in 2004 by Garth Clark, regarding the work of Mr. Pérez - who, at that time was exhibiting at Galeri Silberies, Paris. Last year (November), Galeri Siberies displayed a retrospective exhibition of the artist's work, dating from 2001-13.
Mr. Clark writes (in part):
"Gustavo Pérez’s exhibition at Galeri Silberies (Paris) continues a long journey of wounding and healing pots. His cuts most closely resemble the clean slice of a scalpel, a surgeon’s skill in the precise and measured way in which he cuts into the skin of the pot. The clay then divides and exposes its interior much as our flesh reveals itself when we suffer a deep laceration, breaking the perfect seal of the body’s epidermis. One cannot look at these incisions without the vessel exerting its spell of anthropomorphic transference, making one’s own skin itch with sensations of vulnerability and risk."
To read the entire essay, please follow this link: Cfileonline
Gustavo Pérez on Vimeo

Gustavo Pérez, stoneware vase with glaze, 2012,
11 1/2 x 8 inches, Galeri Siberies

Time Shift

The Photography of Romina Ressia
Born in 1981, Romina Ressia is an Argentinian artist living near Buenos Aires. Her credentials and talents include art photography, theater decoration / scenic design and fashion photography. 
Ms. Ressia's work, exhibited in Milan, Buenos Aires, the Czech Republic, Edinburgh and New York is represented by galleries in more than 20 countries.
She states that meaning in these works derives from "classical or mythical influences" and their interpretation and incorporation into the collective memory of contemporary culture.
Below are a selection of Ms. Ressia's visual metaphors of mythical, hyperreal heroes and heroines. Although seemingly defunct as they lay in their "coffins", we wonder if their ideals are still intact or have they perished along with each crusader? Or are their ideals no longer necessary as we age? 
As children we believed in their super powers and eternal youth (and our own), but in the time-passage between childhood and adulthood, how have our beliefs changed? Have they withered, died?
Artists present us with questions; perhaps questions we may not ask of ourselves. Questions are easy - the answers, much more complex.
All images ©Romina Ressia.
For more information and to view this and other series, please visit the artist's website: Romina Ressia or Arusha Gallery.

©Romina Ressia

©Romina Ressia
©Romina Ressia
Romina Ressia's models, ©Romina Ressia

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Be Present NOW

Too many years ago, I read the book, Be Here Now, by Ram Dass. I had no idea what it meant. I enjoyed the illustrations which were very cleaver, but, never really understood the meaning of this profound book until a few years ago.
Be-Here-Now - what does that really mean? Put down your phone, your pad, step away from all electronic devices and just sit. Sit for five minutes. Enjoy the space where you sit, whether it be a room or garden or busy city. Just sit and enjoy the space. If a thought enters and creates a bodily sensation, go to where the feeling lives and be with it. Don't label it, judge it or anything else - only be with it. You may find yourself returning attention to space or returning to that feeling in your body. Wherever you go, go consciously. Do this now.
After five minutes or so, go back to whatever it was you were doing. But, this time do it with consciousness - be with it, whatever it is. Pick up your phone or pad and be with each physical movement, allowing nothing past or future to draw your attention. Checking an appointment schedule? Does a feeling come up? Go with it, but be with it fully. Forget about the electronic device and follow the feeling. Choose to do so.
When you are lost in time - in thought after thought -  you have returned to unconsciousness - back to ego. Choose to awaken.

Monday, December 8, 2014

David Liebovitz Gift Guide

Including this vintage and reissued (temporarily) Le Crueset Raymond Loewy Coquelle, you will find wonderful gifts - mostly for the kitchen - one for travel and one for charity - at David Liebovitz!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Belinda Oakley, Christmas Song

Sung by Belinda Oakley
When we first heard this rendition of The Christmas Song, sung by Belinda Oakley - so beautiful and soulful - we thought we would post it closer to the 25th. Today, we needed a bit of Christmas and decided to publish it. Why delay when you can listen to this lovely song, sung by a talented artist - each and every day?
Learn more about Belinda Oakley… and see our earlier posting, here.
The Christmas Song was written by the extraordinary singer, Mel Torme and his writing partner, Bob Wells. Learn more about how the song developed at Performing Songwritier - Be Heard!

Foodie Gift!

Foodie Gifts from Food52
Looking for a "hand-crafted oyster and clam knife" or kits to make your own hot sauce or hand-made creations? Look no further - check out Food52… another blog on our reading list.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Gifts that Give Back

Charitable Gifts that Give Back
This season, give a gift that gives back. Send a girl to school, provide support for veterans injured in the line of duty, support the battle to end aids, adopt an African Elephant, etc. Worthwhile gift-giving at its best!

Shop Big

From scarves to flip books to Solar System Lollipops to puzzles and more. Creative gift ideas from our reading list:
The Collossal Shop
Above, New York by Night Scarf
From Collosal:
The design team at Slow Factory created this magnificent silk scarf using a 400 millimeter image of New York City taken from space by a member of Expedition 35 aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station. The glowing network of city lights creates a pattern of chaotic beauty across this flowing 52" scarf, outlining easily identifiable landmarks such as Central Park and Manhattan in stunning luminescence. 
Made in Italy with a combination of silk and modal (Modal is a processed bio-based textile made from reconstituted cellulose from beech trees.)

Slow Factory products are fair trade and made with eco-friendly ink.
Dimensions: 52" (132cm)
Weight: 6 ounces
Materials: Modal, Silk
Ships in 2-3 days
About Slow Factory
Inspired by NASA’s open data images from satellites and telescopes, Celine Semaan Vernon founded Slow Factory as a place to explore the connections between people and their world. Slow Factory believes in creating timeless essentials that last. While their sustainable products explore the cosmos, they're designed and produced with the health of this planet in mind.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Gift Ideas

Gift Ideas from Fine Dining Lovers! As we find lists of holiday gifts from our reading list websites, we'll post them here and lead you to there. Fine Dining Lovers posted a gift list for those of us who enjoy cooking and great food. From knife sharpening cutting boards, to Pantone coffee pots, to beautiful Japanese cookware… just follow the link!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mirabai Devi

From Buddha at the Gas Pump
Our category, "Conscoiusness", is an important part of our site. Without tuning into our silent presence, we cannot find inspiration. Inspiration comes through us - not only from our own inner resources, but also from Source. Form blends with Self and out of this mix, artisty, innovation, invention appear.
For more than a year, I've watched video interviews by Rick Archer on his site, Buddha at the Gas Pump.  Each interview is a gem of intelligence and information. Recently, I was introduced to Mirabai Devi at BATGAP... Please visit Mr. Archer's site and enjoy this and so many more interviews.
Mirabai Devi is an international spiritual teacher, facilitator for healer, author, and the founder of the Mirabai Devi Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to her mission of raising world consciousness through the awakening and healing of humanity.Mirabai Devi is a new paradigm spiritual teacher. Her teachings emphasize the importance of spiritual practice for self-realization, combined with a commitment to personal growth. She recognizes the importance of people working through their patterns and issues by means of self-reflection with the aim of becoming impeccable. As a conduit for the Divine Feminine, Mirabai’s approach is receptive and inclusive, rather than dogmatic. She favors interaction, rather than hierarchy.
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