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Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Rumpus

We now list this site - for writers, about writing - on our ready list! From time to time, we will post a link to book reviews, etc. So, join us and join in on The Rumpus!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Strip of Crimson

Santa Fe - Vignette
That first morning, the altitude scorched my attitude. Coffee lifted me some, but it took another 24 hours before I could announce that I had truly landed in Santa Fe. Our landlords, I'm sure, thought I was some kind of unhappy, jaded, citified Californian - worse, a Californian from Los Angeles. Our first conversation, if it could be called that, was all small talk; "oh, what a wonderful guesthouse" and "Why in the world are you renting it to perfect strangers?" (not my business) and "We are so happy to be back in our favorite place!" - as if we didn't have another favorite place or two.
As our attitudes tempered, our senses heightened and what we loved most about this place came into clear, pristine focus: transparent air - thin, dry, clean. An unavoidable sky, at times filled with clouds of all varieties and qualities - and sunsets like these:

That first dynamite sunset! We forgot about altitude, about attitude and everything else. We were here. We were lighthearted and content and ripe for adventure.
From that point our spirits lifted us into ethereal realms - we took off in all directions, not once turning back.

Then we returned home - a hard landing, a thud. But, home is home and it is where we thrive and survive, until that future time, when home is there and not here anymore.

Quote from Willa Cather (1873-1947), U.S. novelist. Death Comes for the Archbishop, book VII, ch. IV (1927). The archbishop and an Indian guide travel through the desert toward Santa Fe.

''The sky was as full of motion and change as the desert beneath it was monotonous and still,—and there was so much sky, more than at sea, more than anywhere else in the world. The plain was there, under one's feet, but what one saw when one looked about was that brilliant blue world of stinging air and moving cloud. Even the mountains were mere ant-hills under it. Elsewhere the sky is the roof of the world; but here the earth was the floor of the sky. The landscape one longed for when one was away, the thing all about one, the world one actually lived in, was the sky, the sky!''

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Five Friday on Thurs.

Here we go, again. Time moves forward and we present 5 (five) recommendations - from ceramics to photographs, with a dash of new music thrown into the mix. We present the following artists and their work.
Sueharu Fukami: Porcelain Sculptures, 1980 – 2014 - cfile

Future Brown - Pitchfork

Artist, Jen Stark - Contemporist

MVRDV - new architecture - designboom
NYT Magazine Photographic Exhibition - Aperture

Monday, September 8, 2014


MUSIC - added to our Reading List
Why did it take so long?
Today we add two new blogs to our reading list. Both present information about new contemporary music: Pitchfork and The Line of Best Fit.
From time to time, we will recommend items from each - and present them to you - with a follow-up link to one site or the other.
And from Pitchfork, an article about Ariel Pink - the double album, pom pom, which will be out November 18.
So, take a look!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Today's Picks

Whether you are at work or tending to your children or sitting at a cafe, sipping tea - you will want to take a break and appreciate the artistry in the following recommendations.
Although printed via machinery the ceramics accomplished by Olivier van Herpt will intrigue you - as will the striking watercolors of Karina Eibatova.
Then, to answer your question as to whether or not you would purchase an ancient tea cup for 36 million dollars, follow the link below.
While you ask that question, put your tongue firmly in-cheek and take a peek at the new friends of artist / photographer, Dita Pepe.
Afterwards, slip on your new vacuum formed shoes (thanks to Lou Moria) and walk yourself over to Gallery LVS and view the exquisite, minimal ceramic work of Minsoo Lee.
So, put down that fork, call the baby-sitter, take a break from work, kick your feet up - and enjoy!
Printed ceramics by Olivier van Herpt, cfile

Watercolor minerals by Karina Eibatova, Colossal

36 million dollar teacup, cfile

Artist Dita Pepe incorporates herself
into the lives of other, Colossal

Lou Moria's vacuum-formed shoes, Designboom

Minsoo Lee's Inner Spaces ceramics, cfile

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Narrow Band of Light

From Deezen, a posting about Milton Glaser's elegant image, addressing the crucial issue of climate change. The emerald green band at the bottom of the sphere is symbolic of the small portion of life remaining on earth. According to Mr. Glaser, "There is no more significant issue on earth than its survival."
For more information, please visit Dezeen or the website of Milton Glaser.
From Mr. Glaser's website:

Milton Glaser (b.1929) is among the most celebrated graphic designers in the United States. He has had the distinction of one-man-shows at the Museum of Modern Art and the Georges Pompidou Center. He was selected for the lifetime achievement award of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum (2004) and the Fulbright Association (2011), and in 2009 he was the first graphic designer to receive the National Medal of the Arts award. As a Fulbright scholar, Glaser studied with the painter, Giorgio Morandi in Bologna, and is an articulate spokesman for the ethical practice of design. He opened Milton Glaser, Inc. in 1974, and continues to produce a prolific amount of work in many fields of design to this day.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday Three

innovate |ˈinəˌvāt|verb [ no obj. ]make changes in something established, esp. by introducing new methods, ideas, or products: the company's failure to diversify and innovate competitively.• with obj. ] introduce (something new, esp. a product): innovating new products, developing existing ones.
Constantine Zlatev, from designboom
Artist, Constantine Zlatev takes a double barreled shotgun, and with electronics and technology, remodels them into musical instruments - producing etheric flute-like sounds. Something potentially used for killing is now transformed into a musical instrument - something for the concert hall.
Designer, Marcel Dunger, takes "shards" of maple wood, introduces  colorful translucent resin and converts them into functional works of jewelry-art.
And speaking of transformation, Olafur Eliasson recreates a riverbed inside of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art - nature and art overlap, blurring boudaries between inside and outside.
Enjoy the work of these inspired artists.
Marcel Dunger, from Colossal

Olafur Eliasson, Riverbed, 2014, installation shot 
photo by Anders Sune Berg, courtesy of the
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art -
from designboom

Monday, August 11, 2014

Monday Mix

Beginning a new week, we are taken on a journey, starting with the smart, yet "goofy knick-knacks", of Nathan Prouty… then onto powerful tornados of light, by Martin Kimbell. Midway along this journey, we find colorful, printed men's pocket hankies. And for a sip of tea, we gallivant to a 130 year old Japanese pottery shop - where contemporary graphics hold reign. Finally, what could be more stylish and a feast to the eyes, then the sleek lines of beautiful Bugatti.
While Monday signals a new beginning, these eye-catching photographs will take you into new world. So follow the links!
Nathan Prouty, Banana Globe, 2014, from cfile

Martin Kimbell's Light Tornadoes, from Colossal

Pocket Squares and more from P. Johnson Tailors

A modern spin on traditional Kutani tableware, from Colossal

Classic style and design by Bugatti

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Luminous Pattern

Dome of Shah (Imam) Mosque, Iran

Exquisite lacy pattern lifts us into a world that is beyond art, beyond time. Artist, Mohammad Domiri photographs the interior architecture and finely colored patterns of Iranian Mosques. The beauty of  these images is in their immaculate representation of highly ordered architecture and meticulous, ornamental design. We are inspired by the artistry of this fine work, which captures the heart and soul of these interiors.
Credit for these amazing photographs is given to Mr. Domiri. For more images, please follow this link to designboom.

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