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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Before and After

THEN AND NOW
We post images of Ronald Frink Architect's - Montecito House - as it looked before and after renovation. More images to come so check back, periodically!

Wednesday Four

GLEANINGS
Wednesday Four
It has been awhile since I've posted recommendations, so today we post four for your viewing pleasure.
First, David Chipperfied's allusion to painter, Giorgio Morandi, via his mixed-media work exhibited in Paris at Alessi's exhibition space, Maison & Objet.
Second, have you ever wondered what it might be like to live within a painting? Well, now you can make that dream come true when you spend the night in Van Gogh's bedroom via Airbnb. For more details, see below.
Next, Alexandra Kehayoglou inspires your world with plush, grassy carpets.
And finally, Nicolas Amiard takes you back in time while bringing you up-to-date with old master portraits digitally enhanced with modern day tattoos.
David Chipperfield - Cfile

Van Gogh's Airbnb - Chicago Art Institute - designboom

Alexandra Kehayoglou's carpets - inhabitat

Nicolas Amiard inks the masters - designboom

Friday, October 30, 2015

Friday Four

STUFF AND THINGS
Friday Four
From beautifully painted landscapes on the trunks of trees, to a notebook with magnetic pages, to political figures with hair buns, to everything you'd want to know about Parmeggiano Reggiano cheese - here are four items gleaned from our reading list, for your viewing pleasure.
Artist, Alison Moritsugu - Colossal

Rekonect's Magnetic Notebook - Contemporist

Designcrowd's political figures with hair buns -
Designboom

26 things to know about Parmesan - Fine Dining Lovers

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Buddha at the Gas Pump

BUDDHA AT THE GAS PUMP 
A few years ago, quite by chance, I discovered Rick Archer - and his interviews of those who have spiritually awakened. We are fortunate to have this programming online. I don't know of anything else like it. Here, you can tune into so many different types of people and their experiences - all so different, and yet all the same.
Below, Mirabai Devi shares her experience of awakening.
Please enjoy this and other of Mr. Archer's sensitive interviews on Buddha at the Gas Pump (BATGAP). Should these interviews resonate with you, please consider donating - to make sure that this special programming remains online.

Friday, October 16, 2015

All About Food

A LIFE IMMERSED IN FOOD
Allison McNearny writes about Ruth Reichl
I decided too much time had gone by without a food posting. So, I began my search. Only minutes later, I came upon a beautifully written article for The Daily Beast - by Allison McNearny - "Food for Life: How Cooking Saved Ruth Reichl".
I had been a bit out of touch, I suppose. Via Ms. McNearny I learned Ruth Reichl has a new book out - titled, My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life. Published by Random House, New York.
From Ms. McNearny's article:
She has a reverence for ingredients, for flavors, for the process of cooking that she finds meditative. A unique dish or a single piece of fruit can bring back memories and emotions or help her get out of a funk and appreciate life more (a recipe for Shirred Eggs with Potato Puree includes the observation: “Each bite reminds you why you’re glad to be alive”).
I think this sort of passion is reserved for any creative person. Those who write, paint or design buildings know that each moment spent in creativity is an electric reminder of aliveness, of passion.
I haven't read Ms. Reichl's book, but it is because I took time to read a beautifully written article (review) that I plan to purchase the book.
Please read Allison McNearny's review at The Daily Beast.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

A Prophecy

SIGNALING THE FUTURE
Installation by artist,  Pedro Mazorati
Pedro Mazorati, Where the Tides Ebb and Flow
dimension: variable selon étang.
De 12 à 20 sculptures. Longueur de 50 m. à 100 m.



Several news items, today - all regarding climate change - led me to this eerie environmental installation, entitled, "Where the Tides Ebb and Flow" by Argentinian artist, Pedro Mazorati.

Visitors to Park Mountsouris in Paris view this work from the shore of a small lake. Blue skinned male sculptures all share the same destiny in a topsy-turvy world, where rising sea levels portend our imminent and immediate future.
Pedro Mazorati, Where the Tides Ebb and Flow
dimension: variable selon étang.
De 12 à 20 sculptures. Longueur de 50 m. à 100 m.

Pedro Mazorati, Where the Tides Ebb and Flow
dimension: variable selon étang.
De 12 à 20 sculptures. Longueur de 50 m. à 100 m.
For more information about Mr. Mazorati, please visit his website.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Contrary

ENCOUNTERING CONTRARY
A Blogger's Nightmare
Santa Fe was not what I expected. It did not live up to last year's magic.
There were bloody sunsets and fawn-colored adobe walls. There were tourists dressed in patterned shorts and white socks. A clown-car load of realtors smiled at me from newsprint pages, their listings displayed like badges. All of it was much the same as last year.
Those we encountered, whether friend or not, seemed strained as summer and the end of tourist season blanketed them in fear. Funny, the effect of fear.
I wanted to feel open and lite. Instead I felt the weight and hope of thirty travel years dissolve into a steep, dark arroyo. I felt like one of the brilliantly fabricated animals of artist, Beth Cavener - trapped with no way out.
Stoneware with Mixed media, 21 × 37 × 22 inches




Due to a rainy summer, it was greener than in years past. The Chamisa was abundant and brilliant yellow. The air smelled of fresh earth, scented of pine. While I felt almost aroused by the natural scenery and smells, residents seemed quite unaware of them. I wondered if this were true as we wandered around the Site Santa Fe 20th anniversary exhibition, where I saw myself in the vanishing species installation by artist, Ann Hamilton. Oh, where for art thou, sensitive gentle folk? Have you been torn to shreds and completely removed from Ms. Hamilton's installation?
Ann Hamilton, The Common Sense, Animals
Site Santa Fe
I have always heard the call of nature in and around Santa Fe. But, this trip was different. The call of nature turned into the call of the wildly insane - the call of those, perpetually puzzled.  Our attempt at finding our spot for life degenerated into a muddled, ineffectual blob of paint on the canvas of a lackluster artist.
Where are you, Jason Middlebrook, when I need you the most? Your pristine geometric abstractions painted upon naturally formed and sliced trunks of trees smile at my confusion. They allude to my inner state and no amount of seemingly organized lines and spaces will iron out these feelings of bafflement. How unpredictable our expectations!
Jason Middlebrook, current works from Peter's Projects
Santa Fe, NM
Fortunately, the old places are still there: Garcia Street BooksDowntown SubscriptionRestaurant Martin, The Georgia O'keeffe Museum and a number of other galleries and eateries. They make us feel at home. But, something was lacking on this trip. The old haunts could not bring me into excitement. Was it too many trips? Too much familiarity? Had it become old? Had it worn itself into the ground? Certainly, there are other places to visit and fall in love with. And perhaps that's it, after all - I wonder if I've fallen out of love with Santa Fe?

Thursday, August 6, 2015

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