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Black, White, and Narciso

RTW 2013, New York Fashion Week – Marc Jacobs Marc Jacobs was clearly the master of the change-up at this year's New York Spring 2013 Ready To Wear. Just when I was getting used to all those funny hats and ample bustlines from fall, (which made no sense too me on the runway, but by the time they made their way into their print editions I was completely sold!) he throws us a total curve ball with lean and clean lines reminiscent of a trip to Warhol's Factory where Edie Sedgwick might be holding court. A complete palette cleanser of a show and with a long silhouette executed with the cool clear directive for simplicity. The finale was represented by a series gowns and jumpsuits with exceptional and lavish geometric beading that not … [Read more...]

JPG’s Tour De Force

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, De Young Museum, Herbst Exhibition Galleries – " template="/homepages/38/d268432783/htdocs/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/products/photocrati_nextgen/modules/ngglegacy/view/gallery.php" order_by="sortorder" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"]   In this first Jean Paul Gaultier retrospective, From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, one is thunderstruck by an ambiance of transgressive diversity. These collections embody a cacophony of couture beauty like none other. Sometimes dark outré matter prevails, then sometimes it's just a bit naughty, but any subject matter put to the test is always executed with artistic tour de … [Read more...]

Night@Mare

Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Photography by Robert A. Kato – Mare Island was my first foray into night photography, a self imposed challenge to find light in darkness. I would typically visit Mare on full moon and or two days on either side of full, waxing or waning. Mare’s nocturnal appeal had more to do with what I couldn’t see than what I could. Frequent visits to the abandoned shipyard during the day left very little to the imagination. The night was a complete theatrical experience for me. Each structure, location had it’s own story to tell and they invited me to participate in this imagined dialogue embraced by night. The great reflector in the night sky was my main fill light, often supplemented by various … [Read more...]

A Larger Hunger

And God Created Great Whales, Rinde Eckert, REDCAT, January 2012 – Rinde Eckert takes to the stage, house lights on, sits at a piano-cum-surrogate-captain's-table strewn with post-its and and tinkers endlessly with what appears to be sheet music. The stage lights dim to black and then rise again, and Eckert appears now as Nathan, a hapless piano tuner, who, along with his imaginary muse Olivia, trace, tack and travail the last vestiges of Nathan’s memory in order to piece together his magna opera “Moby Dick”. Strapped around his waist and hung around his neck are color-coded tape recordings. These are Nathan's memory devices; they supply him with directives on how to complete his musical masterpiece, if only he could recall long enough … [Read more...]

Urbanature – Coleen Sterritt and Constance Mallinson

New Representations of the Natural A six part serial essay and online exhibition focused on the contemporary depiction of landscape in the painting, photographic and sculptural arts. Introduction and Additional Exhibition Artists: Urbanature, An Introduction, Merion Estes, Roland Reiss and Elizabeth Bryant,Don Suggs and Karen Carson,Linda Stark and Nancy Evans,Ross Rudel and Pierre Picot – COLEEN STERRITT Perhaps owing to the consumer culture and the endless flow of global commodities, for sculptors the present has been dominated by hybridity, the interdisciplinary, and material excess. Moving closer to what Nicholas Bourriaud has termed “Altermodernism”, these artists take into their stride postmodern pluralities, the … [Read more...]

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Rilke Songs

I continue to be smitten with the work of Richard Avedon. Left, is his  “Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, American mezzo-soprano, October 1, 2003”. It is an eerie actuality that, to the day, one year later, Richard Avedon would die. Even more disturbing was the untimely death of Lorraine Hunt Lieberson on July 3, 2006, at the age of 52. I was shaken, for she truly embodied the music she sang. "So strong, so vibrant and so utterly communicative, they are as if tones were made flesh.", Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer | September 30, 2003. Here, from Rilke Songs, a collaboration with her husband, composer Peter Lieberson, for which The Grammy's posthumously awarded her 2006, Best Classical Vocal Performance, Part two; XXIX.   Rilke Songs … [Read more...]

Welcome Sonya Sotomayor

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Night Tide – Typography

Night Tide, Directed by Curtis Harrington. US 1961, 35mm, b/w, 84 min. – I start with the typography of Night Tide, not because it is special in itself or a beautiful execution of script, but, more for its clumsy portentous attempt to sell the melodrama of the action. Acting like a petulant child incapable of not giving away the ending, these titles just spell it out. And lucky for us because the story line of boy meets girl and girl turns out to be mermaid under the spell of the dreaded "Sea People", probably needs all the help it can get. The more time I spend with Night Tide, Curtis Harrington's iconoclast Art Film, the more I find a sincere ardent cinefile hard at work. Shot on the Santa Monica pier (and adjacent Venice … [Read more...]

Vacation Break

Will be returning First week in June, but in the meantime...something to consider. … [Read more...]

New Yorker Yoga

From The New Yorker, May 4, 2009 — Illustrations by Anders Wenngren This is an animation and takes a minute to run. So please be patient and enjoy the fabulous yoga demonstration!  … [Read more...]