March 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

Speaking my language. (literally)


February 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

Porcelain sculpture by Kate MacDowell.

They are inspired by myth, art history, figures of speech, climate change, and cultural touchstones.


December 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

Anyone been to this?

Anyone want to go to this? (with me)

Wine and Design? It can’t get any better. Well, yes it can …ahem, naked men…but this is pretty good. I think I need to make a special trip up to SFMOMA soon!

From the website:

How Wine Became Modern explores the visual culture of wine and its stunning transformation over the last three decades. Designed in collaboration with renowned architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the exhibition combines historical artifacts, architectural models, design objects, newly commissioned artworks, and enticing installations, including a “smell wall,” to probe many aspects of wine culture, among them: the globalization of wine; concepts of terroir; wine in popular media; new strategies in label, glassware, and winery design; and wine tourism.

December 10, 2010 § 2 Comments

This week I was introduced to a few new interesting ideas or words:

Limerence– a cognitive and emotional state of being obsessed or infatuated with another person and having a deep desire for reciprocation of feelings. So, a fancy crush.

Consanguinity— refers to the kinship you have with another person. Basically, how cousin-y you are with someone else.

Shibumi/shibui— First described to me as a moment/experience that is so indescribably perfect and where one knows that you won’t experience it in exactly the same way again. I liked this. The fact that we don’t have a word like this in English completely changes the way we view things. –but then– I read about it more, and a more common definition I found was in reference to a Japanese aesthetic: a simple edifice, but with subtle details. It contains a balance of simplicity and complexity so that observers continually find new meanings in the piece. Both are beautiful. And it finally inspired me to buy a book on aesthetic theory that I have been meaning to buy.

Plaçage— an old term from the French “placer”, or to place. This described the “left-handed marriages” of white French and Spanish men to women of African, Indian, or Creole descent. These women were not legally recognized as wives, but instead as “placées”.

Sprezzatura— An Italian word that conveys an effortless nonchalance which conceals difficulty of tasks and thoughts. I can only draw conclusions about image and aesthetics when I think about this word.

Stendhal syndrome— Similar to Paris Syndrome in that an overwhelming setting creates a physical reaction of dizzyness and confusion, Stendhal Syndrome reacts to art. It typically happens in Florence, Italy, but can also happen in other conditions, such as a beauty in nature. Recalling my trip to Italy in 2003, I definitely experienced this while at the Uffizi. I thought my blood sugar had lowered.


November 15, 2010 § Leave a comment

LLOVE is an exhibition consisting of guest rooms in Tokyo stemming from the Japanese love hotel concept. Did you know that approximately half of Japan’s sex takes place at a love hotel?

In celebration of 400 years of trade, the LLOVE exhibition brings together Dutch and Japanese design ideas. The brains behind the project is Suzanne Oxenaar, Artistic Director at the Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam.

The best part: you can actually stay in one of these rooms!

“Buried” by Yuko Nagayama:

“Llayers” by Richard Hutten:

An undulating mattress by Pieke Bergmans:“Fertility” by Joep van Lieshout:

A rotating bed by Jo Nagasaka:

(photos by Takumi Ota)


November 8, 2010 § 2 Comments

On November 2nd, London kicked off its 2010 Drift event featuring contemporary artwork along waterways in London and the Central Wharf from various artists.

German artist Julius Popp created tension between highly technological systems and natural elements with his installation along the river. A series of valves drop water in a precise configuration that creates words extracted from headlines for just a moment. (These images are from a previous installation and the video at the bottom shows the full effect.)

Hello, Beautiful.

September 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

I will never fathom how one can be as magnificent as Twiggy.

Happy 61st, Ms. Hornby.

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