it just so happened that i found a fig today at the market whose colors and speckles reminded me the shower was even happening.
the months have been flying like crazy, who knows where i’ve been, but as always, i’m hoping to get back on whatever idealistic envisioning of a horse i’ve imagined for myself. but for now, it’s my beautiful, most wonderful sister’s birthday, it’s been a year since i agreed to marry one of the best people i know, and this evening, the sky will be celebrating. i will be too.
in November, i went to the Monterey Cannery Row Antique Mall. of all of the incredible things i could dig through there, i ended up spending most of my time there in the file cabinets filled with old photographs. i stuck mostly to the boxes marked “women” and “couples”, probably because i’ve become fascinated with who women have been in the past and whether their emotions, thoughts, ideas were incredibly different or incredibly similar to my own. of course, photography hasn’t been around extremely long, so most of the photos i found were from the 40s and 50s, when personal cameras became commonly available.
i ended up purchasing 8 photos of couples and women that i found evocative enough to take home. although they can’t speak nor do i know anything about them, seeing these peoples’ faces in their habitats, in their shoes, outfits, hairstyles, and with their body language gave me a sense that i could capture some of their thoughts from these images and compare them to mine. thumbing through image after image of peoples’ lives past, gave me a sense of unity with humanity over time that i don’t encounter often. i mean, i know i’m a softie, but i would find myself smiling with their smiles, dreaming of their futures, sympathizing with their excitement, unrest, and simple joys. so, i thought i’d share these images to perhaps let them evoke what they will of whomever grabs a glimpse of them.
“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” — Dorothea Lange
long time no blog chatter, everyone. like many things throughout life, writing, taking photos, and getting myself to tend to my website have shifted from front burner to the back in the past months. but as with any year, i’m hopeful about documenting the beauty in things i witness in digital form and in real life.
as my wise friend, Andrew, recently said,
You can make art sipping coffee. You can make art gazing at a beautiful tree. You can make art making shadows puppets. It is personal, and it is everywhere, because your interaction with the world, if done sincerely, is a form of creation.
so, i’ll keep creating.
i’ll open the year with a prelude for some photographs i’ve been waiting for months to share. after spending Thanksgiving in the city, i got to have a small getaway to Pacifica and Soquel for some hikes, beach, and exploration. (( and yes, this is what even Northern California looks like at the end of November. i’m sorry. kind of. )) here are some photos of that small trip, and then in another post to come, i’ll share some finds from the Monterey Cannery Row Antique Mall.
happy new year, kids.
**the far right image at the beginning of the post is from Il Vecchio, an amazing little family Italian restaurant in Monterrey. a family whose daughter is Ariele Alasko, an incredible woodworker who now lives in Brooklyn. a discussion of her beautiful work is far overdue, but if you get a chance to see Il Vecchio before i talk about it — please do and enjoy the gorgeous, handcrafted carpentry that embellishes the restaurant. oh, and their polenta and veal is to die for.
i haven’t posted much about movies lately, but i’ve had them on my mind. i’ve been mostly seeing mainstream Hollywood films the past months, which is why they haven’t been too mentionable. nobody wants to know that i saw The Dark Knight Rises and Looper the same weekend as everyone else did and that i had similar reactions as many of the people that watched them. notinteresting. but i do feel that some things worth sharing are lesser known films that you might want to keep your eyes out for in your cities this fall — thus, movie trailers.
one of my fail-proof ways to effectively obliterate free time is by immersing myself in movie trailers. typically i go with apple.com/trailers, but their trailers can often be movies that are months and months away, and by the time they might screen in my city, my brain has reset and i’d never be able to recall them. so sometimes, i go with rottentomatoes’ Certified Fresh list, which gives their highest rated films that are currently hitting theaters. i sifted through some of their list to find a few you all might like and watch out for.
– disclosure: all of these films are being screened in particular places at particular times, since 3 of them are small budget documentaries, 1 is French, and 1 is a small budget documentary from Germany. consequently, if you aren’t into documentaries or foreign films, you might think you wouldn’t be into these, but i dare you to watch through them and say you’d hate all of them. double dog. because i’m significantly convinced that this list has something for basically everyone. also, i have included links to where you can look up info on screenings of these films. –
this week, i had the lovely, serendipitous chance to go to the exhibit opening of Public Works – a gallery exhibit put on by PUBLIC (an SF-based bike & gear design company, which provides our city’s streets with beautifully colored, stylish, and practical cruiser bikes — you’d know them if you saw them).
with Public Works, PUBLIC aims to improve the quality of our public spaces and cities. for their poster exhibit, they invited 27 world reknown designers and artists (the likes of Erik Spiekermann, Paula Scher, Michael Schwab*) to design posters around the idea of “public” — and the notion of “reclaiming urban streets, sidewalks, and spaces for walking, biking, and other social purposes”. my favorite, i think was Paula Scher’s play on “public”.
the opening evening took place at a California College of the Arts space at 16th & Kansas Ave. Many of the artists were in attendance with their full sized posters on display — and of course, the space was also equipped with a roped off area in which cyclists arriving that evening escorted their bikes.
oh blog. i’m so sorry to have neglected you. but so many crazy and fun things have happened, and i’m now pretty busy and thankful for it. exciting projects in the works, and even more ideas for posts! this post features the fantastic (in many ways) illustrative work of San Francisco based Emma SanCartier, whose art I stumbled upon at the SF Zinefest in August.
her artwork is hard not to fall in love with. woodland creatures! little fantasy monsters & beasts! birds with antlers! her ink and watercolor prints are stunning to say the least and are so engaging that you hope for the world she’s illustrating new publications of old fairy tales — or that new fairy tales are being written just to hold these pictures on their pages! one can’t avoid envying such an imagination she must have.
handicrafts? check. music? check. minimalistic, abstract artistry? …and check. enter UK artist Peter Crawley and his handstitched visualizations of classic songs — each row representing 1 minute of audio, each stitch representing the frequencies’ amplitude at that moment. Crawley’s series is appropriately called “Audio-Visual” and is both a simple idea and beautifully executed design pieces. (and if you’re willing to pay £350 + shipping, they’re for sale!)
Crawley is a product designer by day and creates these handstitched illustrations by night. he creates an hand-drawn illustration, creates templates and guides in Adobe Illustrator, pierces the paper by hand, and stitches with cotton thread. and although it appears he’s the work-around-the-clock type, he seems to enjoy it — his advice of choice is:
“Only do what you enjoy, if you like it, chances are someone else will.
And keep experimenting and trying new things, you have a lifetime to create what you want to create.”
in light of the tragedy of the shooting in Aurora, many across the country were shaken by the event, and many have been moved to respond and to support those effected — including the president, Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale, and now, Hans Zimmer. i mentioned Hans Zimmer’s composition work for The Dark Knight just two weeks ago, and in memory of those lost in Aurora, he has composed, “Aurora” — a song that emanates both reverence and hope. Zimmer stated that he “recorded this song in London in the days following the tragedy as a heartfelt tribute to the victims and their families,” via a Facebook post. the song is available for download through Watertower Music’s website and all proceeds (voluntary donations) go to the Aurora Victim Relief Fund.
it’s obviously encouraged to visit Watertower’s website so that you can purchase the song by donating, but you can also listen to the beautiful track below.