8 February - 15 March
Opening 7 February, 6-8pm
Featuring new works by four Melbourne-based artists Richard Grigg, Siri Hayes, Amanda Marburg and Mark Rodda Where in the woods? explores how nature acts as an elemental substance within us and how we utilise these untamed aspects to exorcise our myths and our animalistic imaginings. Although this group of artists all have diverse practices and work in a variety of media from photography, painting, video and sculpture, there are many interesting points of convergence and a shared aim to foster a process which is based on exploring the pictorial history of an ‘imagined’ nature in art.
Where in the woods? seeks to objectify the sense of insecurity we sometimes feel when confronted with nature, referencing in turn the artists in history who have created works along these particular lines.
Art as perfectly as it can be understood.
Grab a beanbag and a juice box and pick up Mark Kurlansky's The Food of a Younger Land. Reviewed and Interviewed here at Good Magazine.
Also, check out:
Zombie Jane Austen
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri.
And one of my favorite illustrators, Peter Brown's new children's book, The Curious Garden.
And if you have lots of summer reading time, check out BookSlut.
Read Interview with Simon Schama via Barnes and Noble. His novel, Landscape and Memory was a key ingredient in my MFA thesis.
I like these braids. (via Styletips 101) I love summer hair, it is my favorite. Go to the beach. Dunk head in salt water. Shake. Done.
If you don't have a beach, you can buy this stuff...Sedu Sea Spray.
photo via hanerola
Chic mermaid pin cushon by Beth's Bagz.
Last, but not least. These amazing head bands found via Cup of Jo by Whichgoose.
And as long as we're on the environmental art kick, here is another great site, Ecoarttech. A lot of helpful links and curious posts.
And check out these SUDS (sustainable drainage systems) via thingermejig's photostream
In the meantime check out this amazing collection of prints amd jewelry at one of my favorite studios, Piano Nobile. Love it!
And what's for supper?
Let's start with desert, this beautiful spring cupcake via Cupcakes Take the Cake...
From New York's Magnolia Bakery, here is the recipe.
Okay, and dinner... I found this site via A Cup of Jo (which is a lovely blog, and I am jealous of her blogging skill!) But, here is the site, its called Sunday Suppers. Really gorgeous photos and all of the recipes make me want to put on my apron asap!
I love Portland. Every time I am lucky enough to have an excuse to make my way south, I am rewarded with finding new bakeries, delicate boutiques and smart outdoor tech shops. Such a great mix of nature and culture, still small enough to feel like its put there just for me. That feeling reminds me of this dress, which reminds me of finding something secret and fresh. Designer SarahSeven's elegant and totally woodland creature frocks hail from Portland where the label is inspired by ..."Old Hollywood Glamor, pearls, recycled fabrics, romance, nature, lace." Tres Portland.
Also, can't help think of my favorite beer, the dead guy ale, which also hails from Stumptown. Looove this brew, and on a warm summer day on an outdoor patio it does not get any better than this.
I'm leaning towards eventually converting an old van into a camper, that way I can put my own spin on the unit. And it will be much less expensive... I think.
Oh yeah, I love this place. Love it. Revamping all the good parts of this 1970's home, Johnsen Schmaling Architects got it so right. I have to say I like the outside better than the inside, its a titch too sleak for me, but still very beautiful!
"The result is a warm, modernist update that embodies their core Midwestern values: simplicity, connection to nature, and strong family ties." See more from this Dwell article.
And then there is this...
The country's best yurt.
Very cool project. A guy builds a boat out of plastic bottles."Created from a special composite of recycled plastic, de Rothschild's boat is a 60-foot (18-meter) catamaran called Plastiki."
Read all about it here.
Iditarod 2009 is here...which means another lot of crazy people are going to ride across AK attached to doggies. I can't even hold on to one Samoyed let alone twenty four. Check out the race and all the contestants. Some good videos too.
I'm cheering for the Daugereau lady from WA...woohoo!
Prez Obama plans to publish a weekly video address every Saturday morning of his presidency. Set your laptop next to your space heater, pour yourself a cup of coffee and click here. Striking parallels to FDR's fireside chats. hmmm, ccc camps anyone?
You can hear FDR's radio shows here.
happy president's day!
p.s. shepherd fairey's controversial obamarama poster is ablaze. you can find more here and everywhere.
Lives of the Saints
International hardship duty in Chad.
by Jonathan Harr
A good read about how and why things are the way they are between Sudan and Chad and what exactly is happening.