Sunday, January 12, 2014

princess remonstrate ponder

If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve. Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities, don’t compromise, and don’t waste time. Start now. Not 20 years from now, not two weeks from now. Now.  Debbie Millman

Went to see the little grandguy today, even though he is twice the size of the day I left a few weeks ago, he has maintained his cutest baby of the year award.  But since it's coming from grandma, I doubt it will go to the Academy for final vote.  I got my Christmas present too- a portrait of him wearing nothing but a hat I made for him that was way too big. Apparently at 2 months the hat now fits perfectly.  He is growing like a weed.  I scurried on out to get home before the rains-  it's supposed to rain all night.  Seems to have followed me up the coast!  

I've got a couple of interesting things to show you tonight, stuff off the beaten path-  my favorite kind of art!  We'll just call it the Sunday Specials.

Cyprien Gaillard: Today Diggers, Tomorrow Dickens Gladstone Gallery  For this ambitious and complex presentation, Gaillard has created two complementary bodies of sculptural works that explore notions of regeneration, ruination, and decay, turning his eye to the relationship between evolution and erosion – a thread that weaves through much of his work.  Sourced from a variety of locations, the excavator heads have been washed and waxed, their resilience to the outdoors rendered defunct by the process necessary to preserve them as sculptural works. Once part of a machine used as a means for destruction, to encourage rejuvenation through building, these pieces, now preserved, begin a fossilization process of their own.

Now don't be scared!  Creepy, huh?

A rarely-seen collection of unique ventriloquist dummies from the Vent Haven Museum in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, is the subject of a fascinating new book of photographs by Matthew Rolston, titled " Talking Heads: The Vent Haven Portraits". Rolston used a rigorously formal photographic approach to bring out the power in the faces of these figures through a series of 100 portraits, or "headshots". Speaking about the project Rolston said, “I wanted to photograph the figures that ‘spoke’ to me in a more personal way. This collection of portraits is not about the history of ventriloquism. Instead, it is a personal response to the emanations of humanity that come from these terribly evocative inanimate objects,”

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