Tuesday, August 04, 2015

unisex curriculum compelled

Stop comparing your worst with someone else’s best   Angela Waters

Squirrel obeying the 5 second rule, eating something he found on the ground.

And I bet they don't have that 5 second rule.

Horrors: Finally a good one!  Watch out!   It's as if you're a magician today, effortlessly pulling one cute rabbit after another out of thin air. You make everything look so easy now because you're having such a good time demonstrating your charming wit and spirit of generosity. However, turning a clever thought or poetic turn of phrase into something more practical could be a challenge. Thankfully, there's no reason to struggle. If you let go of your attachment to a specific outcome and stay open to all the possibilities, your chances for success are endless.

Yesterday my main focus was to get a pedicure  since I it my foot on the car getting in at the last one but was too embarrassed to go back in and get it fixed-  and have been walking around with a giant hunk out of the paint.  SO, first I needed to go to the wallpaper store and finalize my picks for three rooms-  I have pieces for the other rooms where I need it so piece o' cake, right?  Two hours later I exited with the wallpaper guys number to come measure and off I go to the pedicure.  As I am parking my phone rings and the Guy is at the wallpaper store and wants to come measure NOW since he is so close.  I bag the pedicure ida and the ice cream I get as a reward for sitting still for an hour, and race back to the house to lead Ivan around with his measuring tape.  I have six books of wallpaper in my car to look at to make sure I'm not making a mistake...  Have to do today.  Getting the TY OK is tough, remember he doesn't like ANYTHING, basically because he has no vision, cannot get his brain around looking at a piece of paper and transposing it to a wall.  Work is cut out for me today.

You know, I haven't spoken of any work being done lately, and though it's mostly true, I really AM trying to finish up a few things, experiment with others, and find room to work in my Way Too Full studio.  Perhaps I will do some catch-up pictures later to justify my existance art-wise and blog-wise.


Today also I meet with the painter and the builder to hear what's happening next and getting those ducks in a row.  Lists upon lists around here,  oy.  But it WILL get done.

So, let's go somewhere else today, like Fitchburg Massachusetts where something typographically cool is going on:

Each edition of the Fitchburg, Massachusetts, newspaper this month has one of 26 typographers designing a letter from the alphabet, and writers contributing poetry and stories inspired by that letter. The Alphabet is the creation of artist Anna Schuleit Haber, who launched the project on July 13. “The front page resembles Main Street, in a way,” Schuleit Haber told Hyperallergic. “And handing it over to an artist for 26 days is very gutsy.”

The Alphabet was commissioned by the Fitchburg Art Museum, and is a collaboration with the Sentinel & Enterprise newspaper and its editor Charles St. Amand, along with students and faculty at Fitchburg State University. Amsterdam-based designer Felix Salut started things off with a red sans-serif “A” that stretched across the A1 front page like a sketch of a big house. Alongside was text including a poem by Andrea Cohen called “Ajar,” an essay by Adrian Nicole Leblanc titled “Ancestry,” and an article on a 1909 dirigible sighting in Fitchburg called “Airship” by Anna Farwell.

Next we head to Detroit where Nick Cave has a whole new set of sound suits. He is one of my all time art heros, his work is so amazing!

 In 1989 at Cranbrook Academy of ArtNick Cave developed the first of his Soundsuits, for which he has become world-famous — sculptural bodysuits constructed from a range of found objects, which transform the wearer into a figure both highly visible and completely obscured. The Soundsuit was a means for Cave to process the intense vulnerability he felt as a black man during the Rodney King beating, which took place the same year he graduated with his MFA from Cranbrook, which boasts a lavish and sequestered campus in the affluent and mostly white Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills. 25 years later, Laura Mott, curator of Contemporary Art and Design for the Cranbrook Art Museum, has collaborated with Cave to stage a monumental homecoming — a series of performances, installations, happenings, and publications collectively titled, Here Hear. In April, Cave began a series of Soundsuit photo shoots throughout Detroit, which are now in the form of an activity book at his astounding solo show that opened in June — his first in Michigan. Here Hear features more than 30 of his Soundsuits, newly commissioned works, and selections from his last show at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York (Made by Whites for Whites). The show’s opening weekend was paired with a set of events in Detroit’s Brightmoor neighborhood — a long-forsaken region of the city, currently enjoying a fine art spotlight on the work that neighbors and community activists have been doing for decades to stabilize the area. Now, as July moves into August, a series of Dance Labs, facilitated by Cave but developed and executed by creative communities within Detroit, are having their public debut. 

my work here is done

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