Monthly Archives: March 2011

Mind work

Being sane is a full-time work.

To be able to control one’s thoughts is to discover the might of the mind.

This song from the golden age of The Cranberries back in the 90’s is thus as appropriate as can be.

Abstracting

One day I might be able to understand the meaning of all the things that happen to me.

I might.

Art pieces by Dutch artist Marc Nagtzaam.

Westbound

How can you not love Best Coast?

I’ve been feeling very drawn to mythic Californian lifestyle.

Wonder why.

Ps: They write  a great blog too.

Warming up

One of my favorite bands in the whole Solar System is back after a long interval: the geniuses of Architecture in Helsinki:

The perfect prelude for the weekend.

 

PS: And a happy birthday to my dear friend Luan!

Capture

Photography is a type of art very dear to my heart.

I tend to like pictures that capture a moment with subtlety, be it colors, gestures or lighting – I like softness in images, even when they are strong.

One of my favorite sites, BOOOOOOM!, has recently featured a selection of 75 remarkable photographers they came across last year.

Here is a first edited list of my own favorites, but know that there are more:

Phyllis Galembo:

Kyle Scully:

Marlon Kowalski:

Shiri Lee Webb:

& Berni Searle

New eyes for different realities.

Lively

Whenever the time, wherever I am, whichever art means chosen, I am always drawn to art which derives from biological shapes.

The reason is simple: life takes soft and cohesive forms, for the most part. The subtlety of biology is always present in the harmony of even the strangest looking beasts.

Take the work of Russian artist Naum Gabo.

The mellow shapes of jelly fish and marine animals are reflected upon the subtle shapes and dazzling forms of his sculptures.

Just like transparent medusae, his art work lets light in and out creating the most diverse perspectives for the eye of the excited beholder.

Relevance

Dreams and Belief have gone

Time, Life itself goes on.

I had forgotten how much I love this song and how much it means to me.

Portishead was one of my favorite bands in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.

Tormented


But working on allowing feelings to flow.

Order

Everything must be in its right place.

Objects as well as feelings, each entity should be where they belong.

With the help of brilliantly insightful Miranda July, I will give it a try.

Importance should be given only to things that matter.

Read

When it comes to expression (of any kind, mind you) the only type of work that truly deserves attention is the done entirely heartfelt. I also believe it has to come from an inner need, especially when it comes to heart.

That is why I cannot get over this passage from William Gedney‘s journal:

“it is one thing to think about a piece of work as a scientific or objective entity that will stand up a hundred years hence, and another to think of a living quality of the person doing the thing and of his development. Is the think felt – doesn’t it come out of an inner need – an inner must? Is one ready to die for it?… that is the only test…”

Alfred Stieglitz

Gedney was an American photographer who registered numerous and various moments of every-day life. This quote of Alfred Stieglitz is just brilliant.

Why bother to do something if it doesn’t reflect a deep-down urge?

Via AmericanSuburbX

Purposeful

When one’s mind begins to wander too much, there’s nothing like a task or a chore or a project to determine what’s important and what is irrelevant.

The words:

Let us not lose the glimmer of life, then.

Big sister, little brother

My sister has recently given birth to a baby boy. It is her second child but I wasn’t living here at the time when my niece was born.

My sister and I have had our ups and downs but I am really glad to be around this time.

As a tribute to her and all the other big sisters out there, here’s a song by Antony and the Johnsons that always makes me cry a bit:

Let the lyrics speak for me.

Honorable

An earthquake is the most undeniable and terrifying force of nature.

Nothing makes us humans feel as helpless and scared as when the ground and walls shake around us.

My deepest sympathy and compassionate thoughts are with all of those affected in Japan.

As my personal tribute, some images of most admirable Japanese artists:

Let the sun rise again on them.

Belle chanson

I know I say this much too often, but I’m falling head over hills musically in love with Belleruche:

Beats, voice, looks and creativity.

I’m hers.

3 Amp Fuse is part of Belleruche’s third album, 270 Stories’ Book.

Liking challenges

When ideas begin to flow much too fast to be translated in ordinary ways, a new form of Art is invented to so they can be expressed.

As new forms of media appear, so do unexpected platforms for artistic thinking. It may seem from the opinions stated here that I am a bit resistant to some types of art, and indeed I am.

Keeping a closed mind is much too a partial attitude for an art lover to have, so from time to time I force myself to embrace and understand ways of producing art that don’t necessarily please me at first.

Video art challenges me. And it’s not even that new.

I am so glad I give it a chance though, because I get to appreciate art pieces such as those by American artist Gary Hill

(Many of his videos can be seen here).

If one can learn how to prize something out of an effort to take an interest, many of the things in this world would be rather different.

In all senses.