I never mind a lack of explanation from a creative person. The artist or photographer who titles their work Untitled #__ is a perfect example of someone who does not wish to lead you in a prescribed direction because of a name and who wants you to just see the work for the work itself.
PS – TAT-ART is on a very short list of blogs that I go to regularly, habitually. Every now and then, I shoot her a very short message that says thank you for the wonderful stream of images and EVERY time, she sends back a response. She is so talented and just lovely. You should check out her blog.
I love exploring studios and creative workspaces. I can never get enough of the messy detailed shots.
I like creative people. I naturally tend to gravitate toward creatives. People who have their own visual language. People who have their own thing going on. People who are a bit compulsive. Those people are the most beautiful and interesting to me and I love having them in my life.
My favorite boots: ancient and battered Via Spiga’s that have stood the test of time and keep getting better with each wear. My preferred seating at the theatre: I get there early to secure the bar seats. | Images taken by me via iPhone, – an old one that I love. He has survived a balcony drop and mini-flood. He is unflappable. He does not bend like Beckham.
When all else fails, post some Rauschenberg. 1. From the Cardbird Series via Bukowskis. 2. Cardbird III, 1971. Offset lithograph, screenprint, tape, and polyethylene collage on corrugated cardboard. Via Brooke Alexander Gallery. 3. Final pieces presented to the general public. Robert Rauschenberg: Cardboards.Presentation at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, NYC, (May 2012). Image courtesy of Flickr, Didier Leroi.
Screen shots of the documentary Objectified (2009) by Gary Hustwit. 1. An archive of sketchbooks lovingly labeled and dated along the spines. This is the current image on my phone lock screen right now. 2. A Buzz Aldrin toy that I wish said this. | All images by Flower via iPhone.
Objectified is on Netflix Instant and has been for years. It is something that I revisit and play as background noise when I am working
I treat it as a semi-constant thing that is one increment from a tangible DVD on my shelf.
When I saw Image #1, I walked directly over to the TV. I was attracted to the handwriting labeling each book spine. I don’t actually want to see the contents of each item. I only want to imagine them. The imagining part is more intriguing and exciting to me. I also love the idea of a person viewing an image of a humanistic bookshelf on a monitor.
Years ago, I got my designer friend a very inexpensive book for his birthday. It had the look of an ordinary paperback but the pages were all blank. In the the card, I wrote:
Fill this up with your ideas and drawings and years later when you revisit it, it will be the best thing you’ve ever read.
1. A brace to correct the hazards of working with ones hands. Image via Loose Tiger. 2. A spread showing Kim Gordon using her hands and featuring a quote from Lee Ranaldo via Curse of the Multiples. 3. Striped hands. Room 9, Magda Laguinge by Jens Langkjaer for Rika (F/W 2013-14) via blk lavandula. 4. Mixed media work done by the hands of Robert Motherwell. Image courtesy of Aubrey Stallard.
“People who do not work with their hands are parasites.”
- Jenny Holzer
Holzer’s Truisms are meant to be seen. Most people have only read them, maybe on a palm-sized wood plaque or as a projection boldly burned onto the side of a building. But in the documentary About Jenny Holzer (2011), the quote above is audible. The words actually come from her mouth.
What will you do today with your Saturday? | A short exercise that will take 2 minutes:
Is it sunny outside? Go outside. Face the sun. Let that star warm your face and heat up your arms. Now close your eyes. Take a nice deep breath. Think about someone you miss. Now try to remember a story of you and that person – one which makes you smile immediately. Let the memory become as real as the sensation of the sun.
If anything should go wrong today, revisit what has surfaced in this exercise.