secretsThe secrets that we keep. | Image courtesy of Pleasing Aesthetics.

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>>> SEARCH BAR

bookhockeyThat unmistakable pose. We are all searching for something. | Image courtesy JAKUBOWSKI.

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>>> YES

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Various works by Yoko Ono.  1. “Yes” button by Yoko Ono for McDonough Museum of Art, Youngstown, Ohio. Via Miki on Flickr.  2. Cleaning Piece III, 1996.  3. Syllable Piece, Closet Piece I, II, & III, Cloud Piece via Art Bouillon.  4. Air Talk from Lisson Gallery brochure, London 1967, via Yoko Ono: Infinite Universe at Dawn.  5. Blood Piece, 1960 Spring via Fuck Yeah, Book Arts!

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Christmas/New Year’s in NYC, 2003.   

My childhood friends and I decide to go to see Monster one evening at the huge theatre on Broadway. The four of us split up to use the restroom, get concessions. Bijou Phillips comes up to my friend and I and asks where the bathroom is. Then Phillips does a weird dancer twirl in front of my friend and freaks her out a bit. I tell Bijou that I’m going to the bathroom so she follows. We take the elevator. I ask what movie she is seeing and she tells me – Monster. I get excited and tell her I am too. I head back to my friends who are already seated.

I am about to enter the aisle, my friends are quietly laughing, their hands covering their mouths and they’re pointing to the seats directly in front of us. I have no idea what is going on. I ask, “What’s so funny?” Then I look and realize that Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Bijou Phillips, and random guy are sitting directly in front of us. Now, I’m laughing. If I wanted to, I could tap Yoko on the shoulder or snatch her hat off of her head.

I vividly remember a couple of thing from that night. 1. Yoko’s response to an anti-drug commercial was hysterical laugher. 2. The love between Sean and Yoko that still makes me emotional. Yoko had a raucous cough and every time it started up during the movie, Sean would quickly open up this bottle of water and hand it to her.

As the movie ends and the credits were running, the four of them get up to leave while the theatre is still dark. Sean looks at his mother and asks, “Where is your hat? Weren’t you wearing a hat?” Yoko touches her head and looks around. Sean looks under the seats. Then I watched him lay on the floor of the theatre trying to find and retrieve his mother’s hat. It was amazing.

They disappear. As we enter the theatre lobby, I see a man do a double take at the party that quickly breezed by him. He turns to his date and asks, “Was that Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono?”

My response: “Yes. Yes, it was.”

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>>> THE FLY

Defying gravity. | A Perfect Day, Elise, photograph by Tereza Vlkova via Design Squish.

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I haven’t had a flying dream in a long time. Flying dreams are the best. I always do this weird awkward hand flapping motion that keeps me in the air.

Happy Friday to everyone!

<3, F

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>>> HUNTER

One plane. One flight. Us. | Secretive in-flight entertainment courtesy of Inventory Magazine.

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While my friend was away at Lake Como, we were corresponding by email. About a month ago, I sent her an excerpt transcribed word for word from my sketchbook from last year during my CA/HI/OR trek.

>>> Excerpt below was written on a plane to LAX on April 16th, 2013:

A Moveable Feast, page 3 – Hemingway is in a cafe and is admiring a girl…

“I’ve seen you, beauty, and you belong to me now, whoever you are waiting for and if I never see you again, I thought. You belong to me and all of Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil.”

Then, he looks up for her — and she is gone.

“I hope that she’s gone with a good man, I thought, but I felt sad.”

>>>

This snapshot* from Inventory Magazine triggered a lot of memories in me. I like the creepy, voyeuristic quality and the story you can imagine around this image. The photographer want to capture a memory. What happened in the terminal? What did the object of his/her affection say or do that caught his/her attention. Does he/she even know her?

We’ve all been there. Desiring from a distance. Admiring someone from afar while commuting to work. Glancing at people while standing in line picking up coffee. Viewing into the windows of our electronic devices, that shameful and radiant glow on our face.

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* “According to The Oxford English Dictionary, the word “snapshot” was originally a hunting term.” - Sy Parrish in One Hour Photo (2002) played by Robin Williams.

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>>> ARP EXERCISE

1. Jean/Hans Arp, Human Concretion, 1933. Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland. Via WikiArt.  2. Angela Lindvall photographed by Norbert Schoerner for Prada, F/W 1998-99 via The Fashion Spot.

 

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3. Jean/Hans Arp, Torse Gerbe, 1958 via Salmagundi.  4. Gisele Bündchen nude photographed by Irving Penn for Vogue, 1999 via BearKillers.

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I was looking at some of Arp’s work this morning and gave myself a quick exercise. Look at the object and quickly think of the first fashion ad or photograph that it reminds you of. Now, post and share.

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>>> STEREO TYPE A

1. Carl Andre, minimum maximum via Unique Pattern & Surface Design.  2. Carl Andrenow now, 1967, typewriting and ink on paper via blue orchids.  3. Carl Andrered red, 1967, typewriting on paper mounted on colored paper, 9 7/8 x 9 1/4 inches (25.1 x 23.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Via Art=Text=Art: Works By Contemporary Artists.  4. Carl Andre, Essay on Sculpture for E.C. Goossen (1964) and Conquest Display (1965) via Phaidon | Club

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>>> GANG OF FOUR

Gang of Four at the Beverly Hills Hotel during the filming of Let’s Make Love. Yves Montand watching Marilyn Monroe who’s watching Arthur Miller who’s watching Simone Signoret who’s watching Yves Montand via Awesome People Hanging Out Together

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I love how a seemingly normal snapshot can tell a viewer so much if they bother to look closer.

Look at how Marilyn Monroe looks at Arthur Miller -look at how smitten she is.

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>>> (SIGH)

Simple Things

If you want me I’ll be there
A boy to deal with all your problems
But part of the deal
Is for you to feel something

If you want me look me up
I don’t exist in usual places
Subtle as the wind is grey

If you want me you know where I am
I saw your arms in a dream
And there were blue veins
Blue, blue veins

If you want me all you have to do
Is ask a thousand questions
Triplicate and file under
“Simple things you ask to make a young boy sigh”
Young boy sigh
Young boy sigh

Belle & Sebastian, The Boy With The Arab Strap, 1998.

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This album. This song stepped forward from shuffle the other day and I did not realized how much I missed it until I heard it after all these years.

>>> Listen here.

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>>> STELLA, I LOVE U

Stella Tennant photographed by Nathaniel Goldberg, W Magazine (June 1996). | Images courtesy of Justin Teodoro.

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This is one of my most favorite editorials. I thought of it yesterday and this is what I Googled: [stella tennant w mag new york apartment]

When I first saw these candid-looking shots of Stella in an apartment, I had never been to New York. Looking at these pictures now, I can remember sitting in my bedroom ecstatic over the arrival of this issue. I would fix the edges that would dog-ear during transport, open it, and devour it. Then, I’d slowly tear out my favorite pages and place them into a box that perfectly fit W. I had a special love for W Mag at the time because they were bigger and the best to collage with because of the less-glossy paper texture.

In the same way that scent can transport you back to a distant memory, this editorial reminds me of being young, seeing a world that was larger than life and wanting everything.

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>>> SIGHT UNSEEN

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05-Ruscha_1973_29-Its_Only_Vanishing_CreamFour different versions of Vanishing Cream by Ed Ruscha. | 1. Vanishing Cream via Jillsies.  2. Vanishing Cream, 1973. Modern Art Museum.  3. Vanishing Cream, 1976.  4. It’s Only Vanishing Cream, 1973. Collection of the artist, © Ed Ruscha, 2009, Photography: Paul Ruscha. +++ Click on each image to connect to the source.

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>>> WALLFLOWER

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The side of art you don’t get to see in the museum. | Image from a folder within a folder within yet another folder on my desktop. (Send me an email if this is from your site and I’ll correct it ASAP – I’m sorry.)

The backside of:
Man Ray, Portrait of Alfred Stieglitz, 1913. Oil on Canvas, 26.7 x 21.6 cm, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven.

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My request to museum curators all over the world:

Please, just one curator organize a show featuring 50+ prominent works where each piece is hung facing the wall with the back exposed. The title would be formatted like the one above and each patron would Google it to see the frontside for reference. I wish to see the collection of notes, yellowing labels, repairs in the canvas, faded handwriting and warning stickers. I want to see all of the places each item has been. I want to take in what has been hidden in the shadows for so long.

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>>> LABORIOUS

laborious/ləˈbôrēəs/ Laborious | Screen capture courtesy of Google.

la·bo·ri·ous

adjective
1. (especially of a task, process, or journey) requiring considerable effort and time.
“years of laborious training”

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On the topic of Google, you should check out I’m Google by Dina Kelberman. She systematically curates Google image searches. The continuous rows of themed images pleases me. I sometimes find myself trying to do this on a tiny level on the blog, Instagram or Tumblr, but it never looks nearly as comprehensive as Dina’s visual essays.

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>>> PAPER THIN

peelinglipsPeeling lips. Tiling an image together; An inexpensive trick to create a larger than life picture the size of a poster or a wall. | Image courtesy of la fille sur le pont.

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“People often ask me questions that I cannot very well answer in words, and it makes me sad to think they are unable to hear the voice of my silence.”
- Inayat Khan

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“He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.”
Elbert Hubbard

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>>> PLEATER

imsoexcitedMind my pleats please. | Image courtesy of LA COOL & CHIC.

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I’d like to think that the pleats open and fan out when she sees something that she desires or when she gets excited. Kinda like this.

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>>> FILLING

arhSightUnseenAT HOME with Ashley Helvey of TOTOKAELO. | Image courtesy of Sight Unseen.

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Excerpt from Sight Unseen:

Plaster casts of the negative space inside discarded vessels from thrift stores, “transforming something gaudy and overdone into something simple,” which we first admired as part of the Iko Iko pop-up for Arts ReSTORE.

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>>> CLICK HERE for the Helvey + Sight Unseen article written by Su Wu. Wu is on my girl crush list.

>>> ARH: Helvey’s blog that I read from beginning to end. Helvey is on my girl crush list too.

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>>> GOT A PLAN

iamanisland1.  I am a desert island. Image via la fille sur le pont.

“Come away with me, he said,
we will live on a desert island.
I said, I am a desert island.
It was not what he had in mind.”

- Margaret Atwood, from “Circe/Mud Poems via hit the fleur

 

islandteatime2. My name is Anne, I got a plan. Image via la fille sur le pont.

“Anne and her family lived alone on an island.  She enjoyed having tea time with her friends the spiny lobster and baby hawk.”

- National Geographic, August 1938

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>>> CITRON

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Orange is the New Orange. 1. Portrait of a Girl with an Orange via Inventory Magazine.  2. Film stills from Fruit of Paradise directed by Vera Chytilová (1970) via la fille sur le pont.  3. “Until now, this was the only way to get juice from an orange,” -Troy McClure. From Marge in Chains episode (S4:21) produced by Conan O’Brien. Via Homer J. Simpson.

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The Simpsons: I Can’t Believe They Invented It: Juice Loosener Commercial.

 

PS – This post is dedicated to everyone around me who keeps talking about juicing and flushes and detoxing.

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>>> TAX FREE

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spider2Q. Who passes by a toy section without entering? A. Not me. Flower in a dress from EXPOSTFACTO+VINTAGE and a Spiderman mask. | Image courtesy of Brian Bellissimo Jr.

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This is one of my most favorite vintage dresses of all time. When I found it, I was beaming with joy because it looks similar to the A.P.C. X Vanessa Seward dress – and because I didn’t pay anywhere near $550 for it. The price was much closer to the tax amount.

Happy Tax-Free Weekend!

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>>> NO FUMAR

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afterdowntownmask1When inspiration hits. Amanda Mosher and Flower Ta on the apartment balcony after a crazy night downtown in Chicago. I love these shots for so many reasons. | Images courtesy of photographer Micah Cox.

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We return to the apartment after a crazy night in downtown Chicago. All of a sudden a creative fever hits Micah and he said that he wanted to shoot. I told him that I hated my picture taken, but would consent as long as my face was covered. I turned to Amanda to see if she was feeling it and she was all aboard too.

When inspiration hits, you run with it. If you are are lucky enough to see it happen to someone right before your eyes, it’s pretty magical. Never get in the way of anyone possessed by an idea because you’ll only get trampled. You should assist if you can. It’s the most generous thing a person can do.

Micah spray paints a mask. The mask was still wet and I put it on – I didn’t care. He shoots, wasn’t feeling it, so he finds another mask and then these shots came out.

I adore these shots. They are very precious to me and remind me of the creative spirit, of my muse and Chicago and everything in between.

Micah Cox | An Official Member of the Exclusive Club known as Costco

He’ll hate me for this but it reminds me of the Hiroshi Hamaya post. Micah is one of the most minimal people whom I have met. The two of them have reduced their belonging to zilch and recently road tripped across the States with the bare essentials so it’s hilarious to me that I am posting Micah’s pass to buy in bulk.

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