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Friday, December 12, 2008

Good Vibrations

Feline purring might just be healing vibrations according to a post by professor Leslie A. Lyons for Scientific American. You can find the post at www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=why-do-cats-purr.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Michele Abeles.

©Michele Abeles

Life is all about feeling. And so art is for me about feeling too. My senses need to be stimulated first. I then can also analyze and understand a work, but it has to start with me with having a gut reaction.

© Michele Abeles

The work of Michele Abeles work gets to me like that. Her work connects deep inside with memories, dreams and thoughts and articulates a state of mind.
I was delighted that Michele agreed to a Nymphoto Conversation and am so pleased with this interview. Michele's answers at once surprised and reassured me.
Please head over to the Nymphoto Blog for this very special conversation: www.nymphoto.blogspot.com.

You can see more of of Michele's work at www.micheleabelesphotography.com.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Life or Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité

Some thoughts on how to go through life: I think everyone should try their best to be nice and civil - and that does not mean people have to go through life without expressing themselves or making jokes. Nor that everyone has to live the same way or agree on everything.
People should try to imagine the other side and try to understand what other people might be going through.

For example, why do people feel the need to dictate who can marry and who can not? How would you feel if someone told you that you could not marry the person you love? And please do not give me that civil union crap. That's not good enough. Unless all the government offers is civil unions for everyone and 'marriage' is only officiated privately and/or spiritually, and with no legal consequence.
Civil unions do not offer all the same advantages than marriage. As I understand it, not even all marriages are created equal. For example, if you are a gay American who marries the person you love, who happens to be foreign, your marriage might be legal in Massachusetts but still you would be unable to sponsor your spouse for Permanent Residency. This is because same sex marriage is not recognized on a federal level and immigration is a federal matter.

To deprive a certain subset of the population from marrying just seems plain wrong to me.
And really why do people care? How does it really affect them?

And where did these thoughts come from? Well, for one I am still not over California & Prop 8. And then I read Emily's post today titled "Sisterly Love" and Edward Winkelman's post, titled "Champagnes Made from Sour Grapes", and it made me think about how people treat one another, particularly in the art world. There is a lot of theater and posturing, emotion and attitude found in the art world and it can be really exhausting.
So reading level-headed posts that put things in perspective is refreshing. Emily is always good at 'breaking it down' and Ed Winkelman is too. He is also great at advising artists and he seems to focus on what is important in life (Yes, I have a 'blog crush' on Ed Winkelman).
If you are interested in (the) art (world) from the gallerist's point of you, you most definitely should follow his blog: www.edwardwinkleman.blogspot.com.

Sasha Wolf is another gallery owner who I really respect. I wish she would blog too :)

Monday, December 8, 2008


Today I came across this instructional video via www.laequilibrista.blogspot.com AKA Forest Eyes. I think this scanner camera could work well for some of my work -- just not quite sure how complicated it is to travel with and how well it will function in the super humid climate of Belize.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Weekend Wrap Up - Willy B. Edition

Rooftops, Williamsburg ©Maria Passarotti

This weekend I spent time with my friend & fellow Nymphoto cohort Maria and she took me to her favorite Williamsburg galleries. Maria and I both enjoyed seeing the talented Norman Mooney's "Absence and Presence" show at Chi Gallery on Grand Street -- and we were delighted how nicely we were treated at Chi Gallery. I don't know if this had to do with the economic times or with being in Brooklyn instead of Chelsea; or maybe this gallery is just nicer. Either way friendly gallery staff is never a guarantee and it was much appreciated.

We also both loved Andrea Way's work at Pierogi on North 9th Street (Pierogi also has a location in Leipzig, Germany). Andrea Way made a (abstract/pattern) painting a day for one year (2007). This artist has a exquisite sense of color and space. You can see small thumbnails of these works at: www.pierogi2000.com, but really if you can, go see them in person, because the beauty of them does not come through via the web.
Photographs can disappoint when one sees a print in person after seeing it on the web, however with drawing and painting it is more often the other way around.

We also browsed by a few stores: Golden Calf on North 6th Street had an eclectic selection of Eastern & Western style furniture & home accessories. The Future Perfect, also on North 6th, has a nice hip-contemporary selection but is a bit more mainstream. Mainstream in my case meaning that a lot of the designers items found in this store can also be found at other stores or online -- however it is a very stylish selection and the store is well worth a visit if you are in Williamsburg.

We stopped at the (Radegast Hall &) Biergarten on North 3rd which is a good rest pit if you are thirsty (not so great if you are hungry and a non-carnivore) and well worth a visit for it's overall set-up. We also peeked at Fette Sau on Metropolitan Avenue; another BBQ joint very reminiscent of Northern European hang-outs, but again completely not for you if you are a vegetarian or vegan. Just breathing in at this local makes you non-vegan.
Great set up though and just like Kiosk I love the Neon Sign luring you to the spot. I hope someone or the guys from Fette Sau also set-up a vegan grill joint or one that can also accommodate vegetarians. That would be nice and hopefully a sustainable business.
Later that night we ate (good salads & great pesto bruscetta) and hung out a bit at Rose (a bar, restaurant & live music venue) on Grand Street, which is owned by the (opera) singer Carlo Vutera. The husband and another friend joined us there and all of us enjoyed this place. Before heading home we stopped quickly by Bembe on S. 6th (by the bridge & the train), which continues to be just great. DJ David Medina was spinning and the vibe inside was great. The doorman/bouncer was a bit fresh, but perhaps that's somewhat understandable since it was a cold, wet and snowy night and he had to be out there for hours.