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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Amy Ross @ Steven Zevitas


Detail from Pack © Amy Ross

Amy Ross is one of my favorite contemporary artists. I discovered her several years ago via Tiny Showcase and have followed her ever since.
Her work has always been beautiful and full of imagination.
In her current Solo Exhibit Brother Wolf at Steven Zevitas Gallery in Boston, Amy Ross' worked of photographs taken by her brother during his recent tours in Iraq. Confronting her own feelings in regard to war and that what comes with it and asking the viewer to confront these issues as well.


Black Hawk Howl © Amy Ross

Amy Ross
Brother Wolf
Steven Zevitas Gallery
450 Harrison Ave #47
Boston, MA
-through February 27, 2010

To see more of Amy Ross' work please also visit www.amyross.com.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Swedish Namesakes (More Things Swedish)


Some of my mother's family hailed from Sweden ,one of her middle names is Gustava, after' this dude' presumably. And an image by of Christina by Sébastien Bourdon. She liked horses too.

Pictured above is King Gustav (or Gustavus) of Sweden. One of my mother's middle names is Gustava, an homage to her/our Swedish heritage. Gustav had a daughter named Christina (or Kristina). And my mother (& father) incidentally gave me Christina as one of my names.
Christina of Sweden was a tomboy (she is pictured above on horseback).
In part because Gustav decided to raise her as a prince not as a princess. And because Queen was technically the title of the King's consort not the title of a reigning monarch in Sweden then, Christina took her oath as King during coronation.
One can argue that Gustav's decision to give his daughter the education of a prince was at once conservative and progressive.
Being born in line to any throne makes the likelihood high that your life will be extraordinary. And Christina of Sweden certainly led an unconventional life, propelled by circumstance and guided by deep reflection. It has made her an icon to many today.
Life is Ying & Yang. Convention has its place as does dissent. Rational dissent can lead to change and progress.
Sweden today ranks as the most gender equal country in the world and I like to think that gender equality in Sweden might have started with Christina.
You can read more about Christina of Sweden at Wikipedia.
I never really dug Christina as a name, now I love it.
It's all about how you look at things.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Sverige


by Karin Erikkson

My love affair with Sweden (Sverige in Swedish) continues.
The above pictured bowls arrived earlier this week from Sweden. Handmade by Karin Eriksson. Karin is a wonderful artisan and her work has sparked a real interest in ceramics in me.
I'd love to visit Karin's shop in Överjärva Gård near Stockholm in person, in the mean time I have to contend with her excellent online shop: www.manos.bigcartel.com.
Another ceramic artist's work I heart is the work of my friend Chad's cousin Jamaica Plain, MA based Isbaelle Abramson.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Songha Thomas Willis

I cannot believe it has been 10 years.

We are thinking of you always.

Songha Thomas Willis

May 2, 1972 - February 2, 2000


portrait Hank Willis Thomas

Monday, February 1, 2010

Books

Books I have recently read or am reading:

A Most Wanted Man by John le Carré. Spy & Mystery Novels are something I turn to for 'beach reading'. But this one hardly allows for much escapism for this New Yorker. Set in (my hometown of) Hamburg after 9/11 this work is absorbing and sobering. The Independent's Tim Martin has a review, which you can find it at: http://www.independent.co.uk.

Changing My Mind - Occasional Essays by Zadie Smith. The Guardian's Peter Conrad reviewed this anthology, you can find at: www.guardian.co.uk.

Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert. I finished it and really like it. I find her voice massively important for modern women. Whether you agree with her or not. The LA Times has a Q & A with Gilbert which you can find at: www.latimesblogs.latimes.com. The New York Times had Curtis Sittenfeld review Mrs. Glbert's latest and you can find that review at: www.nytimes.com.

The Hamilton Case by Michelle de Kretser. Incredible writing so far. You can find The New York Time's review by William Boyd titled A Killing in Ceylon at: www.nytimes.com.

Up next: Malcolm Gladwell's books. I want to see what all the hype is about. And for balance I might follow that up with Shankar Vedantam's Hidden Brain.