On art and love

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

"I want to give you the secrets of the constant alchemy that we must practice to turn brass into gold, hate into love, destruction into creation- to change the crass daily news into inspiration, and despair into joy. None need misinterpret this as indifference to the state of the world or to the actions by which we can stem the destructiveness of the corrupt system. There is an acknowledgement that, as human beings, we need nourishment to sustain the life of the spirit, so that we can act in the world, but I don't mean turn away. I mean we must gain our strength and our values from self-growth and self-discovery. Against all odds, all handicaps, against the chamber of horrors we call history, man has continued to dream and to depict its opposite. This is what we have to do. We do not escape into philosophy, psychology, and art- we go there to restore our shattered selves into whole ones."

-Anaïs Nin

Eli, polaroids

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Eli in Topman
Spring 2016 


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

hi little online space, it's been a month and two days & i've missed you. 

So much has happened in the time between, it makes my head spin I guess I'll just start by sharing a little of today's better bits... 

1. Visited the DeYoung to catch the last week of Oscar De La Renta's retrospect, colorful & lovely as expected but what really made my knees weak was witnessing Bruce Davidson's "Brooklyn Gang" in person for the first time ever. This collection of photos is electrifying and full of life- Davidson in his mid 20's capturing the angst of 16 year olds in white shirts, sleeves rolled up, open hearts and sullen faces, time infinite in the presence of each other's bodies. There are many many more beautiful shots to be found here, and two that I'd never seen anywhere before: 

Other favorites from today... 

2. Sat by the window of the Beanery later, flooded by lovely afternoon light and started Rimbaud's Une Saison en Enfer (A Season in Hell). 

Jadis, si je me souviens bien, ma vie était un festin où s'ouvraient tous les coeurs, où tous les vins coulaient. 
Un soir, j'ai assis la Beauté sur mes genoux. -Et je l'ai trouvée amère. - Et je l'ai injuriée. 

Le malheur a été mon dieu. Je me suis allongé dans la boue. Je me suis sèché à l'air du crime. Et j'ai joué de bons tours à la folie. 

Once, if I remember well, my life was a feast where all hearts opened and all wines flowed. 
One evening I seated Beauty on my knees. And I found her bitter. And I cursed her...

Misfortune was my God. I laid myself down in the mud. I dried myself in the air of crime. I played sly tricks on madness...

Fragments of glad pt.2

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Polaroids taken for Mono-Ha/ Anaise pop-up
Sat, April 23. 2016

I named this "fragments of glad" 
after the poem that I found in
Love Bath, by Blythe Ayne. 

sunflower bean

Saturday, April 16, 2016

sunflower bean
brick and mortar, 3.27.2016

Saturday night 
1. Haunt- Crave
2. Creation Myth- Sunflower Bean
3. Cemetery Gates- The Smiths
4. Don't Let Our Youth Go to Waste- Galaxie 500
5. Space Oddity- The Flaming Lips

Fragments of glad

Sunday, April 10, 2016

1. Polaroid outtakes from another shoot for Anaise. Kinda digging the lo-fi result of my cheap scanner. More soon...
P.s one of my polaroid pairings is on the homepage of Anaise now!

2. Love Bath by Blythe Ayne, a really lovely small book of poems with her stunning black & white photography. I pulled this and a few others off the shelves of the shop that morning& later a friend came and chose every single one of four I'd been looking at (no words exchanged before she brought them to the counter!) Amazing.


Monday, April 4, 2016

Ame au si clair foyer tremblante de m'asseoir,
Pour revivre il suffit qu'a tes qu'à tes lèvres j'emprunte
Le souffle de mon nom murmuré tout un soir.

A soul trembling to sit by a hearth so bright,
To exist again, it's enough if I borrow from
your lips the breath of my name you murmur all night.

-Stéphane Mallarmé, "Sonnet"
2 novembre 1877

Stella et Jaquemus

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Stella Tennant by Mark Borthwick, Muse SS 2016

Such a fun-spirited collection of images. Stella's Chanel 1998 print campaign is one of my very favorites, and it's amazing to see her bring the same life to Rick Owens, Yohji Yamamoto, and Jaquemus. Really the perfect collaborators! 

This next week should be a good one:
3/24 Leonardo Drew, Eleven Etchings at Crown Point Press 
4/1 CCA MFA Work at Minnesota Street Project 
+ One last roll of Kodak Portra I can't wait to use for a few little photo-projects lined up! 

And with a new badge from MoMA (!) heading soon to Legion of Honor to see Pierre Bonnard's "Painting Arcadia" & the De Young for an Oscar De La Renta retrospect, to be visited & revisited before they close in May. 


Saturday, March 12, 2016

cream-hued details at anaise

It's pouring rain today, high winds rattling the widows
and the sound of soft drops falling into the gutter,
it's the perfect day to write about a recent little visit I made to Anaise,
a light, airy boutique that feels like spring.

Renee is the woman with the exquisite eye behind Anaise. Her blog is entering a dream world of 50's and 60's film references, beautiful vintage fashion campaigns, striking photography features- all enveloped with a soft, hazy tint. And, she was an early supporter of Book/ Shop- here's a lovely reading-list she made.

Light passes through her space so beautifully. So too, does time. Film camera in hand, several hours of a sunny afternoon quickly passed in-between tea & conversation, as she prepped to leave the next day for NYFW and I attempted to capture the store's visual poetry. 

in the mix: 
les chronicles purple- just full of good design, film feature, poetry, 35 mm goodness on every page
this issue of travel almanac has a beautiful, intimate interview with charlotte gainsbourg, it's the one I own as well.

Another one to check out:
cosmic wonder free press

Another SS 2016 by Mark Peckmezian

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Lineisy Montero By Mark Peckmezian for Another SS 2016... 

is just about my favorite thing I've seen lately.
It punctures my gut, makes me want to stretch every struggling sinew within to create something that gives more. That fashion photography can be this softly mesmerizing, subtle yet raw and seductive, breathes willpower in me to just keep going, creating, failing, playing, endlessly experimenting.


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