its been a while...

...since I have posted. I think it is mainly because I have discovered Pinterest. I have been pinning up a storm. 

What have I been working on, seen, done?

I saw a really inspiring lecture on June 29th by an artist/landscape designer named Thilo Folkerts. He is based in Berlin and was speaking at Toronto's Design Exchange about his work in general and about a project at the Jardin de la Connaissance in Metis, Quebec (recreated in the Design Exchange gallery).

Jardin de la Connaissance

Festival International de jardins
Métis (Quebec/CA), 2010
with Rodney Latourelle, Berlin

I clipped the image from Folkerts website where we read that the project is meant to invoke "the mythic relation between knowledge and nature integral to the concept of ‘paradise’" He and Latourelle also cultivate mushrooms on the piece to aid in the decomposition. 

 The work is really beautiful and poignant. I hope to be able to visit the Jardin de la Connaissance while the project is on view. 

He showed slides of influences such as Peter Walker's Minimalist's Gardens Without Walls, Robert Smithson, Jackson Pollack, Roberto Burle Marx, Dieter Kienast, and Tobias Rehberger and images of his own projects which lie somewhere between art and design.

Folkerts' work is surprising, poignant, and joyful. Take a look at his website where you will find more beautiful works as the drawing below.

thoughts...from the "bluebird in my heart"...

This quote is more elegantly displayed by Erin Loechner on her blog Design for Mankind but the words resound...

"This is very important -- to take leisure time. Pace is the essence. Without stopping entirely and doing nothing at all for great periods, you're gonna lose everything...just to do nothing at all, very, very important. And how many people do this in modern society? Very few. That's why they're all totally mad, frustrated, angry and hateful."
— Charles Bukowski

I also have to say that it is also a good practice for creativity. I think that you need periods away from your work to regenerate--to enjoy that time rather than worry it away.

and via Good Reads...

"unless the sun inside you is burning your gut, don't do it"
— Charles Bukowski

annual Holi post from the Big Picture

via the Big Picture 

How Indians celebrate the change from winter to spring. The celebration is said to represent the triumph
of good over evil. As the tale goes, a demoness Holika tries to kill the son, Prahlad of the demon god, Hiranyakashyap, for not worshipping his father. Instead Holika, the demoness goes up in flames and here on Hindus celebrate each year. Bonfires and effigies lead off the celebrations with the color wars to follow. 

Evidently you can make natural holi color at home...

International Women's Day and Education

via Good and the Delaware online...

Here is an awesome teacher introducing his students to a task that could change their lives and maybe the lives of many people in the future. They are building seven robots called the SeaPerch after the teacher received a grant from the SeaPerch Foundation (an innovative foundation that trains teachers to teach their students how to build ROVs--remotely operated vehicles). The robots are based on the one that helped to cap last year's Gulf oil spill. The models that the students are building will have a camera attached to it to take underwater photos. The project is headed for a competition at Drexel University where the girls will navigate their robots through a maze and grab objects in a swimming pool.

I really like the teacher's comment in the video that the more challenging a project, the more engaged his students are--this is also one of the goals of the SeaPerch Foundation. I think innovative teaching is asking students to do more and enter the shaky ground where they might make a mistake but have to try to fix it and make it work (there is a stipulation of an extra $20.00 per ROV for changes though students must follow the general blueprint)...there is just no reason to think about gender in this project--but instead it is a really interesting problem for students to solve. I also like that the teacher says that he is learning with his students on the project. We need more teachers like Mitchell Greenberg and more schools like Delaware's Reach Academy.

What could be better--a SoulTrain break and Int'l Women's Day


Equals--is a consortium of charities and arts partners in the UK brought together by Annie Lennox-- united to raise awareness of the rights of women and girls around the world and to celebrate the centenary of International Women's Day (we still need one....).

Equals asks you to celebrate but also raise a civil debate (download their Start a Debate pdf book here or think of your own questions to ask your child, co-worker, sibling, boss, teacher, friend, mom, or partner...)

They are also shaking it down in equal lines at the London Eye tonight. IF you can't be in London for the Soul Train, at least you can check out Soul Train and the mighty Don Cornelius *on the Equals web page or on youtube.

* I have to mention a sad fact that I read about Don Cornelius when I was working on this post. While the Soul Train showcased super talented performers like James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and Michael Jackson and the line dance symbolizes equality on the dance floor in addition to being wildly fun--Mr. Cornelius did not feel the same in his own life and was arrested in 2008 on several domestic violence charges-- three counts of spousal battery, one count of dissuading his wife from making a police report and one count of assault with a deadly weapon...)
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"Think of a creative way to get around your problem..."--Richard Rodriguez


via Good

Thanks for this post Good...I am not a filmmaker but I really love the freedom of limitations and this little video is a great example. It was made by Richard Rodriguez to explain how he made "El Mariachi" for $7000.00. I really like that he has so much fun making the movie and that he encourages film makers to come up with creative solutions to a filmmaking/prop/etc challenge and not to forget to have fun. I guess there is also efficiency to doing everything yourself. It is in three parts. Enjoy.

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Writers doodles

I don't know why but I think that doodles are really amazing...maybe because they are slightly more unedited than other works...

here are a few from a flavorwire post today...

This semester I’m helping curate an exhibition on the visual work of various authors at the Lilly Library on Indiana University’s campus. It will feature pieces by Kurt Vonnegut, Henry Miller, Charles Bukowski and other authors whose artwork is housed in the Lilly’s extensive collection. Right now, I’m responsible for sifting through the myriad of work we have by Sylvia Plath. Today I started looking through some of her diaries, many in which she loved to include illustrations of dreams and bits of her day-to-day life. Here is an illustration of a nightmare she had where she was being chased by a hot dog and a marshmallow.

Amy Auscherman of Kool Things tells us that she is helping to curate an exhibition of the visual work of authors at the Lilly Library at Indiana University. The image above is from Sylvia Plath's notebook where she illustrated a nightmare she had about being chased by a hotdog and a marshmallow.

Another one I really liked was Nabokov's corrections of Kafka's translations:

Actually, agree with him...corrugated is much better than "stiff arched segments"--he says in one word what the translator says in three... From space in text

This is also cool...a self portrait by Borges after he lost his sight...

This is good too...

The inside cover of David Foster Wallace's annotated copy of Cormac McCarthy's Suttree at the Henry Ransom Center at the University of Texas...

Gene Davis

via colorlovers...

I am on a color kick and this is the coolest. Gene Davis was part of the Washington Color School, a group of mid-century color field painters. He is best known for his colorful stripe paintings which he began making in 1958. He aim was to create a sense of musical rhythm through the repetition of colors. He made the world's largest painting in a Lewiston, NY parking lot in 1972. The stripes really work for him. Before 1958 his work was typically abstract expressionist, with thick and dripping paint in full color. The stripes seem to hit on something more for Davis. I really like his titles too--Nighhawk, Solar Diary, Mark Twain, Bartleby, Black Panther...The large scale paintings move effortlessly to installations in a Sol Lewittian way.

He also created the world's largest painting, Niagara (43,680 square feet), in a parking lot in Lewiston, NY. His "micro-paintings", at the other extreme, were as small as 3/8 of an inch square.

talk about a 'color field'!

magic circle, 1975

Hey Mr. Paganini...

I just took at look at Hernan Paganini's site and I love his work! He is featured tonight on Tiny Showcase and I may just have to return to see what he has done for them and buy a print to add my my collection.

I love the combination of color and natural materials.

I love the understated design of his website and I love the drawings on the page "Demonios"--especially the first page--Days Without Numbers. For some reason, I wish the drawings were not made in oil pastels though. I like both the personal work and the client work. I will have to spend more time on the site.

FABRIK Competition--congrats all!

Fabrik Magazine Juried Competition
After receiving hundreds of submissions and after many weeks of judging, we are pleased to announce the winners of the Fabrik Magazine Juried Competition.
“The quality as well as the volume of the submissions to this competition proved as difficult to refine down as it was delightful to winnow through,” said juror Peter Frank (Fabrik’s Associate Editor as well as art critic for the Huffington Post and Adjunct Senior Curator at the Riverside Art Museum). He adds… “as can be seen from the relatively extensive list of the honorably mentioned, dozens of eminintly qualified artists honored us with their submissions. The eventual winners, submitting from Athens and Seattle, London and New York, Toronto and California, distinguished themselves in a wide variety of media and styles, but so did the painters and sculptors, installation artists and conceptualists, video artists and digital artists who made, or came close to making, Honorable Mention. Exhausting as the jurying job was, it rekindled our faith in the artistic spirit and an optimism about artistic practice in at least the near future.”
The First Prize winner will receive the following:
  1. Editorial Profile and Feature in Fabrik Magazine - Print Edition
  2. Inside Back Cover, Full Page Ad in Fabrik Magazine - Premium Ad Position
  3. Exhibition at The Factory Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles
  4. Email Exposure to 30,000 Interior Designers, Art Consultants and Galleries who are seeking art
  5. Online “Artist Spotlight” Feature
  6. Website link
The 2 Second Prize winners will receive the following:
  1. Full page ad in Fabrik Magazine
  2. Group Exhibition at The Factory Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles
  3. Email Exposure to 30,000 Interior Designers, Art Consultants and Galleries who are seeking art
  4. Online “Artist Spotlight” Feature
  5. Website link
Terry Hoff (U.S.)
Emma Lloyd
 (United Kingdom)
Deborah Martin
Luis Sanchez
Sam Still
Leslie Tucker
The 6 Third Prize winners will receive the following:
  1. Online “Artist Spotlight” Feature
  2. Group Exhibition at The Factory Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles
  3. Email Exposure to 30,000 Interior Designers, Art Consultants and Galleries who are seeking art
  4. Website link
Rebecca Alston (U.S.)
Lea Anderson (U.S.)
Mia Babalis (U.S.)
Kazuko Eisenbeiss (U.S.)
Sheila Elias (U.S.)
Suzan Etkin (U.S.)
Doro Hofmann (U.S.)
Milan Jilka (U.S.)
Jenny Kemp (U.S.)
Lili Lakich (U.S.)
Ellen Lane (U.S.)
Nic Lyons (U.S.)
Kazimierz Poznanski (U.S.)
David Scherrer (U.S.)
Joan Schulze (U.S.)
Michael Smoler (U.S.)
James Stern (U.S.)
Haikuhie Tataryan (U.S.)
Dave Zarick (U.S.)
Works by the winners will appear on this website soon. If you have any questions, please email us
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The Art Alley Mural Project

    Photo credit: Susan Ashukian

Arts Etobicoke and Amnesty International
Unveil Toronto`s Longest Outdoor Poem

Please join us on October 19, 2010 at 2 pm at the Arts Etobicoke Gallery at 4893A Dundas St. W. as we unveil a 1000 square foot mural in the alley adjacent to our office. The mural features a newly commissioned poem by Dionne Brand, City of Toronto Poet Laureate.

Special guest Mayor David Miller will join Ms. Brand for a "walking reading" of the poem. The event also includes an African drum and dance procession featuring Roshanak Jaberi, an Iranian-Canadian dancer and choreographer who specializes in the folkloric and contemporary dances of West Africa and examines social issues through the art of storytelling. Off the Wall, an interactive and movement-based exhibition that also features artwork inspired by the mural and created by youth participating in our Saturday Storefront Art Classes will be on display in our Gallery.

The Art Alley Mural Project is produced by Arts Etobicoke, participating in Amnesty International's Project: Urban Canvas – A mural series celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Project: Urban Canvas will produce 30 murals throughout the GTA, each interpreting one of the 30 articles of human rights. The Art Alley Mural is the twelfth mural to be developed in the project.

We chose Article 13 for the theme of its mural - “Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state” The article holds special meaning for the large immigrant population in Etobicoke and for youth, who have worked with Arts Etobicoke to create their own interpretation of the poem. The mural was designed by Susan Rowe Harrison and painted by William Lazos with assistance by Etobicoke youth.

Dionne Brand, City of Toronto’s Poet Laureate, was commissioned to write an original poem based on this article. Brand's poem 'Article 13' is reproduced on the websites of Arts Etobicoke and AITO at

"Creativity is bubbling west of the Humber River," says Louise Garfield, Executive Director of Arts Etobicoke. "We are delighted to partner with Amnesty International Toronto to raise awareness of the intersection of the arts and human rights."

Elena Dumitru, Toronto Regional Development Coordinator for AITO adds “Partnering with Arts Etobicoke in creating a mural to depict Article 13 enable all of us to bring attention to the plight of migrants and refugees through the combined mediums of poetry and visual arts.”

Video and film editor Joel Shecter of AITO's Art in Action team documented the progress of the mural. Click on the link to view the video:

Arts Etobicoke gratefully acknowledges the support of City of Toronto's Arts in the Hood/Live with Culture, Pierre Seunik, the buildings’ owner and Chair of the Islington Village BIA and Village Paint in Islington Village. Thanks also to volunteer Karina Dahlin for contributing her time and energy to this project.

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Life is the meaning of life-Richard Tuttle

I love Richard Tuttle. I have only had the opportunity to hear him speak twice. Once at the Whitney Museum of Art and again last night at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto in conversation with Michelle Jacques, Associate Curator, Contemporary Art, and Georgiana Uhlyarik, Assistant Curator, Canadian Art. He spoke on Agnes Martin, his long time friend.

I warned my friend that he was kind of an abstract speaker. He is confounding and confusing and often hard to follow but the things he says can take you some place else.

quotes from last night:

Richard Tuttle on Agnes Martin:
"Agnes Martin was a far out abstract artist."
"We are workers in the field of art"

"What is the meaning of life? Life is the meaning of life."

And one with Agnes Martin from 1997 from Chuck Smith: