Sunday, October 4, 2015

Neat List - October

I am highly irregular in putting these lists together... nevertheless, here are some things I've been thinking about and/or have seen recently that I think are too awesome and/or interesting not to share here. 

1. Don Miguel Ruiz' "The Four Agreements" (good to remember from time to time).

2. Portraits of Unseen Domestic Laborer's  

3. The Painter of Jalouzi

4. Francelías Lancheros Parra 

5. Garden of Eden

6. The Joyful, Illiterate Kindergartners of Findland

7. Strandbeest (Khalil and I got to see a small strandbeest in Boston recently--can't wait to get to PEM to see the exhibit!). Check THIS out.

8. Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey

9.  Why it was easier to be skinnier in the 1980s

10.  Mr. Roboto (Khalil's current fav...haha)

Thursday, September 17, 2015

"Happy Colonials" @ La Muestra Nacional, San Juan 2015

The piece titled "Happy Colonials" was without a doubt one of my favorites, if not my favorite piece at the 16th Muestra Nacional Art Show in San Juan, PR. The piece offers a powerful commentary on the fate of "cultural foods" in the era of fast, fake, and processed foods and about the power of the market. These "foods" are sold back to us as if they were the "real-thing" and we (seemingly) happily accept this fate and consume these beyond-recognition foods. A follow-up to this piece should be a rendering of the most popularly prescribed medications on the market today for the very diseases (i.e. diabetes, hypertension, depression, etc) that these pre-packaged processed foods help cause in the consumers. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Prince Edward Island (PEI)

                                                  Indian Pipe
                                           North Rustico, Green Gables Route

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Frida Kahlo at the The New York Botanical Garden

The NY Botanical Garden has stunning gardens and amazing plant collections. I should have visited years ago because it is a gardener's paradise! Luckily, I made it there by the pull of the wonderful exhibit titled Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life. Aside from the evocation (rather than replica) of Frida's Casa Azul Garden, there are fourteen of her original paintings and drawings on display. My personal favorites from this exhibit (though they are all amazing!) are "Autorretrato con Collar de Espinas" (1940) and Retrato de Luther Burbank (1931). 
 Below are other photographs from the garden's permanent collection. 
I plan to return to the garden in the early fall to visit the children's adventure garden and some of the others I did not get to see (I have a feeling that it will take me a long time to explore the gardens and that is a good thing!).