March 26, 2015
Paul McClure, jewellery artist (Saidye Bronfman Award)
Paul McClure, George Brown College design faculty and 2015 winner for a Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts. Just look at what he's doing.
It has been more than twenty-five years since I first lost a friend to HIV/AIDS. He was a dancer, had just been accepted to a prestigious program in Toronto, and when it took him it took him fast. I saw him and he looked well and the next I heard he was gone. It still shocks me someone who was so radiantly, obnoxiously full of life should be struck down as if it were nothing.
At this point, I couldn't tell you how many of my friends are dead. While every one of their lives mattered, I confess it's the artists who trouble me. I've re-written that last phrase several times now and have decided I don't have the words to convey the full freight I want from them. Their deaths trouble me: the dancers, the actors, the singers, the writers, and a potter who could tell the same stories as H.R. Giger but in ceramics. I'm troubled by all the work they could have brought into the world and all they work they won't every time one of them comes to mind and once again I find they're gone. How can the rest of us, the ones who are left, possibly make up for it? What if we just can't?
They all mattered. But it's the artists who trouble me. All that potential, existing somehow in anticipation of itself, and then...
And then I see something like this, Paul McClure's response to something like the same story, and beyond the surprise and the wonder is an overwhelming feeling of gratitude.
Arch Woodman - Tiny Dangers
Arch Woodman: One day in Brussels.
March 25, 2015
Touching the Art - Episode 1 - Catherine Opie, Bettina Korek, Jori Finkel
"Is art for everyone? Do women still have to be naked to get into the Met? Do rappers, actresses and Shia LaBeouf make better art? In the pilot episode of Ovation's new web talk show, host Casey Jane Ellison and her panelists tackle the pressing issues facing contemporary art."
Chloë Sevigny's Guide to Being a New Yorker
Olly Murs - Seasons
March 24, 2015
Jorge Luis Borges - 1967-8 Norton Lectures On Poetry
"Ostensibly about poetics, the talks were an occasion for Borges to review his lifelong relationship with literature, including his passion for English." - The New Yorker
iamamiwhoami - hunting for pearls
March 23, 2015
The Jodorowsky Constellation (1994)
"The quest for the true personality of multi-talented cult artist and psycho-magician Alexandro Jodorowsky."
Rhye - Open
March 22, 2015
Alexander McQueen | Autumn/Winter 2015 | Backstage Film
Alexander McQueen | Savage Beauty
Paloma Faith - Only Love Can Hurt Like This (Live at The BRIT Awards)
Hat tip to Mr. Percifeld.
March 21, 2015
Maria Callas - 'London Farewell Concert' at the Royal Festival Hall (1973)
Lykke Li - I Follow Rivers
Live: The Line of Best Fit video session.
March 20, 2015
Harlan Ellison talks about storytelling
"Award-winning writer, narrator and storyteller Harlan Ellison talks about his long and distinguished career in this interview conducted for Downpour by Grammy-winning audiobook producer Stefan Rudnicki. Harlan discusses audiobooks, writing the infamous 'The City on the Edge of Forever' episode of Star Trek, and touring with The Rolling Stones."
Jarryd James - Do You Remember (Official Video)
March 19, 2015
Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter 2015-2016
Valravn - Koder På Snor
March 18, 2015
A matter of electric sheep
"When the Directors Cut first came out it opened up the question of Deckard being a replicant. It went back and forth for a while before Ridley Scott came clean in an interview and definitively said so. Case closed. Except no it isn't. The thing about sci-fi is that you have to create a world and these worlds have rules. Once you set these rules up and establish how your vision of the future works to the audience you really need to stick to them in order to get a really good film. Blade Runner has some rules and by following them through and looking at the players in the film I'd had a bit of a revelation."
It’s not how the story is told, it’s the telling
Toasted Cheese: Finally, any words of wisdom for our readers?
Tanya Huff: Tell the stories you have to tell. Write a book, write a story, write a poem, write a song, bake cupcakes, bake cookies, bake pie, build a house, dance, sew, paint, draw, rebuild a car, garden, knit, quilt, carve, program a computer, raise a child, make a home, sit around a campfire and start with, “Once upon a time…”