Thursday, April 30, 2015


somewhere on york road.


Grotesque Stillness - From the SPoA archives. First pubished January, 2012


Marble Sculpture from 350 B.C. to last week
12 January 2012 through 25 February 2012

A Grotesque Stillness Flirts With Flamboyance

IMAGES:Sperone Westwater, New York

“Marble Sculpture From 350 B.C. to Last Week” at Sperone Westwater includes, from left, “Purity” (2008-11), by Barry X Ball, and older works like the Ionian Greek grave relief, center, from the fourth century B.C., and the late-17th-century bust of a man with a wig.

The tendency of commercial galleries to mount exhibitions of historical material is pushed to rewardingly crazed extremes by the latest offerings at Sperone Westwater. This blue-chip gallery, previously located in SoHo and then Chelsea, has crammed two lavish exhibitions into the four floors of available display space in the narrow, overly hygienic building on the Bowery — commissioned from the British starchitect Norman Foster — to which it moved in 2010.

"The marble show, a wicked romp through a couple of millennia of objects, figures and portrait busts, is riddled with alternating intimations of decadence and purity, the Classical and the grotesque."



Talking about the moon, I thought it only fair to bring a little science into the "art of moon photography. MARS is going GREEN and University of Guelph profs are going to grow ROSES in SPACE! Meet the hometown boys, Tom Graham and Mike Dixon.

In 2002, the harsh climate and powerful winds of Devon Island, the largest uninhabited island on this planet, made it an unlikely vacation destination for warm-weather, cottage-loving Canadians. But a University of Guelph-Canadian Space Agency collaborative research team was there for the summer for the first phase of a three-year research initiative for advanced life support in space.

Dr. Alain Berinstain and Keegan Boyd of the Canadian Space Agency, along with University of Guelph Prof. Mike Dixon and research assistant Tom Graham, both of the Department of Plant Agriculture, spearheaded the project. Berinstain, Graham and Keegan, were charged with the task of erecting a greenhouse on the island, and establishing the necessary sensory and monitoring systems (during the remaining 46 weeks of the year, the team monitored the greenhouse via the Internet). They were charged with the task of building the greenhouse (which was flown in unassembled and dropped by air), initiating the sensory systems and characterizing the greenhouse. All of these steps were fairly straightforward, but dealing with high winds, harsh temperatures and 24-hour sunlight posed new challenges.
Researchers hoped to identify the ways in which technology needed to be adapted to function in the even harsher conditions of Mars.

They've come full circle BIG NEWS in the city on

May 21 st, 2008

Space florist: U of G prof pilots Gardening for the Moon

Photo: Martin Schwalbe

Ms. Prada’s plans for a New Art Foundation in Milan

Who is Miuccia Prada?

Fashion Designer
Mime Artist
Communist Party Activist
PhD (political science)

We should be packing our bags for Milan right now!

Last week Miuccia Prada, the 58-year-old designer announced plans for a new headquarters for her 15-year-old Prada Foundation, in a former spirits distillery in Milan. The project will restore most of the distillery’s original buildings as well as providing three new structures. They will house the 500-piece collection of contemporary art that has been put together by Prada and her husband Patrizio Bertelli over the past couple of decades.
Ms. Prada has already shown that fashion – quick-moving, dynamic, ferociously embracing globalisation – can outsmart more ponderous forms of expression. But the problem, which she recognises as surely as anyone, is this: as art learns those lessons and becomes more approachable and, arguably, more facile, will it lose its sense of gravitas?
Miuccia Prada started the foundation 15 years ago, she says, when it was hard for contemporary artists to find patrons. She was fuelled by her “obsessive” concern with thinking and ideas, “probably because I am a ’68 (person).” She uses the term to summarise a background that must be among the least orthodox ever for a fashion designer: trained as a mime artist, active in the communist party, and holding a PhD in political science.

“I thought it was important to find ways of reading the world and to understand what is happening.” She immersed herself in the contemporary art world, spending five years travelling the world, visiting artists, in search of ideas and illumination. “Artists are some of the best people I know, in terms of thinking, passion, understanding,” she says.

PRADA briefcase, perfect for the office!

I would have to agree with Ms. Prada, artists are some of the "best" people that I know as well, filled with passion and a complex understanding of what is, what was and what will be. Those who have come close to knowing an artist in a more intimate way would probably agree with me. They have an ever present vision in contrast to those who lack creative optics. Beautiful creative minds!

Read more HERE.
Photo Credit: HERE.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Vivarium by J.D.McGuire

.......all things considered.

I've recently discovered Vivarium, an excellent blog. I think a few of my subscribers will enjoy reading J.D.McGuire.

I just read the Jelly Bean Analogy and loved it!

The Jelly Bean Analogy 
Posted on  

" If you estimated your life expectancy based on myriad genetic, ethnic and economic criteria and then portioned out a Jelly Bean for every day you are expected to live, you would have a pile of Jelly Beans representing your life expectancy. If you then took away a Jelly Bean for......"

Monday, February 23, 2015

Oolong The Winter Away

Working at my desk, steeping a cup of citrus oolong. see the steam as I lifted off the top. I was struck by beautiful buds and leaves floating in the basket, this becomes a tea ritual. We're all entitled to stop for special moments allowing our creative minds to dance among the 'leaves'...then I saw trees reflecting new buds of spring telling me this cold blast is on it's way, soon gone. mesmerized by beautiful shadowy thoughts today.

The tea is ready, leaves are green.