Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Studio Space

If anyone knows of an affordable studio space in Pittsburgh please let me know.

Monday, June 28, 2010

New portfolio site on its way

My new portfolio site is almost ready...can't wait!
Update: It should be up by the end of August!!!! It includes an amazing video by my very talented friend Eric Bresler :)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Upcoming Show - Pillow Project

I'm working on some really cool retro plastic necklaces and sculptures for the upcoming Pillow Project show, JULY 10: Hot Box Performance-art and installations inspired by a plastic-planet. Here's the quote I was given, the work has to relate to it :

"Floating below the surface of the water in the most remote part of the Pacific ocean, is a plastic 'soup' between the size of Texas and the continental United States. In it, the estimated ratio of plastic to plankton is 6 to 1."

Please come if you can the show should be amazing! It's the second Saturday in July the necklaces will be up for sale :) Plastic courtesy of my parents laundromat American Coin Laundry. Thanks mom and dad


The Radiant Child

There's a new documentary on Jean-Michel Basquiat called The Radiant Child I'm very excited to see. I remember years ago while visiting a friend at a high end gallery dealers office in New York City we walked in and I spotted one of Basquiat's paintings. I was physically drawn in and moved close to get a better look. The lady working screamed at me for getting too close, she said it looked like I was "lunging towards it." I have a few choice words for her to this day.

What did she think I was going to do?

Friday, June 25, 2010

Eat, Pray, Love

Gia Marie Carangi

I read the book "Thing of Beauty" awhile back and really enjoyed it. Gia Marie Carangi was quite a fascinating and complicated woman. There used to be a really good trailer for the movie starring Angelia Jolie with "Heart of Glass" playing in the beginning, but they redid it and screwed it up...a shame. Trailer and Book

Way to Blue - Nick Drake

Way to Blue - Nick Drake Discumentary
What is a pink moon? I think I may know and
it's not the link :)

WYEP's Summer Music Festival at Schenley Plaza!

"This Friday, June 25 is WYEP 's Summer Music Festival at Schenley Plaza- the forecast looks good, the line-up is all set, and we've got the details you need to plan your evening." I must say of all the things to be excited about the puppet show tops my list. I can't wait to see it and get my picture taken with a ballerina! The kid I work with said I would be a great preschool teacher and mother and I think this is why :)

4:30pm: See a live puppet show performed inside the Carnegie Library.

5-7pm: Get your photo taken with a ballerina from Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and enter to win tickets to The Three Musketeers.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Possessive Pillowcases- Makelike

Lykke Li - Little it

New Friend - Bison 67

I had this intense urge to go to the Wooden Nickel Buffalo Farm in Edinboro on Saturday night. I haven't been there in years but this place is truly magical. I talked with the woman who owned the gift shop and she informed me that the bison are wild animals so they probably wouldn't come too close especially since they have two babies in the herd now. 

When I approached the fence and sat down in the grass there was one bison number 67 who joined me. We watched each other for what seemed like hours, when I went to leave he followed me all the way to my car what a sweetheart. I may just have to save him.

Update 7-2-2010: I called the farm and asked about buying this buffalo and I guess they aren't "pets" but "wild animals".

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A Yellow Circle by May Swenson

A green string
is fastened to the earth
at its apex a yellow circle 
of silky superimposed spokes
The sun is its mother
Later the string is taller
The circle is white an aureole
of evanescence hairs
the wind makes breathe

Later still it is altered
the green string
is thicker the white
circle bald on one side
It is a half circle
the wind lifts away


Willy Verginer

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

BlackBlack "Sophia"

Hidden Art

Currently working on some really fun local projects that should be up and running soon.
1. Uncovered Space is a hidden art project. I'll be burying art boxes in and around Pittsburgh that contain handmade books and different goodies based on a theme. My friend Ed informed me it's similar to Geo-cashing, something I know zilch about. The first one I'm working on is based on what I think Emily Dickinson's mind would look like. The next one is based on these antique astronomy books I found at a junk store this past weekend. Lots of stars and black holes, how they relate to emotions and memories. The site will have a hand drawn map to the location. (I'm also including money in each box...just cause)

Eminem A Poet

I just heard a song by Eminem "Not Afraid" a few days ago and I can't get the lyrics out of my head. This is such a heartbreakingly beautiful song. He seems to have a way to get in touch with basic human pain that is very difficult to listen to because it feels so tangible. I've definitely been in "that place".

(Sidebar we met him years ago at a concert and he was quite a gentleman.)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010



I just came across Kickstarter after my Web class teacher mentioned it and I'm just in awe. Especially for the Mysterious Letters project such a unique idea to write a letter to everyone in the world.
Mysterious Letters Blog

At the Moment

Monday, June 14, 2010

Rainer Maria Rilke

"For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation."

Sexy back

In case you weren't informed Justin Timberlake is bringing Sexy back

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Anna Schuleit

I came across Anna Schuleit's work on Charlie Rose a few years ago. He interviewed Anna about receiving the MacArthur Fellowship and she discussed her project "Bloom" which I found endlessly inspirational and fascinating. 

"In 2003, Schuleit created an even more ambitious work at another shuttered hospital, the Massachusetts Mental Health Center in Boston. For "Bloom," Schuleit turned the facility into a vast, meandering Impressionist canvas by carpeting the floors with 28,000 tulips, heathers, and African violets. Why flowers? Schuleit researched the number of patients at the facility over the years and calculated how many flowers they would have received -- if people sent flowers to the institutionalized." -Boston Globe

Charlie Rose Interview


Saturday, June 12, 2010

The End is a Body Already

Rounding the river
I saw men and women tied
inside a skin
holding hands.

Their clothes flooded into open space
no color no form.

Outlines of bodies carried each other
to the beginning.
They walk to and from sound
light without color just vibrations
not felt, not thought
f l o a t in g
a disentangle of hair
blood waking unto itself.

A river is a body already
inside stillness
hands are feet
mouth eyes.

Under the river
nostrils burn swift cold
particles lay quiet and free.
Only the children
seem to notice - realize
We have all lived
and died already.

On my way home to visit my uncle nervous in a way  I wish he wasn't dying

Friday, June 11, 2010

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Stone Masonry

While driving to work this morning I spotted a few guys building a stone wall in Squirrel Hill by Frick Park. I did a quick u-turn and nervously approached them to ask if they knew of a mason who could teach me. 

The one guy working had to be close to 60 years old and he quietly looked me over without any sound or reaction. I sort of felt like a trespasser. It's a world I know nothing about but there's something so unique about that art. They gave me their bosses number so hopefully I can meet with someone who will have the patience to teach me. To be honest I wanted to sit and watch him work for hours. The wall was gorgeous I wonder if people realize how beautiful it is? I hope so.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Bas Jan Ader

"I want to do a piece where I go to the Alps and talk to a mountain. The mountain will talk of things which are necessary and always true, and I shall talk of things which are sometimes, accidentally true."

Bill Leavitt on Bas Jan Ader
As well as his desire for concrete truth, he had a corresponding attraction to the imperfect, the broken, the mistaken, and the misunderstood. 

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Edward Scissorhands

I've been feeling a lot like Edward Scissorhands lately which I find kinda odd. I relate to his character more than anything else at the moment, simply confusion about what makes people tick.

I'm constantly amazed at my level of naivete towards the world. Sometimes I truly feel like a child or a vulnerable freak. I wonder why vulnerability is so looked down upon though? Seems like such a beautiful strength in men and women. I applaud anyone I meet who can let their guard down even a tiny bit.

About the movie
The genesis of Edward Scissorhands came from a drawing by then teenaged director Tim Burton, which reflected his feelings of isolation and being unable to communicate to people around him in suburban Santa Clarita Valley, California. Burton stated that he was often alone, and had trouble retaining friendships. "I get the feeling people just got this urge to want to leave me alone for some reason, I don’t know exactly why".

Charlie Rose interview with Tim Burton

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Grass Memories

Memory- is an organism's ability to store, retain, and recall information. Traditional studies of memory began in the fields of philosophy.  Fear- a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.

photo by Mel


Today was quite magical brunch with a good friend, toy store antics and finally a stop at Phantom Comics to get Brightest Day. 
I forgot how much fun simple things like bubbles and a wind up toy can be. Best part of the day seeing a dog approach the wind up toy as if it were real unbelievably adorable.
still miss you everyday 

Little Bit

"Come here, stay with me
Stroke me, by the head
Cause I would give anything
To have you as my man"

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Agnes Martin

I was watching Art City this morning and Agnes Martin was featured on the Simplicity episode. What an amazing woman she seems to have achieved such a state of peace that I really hope to achieve someday. 

Her awareness of joy “When people go to the ocean, they like to see it all day. . . . There’s nobody living who couldn’t stand all afternoon in front of a waterfall. It’s a simple experience, you become lighter and lighter in weight, and you wouldn’t want anything else. Anyone who can sit on a stone in a field awhile can see my painting. Nature is like a curtain; you go into it. I want to draw a certain response like this. . . . Not a specific response but that quality of response from people when they leave themselves behind, often experienced in nature– an experience of simple joy. . . the simple, direct going into a field of vision as you would cross an empty beach to look at the ocean.”
  Agnes Martin

Sidebar there is a scene in the Doctor Who episode Flesh & Stone where the Doctor takes Amy's hand and kisses her on the forehead. It is literally one of the most poignant moments I have ever seen on tv. That scene reminds me of pure joy. It gave me goosebumps.

The Color Wheel

So excited to read this Goethe Theory of Colours even though it was written over a hundred years ago.

Goethe reasoned: In such way the phenomena are interpreted, but this is not the primal or complete phenomenon. A look through the prism shows that we do not see white areas split evenly into seven colours. Rather, we see colours at some edge or border-line.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Climbing Pen and Ink

Memorial Day

I spent this past weekend with my uncle in my hometown. He was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease around Christmas. It's odd sitting next to someone who knows they will die soon. Every single word seems to have a heaviness to it, but at the same time a light condensed meaning. The body can just let us go for whatever reason and decide to disintegrate.

Seeing the numerous friends visit him daily it's obvious he has left such a beautiful impression on people. It's difficult to witness his friends and my family experiencing so much grief. Saying heartfelt things just in case he isn't there tomorrow.

The one thing I took from my time with my uncle is a level of acceptance. To truly appreciate the people in my life for the way they are... not what I wish they would be. I think expectations are the root of all the pain I've experienced in my life. I tend to resist the way things are... the way people can be and I want to change that.

Life is pretty simple we all want to be heard, really listened to, and loved period. Theres not much more to it I think. (well maybe a little bit more)

I still miss you every single day