Archive for March 2009

Youth Enterprise Project.

My boss (at Cold Open) is starting a non-profit in Kenya and has sent Maria Springer over to start it can follow her journey here.
“Promoting Opportunity, Progress and Entrepreneurship”
YEP aims to help street kids attain productive employment and sustainable livelihoods. YEP plans to develop a program in Kawangware targeting street kids who demonstrate entrepreneurial qualities. YEP will help street kids to strengthen employability, develop entrepreneurial skills and secure a path to employment. We hope to provide psychological counseling, paid apprenticeships and ongoing training to facilitate the planning, establishment, launch and operation of micro-enterprises.

Barbie Girl.

Barbie™ turns 50 and gets her own fashion show...I must admit I am digging these lashes. Kind of dig what Alexander Wang designed too...

Happy Birthday Gloria Steinem

And Thank You!

"Like art, revolutions come from combining what exists into what has never existed before."
- Gloria Steinem

Saudi clerics want women banned from TV, media

RIYADH (AFP) – Hardline Saudi clerics have called on the government to ban women from appearing on television and to prohibit their images in print media, which they called a sign of growing "deviant thought." In a letter to new Information Minister Abdul Aziz al-Khoja that appeared on websites this week, the 35 Islamic clerics also condemned the increase of music and dancing on television, as well as images of women in popular newspapers and magazines that they labelled "obscene."

Why don't they just ban women altogether???

Beatrice Boyle For Browns Focus

These super sexy t-shirts caught my eye on Vogue today...I love this artist...Sign me up for the ice cream dress.

Taking inspiration from her original paintings - which were created from ripped images from fashion magazines and advertising campaigns - for this capsule collection, Boyle photographed people and, through a process of collage and painting, created large scale artworks.

The Fempire.

Article today in the NY Times about the female screenwriter "femtourage." Hope this is not just a trend, but the new reality. I'd really like to see new tv work that appeals to women, and by that I DO NOT mean the sappy Lifetime Original crap.

Virginie Ropars Paris show....

If you are lucky enough to be in Paris right now then you should go see Virginie Ropar's exotic show of sculptures...there will also be digital art and corsets (!) Get your goth on.
vernissage privé en présence des artistes
April 2 2009
29 Rue Censier
75005 Paris

Ingrid Hora

Functional Escapism, Festverwurzelt, 2008,: wood and leather

Ingrid Hora is an artist/designer/sculptor exploring unusual behaviors, madness, normality - and she's an architect too.
Her work is introspective and refreshingly strange and fantastical.

Must Watch: Current Vanguard

Vanguard on Current is my new TV addiction and some of the best journalism I've seen recently.
Their award-winning team is young and refreshing and I highly recommend watching Narco War Next Door, trailer seen above, with correspondent Laura Ling and Beach of Death by Christof Putzel and Kaj Larsen. Warning, these reports are heart-breaking but also very important issues that aren't being talked about enough in the joke we call mainstream American media.
Current is Al Gore's media company and is made up of user-generated content. It's really fresh and wonderful - you can make pods, DIY commercials, feedback and get paid for it.

Agnés Varda on

Agnés Varda is one of my all time favorite directors and not just because she's female and french new wave. Every still from her films could be a beautiful photograph. It appears that she has her first US installation at Harvard currently.

I’ve been making films for so long, for over fifty years now, but I really think I have two paths of work––cinema and installation. They overlap, of course: My installations use films, and one might also say my longer films are like installations. –Agnés Varda

KAWS at Honor Fraser.

I'm so into the blue and orange Kaws michelin man at Honor Fraser. I tried to go to the opening but the line of gangstas was around the block and it was wet and rainy so we bailed. Honor herself is lovely and English royalty and an eighties supermodel.

Obama to create women's council in the White House.

WASHINGTON – The White House plans to create a group of experts to advise President Barack Obama on women's issues. Obama plans to name friend and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett as the head of the group. A White House spokeswoman says Obama official Tina Tchen (CHEN) will run the group's day-to-day operations. --Well I do declare!

International Women's Day.

A useful website to check out....International Women's Day 2009.

Catalina Estrada's cool t shirts.

Supports her charity project Comparte Corazon. While you're at it check out her amazing online store. Catalina is one of the coolest artists around and very lovely.

Melanie Pullen Violent Times show coming to SF.

Melanie Pullen, our former girlcrush, is having an opening of her series Violent Times this week at the Stephen Wirtz Gallery in San Francisco.

Stephen Wirtz Gallery presents an installation of Melanie Pullen's photographic series Violent Times. Comprised of large-scale lightboxes and photographic prints, the exhibition explores the depiction of war beginning with the fantasy and glamour of historic painting, progressing toward the
reality conveyed in modern photography. Pullen says, "In Violent Times, I dramatized the aesthetics of early portraiture and battle imagery, creating an extensive series that questions our perceptions and our ingrained desire to glamorize violence."

March 5-April 25, 2009
Reception for the artist, Thursday, March 5, 2009, 5:30-7:30 PM
Stephen Wirtz Gallery
49 Geary St., 3rd Fl., San Francisco, CA 94108

Annette Messager

Annette Messager's retrospective "The Messengers" will be at the Hayward Gallery in London 4 March - 25 May.  
Messager's work is a study in storytelling - feminine, tactile, sensual and exploratory. 
"I only wanted to use materials that you would be likely to find in a home, an attic: a ball of wool, coloured pencils, fabric, as if there were a kind of sequestration in the desire to be an artist." (Annette Messager, interview with Robert Storr, 1995, in Pudique, publique)