Archive for May 2009


Amazing article in LA Times this Sunday about a show I really hope to get a chance to see at the Pompidou in Paris. Following the groundbreaking LA WACK! show, at last, a Parisian version of an entirely feminist cast of artists...a link to the article is here, and for more information on the show and tickets, see the Pompidou website.
"It's a risk," says Camille Morineau, who has organized “elles@centrepompidou,” opening Wednesday at the Pompidou Center. "Excluding men and showing only women is a revolutionary gesture of affirmative action. But the museum is avant-garde. It's part of the Centre Pompidou culture to do things differently. And we like a lot of drama. This is going to be dramatic in a big way."

The Greatest Female Guitarists of All Time

VenusZine, which focuses on women in music, art, film, and fashion, has an awesome article "The Greatest Female Guitarists of All Time" giving these ladies the respect they truly deserve. I am just starting out learning to play on my teal Danelectro and can only dream of even playing one song....

photo: The Runaways

Candlelight Vigils for Laura Ling & Euna Lee Tonight

Candlelights vigils are being held tonight in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland and Orlando for journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee. Al Gore and Current TV have finally spoken out on behalf of their journalists detained in N.Korea. No matter what back-channel efforts are being worked on to secure their release, more attention needs to be focused on this case.
Vigils On May 21st times and locations:

New York City - Rockefeller Plaza 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Across the street facing 10 Rockefeller plaza (MSNBC BUILDING/Today Show)

Chicago, IL 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Richard J. Daley Plaza, W. Washington Street

Orlando, FL 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Baldwin Park, New Broad Street - Across From Patty Murphy's

Portland, OR 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Patton Square Park, N. Interstate Ave and Emerson ST

Los Angeles, CA 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Meet: Stories Bookstore Back Patio,
Vigil: Echo Park Lake, POST TBD 1716 Sunset Blvd.

Facebook Group Liberate Laura & Euna Now

Paint Made Flesh

Travellers, Lisa Yuskavage, 2008, oil on linen

Paint Made Flesh is group show that will be at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. June 20 - September 13, 2009. My absolute favorite painter, Lisa Yuskavage, is in the show. Her fleshy ladies and juicy palettes just make me weak in the knees. Her latest work continues her themes of blossoming sexuality, dreamy landscapes and captured moments of bizarre beauties tinged with melancholy (some with faces covered in pie!)
Through about 40 paintings created since the 1950s, Paint Made Flesh reveals a wide range of artistic responses to both the sensual properties and metaphorical significance of human flesh—and the ways in which artists continue to use traditional methods and the human figure to explore the human experience.

Getting into the mind of Tori Amos.

I wish I could get into the mind of Tori Amos. I've always had mad love for her perverse oddness and now I'm eagerly awaiting her new album "Abnormally Attracted to Sin," due May 19 which already seems to remind me of Belle du Jour mixed with something more sinister. Where does she come up with these cinematic themes for each album... I know there are those out there that think she's an intense shot of estrogen on a Sapphic island surrounded by vaginal tropical flowers and perfume, but I don't care, I can take it and sometimes I really really dig it.

Garfunkel & Oates

Technically, I'm in a band called the "Wonder Fairies". We write ridiculous songs that are sarcastic, okay, that's a lie, we wrote one song called, "My Boyfriend's Going Bald, And I Don't Know How to Tell Him aka Where on Google Earth is Baldo." It's about how our boyfriends (past, not current) are slowly going bald, and they're ridiculously vain about it and we want tell them so we go to more and more exotic measures to let them know, culminating in a desperate attempt to write it on their roof and have them look at Google Earth. The point of that incredibly long sentence is this: If you want to see a really funny satirical band you have to hit up Garfunkel & Oates. Please, please link here to see my current fave, "Pregnant Women are Smug", and then here to learn more.

A Wink and a Smile

Director Deirdre Timmons' documentary "A Wink and a Smile" draws back the velvet curtain as students of Seattle's Academy of Burlesque have 6 weeks to reveal their hidden talents.

Through their adventures (and misadventures) we see why a homemaker, a reporter, a doctor, an opera singer, a taxidermist and students join the American cultural revival that is swelling from a fringe fascination to mainstream obsession. The 90-minute musical documentary tells the story of exposing more than the human body, putting gender, power, sexuality, and social identity under a glittery spotlight.
**Official Premiere in Seattle Friday 5/15 @ NorthWest Film Forum
With Live performances by Miss Indigo Blue, Mercury Troy + more, and go-go girls Sassy DeLure & Fuchsia FoXXX

And yet another reason to leave the GOP....

GOP women: A minority in a minority
Women make up almost 51 percent of the U.S. population but less than 10 percent of the House and Senate GOP — a gender disconnect that could make the Republicans’ climb back to power even steeper than it would be otherwise. Read rest of article here.

“Love rarely comes easily and if it does, it usually goes quite quickly.”

I love the title of Tracey Emin's upcoming show at White Cube. It pretty much sums up my entire love life. The show will center around new erotic drawings. I've always been a fan of her unabashed and honest views of sexuality and feminism. This is her first exhibition in four years.

roxana come home! laura and euna??

Iran released Roxana Saberi today, issuing her a suspended 2-year sentence. Her whereabouts are unknown at this time, which is a little troubling to me.
I won't believe it till I see it.
Came across on old report by Laura Ling on Current TV last night and I couldn't watch it knowing that she, along with Euna Lee, is in prison in N.Korea right now.
N. Korea has blocked all access to the women and no one has spoken with them since March 30. Using these young women as political pawns is so sad and desperate.

As you can tell, I really enjoy good illustration, but way more than that, I like free gallery openings. The food, the alcohol, the sassily-dressed fashionistas; what's not to like? So if you are the new "recessionista", looking for something interesting to do on a Friday night, or you just want to see some unusual illustrations, go to Thinkspace tomorrow night and enjoy three women artists doing what they do best.

Iconic Muse to YSL Maxime de la Falaise dies.

MODEL, designer, Vogue writer and muse Maxime de la Falaise died last week aged 86, the Telegraph reports, and the legacy of the woman
Cecil Beaton reportedly called "the only truly chic Englishwoman of her generation," is of more than just beauty.
There aren't enough modern-day muses like this anymore...

Thoughts on Madonna’s Ingenious Met-Gala Outfit

Madonna brings it at the Met Gala. Always.

How Do You Really Feel?

I came across Miki Sato's work yesterday on the site called Paper Beats Internet. I'm pretty obsessed with the name and the concept is really interesting. It's a social networking site for illustrators where they can post their images and have others comment on those illustrations with their own illustrations. I may work in the interactive realm, but I have a deep love-affair with everything non-internet related. While I was skimming the site, I came across an artist that captured my imagination as well as my emotions in a beautiful, colorful, sweeping way. The illustration above is called "Stopping daydreams, seeing reality", and Miki has captured exactly what that moment of truth feels like. Other illustrations are titled, "Pursuit of Passion", "Optimism in Learning How to Fly", and my personal favorite, "Hearing Disappointing News", which features a woman holding up a conk shell that contains a disturbed hermit crab who pinches her ear. If only she could my personal therapist; my emotions would look so beautiful. Be sure to check out all of her illustrations here.

i ♥ seattle

We just got back from the Seattle Erotic Art Festival and boy was that an experience! 

2 of my favorite pieces from the show were Seattle's Diem Chau with her delicate organza and mohair panty sculptures "Brown Betty" and Alison Sweet's "Nightlight" made up of 16mm found footage from vintage porn - I also love how she calls herself a feminist, intermedia artist and research nerd. 
I also really enjoyed Crystal Barbre's charcoal drawings of human animal hybrid coitus - with stripper heels! Fuchsia FoXXX was a hit at the artist reception with her belly dance and burlesque performance - hot, pink and sparkly! 
We really fell in love with Seattle, the people were so nice and we did happen to be there on one of the nicest days of the year but still... that city has a great vibe and is so green and lush thanks to all that precipitation. I can't wait to visit again and check out more of the Seattle art scene!

Diem Chau

Diem Chau combines common mediums and common means to create delicate vignettes of fleeting memory, gesture and form, resulting in works that combine egalitarian sensibility and minimalist restraint. Her work touches on the value of Storytelling, Myths and its ability to connect us to each other through cultural and humanistic similarities.