Archive for May 2010

Kim Gordon is just cool.

Seriously, what doesn't Kim Althea Gordon do? Her watercolor paintings, like the music of Sonic Youth, with rip at you and make you think. And now Rizzoli has just published a sort of scrapbook, a limited edition book of her musings called: Performing/Guzzling: Kim Gordon. She's the daughter of a seamstress...ah now it all makes sense to me (as I am too). Rock on.

Karen Elson


Flame-haired supermodel and wife of Jack White, Karen Elson has a beautiful new album called "The Ghost Who Walks" out right now...it reminds me of the early bluegrass of Dolly Parton. you can listen to it in all its elegiac and twangy prettiness here....

Jenny Mörtsell

Oh man i just love graphite...it just elicits something very raw artistically for me...it's hard to ever lose your first feelings for all that simple pencils can do. My latest crush is on artist Jenny Mörtsell. She has a very sophisticated quality of line. You can follow all of her blogs and tweets here.

...and speaking of sexy art books...


Ok well I admit I scoffed at the price of Helmut Newton's Sumo when it was published and sold for $1500. And you know what...? It appreciated in value and is upwards of $7000. on ebay and elsewhere. I remember one person who had it then and it was deserving of the altar it came with. Lucky girl. Perhaps this new $1000. Bettina Rheims (and Serge Bramly) piece will do the same. From the Amazon.com description:

Equal parts erotica, fashion shoot, art monograph, metaphysical mystery, social and cultural archaeology of the French capital, and neo-noir arthouse film—Rose, c'est Paris is all this and more.

In a surrealistic inversion of the oft-imitated 1954 Parisian photobook...Love On The Left Bank, this mesmerizing work is the meandering tale of twin sisters, known only as B and R, and a third principal—the city itself. When R returns to their apartment and learns that B has been abducted following a violent struggle, a dreamlike detective story unfolds in black and white on the streets, in the cafés and cabarets, groceries and museums, usines abondonées, and grands hotels of Paris.

Luscious. Anyone want to donate one?

The Grandmother of Performance Art.

If you didn't get a chance to see the latest live performance of Marina Abramović at the MOMA, hurry, she will be performing through May 31. It is a breathtaking experience and an existential wonder which brought tears to my eyes. The duality of life and death intertwine with her silence and knowing eyes. I only wish I had enough time to wait to get the chance to sit with her, which would have been a wonder. Known for always pushing the boundaries of the human experience through her art, the Yugoslovian artist has an incredible life story and I'm looking forward to this new biography. There was a great article in the January issue of W Magazine additionally which can be found here.

Kate D. MacDowell

I came across the impossibly delicate and beautiful hand-sculpted porcelain work of Kate MacDowell today...her fusion of humanity and nature could not be more timely in the face of the multiple environmental disasters we are facing...

"In my work this romantic ideal of union with the natural world conflicts with our contemporary impact on the environment. These pieces are in part responses to environmental stressors including climate change, toxic pollution, and gm crops. They also borrow from myth, art history, figures of speech and other cultural touchstones. In some pieces aspects of the human figure stand-in for ourselves and act out sometimes harrowing, sometimes humorous transformations which illustrate our current relationship with the natural world. In others, animals take on anthropomorphic qualities when they are given safety equipment to attempt to protect them from man-made environmental threats. In each case the union between man and nature is shown to be one of friction and discomfort with the disturbing implication that we too are vulnerable to being victimized by our destructive practices."
(Shown: Sparrow, 7"x6 ½"x2", hand built porcelain, cone 6 glaze, 7/2008)

lemons and integrity...

There will always be disappointment. Woke up this morning to the reality that an opportunity I had been hoping for turned out to be a hair worse than amateur hour, cue the circus music and lights. Sorry to be cryptic but it doesn't serve anyone to point out specifics. I understand the atavistic comfort of familiarity as opposed to provocation. However, I am looking at this circumstance from another perspective because I'm at least grateful that it's given me a new outlook on what is important to me from a visual and content consideration standpoint. I find myself so often compromising aesthetics in the commercial world, and I never ever ever want to do that here. I don't think I could have channeled my personality into someone else's tacky framework.

I am making a promise to continue to be the best acerbic, quality-minded, thoughtful designer, writer and curator I can be. I will continue to write about sex, politics, and art without fear from the perspective that can only be my own unique one as long as people find it truthful and interesting!

To other like-minded female artists out there...please continue to follow and submit to FP, it really means so much to us here! Thank you...

Rachel Wolfe.

There is a quiet power to landscape photography when you can feel the transience of humanity...now you see them, now you don't. Rachel Wolfe's photography is like that. There are many places to explore on her site including her poetry and blog:

"The intuited energy I find everywhere, in everything aids in my process of making my perception of unseen forces known."

Jaclyn Santos: Bravo's Next Great Artist


Yesterday I tweeted about the upcoming Bravo TV reality show "Work of Art" (still having a hard time with the idea of competing artists, kind of like the Oscars for me...but we'll see) and today I heard from one of the contestants, Jaclyn Santos. A former assistant to Jeff Koons, Santos' work is both sexual and spiritual, confronting the male gaze and post feminism head on. From her site:

"I am concerned with defying stereotypes and obscuring the boundary between "high" and "low" art. I like to create a tension between the viewer as a voyeur and the viewer as a participant. I frequently make use of "masculine" imagery such as sports cars and urinals or give mundane objects a phallic connotation - this serves to emphasize the sexual undertone of the narratives. I feel that contemporary American society places an unattainable amount of expectations on women; cinematography in particular often creates "superwomen" who are unnaturally beautiful, smart, talented, successful, and sexually gifted. However, due to time constraints as well as genetically determined physical and mental limitations, no real woman could ever possibly achieve equality with these fictitious idols..."

I am looking forward to watching her on the show as well as featuring more of her work on fp.You can follow Jaclyn on twitter here as well.

Pictures From My Heart: Emma Talbot


London artist Emma Talbot is currently exhibiting at Transition Gallery but her pieces are also available in a publication here. The show features a selection of heartbreakingly honest drawings made following the death of her husband Paul to better understand her own process of emotion and work.

"When Paul died, I realised there were some things I will never know, because when I lost him, I lost all of his thoughts and memories as well. That’s really what made me start to think about this. What we are is in our heads. What we know about the world, we carry around with us, and what we think is based on these notions or memories. And everything we do is driven by our way of thinking. The drawings are not all melancholic, though, there's a lot about love, personal memories, experience and thoughts." –Emma Talbot (photo by Damian Griffiths)

Anthropology of an American Girl


Sometimes there are those books that for one reason or another find themselves stuck on your bookshelf or bedside table for a long time. You may pick them up and start to read but it's not the right moment, so they remain dusty until they call out to you again. I'm not exactly sure how I stumbled across this book originally, but I am certainly glad I did. Because I've finally cracked into it, and wow, it's just such a beautifully written poetic novel that hits upon so many truths of growing up an American girl. I find myself wanting to dog ear almost every page...quotes that you don't want to forget. Hilary Thayer Hamann if you're out there, I love you. From Amazon.com:

Originally a self-published cult hit in 2003 (since reedited), Hamann's debut traces the sensual, passionate, and lonely interior of a young woman artist growing up in windswept East Hampton at the end of the 1970s.