Professor Dreamboat McDreamy
oops i was just like “haha it’s a boob”
One of the best pieces of advice that I ever received was from an Art History professor I had for several classes in college. He always called us out when we used the word “interesting” as a descriptor for a work of art or an idea. He said that there’s no use using that word if you can’t elaborate on why you find something “interesting.” Always question why you think something is interesting and you’ll have more depth and clarity in your writing, AND in your life. (◡‿◡✿)
"Lucid Stead" Light Installation in the California Desert.
Phillip K. Smith III, an American artist based in Indio, California, has recently completed a stunning light installation in the middle of the California High Desert, near the small town of Joshua Tree. Titled ”Lucid Stead,” the work is actually an artistic intervention on a 70-year-old abandoned homesteader shack that plays with the concepts of light and shadow, reflection, projection and change. During the day, the structure reflects its surroundings through mirrors placed in both the shack’s openings and some of the boards on the walls. This acts to create an optical illusion of transparency, while at the same time transforming the desert into a material in its own right. As the sun sets, light gradually begins to emanate from the shack, with the door and windows transforming into solid-colour blocks that change from one colour to the next at an almost imperceptible pace. Interior white lighting seeps through the cracks on the walls, revealing the internal bracings and the shack’s supports. The installation plays beautifully with the concepts of receiving and transmitting: what during the day is a passive reflective object, at night becomes a dynamic illuminating presence that projects itself outwards in bold, bright colours.
[YatzerTip]: Don’t miss Phillip K. Smith III’s upcoming solo exhibition opening on 29 November 2013 at ‘‘royale projects: contemporary art’’ gallery, 73190 El Paseo Palm Desert, CA
I love the bit about how the mirrors transform the surroundings into a sculptural medium. The piece as a whole makes me think of the fleeting quality of manmade structures, which has been artistically studied over and over, but the visual quality and construction of this “abandoned shack” is new. The structure is sleek and sturdy and integrated into the landscape while at the same time representing something that is overcome by nature and time. Instead of focusing on the dichotomy of human vs. nature, this piece takes a stance closer to human and nature, which I find more realistic and fresh.
We have become conditioned to understand the term “natural” as Nature in its purest, most sacred form; as a result, it has become intrinsic that natural is always better. Before deciding what is good and bad and before dividing parts into poles, we should question whether this system of classification continues to be relevant; modernity at it’s best is often the synthesis of contrasting elements. Perfumery is a poignant illustration of the benefits of synthetics and the potential of the artificial as an art form.
humans are so cute, when we say goodbye we put our arms around each other and to show we love someone we bring them flowers. we say hello by holding each other’s hand, and sometimes tiny little dewdrops form in our eyes. for pleasure we listen to arrangements of sounds, press our lips together, smoke dried leaves, get drunk off of old fruit. we’re all just little animals, falling in love and having breakfast beneath billions of stars :~)
this reminds me of every icelandic song i’ve ever listened to
I don’t think we take enough time to appreciate the periods in our life when our noses aren’t runny. Is your nose runny right now? No? Think about that. Honestly reflect on it. Enjoy this era of peace. There are dark times on the horizon
honestly, thoughts like this have put me through some of my worst days
i don’t know how people with “real blogs” stick to a theme without posting a bunch of doge memes or satanist jokes
like it is so hard
This is to die for!
in an attempt to engage with my digital self