20 March 2011
Speaking of old friends, now seems a good time to share an image from Terence's latest show, which I managed to catch at the Mary Boone gallery last week. The show is an installation and performance involving only a bare white room with a massive cone of coarse rock salt in the centre, and Terence – who circles the salt mountain on his knees - for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 5 weeks. Occasionally he has a lie-down. But that is essentially it. Carrying on his signature monochromatic aesthetic, it's an all-white ritual, which is both sort of calming and sort of unsettling to watch. It was tempting to go over and shout "Hey terence! Remember me from the old ECIAD days?".... but ah, no. The silence and the general gallery environment was way too overpowering. The attendant told me afterward that he has apparently taken a vow of silence for the entire duration of the show, so while it would have been perfectly ok to try to interact with him, he wouldn't have responded. That Terence! He never did anything half-way, even back in school, and I'm happy to see that he still doesn't. Was cool to see our old friend-turned-art-darling.... doing his thing.
Posted in: art
17 March 2011
Hey The MLE,
One of my oldest and dearest friends, Mr Calvert, as given us this lovely image. He actually made it a few months ago, prior to our site launch, so it is also further proof of his ability to see into my future. I really miss him. Thanks Steve!
16 March 2011
So, I can't resist posting about these doughnuts because right this minute, I happen to be reminiscing in my head about how good they are....and since I can't get my hands on anything remotely close here in Stockholm, I may as well share a photo with you and write about their deliciousness! These are from the Doughnut Plant in the Lower East Side in NY. They've been making these gourmet treats for years, and have inspired a trend in the "artisanal doughnut" lately, according to the NY Times. I used to go there pretty regularly when I lived in NY, so of course we had to have some while in town last week. These are doughnuts on a whole new level - made with only high quality ingredients and with exciting flavours like peanut butter and jelly, creme brulee, valrhona chocolate, pistachio, pomegranate.....okay okay, gotta stop now, I think I am actually drooling as I type.
14 March 2011
Just back from NYC, and have lots of stuff to share! The first is a show we saw at the David Zwirner gallery in Chelsea, of one of my favourite illustrators - Marcel Dzama, who happens to be a fellow Canadian from Winnipeg. His drawings are both whimsical and dark at the same time - creating this whole universe populated with a mix of humans, animals, and fantasy creatures. And a whole lotta masks, which of course always reminds me of the performance art piece that you and I did in Times Square all those years ago! This exhibit featured a mix of drawings, large sculptures and incredibly detailed dioramas, all related to a short film also on view, which mixes ballet and war in a surreal game of chess.
3 March 2011
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Indeed, the man himself was in Dalston last night to showcase the release of "thinking/not thinking." There was a queue of about 15 min beforehand, which I've never seen at Cafe Oto, but well worth it. Lucky for us, his "sick film" (short film of person after person making themselves sick in a white room) sent the boys in front of us out the door, so we got their chairs.
As you'd expect, his lyrics were spot on: "words words words words words words words words words..." then there was that other song, "fuck off, fuck off, fuck off, fuck off, fuck off, fuck off, fuck off..." Included here is the end of the song where he counts from 1 - 100. As someone pointed out, a real tune to sing along to, cause you'd already know all the lyrics.