http://snapshotsbydes.smugmug.com/Art/sound-affects-art-animoto/19975204_tSG6gn#1573544459_r59jM4d Well, it was pretty awesome. My brother invited me to an interactive art exhibition called Sound Affects Art . It was showing at the Think Tank Gallery , smack dab in the middle of the Fashion District in Downtown Los Angeles (a.k.a. the 'Garment District').
My husband, the angel that he his, accompanied me to this event, and this was the first time he's been to the Garment District. I was kind of excited to go, because I haven't been in years. My parents used to take us there to go shopping for school clothes. They were hip...still are, infact. (I've got the hippest parents around). If you've ever met them, you know where I'm comin' from.
Anyway, I was reminiscing about how good we had it. All of those great deals on thee cutest tops, jeans, boots, jackets...and accessories up the ying-yang. And then, speaking of ying-yang, we'd finish the day eating dinner in Chinatown. Ah, the life...(thanks, Mom and Dad!)
Well, as I'm telling my husband albout the good 'ol days, we exited off of 18th Street, missed a turn, and almost got lost. (Not really, though, cause I've got mad navigation skills and a very good sense of direction). And as I kept yapping away (because of the fancy Starbucks espresso drink that was pulsing through my vains), we finally found the Think Tank Gallery. The name, by the way, reminds me of my favorite radio talk show peeps, whom I miss sooooo much: The Triplets - Frosty, Heidi and Frank. If any of you know who I am talking about, they were H.I.L.A.R.I.O.US. (right???)
So, we finally found a parking spot...and, YAY!!!...We didn't have to pay the meter parking after 9pm. And we didn't get mugged...double yay! That's always a plus. (Because if you haven't been to the outskirts of Downtown L.A. in the middle of the night, it's kinda like being in a movie, where you get mugged.)
We found the gallery, which is a beautiful open space...a HUGE flat (not exaggerating), with nice white walls, great lighting, and a wide variety of art hanging from its walls. You can hear live music playing in the back, and guests walking around with their Skullcandy Headphones (guess what I want for Christmas, and guess what you're getting for Christmas...)
As we waited for my brother, Kalae, we headed first for the wine/beer bar, of course, and then wandered around the gallery, admiring the artwork hanging on the walls. Then, when he finally arrived, and we all grabbed our Skullcandies, and listened to the tunes that correlated to each individual artist's work...pretty cool concept!
Kalae briefly introduced me to Logan Walden, the mastermind behind Sound Affects Art who is eager to introduce this experience to Lightning in a Bottle and Burning Man. Now that would be sick. So, whether at your local gallery or at a music festival, keep your eyes out for this exhibit...it's definitely one worth checking out.
Sound Affects Art: "This is more than an art exhibition. It's a project that explores the chemistry between music, art, and you as a spectacle. Have an open mind and let the music explain the art..."
Just a (very) last minute REMINDER: I am doing a lecture at the library.
Hope to see you there!
DESIGN YOUR OWN DROUGHT TOLERANT GARDEN
Wednesday, August 31st
E.P. Foster Library, Elizabeth R. Topping Room
651 East Main Street, Ventura CA 93001
how one turns to the intimate side of surfing to deal with the loss of a loved one: a beautiful, heartfelt story by filmmaker Nathan Oldfield
[vimeo http://vimeo.com/28056957] This short moved me in so many ways. Although, I can't even begin to imagine the sorrow that Nathan and his family are going through, I can definitely relate to how the ocean can be a place to heal and to reconnect with something that is bigger than life.
There have been many times in my life where I have turned to the ocean to heal, to escape, to relieve stress, to gain a sense of place whilst major life-changes, and on more than one occasion, to heal from the loss of a friend or family member...(almost always, these 'escape' sessions end up being the best sessions).
Something about being in the water during times like these is very, very humbling. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it feels right. I feel present and in the moment - thankful for the (crazy-beautiful) life I have been given - and that moment makes me realize I am supposed be exactly where I am.
Perhaps Nathan's story is a reminder to all of us that we can still find that humble moment in our lives where we can find peace within our hearts, minds, and souls. Whether it's surfing, playing music, creating art, writing, praying, meditating...whatever. Take time to find that perfect, beautiful moment to just "be here and now" and celebrate this amazing life that was given to us.
Here is a link to what Nathan had to say about this short - which, he says, 'forms the centerpiece' of his feature film, Seaworthy: Stillbirth & Surfing
http://snapshotsbydes.smugmug.com/Photography/a-million-little-pics/18055943_k9rsr2#1384592619_RQrKxcsmy creative process for 'a million little pictures' project was quite simple: i'd take my daily walk on the beach. perhaps i'd find a heart pebble or beach glass. or maybe not. if i did happen to stumble upon one, i took a snapshot. with my nifty cardboard film camera, of course. then i developed the film and shipped the prints off to the brooklyn art library in new york. that's it. 20 out of 27 images came out. not perfect, but not bad for old-school candid shots. and besides, blurry or not, you can't put a price on those perfect (million) little moments that are frozen in time. (right?)
IN A NUTSHELL: 'A Million Little Pictures' is a community-supported exhibition of snapshots captured around the world. Participants chose a theme and interpreted it via a single roll of film. The exhibition weaves the resulting photographs in an unbroken patchwork of images, covering the walls of the Photomobile — a traveling gallery-on-wheels. The Photomobile will be travelling from coast to coast and temporarily constructed in five cities in the fall of 2011: Toronto, San Francisco, Denver, Atlanta and Brooklyn.......Sweeetness!
just got back from a little trip up the coast, and spent the summer solstice in complete quiet bliss. this photo was actually hanging on our fridge door. i forget what year this is from...but it's one of my favorites. hence, it's qualification for being refrigerator-door-worthy. hopefully i can make some time this summer to do some post-editing and upload more big sur pics - and archives of endless photos - to my portfolio. digital, film, lomo fish-eye...oh, and a million little pictures project. it's a grueling task, editing and organizing, but i love to reminisce (isn't that what it's all about?) also, a note to family and friends: please remind me if i need to send you a private link to any past events, because - like brendon said - i am as slow as molasses. stay tuned...xo