Saturday, April 17, 2010

Zen of Shoes, and Cheese.

Utterly minding my own business, doing The Google to find out about an org whose membership is lady business owners, I chanced upon this shoe, the Nabu fashioned by Tsubo.
What self-respecting urban(e) girl wouldn't wish to add this model to her creation.
I ask.
What's not shown in this photo is the sling-back feature and contrasting black of the heel.
A triumph.

Also on the burners is in-process design of a t-shirt to be featured in my shop - OptionG.
This will be for the ladies manning my Stim Girls Photo Booth at Artists & Models - dubbed Stimulus this year.
Always oso pithy, the theme is meant to artfully and intelligently encompass the worlds of pop, media, import, newsiness.
If the minds behind Hallwalls (Ed/Polly/John/Carolyn et al) were to name the large-scale fete today would they take a cue from that pesky volcano shutting down Euro airworks which has little FlorAdorable stranded in France.
That could be one of the new daydreams of Yours Truly: to be stranded in France.
Thoughts run, bien sur, automatically to cheese/fromage.

Speaking of such, KatherineGS sent YT an inspiring Roz Chast sheet of cheese-based recipes.
Sample platter.
Cheese Patties - 6 lb. soft cheese. Form cheese into patties. Serve on a bun. Makes enough for 12 patties.
Cheese Pick-Me-Up - 1/2 cup water, 1 lb. Brie. Put everything in blender at a high speed. Serve immediately. Just enough for one.

This past week went to LGG's pre-CEPA Auction cocktail party (arrived late due to a rare non-accident Middling City traffic jam created by the arrival and lecture by Jane Goodall at Canisius College) and amongst others talked to Judy, the purchaser of YT's piece in the last CEPA Auction two years ago - it being of biennial variety.
Judy, it should be noted, won the piece (a triumph made in The Shiney Apple, an iconic piece of YT's, it must be said) and then had instant buyer's freak-out regret and tried to pass it off to dear Annie.
In the end, Judy not only embraced the piece and displays it proudly in her home, but traveled to The Shiney Apple to locate the origins, the original sign featured in the piece.
When I next saw Judy she showed me her documentation of the sign featured, and the small adhesive bandage stuck to the sign that YT liked very much. YT was ever so slightly surprised that Judy removed the bandage, and saved it.

Nancy, I want you to know an additional part of the story un regards to Gramercy Park. I copied the quote that was on back of the photo and framed that! "love flowers. Love cities."I do love the photo ( both yours and mine). So glad I drank the wine and bid on it! See you next weekend. Judy

My photo Gramercy Park Sign, Flowers shown in Judy's image alongside my framed backside quote.
Judy's doc of the sign in situ at right - with different Gramercy Park plantings, bandage still affixed.

Back to The Shiney Apple soon for more making, doing, walking.
High on priority list, besides ASMP event, is work by those in the Whitney Biennial (including Jessica Hutchins's), Marina Abramović, and oso much more.

In situ Love.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Character - and Character - Analysis.

Character foremost is blazing one of the Middling City, its essence, the thing that makes it unmistakably the MC.
Yours Truly is working on a series, a personal project for possible and probable inclusion in a forthcoming exhibit: Buffalo the Beautiful.
The above image might be in the show - or one like it.
It's an early morning encounter, driving down Elmwood Avenue (this not being the Shiney Apple the downs and ups are not stringently applied - down is south, whereas up is north so a drive from North to Allen, for example, is down and herein YT rests her case), with the sun-shafted bubbles streaming out of the window of Bubble Man who lives at Elmwood and Allen.
As I told Burly Font, this image collection is meant to rustle together some Perfectly positive images of the MC, I mean the Beautiful Buffalo.
BF and I have a tentative date to make images at the same time on a foray into the Grain Elevator District.

A few weeks back YT photographed a man who is a leading international star in the mysterious realm of polygraphy.
Being YT, YT, more minding not only my own business, as is my constant wont, but in that moment the business of mine, the character/subject, the client, and the piece of Haydn playing on the hi-fi as I worked.
Part of the gig of making portraits is finding a means of connecting visually and humanistically to the matter/subject/character at hand so questions and statements and such are bandied about.
Being in the company of a polygraph artist thoughts and questions naturally quickly turned to sociopaths and the like.
Had the character in front of the lens of YT wired up and tested sociopaths, and, if so, how many and did he think that some people were simply born bad.
He claims to have interviewed/tested thousands of sociopaths and other nogoodniks and does believe that some are born with no scruples.
I asked if he could always tell a liar.
And pondered if I had been telling any lies or fibs to this man.
But I had not, so had nothing to fear, like a telltale twitch of the chin, or other somesuch clue.
The polygraph character said No, I cannot always tell if someone is lying.
But the machine, he says, is another matter.
He's rewritten the book, a five-pound book (this is true, wire me up if You don't believe me) about submitting the test in a more effective manner.
YT hopes indeed to never have to be polygraph tested.
By this character, or any.

Love of Character Analysis - 101, 201, 301, or perhaps even 401.