Friday, April 24, 2009

double shot of crazy

Pylon performing Crazy

R.E.M. covering Crazy (by Pylon)

want more? Pylon on MySpace

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Louise Bourgeois (born December 25, 1911 )

"Louise Bourgeois was born in Paris in 1911. She studied art at various schools there, including the Ecole du Louvre, Académie des Beaux-Arts, Académie Julian, and Atelier Fernand Léger. In 1938, she emigrated to the United States and continued her studies at the Art Students League in New York. Though her beginnings were as an engraver and painter, by the 1940s she had turned her attention to sculptural work, for which she is now recognized as a twentieth-century leader. Greatly influenced by the influx of European Surrealist artists who immigrated to the United States after World War II, Bourgeois’s early sculpture was composed of groupings of abstract and organic shapes, often carved from wood. By the 1960s she began to execute her work in rubber, bronze, and stone, and the pieces themselves became larger, more referential to what has become the dominant theme of her work—her childhood. She has famously stated “My childhood has never lost its magic, it has never lost its mystery, and it has never lost its drama.” Deeply symbolic, her work uses her relationship with her parents and the role sexuality played in her early family life as a vocabulary in which to understand and remake that history. The anthropomorphic shapes her pieces take—the female and male bodies are continually referenced and remade—are charged with sexuality and innocence and the interplay between the two. Bourgeois’s work is in the collections of most major museums around the world. She lives in New York." (source for artist's biography: PBS series - Art in the 21st Century - Art:21)

SMAC Presents Spiders & Feminists Louise Bourgeois at Guggenheim

Images of work by Louise Bourgeois

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Happy Birthday to my Patron Saint of Melancholia, Robert Smith, born April 21, 1959

The Cure - Disintegration

photo source: The Cure by Paul Mathur, Atalanta Press, London, © 1987

photo source: The Cure by Paul Mathur, Atalanta Press, London, © 1987

quick sketch of Robert Smith by Claire W. Johnson

The Cure - One Hundred Years

Friday, April 17, 2009

Get Happy!!

Happy Friday! I was listening to NPR and today is Nick Hornby's birthday (novelist and essayist, born April 17, 1957 in Redhill, Surrey, England). Happy birthday Mr. Hornby!

Elvis Costello and the Attractions from Get Happy!!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Rebecca Miller's 2009 Spring Collection

Rebecca Miller has added new handmade knitted and crocheted items to Rebecca's Creations. I've picked out a few of her house and kitchen accessories that remind me of Spring!

Wisteria Doily

Two Tier Irish Roses

Ribbons of Sunshine Dishcloth

Cherries Napkin Rings

Sugar n' Cream Over the Rainbow and Hot Pink Ballband Dishcloth (April Special)

Sugar n' Cream Sunny Sky Round Knitted Dishcloth (April Special)

Red Birds in a Tree Notecard

Rebecca also takes custom orders of dishcloths, coasters, drawstring purses, potholders, and knitted afghans.

It's Friday - Everybody POLKA!!!!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Oh My!

Robin has been eagerly awaiting the book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. He bought it on Amazon and it arrived in the mail yesterday. He's busy with a stack of library books, and noticed the drool hanging from the corners of my mouth, so my sweetheart took pity on me. Just started reading it - so excited!!!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith, Copyright 2009 by Quirk Productions, Inc.

From the back cover: "Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you'd actually want to read."

Illustration of Elizabeth Bennett's response to Darcy's first declaration of love: "One of her kicks found its mark, and Darcy was sent into the mantelpiece with such force as to shatter its edge."

From A Reader's Discussion Guide: "Some critics have suggested that the zombies represent the authors' views toward marriage - an endless curse that sucks the life out of you and just won't die. Do you agree, or do you have another opinion about the symbolism of the unmentionables?

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Gliding Bones

image of Edie Sedgwick from Andy Warhol's Index (Book)

Femme Fatale, The Velvet Underground