Sunday, December 27, 2009

Relaxing in the Country


It was great being back in Louisiana for the holidays. We spent the day after Christmas catching up with family over anduille gumbo and bloody marys. The light was perfect so I took out my camera and shot for a few hours.

Music: The Postal Service - Give Up

Friday, December 25, 2009

Happy Holidays


Tradition is a pretty powerful thing. For Christmas Michael and I drove up to New Orleans to visit with family and friends for a few days. Despite the fact that 2009 has been a pretty rough year for just about everyone I know there is some comfort and hope to be found in the traditional preparation of a meal.

From the canned cranberry sauce that I insist be served in the shape of the can it came in, to the perfectly prepared turkey that Michael and his sister started cooking at 6am, to the stuffing that Michael prepared using his late grandmother’s recipe, all kinds of tradition are alive and well this Christmas.

While we hardly live a “traditional” life 363 days a year, holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas give us the opportunity to participate in the ritual meal preparation that has accompanied the holiday season for our ancestors for centuries.

For me, Christmas is a great opportunity to express gratitude and appreciation to all of my friends and family. It hasn’t been my greatest year in terms of communication, but all of you have been in my thoughts this year.

Music: Tori Amos - Midwinter Graces
Movies: Avatar

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Art Basel 2009 (Miami Beach)


What a week. I went down to Miami to take in Art Basel with my friends and haven’t stopped looking through the catalogues and programs since we got back. On day one we viewed work at the Bass Museum. Several highlights of that show were meticulous and elegant pieces by Dzine. From there we headed to the O.H.W.O.W. gallery where we watched and heard Koudlam perform from the rooftop as fire extinguishers were shot down on the crowd. Inside we saw work by José Parlá and KAWS among others. The space was packed but we managed to see everything.

Day two started at the Miami Beach Convention Center where we had the opportunity to take a leisurely stroll through what looked like more than two miles of spaces set up by the top galleries in the world. We all saw so much there that blew our minds, but a pair of sculptures by Evan Penny really knocked us out. From there we headed to SCOPE where we saw some more great work. A really nice surprise at SCOPE was a taste of New Orleans in the form of the Red Truck Gallery.

Later that evening we checked out STAGES, an event hosted by Nike, O.H.W.O.W, and Deitch Projects to benefit LIVESTRONG. I was floored by the work on display, particularly “Foyer”, an intensely personal piece by Eric White. Other highlights included “Lance’s Tequila Bike for Girls” by Tom Sachs, “If Ink Were Blood (Man and Woman)” by Dustin Yellin, and “The Tipping Point” by Dzine.

Following the STAGES opening we checked out The Wynwood Walls, an outdoor mural project produced by Deitch Projects and Goldman Properties. Os Gêmeos, Nunca, Futura, and Shepard Fairey really turned it out in the courtyard, and the lateness of the hour made for a wonderfully surreal experience.

Days three and four were spent exploring Miami Beach, going back to the Convention Center for a recap, and processing everything we had taken in over the past 72 hours. I finally had the chance to take out my camera on the last day there, so I took some parting shots of Miami Beach before we headed out.

Music: Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
More Music: Lady Gaga - The Fame Monster
TV: Modern Family