Monthly Archives: February 2012

Creating a World

Noemie Goudal takes photos inside an old barn, or in a basement or in a plain old room, but with a few props and a backdrop she creates a portal to another world. From the artist’s statement: “the journey inside the image will invite the viewer to enter the space as well as entering the … Continue reading »

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The View From the Stage

When I was looking around Fabrice Fouillet’s website yesterday I saw his series of theater photos.  These are seven photos, taken from the stage in beautiful, ornate theaters in Paris. Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens Because of my years designing for theater, this is the view that I usually think about when I think of a particular … Continue reading »

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Nailing Jello to the Wall

I moved to California and started grad school the week before my birthday.  Because I didn’t have any friends yet, I orchestrated my own birthday celebration. Basically, one day in class I announced where and when I would be having dinner and asked/begged people to show up. I figured I couldn’t count on anyone bringing … Continue reading »

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Inspired by this list: Strange Day Jobs of Authors Before they were Famous, from Flavorwire, I decided to list all the jobs I have ever had. I have had more and more varied jobs than most everyone else I know. The only rule is: I had to get paid. I have volunteered for a lot … Continue reading »

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The Illusion of Infinity

At the Tate Modern this spring there is a retrospective for Yayoi Kusama. One of the highlights is an “Infinity Room” with mirrors on all surfaces and pinpoints of light that shift through the color spectrum. It looks pretty amazing, but the experience seems hard to capture in a flat image. Walking through the room … Continue reading »

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The Places You Go

I know lots of people did not like high school. At this point, there a bit of reverse discrimination – if you liked high school you must not be very interesting now, because the only people who liked their teenage years are vacant cheerleaders and jocks. I was not a jock or a cheerleader, I … Continue reading »

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Carved From Pages

I love the books, always have. When I was growing up we had a lot of books in the house. I don’t have any form of electronic-book-reader-thingymabob. I do enjoy the feel of paper in my hands. I like giving thoughtful books as gifts, I like displaying them in my home, and I like passing them … Continue reading »

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ArcelorMittal Orbit

I have written about my admiration for Anish Kapoor before, and he just keeps making awesome art. In London right now, he is installing a gigantic, red, steel sculpture commissioned by the London Summer Olympics.  From the press release: “The breathtaking sculpture – thought to be the tallest in the UK – will consist of … Continue reading »

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Weaving and Unraveling

When I was about 8 my mom and I visited Pioneer Village in Minden, Nebraska. {Quite frankly, I am just delighted and very surprised to see it is still open and has a pretty great website.  Even as a kid, I could see the displays looked musty and dusty, and we were pretty much the … Continue reading »

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Carsten Höller’s Slides

My mom stayed home with us kids until I was in middle school and my brother was in grade school. An older mom gave her the advice that she should try to take a walk every day – rain or shine.  And we did.  The city park was only about four blocks away, it was … Continue reading »

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