Coming into LA from the south, the view for about an hour.
Yikes! 2019. Next year is 2020. What?
I’ve been watching a lot of movies these last weeks in readiness for the Oscars. Of these categories, Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Original Screenplay, Adapted Screenplay, and Cinematography, I still need to see A Star Is Born, Cold War, At Eternity’s Gate, First Reformed, and Never Look Away.
There are plenty of others I haven’t seen, documentaries, animations, etc. so I’m not worried about running out of movies to see.
Alex, having sailed the Seven Seas living aboard for more than a decade, in his favorite foulies ready to climb up on my roof in the pouring rain to fix one of the vents. Oh Alex, what a guy.
Sailors do get attached to their foulies and Alex’s friend Paul has advised all his near and dear that he is to be cremated in his favorite set, no questions, no deviations.
I had Tuesday with the girls, went to the dentist on Wednesday, I can’t remember what else so how important could it be. I have to pick up antibiotics for that thing in my mouth and now I’m thinking, wait, oh goodie, infection is bad, and when it’s gone I’ll be better!
Darryl took this picture of Rome at our arts outing on Sunday. Rome had just bought that pin for her jacket, so appropriate that we all loled.
Hauser & Wirth, a fine art space in the DTLA Arts District. I went here with Darryl, Rome, and Lilly. Angela stayed home with the puppy.
I got this from the H&W website, for an idea of the neighborhood. The building is “situated in the former Globe Mills complex. a collection of historic buildings dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. ..The mill was an example of the shift in California’s economy from the Gold Rush of the 19th century to farming, its 20th century mainstay.”
There were three exhibitions available today, Calder: Nonspace, Manifesto by Julian Rosefeldt, and Analogue by Zoe Leonard.
I hope you can’t read the text here because what made Manifesto such a big hit with all of us was not knowing what was going to happen. It’s that slow dawning that something is going on here and then the smack in the face when you get it. It’s huge and I’m so glad we got to have the experience together.
This was the first time I was at an exhibit where you couldn’t use any cameras at all but you could snap away with your cell phone. I can see not wanting people to take up space with a lot of gear but it seems they could handle this maybe differently than banning all cameras but allowing cell phones.
Susie and I went to two Ai Weiwei exhibits today, both closing tomorrow, and we were SO happy to have made it. I had to cancel the first time we planned to go and thankfully Susie could still get tickets.
It was AWESOME. All the quoted material I copied from the exhibition’s flyer.
Set in the largest space at the Marciano Museum, the overall effect is massive. Note there are two floor coverings before you reach the main display…
The second floor covering “Spouts piles together thousands of antique teapot spouts dating as far back as the Song dynasty (960-1279). Following Ai’s practice of repetition and multiplication, Spouts can be seen as a mass of mouths, a metaphor for the widespread yearning for freedom of speech.”
I loved that, “a metaphor for the widespread yearning for freedom of speech.”
The central piece is called Life Cycle and “is Ai’s latest response to the global refugee crisis. Created in monumental scale, the work is crafted from bamboo using traditional kite-making techniques, and depicts an inflatable boat, the kind commonly used by refugees to reach Europe. Within the boat are figures, some of which bear the likeness of the animals of the Chinese zodiac.”
We drove to another location where, at the Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, we have four different installations, Stools, Zodiac, and That Looks Like a Llama But is Really an Alpaca, and various cubes including The Crystal Cube, and more, but these four grabbed my attention most.
All the quoted material I copied from the exhibition’s flyer.
“Zodiac is works composed from thousands of plastic LEGO bricks. The set of twelve works incorporates imagery from two well-known series by the artist. The twelve LEGO Zodiac animal heads deriving from his sculpture series Circle of Animals are overlaid onto twelve landscapes and monuments from Ai’s Study of Perspective series of photographs.”
“The Animal That Looks Like a Llama But is Really an Alpaca from a distance looks like French eighteenth-century ormolu and becomes, upon closer inspection, ominous arrays of surveillance cameras. During his years of domestic house arrest (2011-2015), the Chinese government surrounded Ai’s studio in Beijing with over twenty cameras, recording his activities twenty-four hours a day. He draws on his personal experience to comment on the encroaching surveillance state both in China and in the West.”
Also we have The Crystal Cube “which is possibly the world’s largest crystal object.”
1947, our Year of the Boar.
Remember the old Campanile restaurant? Republique opened in that location in December 2013. This was my first visit to Republique, and definitely not my last. We shared three things and they were all delicious!
I copied this from their website.
It’s long…”The building that houses République is both timeless and unique. Built in 1928 by Charlie Chaplin and designed by architect Roy Sheldon Price, it was initially conceived as a mixed-use space — with shops on the ground floor and office space above — surrounding an idyllic tiled courtyard. It first became a restaurant in 1989, when Chefs Mark Peel & Nancy Silverton made extensive updates and opened the seminal La Brea Bakery and, six months, later Campanile.
“Campanile closed in 2012, and the building was updated yet again to make way for République…though this time, the primary aim of the design was to strip layers away–down to the original brick, tile and ironwork–and return the space to the airy, open feel of the original construction.”
I walked with Sharon this morning and then we enjoyed one of our favorite food stops.
That was good, very good, but also very good was that before our walk I made a tech support call, wondering if I’d have to end the call without an answer, to go meet Sharon. But no! The call was amazing. Did you even know that you could call google? Well you can, and the person who answers the phone, who lives somewhere you’ve never heard of, will help you. In One Minute. That’s right, I put in a help call and got a call back in One Minute.
Ok, my expectations are so low, but still.
I’ve been back from Saint Paul for three days now and I have no pictures having done basically nothing so here’s a few from other people and some I haven’t used yet. I should have taken a picture of my suitcase yesterday when it was finally empty but not yet taken to the garage.
Oh the time I spend scrolling through memes. I needed a literary diversion after finishing Proust and no big reading project has presented itself…so how about scrolling through memes?
Remember when I was trying to learn Japanese? My teacher, and her husband who was one of my colleagues at work, moved back to Japan a few years ago. Hana-san was very sick recently, in the hospital and rehab for months and months in Tokyo, and now they are home to their own town near Kyoto.
Here’s a picture of Hana out for a walk under the autumn trees.