i dont know how evident it is, but i always try to keep with the theme of the flâneur on my blog. anything that comes into the scope of my vision gets posted.. although that primarily involves art and fashion. anyway yesterday i was a guest speaker at a boarding school in victoria.. and while i was giving my flâneur talk, i mentioned the "art of walking" theory of michel de certeau. basically de certeau believes that modern flânerie also involves the everyday art of personal expression.
so i asked the students what they do to enhance their walks through the city.. what route do you take, what clothes do you wear, what is your individual relationship with the city you are moving through? some food for thought. i know there a few people in my life who practice flânerie.. id love to hear what you have to say.
my photos, left: montmartre. right: rome
its been a long week and i cant use my brain anymore, here are some miscellaneous images that i like/took from peoples blogs.
kirkland photographing marilyn monroe-------------------------------------------------------------------unknown
nicely done x2. it is vital that you click on these images to see the full detail.
left: at the proenza schouler fall 2009 show, carefully mixing the brands pieces with elizabeth and james.
right: the most perfectly tailored bold shoulders ive seen so far.
images: olsens anonymous
givenchy has been so right on for me lately. theres something to be said for garments that look like weapons. i still love this jacket. such a strong statement that it gives you authority.. and of course featured on three of the coolest women.
photographs by hedi slimane
a while back, vero had told me how much she loved lara stone because her look can change so much. and since then ive really noticed that she has the most surprisingly versatile face.. so ideal. i dont know that she works with her body as well as others - ahem, sasha. but a face like that is so valuable.
images: vogue paris 02.09
more tricky bottoms.. lately ive been thinking about knits. ive also been wanting to find new ways to mix formal and casual elements. these thoughts have lead me to think that well made, knit sweatpants could work. after i looked around a bit, i realized its around.. just difficult to do right. mixed with clean, structured elements, carefully chosen shoes, and some confidence, it can be done.
on kaitlyns lovely blog yesterday, she posted a little background of my name here. although ive had some annoyances with my name as a child, i am very fond of it. family name that my parents appropriated with a yn ending.
"this multiplicity of meaning was compounded by another association, that of the magdalen as a woman authorized to speak."
i had never heard that before, thanks kaitlyn!
_____oil on canvas, 2007____________________ chromogenic on metalic paper, 2009
both these images are untitled appropriations of manet's bar at the folies-bergères by jordan kantor (now at the sfmoma)
from the didactic: "kantor appropriated the xray of manets painting, an artifact that represents an attempt to get beyond the original works surface. the resulting series emphasizes the image's significance as a point of art historical fascination rather than a specific composition." he also painted an xray of these images to further proove his point.
thoughts? i think i need to be clearer on what "art historical fascination" and "specific composition" means... the composition of manets paintings were highly relevant at the time, as was the subject matter. so.. the surface is not merely a fascination, it is very much about the composition... especially to art historians. where is the misunderstanding here? artist, didactic, or me?
thanks everyone for reading my silly blog. im going to san francisco for a few days so no postings until friday. my first stop is the ysl exhibit at the deyoung museum. this show was created by a collaboration of the montreal museum of fine arts and the fondation pierre bergé-yves saint laurent. it looks at the designs that made ysl famous, and his influences from art, theatre, history, literature, and nature. the exhibition includes over 100 accessorized garments and sketches.
a chain dialogue.
veronica: "give me the luxuries of life and i will willingly do without the necessities" - frank lloyd wright
magdalyn: amazing *i pass this quote to dorian via bbm*
dorian: that quote is efing deadly. actually it epitomizes my life right now; im eating bread and butter so i can drink moet tonight.
the lloyd wright diet for aesthetes.
jermaine oneal = avg. 13.5 points, 7 rebounds
shawn marion = avg. 12 points, 8.7 rebounds
oh and we also get a point guard that we dont need who averages 2.6 points, for moon who averages 7.3. colangelo i love you but im struggling with this one. im a j.o fan obviously, and those stats are pretty close. hes nicer to look at than marion too. best of luck boys.
on a brighter note celtics are 44-11 making them first in the nba, and michael jordan was added to the nba hall of fame. happy all star weekend!
this is my ode to toronto born photographer douglas kirkland (born in 1934). he has taken some of the most amazing photographs of actors, designers, singers, etc.
there have been a few exhibitions that have displayed his work, and his book freeze frame contains 500 photographs that he took over 50 years.