Posts from August 2019

terra mia

August 6, 2019

Good golly, just look at this beautiful terrazzo tile. And the hand-painted ceiling. I love the barely there pink of the walls. And how spartan the room is, despite its decadence.

monochrome

August 2, 2019

Vija Celmins is a California based contemporary artist whose pencil drawings of oceans, spider webs and skyscapes are so intricately drawn that they could be mistaken for photographs. It was her ocean drawings that really captivated my attention, and how different they appear from a far, versus way up close. “My work lies between intimacy and distance,” says Celmins. Somewhere in between they are neither drawing nor photograph. The medium is irrelevant. All you see is miles of ocean.

audience control

August 1, 2019

One of the things I love about concerts, theatre, lectures, any large spectacle, really, is taking in the audience. I love to watch people’s expressions as their favourite ballad comes up, or as the speaker shares a personal anecdote. The range of responses –– how people react to joy, sadness, shock ––  within a communal experience intrigues me. I’ve talked here before about John Mayer, and what his music means to me. It’s hard to go to a concert of his without feeling a spectrum of emotions. But you wouldn’t have known that last night, watching me watching John. I wasn’t on my feet dancing, or reveling. Instead I stood quite still, and listened. A young couple to my left didn’t stop smiling from start to end. A woman to my right cried big tears during Gravity. Another woman, well into her 70s, wearing a crown of flowers and fairy lights, danced to every single song like she was at Woodstock. We all respond to emotion, especially in a public forum, in different ways. And I find that as compelling as the act on stage.

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