Boots and Horses

She had horses who danced in their mothers’ arms.
She had horses who thought they were the sun and their bodies shone

and burned like stars.

She had horses who waltzed nightly on the moon.
She had horses who were much too shy, and kept quiet

in stalls of their own making.

She had some horses.

from… She Had Some Horses, Joy Harjo

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I did not grow up with horses, much to my chagrin.  I grew up in Detroit – where cars and freeways populated the landscape.  But I wanted to ride horses.  Of course I didn’t – not until much later.  Early on I dreamt about them, drew them, collected Breyer horse models.  There wasn’t the money or the inclination on the part of my parents to make my horse dreams happen.  Later on, when I did186274643_09cf9352c2_o have the opportunities to ride – I loved it.  But it was never often enough for me to feel like I knew what I was doing.  If the horse I was riding decided to turn around and bolt back to the barn, I was helpless to do much.

So imagine my delight when a friend introduced me to a beautiful breed of horse in SL, the work of

Zed Avedon at Realistek.  I can ride them alone – or with someone else.  I can race them all over the sim.  They are always there for you to come and ride too.

By identifying with these dynamic, strong animals, Orenstein says, girls are expressing their own power.

“They’re all active, they’re all sources of power and motion and transformation,” she says.

Laurel Braitman, an MIT graduate student in the history of science who writes about animals and what we think about them, says girls’ fascination with these animals is more than power — the animals fuel girls’ imaginations.

“Horses and dolphins and unicorns — these are all borderland creatures; gateway animals to other worlds,” she says. “They help us imagine wonderful other ways of being in the world. They let us be cowgirls and oceanographers and mermaids and princesses.”  Peggy Orenstein

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Horses from the Breyer collection.

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The comings and goings of people in SL is interesting to say the least.  Because time is so out of wack, relationships can be intense and fleeting, or spill over into other parts of other lives.  I spent a night in London with Boots – a SL friend who used to gallery hop in-world with me when I couldn’t sleep.   He took me to an underground (literally) bar that looked like Elvis Presley’s living room.  It made me laugh out loud all night.  We drank whiskey and did card tricks – and talked and talked and talked.  He delivered me back to where I was staying as the sun was rising, in one of those big black taxis.  I wouldn’t want to meet everyone I know in SL on this side of the screen.  But I don’t regret any of the meetings I’ve been lucky enough to have.

There’ve been quite a few reunions of late.  Recently, old friends reconvened for a full day of music.  Thanks to Sage Sautereau’s organizational skills; DJ Extrodinaire’s Mach V2ndThoughtsBrando, Briddy Boucher, Transient Zeluco (to name a few) provided live sets.  (click their names to link to their sets) Panning the room – global representation with Una Gackt, Nur Moo, Karizmah Avro, Dave Attenborough along with Morgan Kincess.  These are all folks I see rarely, always feel happier when I do. Pixel dancing  and laughing together in that way you only can with people you have spent multiple hours pixel dancing and laughing with.

Also reconnected with Miel Nirvana as well.  Miel has had a line of clothing in SL for quite a while.  I have a closet full of his clothes that I can no longer wear – and it bugs me to no end.  After a hiatus he as back – with a store here and on the marketplace here.
For creators who leave and come back, I suspect the changes that are ongoing in terms of fashion and technology can be daunting.  Miel sent over a pair of updated Miel Dandy Boots. and as all of his work – they are both attractive and fun.  Plus (coming full circle) they are great for riding horses.

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Artifact SL-1210MK2 Version 0.35

I have been enjoying music in SL for over 10 years.  The people I’ve met and the music they’ve shared with me is overwhelming some days.  I’m eternally grateful for it.  Live music, club music – genres that vary….they are all there.  Some of the best don’t come in-world anymore – but I have their productions and sets to listen to when I like – which is often.

As someone who has owned a club of some sort or another for most of those years – either with business partners or alone, I’ve spent a fair amount of time musing over the nature of those places.  Virtual or not, they (along with the music) set a mood, make up part of the vibe of a place.

Another thing that’s interesting: the different ways that people plug into these places.  Same as anywhere else I suppose.   My friend Karizmah Avro built Enigma 1 & 2.  The first I was co-owner of – the second I had nothing to do with.  Court Goodman built Terra Lounge and Terra Gallery.  One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.  The days when Una Gacht and Court and I lived on that homestead were good ones.

But Bebu (the first place I ever was a part of) was resurrected after that – and it is where I have centered myself for the past few years.  The music ebbs and flows depending on what is happening on this side of the screen.  Recently there has been a hiatus – down to monthly gigs.  But the gallery is up and running and the area is being continually refurbished to get it to a point where people would actually want to come and spend time wandering there.

Everytime I pull down and rebuld Bebu, some things stay the same and some things change.  The original sign is a given.  For all the hilarity it has caused over the years – a deck of some sort is generally a part of it.  Mixers and turntables have changed – but the turntables I have now were given to me by my good friend Ugen Beck.  His are beautifully detailed, functional, have labels that change and turn on and off.  I love them.

bebu17_007Artifact SL-1210MK2 Version 0.35 – click the link to take you to sl marketplace.

Ugen’s work is speaks to a level of design in SL that is worth seeing.  There is a detailing, craft and concern for the aesthetic of a small thing.  I am glad to know him.  I am pleased to have his work as a part of what I do in SL.

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The Souls of Objects

This gallery contains 4 photos.

There is a sweet group on flickr called THE SOUL OF THINGS FOR PEPA.  Today the image  (above) was invited – I accepted and headed over to take a look.  The images are exceptionally curated by Pepa Cometa – and … Continue reading

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IN THE PINK

 

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I was thinking about Sofia Coppla’s movie, Marie Antionette.  I was staying in the Mohave Desert where everything was rocks and sand, no trees for miles – just some sagebrush.  And because it was 105 degrees (and still only May) things were looking a bit brittle.  I was remembering the pinkness of this movie.  Similar to the pinkness of all the blossoming trees that cover my neighborhood now that I am back home on the Great Lakes.

Something “funny” (as in a funny smell) happened after  WW2. American women were, in general, returning to home-maker status and men were taking back their old jobs in the workforce.   Suddenly, femininity equaled pink, and products were pitched to the “woman of the house” — from shampoos to fancy fashion.  The why of this is has a history, a rich and interesting story that involves economics, fashion, science and race.

Today – metrosexuals and gender bending is unlocking this color divide. Males are thinking pink again … but will it ever be the new black?  For more, look here:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/when-did-girls-start-wearing-pink-1370097/?no-ist

Pinkish. Pink grapefruit. Deep pink.  Pretty in pink.  Pinking shears. Pink ribbons, the color pink is associated with fashion and femininity; today does any other color have as much social significance and gender association.  Pink sherbert.  Pink quartz.  Pastel pink.  Pink lace.  Pepto Bismol pink.  Pink   Ruddy pink.  Salmon pink.  Pink tea roses.  In the pink. Pink poppies.  Pink poodles.

Photographer JeongMee Yoon felt her daughter's life was being overtaken by pink. She illustrated that in her 2006 portrait Seo Woo and Her Pink Things.

Seo Woo and Her Pink Things.  JeongMee Yoon
(The artist’s young daughter in the middle of her pink possesions.)

Pink flamingo.  Pink taffy.  Pink ballet slippers.  Pink peonies.  Shocking pink.  Pearl pink.  Pink geraniums.  Powder-puff pink.  Pink lemonade.  Champagne pink.  Pink ribbon.  Pink blossoms.  Baby pink. Pink daisy.  Watermelon pink.  Pink bunny slippers.  Fucshia pink.   Piggy pink.  Light pink. Pink frosting.  Hot pink.  Pink eye.  Cameo pink.  Lipstick pink.  Pink cotton candy.  Bubblegum pink. Bright pink.  Pink orchids.  Cerise pink.   Pink Rose. Tickle me pink.  Pink posies.  Spanish pink.  Pink pedal pushers.  Persian pink.  Neon pink.  Pink carnation.  Pink panties.  Garden Pink.

 Some of MY pink things……

  • floorplan. vintage scooter / pink [add me] RARE  Tegan Serin
  • Abiss Interior – Tanto chair Lacquer Pink  Frasha Boa
  • Retro Record Player Pinkish  Ais Aeon
  • [ keke ] crocus – pink Kean Kelly
  • Ariskea [ Jane ] Tulips In Bloom [Vintage Rose]  Aris (diaxm)
  • Re:CP: & PILOT Garden Party Table  Isla Gealach
  • Culprit Bucket of Roses  eku Zhong
  • Garden Rose Teaset – Empty Saucer   Robin Sojourner
  • Balloon Giraffe (pink) higbee protagonist
  • {what next} Amalfi Tealight (pink)  winter thorn
  • [ keke ] notebooks – pink  kean kelly
  • Eure Drafting Stool (pink/natural) elle kirshner
  • Apple Fall Roses Box (Pink)  apple fall
  • LY_Potted Pink Roses  Liz Yates
  • Second Spaces – Clean Sweep – the whole set as one object  elle kirshner
  • [ keke ] glass vase w magnolias – pink kean kelly
  • Polka Dot Egg – Pink laura liberty
  • Beanbag Seat – Pink  ceecee deschanel
  • Wild Fairy Wand – pink1 1 lilith heart
  • [ keke ] wall clutter – pink kean kelly
  • Bushu Nahia Raspberry  bushashoes
  • {Kitchinette – materio cup– soft pink} little disaster
  • Sway’s Nail Polish closed – pink Sway Dench
  • [ keke ] allium – pink/pink kean kelly
  • *aG* water lily flower pink alir flow
  • shabby screen various textures  Sunday Jarvis
  • A Spray of Pink and Dusky Rose Petals [C]  Alchemy Cyanis
  • -tb- Small Vase of Roses – Pink  Juliette Westerberg
  • honeycomb wall art – RFL pink  elle kirschner
  • {Petite Maison} Bowl of Jumbo Macarons: Pink 1 prim  Indyra Seigo
  • Pink Cherry Blossom Tree – young2 4 LilithHeart
  • +Half-Deer+ Country Rose Chandelier – Soft Pink  Halogen Magic
  • fruit drink pink  may tolsen
  • PILOT – Tufted Sofa [Pink] Kaz Nayar
  • Trompe Loeil – Industrial Lounger Hot Pink  c. edo
  • Flowers – Pink Roses alek wu
  • Pink Hurricane Baki Baskerville
  • Heart – Hollyhocks – Group – All Pinks 1  lilith heart
  • LISP – Piano with sits  – Shabby Wood – Pink (with music) Pandora Popstar
  • /artilleri/ Plant – Swell sansevieria *pink pot* antie mae

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‘picking out constellations’

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Starfield 6- Pleiades – 2005, Barbara Cervenka

(Phys.org)—An international team of astronomers reports the discovery of four new giant exoplanets orbiting stars much bigger than our sun. The newly detected alien worlds are enormous, with masses from 2.4 to 5.5 the mass of Jupiter and have very long orbital periods ranging from nearly two to slightly more than four Earth years. The findings were published on Mar. 11 in a research paper available online at arXiv.org.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-03-giant-planets-stars.html#jCp

This constellation of us…can’t focus on your ex  your partner  your kids your job whatever it is …don’t care where or how you spend your time – well I do – but I am not going to focus on it.   I will never ever feel your flesh your lips your cock but I definitely feel something  so intensely that it makes my heart stop when you say certain words or when you are looking out at the horizon you like best and the edges of your mouth are curled in a hint of a smile.


He says: meet me on the moon sweetheart

She says: stars are lovely
He says: i think you should have more stars up here… i’ll fix that for you
She says: thank you love

In a virtual world you can give your lover the moon and the stars.  And if there aren’t enough stars, you can add more – or brighten them.  If the moon isn’t blue enough – you can change that too.

 

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Ex Machina – Kopernikus Grand Orrery v 1.21  hatris panacek

An orrery is a mechanical model of the solar system that illustrates or predicts the relative positions and motions of the planets and moons, usually according to the heliocentric model. (wikipedia).  This one has a realistic rotation of the planets around the sun and with the menu you can select each planet and this will briefly highlight it and give you some info about the place…you can set the speed of the rotation and set it to the current date.  Marketplace link.

“And we came forth to contemplate the stars.”
― Dante Alighieri

 

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chairs

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Even a chair can give, not always

posture us tall, forgive us our trespasses,daily as they are and all,

and hallowed……

               William Stafford

 

AF Slipcover Chair (Tapestry)

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I remember these chairs – Danish –  although I don’t remember them ever being called that.  They were big in the post WWII era – and are now often re-surging as vintage hipster.

Chairs have history, yes they do – and symbolize the life and times of both designers, makers  and consumers.

Like any work of art, we learn about the culture they’re from by looking at how they were made, who made them, and their style. What was important at the time? Who were they made for? What space did they live in?

Art and Design move through time.  Chair design included.  Their reason for being stays the same;  people need a place to sit.

Chairs are form and function in a way that is easy for us to understand –  but not so easy for designers to perfect.   For designers, chairs contain

many of the challenges of design-—engineering, choice of materials, production method, style, and functionality—in one small package.

A designer’s entire philosophy can be summed up by their chair.

Designer George Nelson put it nicely, saying, “Every truly original idea—every innovation in design, every new application of materials, every technical invention for furniture—seems to find its most important expression in a chair.”

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George Nelson, Marshmallow Sofa 1956, produced 1956 – 1965 and reintroduced in 2000.


 

 

LAWN CHAIR ONE

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“We made love like two folding lawn chairs. We were both motionless, but the possibility of movement permeated the moment.”
Jarod Kintz

 

 

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lanne wise and morton funk talking at High Water

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anc hanging iron bench. vintage

Timeline of the chair

• Pre 12th century:  three-legged stools or benches, crudely made, and purely functional…

• 12th-15th centuries: added backs and four legs – chairs!  Gothic style influence furniture,  often carved, high-backed and straight (think cathedral chairs)…

• 16th-17th centuries:  more refined, more comfortable and more decorative. Looks as important as function.  Renaissance.  The church no longer the only patron of the arts; noblemen also filled this role. European kings, especially the French line of Louis XIII, XIV and XV, have great influence…. luxurious ornamentation, veneers, rich fabrics, exotic wood, stones, gold and silver…

• 18th century:  richness and formality pushed even further.  Rococo forms, curved lines, floral decorations,  even more ornamentation.  the middle and upper classes now enjoy different kinds of seating: stools, dining chairs, side chairs, armchairs, a low bench by the fire…

• 19th century: post French Revolution, Napoleonic heavy, straight neoclassical lines replaced Rococo frivolity. Large “Empire” chairs  … mid-century, the Victorian era; opulent displays of wealth … heavy fabrics, like velvet, dark colors.  in America the Federal movement, a colonial, classical look…

• 20th century:  furniture design comes into the hands of the people … first Mission and Arts and Crafts styles… severe lines a response to Victorian excesses to industrialism… then art nouveau, modernism, art deco, and Bauhaus….

Post World War II: modernism takes off …  function-first, forthright, minimalist … light and sleek using new, inventive materials — molded plywood, plastic and chrome…

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Black hole. Blue chair. August.    screen print . Lanne Wise

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blue lawn chairs by isla gealach at cheeky pea
“The present rearranges the past. We never tell the story whole because a life isn’t a story; it’s a whole Milky Way of events and we are forever picking out constellations from it to fit who and where we are.”
Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby

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High Water

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I went the first time because I had read about it on Ziki Questi’s blog.  Morton Funk, the creator, was there and we had a cool conversation about music. He has one of the most  intelligent streams playing on the grid – which is so rare – jazz and things I don’t know how to categorize and David Bowie’s new album . (Listen to Maria Schneider’s – Walking By Flashlight at the end of the post.)

And the space is stunning.   You need to immerse yourself in it – words don’t do it justice. I came back the second time to take photographs and the third time just to sit and listen and write this post.

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High Water panorama

High Water makes me think of Andy Goldsworthy – in more ways than one.  Goldsworthy, a British Sculptor  has worked outdoors, rejecting traditional studio production. From 1976 until 1984, his ephemeral works in natural environments  were not shown as such, but rather as photographs of the works, as they disappeared or disintegrated. Recent works are generally permanent; their construction involves interaction with landowners and builders, providing a foil to the solitary ephemeral creations.  Martin Hill is another sculptor who works this way – see the image and the link to his site below.

 

Things change so fast on SL – ephemeral pixels.  How is it that some places are able to raise such powerful connections and memories for us?  Light and sound and color – used so deftly here – are signifiers for each of us as we see them through the lens of our own memories and experiences.  I am smitten with the way this can happen in the physical world AND the virtual world.

There is a wonderful book called Chambers for a Memory Palace that speaks to this.  Especially as it relates to light – which is such an important component of High Water.

Space and form are understood in light.  Light can clarify them, as the ancient Greeks knew, or it can extend and enhance mysterious distances, as did light coming through stained glass in Medieval cathedrals.  It can move and change continually the spots on which it lavishes its attention …. light can sparkle or dapple or slide across a surface …. we can’t sense space without light and we can’t understand light without shadow and shade, which are different from each other.  Shadow is the ghost of an object, shade, the absence of light……

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riding @ High Water

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riding @ High Water

 

I work in nature because we are nature…..  Martin Hill

 

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David Bowie – Bring Me Music

Small things worth seeing and then seeing again.

Watching Bowie’s last video Lazarus over and over again.

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from Johan Renck, the Swedish director at the helm of Bowie’s stunning visuals in “Lazarus” and “Backstair”……..

One of my favorite writers, Rebecca Solnit, wrote the following in her book, Hope In The Dark:  “Virginia Woolf wrote in her journal, ‘The future is dark, which is on the whole, the best thing the future can be, I think.’ Dark, she seems to say, as in inscrutable, not as in terrible. We often mistake the one for the other. People imagine the end of the world is nigh because the future is unimaginable. … We talk about “what we hope for” in terms of what we hope will come to pass but we could think of it another way, as why we hope. We hope on principle, we hope tactically and strategically, we hope because the future is dark, we hope because it’s a more powerful and more joyful way to live.”

Some small thing are actually a testament to that hope.

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Thread – Standing Rack from Robin Sojourner available at her main store.

 

 

 

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Winter Pop-Up Books

 

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frostwoods pop up book – m o c h i (amelie knelstrom) @ vespertine

Finding well constructed pop-up books inworld is a real treat.  They are close to my heart – as I am a bookmaker and teach bookarts on this other side of the screen.  I suppose that if you wanted to be particular, these are not pop-up books. They are actually book sculptures.  One reason for this is that they do not close flat or involve the same kind of paper engineering that pop-ups have.

But I digress.  There are two different books in SL – but I am just showing you the one called frostwoods (above) as I was able to find what I think is its physical counterpart (below). In world, They were part of a 50L Friday sale @ Vespertine –  so you will have to check and see if she is still selling them.

Here is the RL version of the book by British book artist Su Blackwell..  Take the time to check out her site.  She has created incredible book sculptures in addition to her other work.  POPUP SUE BLACKWELL

Teaching people to make pop-up books involves a variety of skill sets – both aesthetic and technical.   Paper engineering isn’t necessarily easy, especially as things become more complicated.  Then there are all of the other issues involved with work in this genre – the relationships between pages, covers, text, and the form and content of the object itself.  All of those things are in play and talking back and forth to one another.

If you don’t know anything about pop-ups and would like to learn,  I highly recommend starting here – at Carol Barton’s site.  Carol has published a series of books about pop-ups that are wonderful teaching tools.  I use them in the studio – my own, and the other that I teach in.  (Aside from the fact that I loaned two of them to a colleague or student a couple of semesters back and they were never returned – sniff, sniff.  I now take phone pics of everyone who walks out of my office with a book so I can remember where it is…).

Barton has created a series of her own books as well, both pop-up and another of my personal favorite forms to work with – tunnel books.

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Admiring frostwoods at home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gratitude

Such a small thing.  Such an enormous thing, this gratitude.  A friend yesterday described it as not a “thing” at all – but rather an action, a practice.

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The action of baking pie.  The action of eating it.  Both are a choice.  Not difficult.

 

 

Being grateful is something that you have to choose to do everyday.

I suspect that is right.  Big holiday here in the States this past week and even though it comes from horribly glossed over beginnings — if you cast that aside (although casting aside is not forgetting about it) and just focus on the blessings you have…..  well, that is when practicing gratitude is easy.  When things are difficult and dark – then it becomes harder to chose to be grateful.

I believe there is something more than US. Whatever it is…. it is huge and deep, a mystery. Grand and wondrous, more-so than any dark despair could ever overtake.

 

This week I am finishing up a new build.  Doing a bit of exploring – landscapes more than anything – and being grateful.

Below is an image of the new Bebu Gallery – opening Sunday, the 5th of December, with some of my own images on the walls.  We will also have Antonio TooCool spinning at 1pm – slt and maybe someone else.  Very low key, just a comfortable spot to kick back and listen to some great house music  – vinyl only of course.  Walk the grounds – always a work in progress and stick your head in the gallery.

I love that Bryn Oh sells some of her work at her store.  When I was over at Immersive the other day to see her new build, The Gathering (maybe more about that later) Titos and I went to look at her wares – I have always loved these birds.  There is a sculpture in the town I live in that reminds me work.

 

Having them in the sea outside of the gallery here is a treat.  Got some mayflies as well.

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