Right now I’m adoring the playful work of multi-media artist Rogério Degaki. He’s a Brazilian artist and his website explains that he draws inspiration “from a mix of sources—including Japanese cartoons, the work of Jeff Koons, Minimalism, and Judeo-Christian iconography”. He seems to be most known for his sculpture work but what I’m loving are his paintings that are designed to look like landscapes or tapestries made of knit stitches. This blurs the line between my love of knit/ crafts and my interest in painting in such a fun way!
I have to give a shoutout to The Jealous Curator which is where I first learned about this artist.
As soon as I saw the 3D preview for Gatsby (when I went to go watch Oz the Great and Powerful, which I loved) I knew that it was a movie that I wanted to see. I went and saw it a couple of days ago at the Kabuki theater where I enjoyed the Gatsby Gimlet that they were serving at the bar. I got immersed into the movie and I’ve been mulling it over since. Was it the most amazing movie I’ve ever seen in my life? No, but I did like it a lot and there were many reasons why.
Here are ten things I liked about Gatsby:
1. Stunning 3D Effects
There were so many little details in the 3D effects that I loved. I’m a sucker for 3D movies. I’ll like almost anything in 3D honestly. I just get wrapped right up into the beauty of the imagery. This movie in particular did some cool things with the way trees hung in the foreground, confetti and snow fell into the crowd, curtains billowing and words were written onto the front of the screen.
2. Gorgeous Fashions and Style
They did a great job of showing off modern couture interpretations of the fashions of the Jazz Age in a gorgeous way in this movie. It was a delight to just look at those fashions. The hairstyles, the accessories; all of the details were delightful in every scene in the movie.
3. Movie of Male Friendship
I thought it was a really interesting portrayal of the friendship between the two main male characters. We just don’t see a lot of movies that are about that topic. The movie is about many different types of relationships and they’re all interesting and important but that’s a unique aspect that differs from most other love story movies.
4. Reveals Sad Truths About Human Relationships
There are so many things that the characters in the movie could have done differently to honor, cherish, celebrate and improve their relationships. But we are human and flawed and the different relationships displayed so many of the true ways in which we can be flawed in our relationships. It’s sad, but it’s touching.
5. Music Choices
The film is filled with music. What I loved was how there was this great combination of the influences from the jazz age in which the film is set with influences of totally contemporary 21st century rap and pop music. This could have turned out terribly if it wasn’t done well but I thought it was done great.
6. Terrific Cinematography
Yes, this goes hand-in-hand a bit with point #1 about the great 3D effects but just in general I thought the photographic choices that were made were terrific. There were excellent choices made with the right lighting, the boldness of color in certain spots, the close-up details of faces in some places … It was a visually stunning movie to watch. There were certain times in the film when the Blockbuster Movie style storyline did start to get a little boring for me but the film itself didn’t bore me because it was so pretty to watch.
7. Interconnectedness of the Characters
I loved the way that the stories of the different lives of the characters were woven together throughout the film. Some smart choices there in the storytelling.
8. Glimpse into the Jazz Age
My father is in love with the Jazz Age so I know a little bit about it from what he’s shared. I know a little bit also from research I’ve done at various times. I’m the first to admit that I don’t know a whole ton about it but it’s definitely an interesting time period that I’ll eventually delve into more. I don’t know enough to say how accurately the movie represented New York in the Jazz Age but it seemed like it hit some of the key points in interesting ways, revealing the sensuality and fun of the time along with some of the darker influences that emerged then.
9. The Humor
Gatsby is not a funny movie. It’s a drama, a romance … but there were certain humorous lines that caught me off guard and cracked me up. Humor is always nice.
10. Narrated Story
I’ve always loved movies that are narrated in part by one of the characters. It’s a terrific storytelling technique that always endears a movie to me.
I’m loving this infographic by Yarnbombing Los Angeles showing the process behind the granny square art exhibit that I contributed to earlier this year. The exhibit opens this Saturday, May 25, and runs through July 1, 2013 at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in LA.
Earthfix, a public media project of the Oregon Public Broadcasting and other public radio stations did a series asking the question:
Should coal from Wyoming and Montana be transported through the Pacific Northwest and shipped to Asia?
One of the people interviewed about this was artist / activist Bonnie Meltzer. I know about her work because she was one of the mixed media artists I profiled for my crochet blog. Here were her thoughts on the issue.
I was walking down an alley in San Francisco recently when I saw a set of collage art pieces in a window.
I paused to find out what I was looking at and discovered it was a window display by SFMoMA’s artist gallery. I am obviously familiar with SFMoMA but didn’t know about the artist’s gallery so I looked it up. It is apparently a non-profit art gallery showcasing the work of diverse artists in different stages of their art careers. The actual gallery is located at Fort Mason but this display was in SoMA near the main museum.
I went on to learn from a previous event mention on the Fort Mason blog that:
“SFMOMA Artists Gallery organizes the Windows Program using the SFMOMA garage’s street-level windows located at 150 Natoma and 147 Minna Street (Between Third and New Montgomery streets) to showcase artwork. The program invites some of the area’s most ambitious artists to transform these everyday spaces into compelling exhibitions that passersby can view round the clock.”
It was definitely cool work. It’s hard to tell but it had different layers and dimensions and mediums incorporated into it. I’m sure there must’ve been a sign somewhere that said who the artist was but I didn’t see it and haven’t been able to find out online. I’ll try to remember to check it out again the next time I’m over there and see if I can find out who it is to give proper credit!
Summer in San Francisco is often so cold because of the chilly wind in the air!
This is the warmest jacket I own. And that’s a hot coffee. Before the end of the evening I was also wearing a scarf and gloves. And I was still cold.
I love San Francisco. I love almost everything about this city and have even come to mostly love the weather. I certainly don’t miss Arizona summer afternoons. But sometimes I do miss Arizona evenings. I miss being able to wear a tank top and not take a jacket and get to enjoy that lovely warmth on the skin with the occasional cool desert breeze. I’ll definitely have to soak that up next time I’m there!
Bay Area Dance Week was a few weeks ago and I’m just now getting the photos up on the blog. This is mostly because I didn’t get very many good photos, but I did want to share the best event that I went to of the season which was a two-hour long free fire dancing show in Union Square.
It was put on by Temple of Poi and featured nearly 100 performers in more than three dozen acts. There were some things I had seen before and some things I hadn’t and it was just terrific fun. How can watching people dance with fire not be fun really? My favorites were the truly passionate ones that had great striking music but of course I loved the big fire tricks and I liked some of the more humorous acts as well. There was a nice range of different dance schools showcased including hip hop, belly dance, capoeira, latin dance, Irish dancing and more.
Temple of Poi was the world’s first poi fire dancing school. It was started by Glitter Girl who performed in the final act of the night.
Although I’ve taken a hula hoop dance class in the past I’ve never tried poi. Maybe I should?
Yesterday I shared a few photos from the Terracotta Warriors exhibit at the Asian Art Museum. I did check out other stuff while I was there, though. A few of those things:
I enjoyed the textile exhibit that showed batiks from the women of Java. This was a temporary exhibit that is actually over now so I’m glad I got a chance to see it.
It was Craft Wars night when I went, which meant that there were opportunities to use materials on hand to engage in crafting with others. I didn’t feel in the crafty mood that day but loved observing the armor, jewelry, flowers and other items people crafted.
From around the museum …
The Asian Art Museum isn’t one of the San Francisco museums that I visit most often but I’ve been there a couple of times and there are definitely some amazing historical pieces to see here.
There are just about two weeks left to see China’s Terracotta Warriors on display at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Luckily, I’ve already gone and seen them.
About the warriors, from the website:
“First unearthed in 1974, the underground burial complex of the First Emperor is a revelation for the ages, an astonishing discovery on par with Egypt’s mummies and elaborate tombs. Contemporary observers continue to be enthralled by his legacy, and it is through this ongoing interest that the First Emperor did indeed achieve immortality. This exhibition includes ten figures—a representative sample of the actual army, which is estimated to include more than 7,000 life-sized figures and over 10,000 weapons.”
I do have to say that I went on a really busy evening and it was kind of disorienting to try to see such large-scale majestic art when there was such chaos and such a party atmosphere around it but they were still really amazing pieces to see in person.