paula's recent post about architectural models reminded me of the artist jamescasebere who was first introduced to me by my friend and his friend, pedro. he builds small architectural models and then photographs them. the models are often flooded, but never inhabited, giving them an eerie quality that draws in the viewer.
the success of casebere's work also relies heavily on his use of light. the pieces have a sense of history and one is left wondering who lived and/or used these spaces? why was it abandoned?
casebere is married to the photographer, lornasimpson who is currently having a retrospective at the whitney. as one can see from the examples here, race and sexuality are prominent themes in simpson's work.
yet another exhibit i would love to see, but will have to miss...
one of my favorite things to do is climb back into bed after taking a shower. to me, this is a luxurious activity and i instantly feel happy, relaxed, and spoiled.
another thing i enjoy is perusing online shops. sometimes i let myself linger, looking at my favorite images over and over. sometimes i splurge on something just because it is pretty. a few of my new favorites include:
I thought I'd start off the week by sharing three of my favorite images from my binder of interior design magazine pages. does anyone else have books full of such images?
i love the black and white art against the blue:
(image from Domino)
i love the use of white and geometric pattern:
(image from Spanish AD)
and i love the red:
(image from ? if you know please let me know.)
my favorite thing about the article accompanying the red bathroom is that the owner of the house explained how they decided to spend the most money and time on a personal space where they spend much of their time. for her, decorating was about personal enjoyment and relaxation, not about impressing others. now if only she'd lend me the money to create a personal space like this...
i love watching the shadows the clouds cast over the city.
during my last few months in ecuador i am trying to focus on the things i love about living here. the mountains, the clouds, the old architecture in the Centro...these are three of the things i will miss.
i spent a lot of time this week thinking about this quote from the Bhagavad Gita (found in the book Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert): "It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else's life with perfection."
and also about dear matirose who sent me a hilarious esther pearl watson comic, some tea, and two of her fabulous prints. i especially love this one:
precious. thank you mati for thinking of me and sending me a package just because...
have a great weekend! i'm off to give a collage lesson to some old church ladies who want to make cards for a fundraiser.
a current work in progress which i am sharing only as a buffer from the next images...
here are a couple of shots of the giant cockroaches we saw in the jungle. why am i sharing them with you? last night i had a dream that baby powder attracts them and someone had poured it all of our apartment which was therefore swarming with bugs! eek. then, in attempt to get rid of them i got powder all over myself. followed by cockroaches. and then i woke up.