i’m pretty much of fan of anything patti smith related. and that obviously includes robert mapplethorpe. yesterday, i spent the afternoon perusing the galleries of LACMA and mapplethorple’s XYZ definitely took the cake. in the late 70′s/early 80′s, mapplethorpe created three portfolios:: homosexual sadomasochistic imagery (X); floral still lifes (Y); and nude portraits of african-american men (Z). his theory:: when displayed together, the three portfolios would represent the purest, inhibited form.
the exhibit was beautiful (and beyond graphic). my favorite part, however, was patti smith’s forward to (Y) and i could’t help but jot down this excerpt on the trinity of the orchid. love.
i used this quote in one of the very first posts that i ever wrote, and two years later it is still one of my favorites. i find myself on a constant search for magic and beauty–and i began the life beautiful as a place to reflect on and share these findings. the past couple months, i’ve taken a break from blogging in order to spend less time glued to the computer. sadly, however, i don’t think my “screen time” (as the family i babysit for calls it) has decreased but i have found that i have not been as active in my search.
so clearly, that did not work out in my favor. alas.
i’m not really one to make resolutions, but here we go:: i’m getting back to the grind.
here’s to finding lots of magic in 2013.
forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
for the next 10 days, the best and i will driving up the coast to seattle en route to doe bay fest.
san luis obisbo.
seattle (to celebrate p’s birthday).
it is through living that we discover ourselves at the same time as we discover the world around us.
a much needed vacay for sure.
follow me on instagram for what i’m sure will be an overload of pictures.
last night i was paging through the family of man book–something i have not done in quite some time. the book is filled with black&white photos showcasing the human experience. the last page has w.eugene smith’s ‘the walk to paradise garden‘ juxtaposed with st.-john perse’s words and well, it never fails to bring a smile to my face. i mean seriously–look at those little munchkins.
like all good things, the secret of friendship is hidden in the details. xx.
the aim of life is to live.
& to live means to be aware. joyously. drunkenly. serenely. divinely. aware.
the joys of getting dolled up–especially in sequins.
& indulging in deliciousness–specifically cheese&wine at gjelina.
wandering aimlessly & finding the sweetest surprises.
last friday, i went to moca grand for the first time and my little mind was blown. i went to see naked hollywood since weegee is one of my faves. and well, that was fabulous. but it was the museum’s permanent collection that stole my heart. although very small, the museum was so well curated::gorky, mondrian, arbus, kline, giacometti, baldessari. swoon. but the best part of it all: each of the paintings IDs were accompanied by a quote from the artist. i normally glaze over any lengthy descriptions on these plaques, but i found myself reading every last word–it added a wonderful dimension to each one of the works.
oh moca, i’ll be back.
if a year ago you would have told me that i’d be living in los angeles, i would have laughed in your face. (as i did when my sister tried to convince me to make the move). but here i am. and besides missing a few beautiful faces&places in sf, i could not be happier.
a year ago, i made this my mantra::
some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle and end. life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.
and it was with these words that i lived 2011. and i plan to do the same with 2012. because in the wise words of john lennon:: life is what happens to you while you’re busy making plans.
so 2011, i bid you adieu. and with some sequined shorts and a glass of wine, i’m ready for 2012.
this was all over the internet yesterday:: the 45 most powerful images of 2011. and even though we’re still 3 weeks (ohmygoodness!) away from 2012, this year has been a very full one. these five images pulled at my heartstrings.
the world is smaller than you think & the people on it are more beautiful than you think.
-bertram van munster.