Category Archives: arts and crafts

Monday, November 16, 2015

London – Day Four: Tate Modern BONUS PICS

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Missy’s been waiting patiently on me to post MY photos from our fourth day in London last year, but…life just gets in the way sometimes. Anyways, that fourth day of our trip was THE DAY, the whole reason for the trip in the first place, the day that we were going to see KATE BUSH in concert. We got up early that day because there was so much we wanted to see before the show that night. First and foremost, we wanted to go to the TATE MODERN to check out their collection. ADMISSION IS FREE to their permanent collection, and so it was totally within our budget. On the outskirts of the museum we saw art by MUXXI, one of my favorite graphic designers (we even used to carry her greeting cards in our now defunct MINI GALLERY)

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They were working on an entirely new wing of the museum when we arrived and had to work our way around to the river side entrance of the main building. Along the way, we saw this really cool EASTER ISLAND-INSPIRED GRILL, which was part of an ART INSTALLATION / PERFORMANCE ART piece where the artists cooked food and fed the public…

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I was especially excited to see these iconic MAPPLETHORPE PORTRAITS in person…PATTI SMITH:

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GRACE JONES:

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WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS:

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DORIS SAATCHI:

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ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE self-portrait:

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We also liked their collection of newer illustrations by LOUISE BOURGEOIS:

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Some CY TWOMBLY:

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We were also fans of ANNETTE MESSAGER’S creepy and weird “THE PIKES”:

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Weekend Wind-Down #186

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Geez Louise, it’s been forever since we’ve done a WEEKEND WIND-DOWN post…been a rough time trying to get back on that horse! So without further ado, we’re flashing all the way back to July 18th…that Saturday, we headed out to THE HIGH MUSEUM in Atlanta to see the ALEX KATZ exhibition, as well as the “SPRAWL!” show, featuring the museum’s recent purchase of locally-created drawings and illustrations. But first, we decided to take a little detour to check out the ATLANTA ZINE FAIR at the EYEDRUM in downtown Atlanta…

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It was hot and sweaty as we made our way through the warren of little shopfronts and galleries that make up the Eyedrum complex. There were talks and workshops happening in a few of them and those rooms were filled wall-to-wall with people. We finally found the main room where all the ZINE action was happening and we were told that even more sellers could be found on the next street over at the MAMMAL GALLERY…

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We loved the woven STICKS AND BRANCHES in the lobby that made up the entrance into the gallery:

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Across the street from the Mammal Gallery, there was an art exhibition going on in another little gallery in conjunction with the zine fair. The exhibition, by artist NINA DOLGIN, investigated the relationship between the perceived memory of her childhood and her re-constructed childhood composed of artifacts from that time period – photos, videos, and physical souvenirs from a bygone era. In our photos, the actual artist can be seen wearing a black dress…it was a trip seeing the adult artist standing near an over-size cut out of her childhood self:

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We left the zine fair with a few new zines and this EVIL-BANISHING FLY SWATTER…it reminded me of that scene in the original “Amityville Horror” movie with all the flies gathering on the windscreen…and of course, the Depeche Mode song, “Fly On The Windscreen”…I had to get it:

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We were hella thirsty by the time we got to THE HIGH. So we spent the first 20 minutes there just re-hydrating and cooling off from the summer heat before heading up to see even more art:

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Having recently been to PARADISE GARDENS, we had a new appreciation for the gallery dedicated to the works of REVEREND HOWARD FINSTER:

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The museum purchased art from our friend LESLIE SNIPES to add to their permanent collection. What an honor! We had featured some of Leslie’s works in our inaugural exhibition at MINI GALLERY almost two years ago…crazy. The two pieces that the museum collected Leslie are the big black LEAF-LIKE SHAPES seen in the top center of this display:

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Here’s Leslie and Missy posing underneath her works:

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On our way out of the museum, Missy couldn’t help but play on the SPINNING SCULPTURES in the museum’s courtyard:

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We capped the night off with dinner at our most favorite Atlanta restaurant, CAFE SUNFLOWER. Missy couldn’t help but start things off with this funky drink called “Turn The Beet Around” (Missy loves her some beets, LOL). We had these delicious fried avocado tacos as an appetizer (BEST TACOS EVER), and then I had some sort of chicken-fried “steak” dish made out of seitan (D E L E C T A B L E) while Missy had a stuffed squash. Even after all that, we still ended up ordering dessert, knowing full well that we would be bringing most of it home with us. I guess walking around all day long without lunch definitely built up our appetite…

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FAVORITE MOMENT OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – Being asked to participate in a zine-art exhibition in New Zealand!
RAOUL- Finally taking a bunch of stuff to Goodwill.

WORST MOMENT OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – My usual. Not being able to sleep.
RAOUL – Paying bills. HA!

FUNNIEST MOMENT OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – When Oreo flopped in her bunnel.
RAOUL – Crackin’ wise on blog commercial clichés.

WORD OR PHRASE OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – “Swan arms”
RAOUL – “Shitting in your own shoebox is hard enough…”

FAVORITE MEAL OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – Veggie tacos from Cali ‘n’ Tito’s!
RAOUL – The Veggie Tacu-Tacu from Cali ‘n’ Tito’s.

WORST MEAL OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – I feel like we’ve been eating left-overs for a long time.
RAOUL – Cut-up veggie patty over rice for lunch.

THE NUMBER-ONE THING ON YOUR TO-DO LIST FOR THIS WEEK?
MISSY – Tofu Baby comic for tomorrow.
RAOUL – Re-organize cds.

PERSONAL SOUNDTRACK FOR THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – The Monkees, Cate le Bon, Kate Bush, Pulp, Henry & Heidi podcast.
RAOUL – Sebadoh, the Shivas, The Hive Dwellers, Major Organ and the Adding Machine, The Pastels, Section 25, Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill, Wild Flag, Velocity Girl, Tight Bros From Way Back When, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Alright This Time Just The Girls compilation.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Artists For Animals

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Yesterday, I helped MISSY hang up a new batch of CUT PAPER SILHOUETTES at the KRISTEN ASHLEY ARTIST SHOP in downtown Athens. She’s participating in a group show called ARTISTS FOR ANIMALS…lotsa great local Athens artists showing animal-themed pieces with a portion of all sales going to benefit an animal charity of their choosing. Missy is hoping to raise some money for the NORTH GEORGIA HOUSE RABBIT SOCIETY, in honor of our bunny Jumbles, who we adopted from them. The exhibit started TODAY and it runs until August, so if you’re in the area, please check it out if you get a chance! Awesome artists and worthy causes…and a well-curated collection of art and craft supplies!

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Before we started hanging the frames on the wall, we figured out the layout on the ground while Kristen marked off our work space. Then, Missy used a ruler to measure out where to put the nails and where the edges of the frames should go:

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After hanging Missy’s pieces, we did a bit of shopping. Of course we couldn’t walk out of Kristen’s store without buying something cool…I went with a pack of GRAPH PAPER POST-IT NOTES and POLKA DOT WASHI TAPE:

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