Cutie and the Boxer

I might be late on this one, but we finally got around to watching Cutie and the Boxer on Netflix last night. It’s an emotional and complicated love story of two Japanese artists, Ushio and Noriko Shinohara,  living in New York and recalling their 40 years of marriage. I was struck by the exceptionally poignant dialog about art and love.

Life is wonderful. Life should be positive. When it’s blown to pieces, that’s when it becomes art. Art is messy and dirty when it pours out of you. The New York Times once said “Shinohara is amazing.” Listen… Why do I… It makes me cry. I believe in my career goddamn it. Why do I have to? I want to cry. I’ve got nothing. Listen to me! This is so hard… And it’s so fantastic… Now I’ve got nothing. You see… We are the ones suffering the most from art…


Ballet Binge

Well, that’s a weird way to title a post. But it perfectly describes the last 90 minutes of my life. Like so many girls, I had a small stint in dance lessons during my early high school years, and though I completely lacked the grace, physique and dedication, I find myself daydreaming about the ballet far more than I care to admit. Ok, I suppose that’s what I’m doing now and there is really no shame- the chills ensue every time I watch a performance, the awe and drama of it all can carry the me away like few things can do.

So, down the internet video rabbit hole I go!

Even the NYC Ballet Company’s promotional video almost made me cry with delight.

Nothing can compare to a live performance, so I might need to find some tickets to the Oregon Ballet or the Pacific Northwest Ballet soon.

The Art Assignment

PBS Digital and Sarah Green will be hosting a weekly Art Assignment beginning in early 2014, traveling around the country to meet artists and assign a project the viewer is encourage to participate in. Looking forward to following along!

Green’s teammate and husband, John Green also has a fabulous web series Crash Course, 10-15min lessons with entertaining and engaging graphics. They are great coffee break videos when you want to get a overview of, say, the Silk Road or entropy. Right now the focus of these shorts are History and Chemistry, which also happened to be my weakest subjects in high school, so I’m finding them particularly useful…

Google Glass

I am loving all the new point-of-view projects that Google Glass is inspiring and I have two to share with you.

Aki Watanabe
Aki Watanabe

The first is from Aki Watanabe, a student in the comparative biology doctoral program at the American Museum of Natural History’s Richard Gilder Graduate School. Aki hands over his Glass to Ana Balcarcel, a fossil preparator at AMNH, where Ana’s tedious work can be seen from her perspective:

The second is a channel produced by Samantha Katz, Gallery Glass, where she records 30 studio visits and interviews throughout this month in New York.

Sam Katz
Sam Katz

Here she interviews artist Jen Dunlap:

And Sam was recently profiled by Ashton Cooper for ArtInfo: “Gallery Glass highlights a range of subjects, aiming to make art more accessible and break barriers,” Katz explains. “There are apparent filters from the creative process to what is ultimately seen on gallery walls and online catalogs, breeding misconceptions like ‘I am not affluent enough to collect,’ ‘I am not cool enough to create,’ ‘I am not versed enough on the subject to talk about the work.’ I hope this series will challenge that.” In other words, while many people have fretted that Google Glass will provide a technological filter keeping people from relating to the world in front of them, she hopes that it can do just the opposite.

Aki image from
Sam image from art



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