Viewed in natural light, the waterfalls are muted, elegant, feminine. Under the black light, they become powerful, deep, inscrutable. Senju felt that in the process, he’d unearthed a duality existent in human life. He reflects, “When you look at human beings –taking myself as an example, I’m wearing suit, I look like a gentleman, a rational being. But at night, in the glow of the black light, I’m often surprised at changes in myself. I feel mysterious, dreamy. The daytime […]
In 2008, Eric Clough turned heads with his residential project, Mystery on Fifth Avenue, a New York City apartment in which he embedded a fictional story replete with clues, hidden keys and historical references. Now his firm, 212box, is designing Christian Louboutin’s boutiques world-wide. The American architect spoke to the Journal about filming himself in airports, fasting on planes and dealing with airport ennui. Read more at Wall Street Journal Asia.
Coates and Scarry, as a gallery and as a team, is a labour of love. “Did you know that Chippy is my life-partner?” Richard Scarry asks. He is sitting in the sunny Bristol apartment he shares with his partner in love and in art, Chippy Coates, an apartment which walls are hung with the likes of Shepherd Fairey, Ray Caeser, Buff Monster, D*FACE, Bigfoot, and Takashi Murakami. To the uninitiated, these names may sound like so many Lucha Libre […]
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“The question posed by the exhibition is: what can design do for the future? The answer came from the artists. Many were talking about sustainability. What does it mean? But, as with Teddy Lo’s anodes installation, finally everything changes. You cannot believe in eternal consistency, even in terms of the existence of human beings. “Maybe we will disappear one day. After the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, many people started to have this feeling – that nothing is eternal.” Keep […]
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Mumbai isn’t an easy city. At first light, it can seem steamy, sweaty, smelly, overbearing and overwhelming. But once you peel back the layers of dirt and traffic, youll find that a diamond in the rough awaits—a booming, vibrant metropolis with a sunny outlook and a level of sophistication that rivals New York and Tokyo. Keep reading at The Glass Magazine.
Yamashita has collected his photographs from two years’ travels into a 272-page photographic narrative that traces the route, beginning in Jiuzhaigou National Park and running across Sichuan and Yunnan and into the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR). Interspersed with this story of change are images of astounding natural beauty depicting mountains, meadows, monasteries, and many of China’s most vibrant minority areas. Shangri-La comes from Shambala, meaning paradise in Tibetan Buddhism. But these landscapes are fast disappearing. Keep reading at Matador Network.
I just rediscovered this essay I wrote years ago: Sometimes while I’m teaching, I try to remember my own student teachers, and I barely can. When I began teaching, I thought it would be a miracle if I could remember everyone’s name. Now I can’t imagine forgetting them. It’s strange to think that I’ll only be a vague memory to them soon. I asked my mother to send me some of my favorite books from childhood for the library. Those […]
Violence against women is the terrible, terrible consequence of the problem, and not the problem itself. The problem is misogyny, and the seemingly immortal idea that women are weaker, somehow less-than, and always available for the use of men. Violence against women is like the sickening black soot and exhaust that gets pumped out of a wheezing, clunking, dying old jalopy. I suppose the actual vehicle is what is commonly referred to as The Patriarchy. Keep reading at Matador Network.
When National Geographic photographer Michael Yamashita set out to chronicle a rapidly changing Tibet, he found traditional towns that have morphed into tourist destinations, motorcycle-riding local residents joining an expanding middle class, and outlying areas that feel more Tibetan than restive Tibet itself. See the slideshow at Wall Street Journal Asia.
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