Art and Ted/ 01

I wanted to share my top 5 Ted talks on art (similar to my top 5 art documentaries last week), but I fear five talks of 10min+ each might be a bit too much for some people to take all in one sitting, sooo… I decided to make it into a series! For the month of March, I’ll be sharing one great talk by one great artist every Friday.

First up is Aparna Rao of Pors&Rao. I’ve watched her talk over five times already, and never tire of it. I am in love with the ingenuity of her work. It’s a mix of art, technology, and engineering with a touch of humor and playfulness. What I am most drawn to is the way she manages to give each of her works its own personality. It is art that’s not meant to simply be viewed but rather, it is art that ecourages people to engage and interact with it. Enjoy!

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David Shrigley

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David Shrigley’s work never fails to raise the question, “why is this art?” Most of his drawings look like something you would draw in the back of your textbook when you were bored in algebra class. Yet, for some reason, he is one of the artists whose work I can’t stop admiring. I love looking at his work. It’s not just because it’s funny (and it is very funny). There is just something about it that I find strangely compelling. I think it’s because his drawings are very unassuming. There is nothing pretentious or elaborate in his work. It’s just the image and/or text. In this simplicity you start to see all these underlining ideas and emotions and you realize: life is kind of absurd and funny sometimes. I wonder why humor is so often absent in the fine arts.

David Shrigley in one word: refreshing.

5 Must-Watch Art Documentaries

Since I’ve become quite a documentary addict, I thought I’d compile a short list of some of my current favorite art documentaries. Each of them tells a story of a different art medium so even though it’s a short list, there is a lot of variation. Let me know what you think of these and if you have any others to recommend, please let me know. I’m always looking for more :).

1. The Pixar Story

First up is animation. I have loved every Pixar movie to date (few movies have made me cry as much as Toy Story 3) so to be able to get a glimpse into the process that goes into creating these films and how it all got started was a real treat. I absolutely love the work environment of Pixar Studios.

2. Wasteland

Besides being a truly heart-warming story, Wasteland is also a really smart documentary. It brings up so many thought-provoking questions like: what is an artist’s responsibility to his subject(s) and what is the value of modern art? Plus, Vik Muniz’s work and vision is stunning.

3. Exit Through the Gift Shop

Another really smart documentary that poses a lot of difficult questions. This movie strives for a deeper understanding of what makes someone an artist. Is it the work they put out, their vision, popularity? The glimpse into the world of street art is priceless.

4. Helvetica

This documentary shows all the thought and passion that goes into design. It is both interesting and funny to see how one font can spark up such passionate discussions in the design world.

5. First Position

This documentary is one of the most inspiring ones I’ve seen yet. The kids in this film are so dedicated and passionate about their art. I have a deeper appreciation for the ballet since watching this film.

Happy Valentine’s Day

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Wishing everyone a great Valentine’s day filled with love, friends, and family :).

An Aerial Sequence Attempt

Monday was the end of another six-week session in aerial class which means… I got to record a video!! At the end of every six weeks we do a bit less strength training so we have extra time to play around and record ourselves doing pretty things (or, in my case, funny/pitiful things, but things nonetheless). I really love getting to record these videos because a) it’s funny and b) it’s really helpful to see what’s working and what I need to improve on. Plus, it gives me something to share with you :).

The two videos below are from Monday’s class. They’re a bit rough, but this is where I am so far. I hope you enjoy them and get a good laugh in there :).

The last part of this first video is really funny because I get stuck in a pose until my teacher comes to the rescue. The second one is my “redemption.”

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Life Lately

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Since I last stopped by, my life has been a whirlwind of school, aerial, work, and trying to still have a social life. I am back in school getting a post-bach degree in graphic design and have started taking trapeze classes, along with the fabric classes I had started taking 8 months earlier. Can you believe so much time has gone by? I’ve been busy, but in a good way. I feel like life has started to pick up and a lot of that is thanks to my year of trying anything new I could possibly think of. I had initially thought of doing something new every day for a year again in 2013, but after some thought, I realized what I really want from 2013 is focus. I want to soak in the design world I am so inspired by and really take this aerial thing to the next level. So, as you might expect, the blog will be changing a little bit. I still want to try as many new things as possible, in fact, I have an entire bucket list of things I want to try this year (which I hope to be sharing soon), but most of my focus will go towards refining and defining my aerial and design skills/goals. I’m still figuring out the details of what I want this blog to transform into and how to go about it, but I have a lot of ideas and I’ll work hard to make this space something of value. I hope you choose to stick around for this part of my journey because I really can’t wait to share it.

#66 Sailing

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A while back, my boyfriend and I took a Friday morning off from work to take a 2-hour sailing lesson. We woke up really early and drove about 40 minutes to a little town called Kemah. Besides the obvious perks of being off work and out playing in a luxury sail boat in the middle of the sea, what I really enjoyed about our little adventure was meeting our instructor. He used to have a high-paying, stable job working in finance at a major bank, but when he felt like his job was no longer making him happy he decided to make a major life change, quit his job, and start his own business in something he always enjoyed doing–sailing. Now his office is essentially the ocean. It was inspiring to hear him tell his story. As a child, and even up to college, I never truly appreciated the courage it takes to break from the worn path and try something different. Now that I am on the hunt for a job that makes getting out of bed every morning worthwhile for me, it is starting to click. It is hard not to think about money and stability and safety. It is hard to let go of prestige and the relief of knowing that you have an acceptable answer to that dreaded question: “So what do you do?” But I guess when you’re out in the vast ocean even the word “impossible” feels small.