quinta-feira, 20 de outubro de 2011

True or false? (but anyway of little importance)

All men are pigs??? Hmm, I don't know about that (plus i've never been a hypocrite, but rather an exaggerated person who loves to shock, or encourage possible avances, why not?)
4.5 hours of great conversation was exactly what i love. However, when later on he (in response to your "Actually, i really don't care about sex, all i want is a great conversation") says that it's the same for him & he's surprised that he even managed, somehow, to father 2 children, you don't know if you should take it seriously.
At the same time, do you think he believed what you said earlier?
C'est toujours un peu complique!


There're coincidences everywhere: the most important thing is to never give this too much importance. However, at times it's pretty funny how it works.
Take this piece of mine for example: as soon as I made it, it became my favorite. I had a couple of names for it: Lacan's lacune, for one. And then I met Gerald (long story, good story, excellent even) & among other tons of incredible coincidences (coincidences are always incredible, right?) he was the first one to bring this painting (The origin of the World) up.
So of course i had to wear this necklace to our Film Fest closing night party & baptize it Gerald-in in his honor!

Shame on me, but....

Whouuuua, 4,5 months of total absence fromt this blog....
Well, at least I (somewhat) continued to do my little naughty accessories (see flickr), but the main reason for not being here was that i was living the (high) life: summer in Chicago is fabulous with plenty of shows (you see the meagre 0.1% of it on flickr video stream) & i also had my fair share of visits (friends from Spain, the Netherlands, France, Brazil, Italy, etc.)

Time to post at least something before i escape the modern life yet again & depart for Spain!

sábado, 28 de maio de 2011

We're not done with nostalgia: watch chain & lace

Found these guys by chance (smart placement of flyers in a hip vintage store) & will be going there...religiously!


I wasn't thinking...but it made me think

I didn't plan to be dressed in vintage, but I was (but of course: trend or no trend, i've always loved it!)

Even my hand purse of London vintage fame was the same that Marion Cotillard was carrying with her all over the place.

I kept thinking though that although i love nostalgia, old-fashioned things & all that 1920's jazz... i never wanted to live entirely in a different time (place yes, you know all too well about THAT!)

So i'm trying to figure out why's that. the only reason i have is that it's more fun to mix & match, selectively choose... you can tell i'm not a radical. Flexibility & creativity is our way. Plus, let's be honest: it's much more fun to be noticed as a rara avis when you're not entirely XXI century US style in the way you act & dress!

E pluribus unim (yeah, July 4th is fast approaching, too!)

Nostalgia shop on a Memorial Day

Yesterday i was saying that i didn't expect anything much from Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, but i have to admit that i actually liked it.

Not on its own merits, as much as due to the fact that it touched on so many topics i like to think about (or touch upon, for i barely have the luxury - oh, what a poor excuse! - to think things through & deeply these days...)

Anyway, so i'm sitting here now having a drink & what strikes me that yet one more time i'm very much in tune: look at my drink, the bottle's very own very Paris 1920's label, my Pernod glass.....


sexta-feira, 27 de maio de 2011

Deauville: then & now

Call it professional bias, but when i first learned that the G8 was going to be held in Deauville, Eugene Boudin came to mind.

And the Parisian ONG demonstrating against all this was fun!

Losing the habit

No, this post isn't about playing footsie (or DSK).
Actually, the reason I'm doing it is more because i've let over 3 months (sic! sick!) gone by without a single post, so it's about time (truth to be told, this absence correlates pretty neatly to my not having created almost no new pieces - just some fabulous Goya meets Banksy ones & recently something else, a bit less fun!)

Absences & time flying: have met with my dear friend, advertsing professor today. it's been exactly a year since i've seen him last.

And while we were having lunch, I got my first sunburn of the season - hoooray (more coming in Texas? Packing list reminder: sun protection).

It also felt very strange being in that hip place: everybody was very, very young, while my favorite events' average age is 60 & up.

Still, it's all about the priorities: good food is good, sun is fine, but... midnight walks alone or going to the movies beats it all.

By the way: Midnight in Paris is on my calendar for tomorrow. Not expecting much, but will go.

segunda-feira, 14 de fevereiro de 2011

Our Renaissance love is here to stay!

Dedicated to Alan, l'incredibile pratese, compagno delle zingarate!


I was forced to practically put together all of my apartment & i decided to see if i could (knowing that it was a lost battle!) throw some books away...
something i'd never go back to reading. books in Russian.
but...nothing is quite that easy - since they deal with topics that was & is my love-affair - Ancient Rome, Renaissance Art.....
i was only - and that's already a huge progress - able to get rid of about 50% of what i had

Reality check on Saint Valentine's Day & always!

This is what i found yesterday during my sunny afternoon stroll.
Reminded me of the best 'installation' i saw in London: a tiny house, abbandoned, that had a tiny hand-written sign on its dusty window: "Ever wondered what was inside?"
Poignant & true, for that's exactly what 99% of the people thought. Provided of course they cared to look & stop & think....

quarta-feira, 2 de fevereiro de 2011

More on snow, music & Brazil(ian) men

Once again, things falling in place just right: was remaking some necklaces for myself today (some that i gave as gifts to my best friend), stumbled upon this photo - and not only the snow component is right for today, but also the fact that my dear Brazilian blues playing genius friend was supposed to head back to Sao Paulo today, got delayed....but, alas, will leave tomorrow!

oh well - we'll all meet again under the less snowy circumstances!
Boa viagem, Rafa!!!

Good naughty girl-scout: always ready (double entendre is welcome!)

Well, well, isn't that most appropriate? just finished my (hilarious) French book & went to choose the next one to read - and of course, considering the snow, it couldn't be but this one - 'the orgie, the snow'...
right: if you talk to men (especially friends in warmer places, like Brazil) & tell them about a snow day, that's pretty much what they'd think about...
a day in bed.
no, but thank you!

Snow vs. sand

Looking out of the window - and i have lots of them in my apartment, thank ...heavens - it's like swimming in milk. it's all white. the wind has calmed down, but the snow is coming down strong now....
and that reminded me of my 'philosophizing on the beach' - in Ipanema, shortly before the New Year... i took a handful of sand in my hands & as I was 'feeling' it, a funny thought came to me re inquiring (who? when? why? but then, who cares!!!) into how such different tactile pleasures/sensations as that of 'feeling' snow (my childhood) vs. touching sand, walking on sand (carioca experience) shape all of your other tactile perceptions throughout your life....
Just a thought. On a seriously snow day anything goes!

terça-feira, 1 de fevereiro de 2011

Death & taxes, or snow &...food?

(the snowstorm of the past century - Chicago back in 1967)

Thinking about the unavoidable today, or rather, about something that everone talks about.
The holy weather (especially in winter, particularily in Chicago).
The funniest part is that i had no idea we had this 'snowstorm of the century' (supposedly, as you an tell i remain skeptical) coming. I haven't been listening to our radio for a while (but France Info yes!), & when i went to do some shopping yesterday afternoon I was surprised to see a ton of people there & that's when a cashier told me about the coming storm....
oh well...
i mean, i live in a high-rise & can comfortably work from home.
and the only thing i've heard so far is a pretty strong wind...
so i was thinking: weather is what everyone discusses. the same goes for...food (because it's something we all do).
no desire to develop this thought any further, for we've got to work (food, namely, huh?)

segunda-feira, 31 de janeiro de 2011

Cozy, seamless integration.

Rembrandt's wife has always made a good, docile piece - it fit really easily with many things, but this one is probably by far the best.
Warm & cozy feeling on a cold winter day.
Long live art!!!!

Do not take as directed: the worst we are with rules, the better we are with art?

Geez, it's been a month since I've written anything here! Well, between work, trips to ER & to NYC, my usual movies & library on Saturday afternoons, le temps s'ecoule' tres vite!
eh bien!
The very visual explanation of how to take the pills made me think of a friend of mine, a very, very talented artist from Buenos Aires, Hernan (whom i've invited to come to my place & consider it his artistic residence for some time...) - his work is below.
Rules, art, smart people having their galleries shut down (precisely because they're smart????)
Biutiful it is not!

sábado, 1 de janeiro de 2011

Moveable feast

Have been playing with this idea for a while & finally did it: chunky, moving necklace. Same painting cut in 3 parts.
Yes, you really can't go against your nature: while big things might scare some other people (how about T shirts, huh? that beats me!), they look right on me, so we'll keep doing this!

Other coincidential women pairing

Bingo!!! Edward Hopper meets an old lady (from a photograph bought from my own suppliers in Rio de Janeiro).
Love it when things fit into place like this, seamlessly...

Animating the everyday

Of course one of my real, seriously-unserious New Year Resolutions, is to keep 'animating the everyday'. And here's one of my most recent pieces, a naughty little thing, just the way we like them... Title? "Vertical & horizontal" (reference to the fact that 'horizontale' is a slang term for a prostitute in French). Women by Rembrandt & Kees Van Dongen.

New Year Resolution (not mine)

I'm not sure that i believe "Being green" tops the list of New Year's Resolutions this year (although i've seen this info more than once).
What is not going away is the tired & true (?) relationship/love, always high on the list.
I meant to post my lamp couple long time ago, but now the timing was just right.
So, the Carabiniere/Liquore Galliano lamp has been with me for years (bought in 2004 in Washington D.C. before moving to Chicago), but i found the lady by chance recently.
And look what a beautiful couple!!!!
Women rule, as usual: the lady lamp is much brighter than the guy!
My New Year Resolution? No to matchmaking & coupling, but yes to matching objects for my house!