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12 04 2012

Like reading Steal Like an Artist, something I couldn’t help myself but to think a resounding “YES!” after every few lines.


 

If life gives you themes at random times, I think the best idea is to probably go along with them.

My theme right now is clearly food. It has been creeping up for awhile, a bit at a time in little manifestations of creative baking bursts or exploration into unknown foods but today, it suddenly hit like a brick.

I woke up, skimmed NYT headlines as usual and found myself reading an article about eggs (not a very flattering one, either. I made an egg for breakfast anyhow.) then as I open netflix to search for something as it was on my mind, I see as a new recommendation a group of TED talks all about food. I watched the first one, Jamie Oliver discussing school lunches and preventable disease, during breakfast, and the one above, Mark Bittman, during my lunch at work. I left my office to make some tea when I saw that the new issue of Artvoice had been delivered to the shipping area… with this show on the cover, going on now at Burchfield-Penney Art Center: Edible Complex.

OK universe, I get the message. I read the article that corresponded with the cover story and saw that this is going on tomorrow, conveniently across the street and half an hour after my work day ends. Looks like I’d better go.

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new slang

30 07 2007

I started a strange list of things to do or make when I get home. It began with food but is now turning into other activities and will soon become vague ideas such as “walk more.”

1. Eat some good rice. 2. Make some good deviled eggs (good as in, sin atĂșn.) 3. Play racquetball. 4. Listen to the Shins.

I just added that last one after hearing “New Slang.” It has been a long time since I’ve heard the Shins. Fall 2004, to be exact.

bilbao guggenheim bilbao; i can only assume this is by jeff koons. bilbao, bilbao, park bilbao, fountain in the mirror, i have a siamese twin.

I uploaded a few more photos from Bilbao and plan to upload a few more in the near future. I took a total of 468 photos on Friday, about 400 in Bilbao and then the rest back in Burgos since it was the first time I was out in the city when it was dark; it is never dark any earlier than 10:30pm. I uploaded a few of those as well and would love to take more night photos if I get a chance to before we leave. Only 5 more days and so much more studying to do!

As for Bilbao, I loved it and should probably just let the photos speak for themselves. I will note, however, that to me, the most appealing aspect was that it was a place that did not seem afraid of creativity, likely because of the revival the city encountered after the addition of the Guggenheim museum. The Guggenheim’s external artworks also feel like a part of the city, not just the museum. (I was the nerd that introduced the group to “Puppy” by Jeff Koons and actually knew to look around and find “Maman” by Louise Bourgeois.) One of the photos I have waiting to be resized and uploaded is of the Zubizuri bridge, a pedestrian bridge down the river from the Guggenheim and one of the examples that I feel is representative of this somewhat avant-garde attitude the city possesses. Something that certainly needs further analysis but is nonetheless interesting. Medieval cities like Burgos are great; Bilbao was unique.

arch of santa maria





paper writing

29 07 2007

paperpiece1.jpg

I finally went to Bilbao on Friday, two days ago, and it quickly became my new favorite city. Nevermind what my old favorite city was… because I don’t know. However, before I can elaborate on the trip, I must write a paper about the piece seen above from the Museo de Burgos, seen below.

museo de burgos





madrid

8 07 2007

spanish kitty in madrid

I feel like this cat’s expression accurately portrays my feelings about Madrid. It wasn’t bad, we went to two museums, the Prado and the Reina Sofia, both interesting in different ways but I wasn’t crazy about the city. It almost seemed similar to a large American city, just from my first impressions anyway. The leader of this study abroad trip is very knowledgeable about Picasso’s painting Guernica so we visited that first at the Reina Sofia after a guided tour of the Prado from a very colorful tour guide. I think the reason that the program director feels so strongly about the painting is because it displays the raw emotions of the tragic event with more clarity than even a photograph can provide… this is not the art that is meant to be beautiful, it is the art that is made to be meaningful.