Thursday, August 27, 2009
It was filmed in color even thought this picture of Sellers in the wing back chair is black and white. I like this of him just resting. is it Sellers or Chance?I think it's Chance, or Chauncy reflecting on the fate of the world or just being dumb and simple. Was he Jesus Christ, a pre-Forrest Gump, or a figment of our collective imagination? Maybe he was just in the right place at the right time. This is fun to watch also because the mansion they filmed in is Biltmore Estate in Asheville NC, made to seem like is located near Washington DC. I've been to Biltmore and a tour is worth the time and moola.
Clark Gable and Marylin Monroe's last film, before their deaths was The Misfits, written by Arthur Miller. He was married to Monroe at the time but the marriage was ending. I like this film but i was struck by just how truly misfitted the gang of characters were - more so than other times i have watched it. i mean everyone was just pathetic, and yet very sincere and trying really hard. At one point i decided it was Miller that was trying too hard. But then what he had Gay (Gable) tell Roslyn (Monroe), as he tucked her into a sleeping bag on the back of the truck, was just perfect...down right Buddhist.
I have to use this photo of Marilyn because she looks so natural and sort of happy. I think she is just Marilyn here, and not Roslyn. The world didn't see this side of her much.
Friday, August 21, 2009
I walk my 2 dogs a lot, and it's wonderful meditation. One place we head to in the afternoons has a negative edge pool. It sits on the upper level of a plaza downtown where we live.
this is my younger fella, who's always in the lead. His head made it into this shot as we approach. The older dog, and myself, being lots older and much more mature, don't rush ahead.
in the summer, the doggies need water and they can hop onto the bench and drink the water rushing smoothly over the curved edge or the moat itself - as demonstrated in the third photo.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Dark and grainy like a bad dream when you're in dire straits and it is dark around you and your vision is failing. Then you start to squint to see better but it's no good. At least for me that's a bad dream. Well i love my jeep and i love the Peterman's place, and being with them by the river - it's not scary or dire in any way. just extra dark, when it gets dark, cause it's way out in the country.
So back to photos.
After the jeep, i walked around the house to the river side and went down on the dock. I got the lights on the dock, some light in the windows a couple of giant stars and that wonderful
twilight blue. It works so well on lots of levels; the gradation of blue getting darker from left to right. the march of lights from out by the water, up the steps and bank, onto the house. the over sized stars. and even the red and orange kayaks that look like shrouded figures retreating. and of course, sparkly water. Hummm magic.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
2. i like her art talk Monroe silkscreen.
3. me in exhibit.
4. my blog Monroe.
5. me like Twitter.
6. me like McLuhan
7. three folks with MM initials
8. medium is the message = MM
Besides being a fan of Maureen McCarron's art blog, [ she has another sharp blog of her photos and observations from around new york] ....and really enjoying her revelations & educations about artists i like - Haring, Warhol, et al -.... I was dazzled by Warhol's Marilyn silk screen that she recently posted. I also needed to find the 4 Marilyn version, in particular, for updating some of my own conceptual artwork. My work is to be exhibited this fall in the BookArt exhibit at Art Space in Richmond VA. And then, 4 weeks back, i happened to talk about Marilyn Monroe on this blog after watching Niagara.
Anyway... Today I found this wonderful web exhibits site about the Warhol Marilyn work, and discovered the photo he used for his prints was a publicity shot done for Niagara. She had just died and her face was the first multi color portraits that he did. Scroll down under the large Marilyn image, on this site, and you can really manipulate the colors, play around - Andy would have loved it.
I also like to Twitter now. [bear with me] Via my Twitter, i found Marshall McLuhan and that lead to the link to his web site - he's dead too, although he lived 18 years after Marilyn.
[i know this wanders terribly.] Of course the only connection i've made for this post, so far, is the initials MM, 3 times. But i met Maureen at the same time we both were looking at Andy Warhol and hearing about Marshall McLuhan. McLuhan was all the buzz with our instructors in art school in the late 1960s. Warhol was a real inspiration. And McLuhan, when i thought i understood what he was saying, was inspiring too. "We look at the present through a rear-view mirror. We march backwards into the future."
And this Q & A from the McLuhan web site;
Why is the title of the book "The medium is the massage" and not "The medium is the message"?
Actually, the title was a mistake. When the book came back from the typesetter's, it had on the cover "Massage" as it still does. The title was supposed to have read "The Medium is the Message" but the typesetter had made an error. When Marshall McLuhan saw the typo he exclaimed, "Leave it alone! It's great, and right on target!" Now there are possible four readings for the last word of the title, all of them accurate: "Message" and "Mess Age," "Massage" and "Mass Age."
The medium is the message....or let's all get massaged. What we have to say is so fleeting and ephemeral - How we say it defines us and imprints history. i personally think Twitter is very McLuhan, and so very Warhol. Maybe not too Marilyn, but who knows - she was gone too soon. Now if i could get Maureen to tweet with me...?
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
A quick foot note to the July series of art in my loft. These 2 exquisite paintings by Maureen McCarron arrived and are resting in our bedroom for the moment. We are painting the walls a medium-dark olive drab that will really feature these colors.
Calliope is a touch pinker than this photo reveals and lives in front of the most beautiful golden and orange background field. The pointillist style creates such depth, especially with the metallic paint added. I have brought Little Pinkie into the room and it's like Calliope is the big sibling.
The Sam I Am figure is not as pale as i expected but is a fabulous swirl of reds and blues = purples. The green background works so well, besides the fact that green is my favorite color and the upholstery and bedding is all greens and some purple. We don't hang art work just to match one fabric or the other - but sometimes there are color themes that just emerge and are satisfying.
These angels (see background info on Archetypal Angels back in March, April and May 09) are watching over us now. Really excellent additions to the home place.