Sunday, January 31, 2010


This is the female form,
A divine nimbus exhales from it from head to foot,
It attracts with fierce undeniable attraction,
I am drawn by its breath as if I were no more than a helpless vapor,
all falls aside but myself and it,
Books, art, religion, time, the visible and solid earth, and what
was expected of heaven or fear'd of hell, are now consumed,
Mad filaments, ungovernable shoots play out of it, the response
likewise ungovernable,
Hair, bosom, hips, bend of legs, negligent falling hands all
diffused, mine too diffused,
Ebb stung by the flow and flow stung by the ebb, love-flesh swelling
and deliciously aching,
Limitless limpid jets of love hot and enormous, quivering jelly of
love, white-blow and delirious nice,
Bridegroom night of love working surely and softly into the prostrate dawn,
Undulating into the willing and yielding day,
Lost in the cleave of the clasping and sweet-flesh'd day.

This the nucleus--after the child is born of woman, man is born of woman,
This the bath of birth, this the merge of small and large, and the
outlet again.

Be not ashamed women, your privilege encloses the rest, and is the
exit of the rest,
You are the gates of the body, and you are the gates of the soul.

The female contains all qualities and tempers them,
She is in her place and moves with perfect balance,
She is all things duly veil'd, she is both passive and active,
She is to conceive daughters as well as sons, and sons as well as daughters.

As I see my soul reflected in Nature,
As I see through a mist, One with inexpressible completeness,
sanity, beauty,
See the bent head and arms folded over the breast, the Female I see.

Excerpt from 'I Sing The Body Electric' by Walt Whitman

Saturday, January 30, 2010


Derick Melander is an American artist whose work mainly consists of large geometric structures made of clothing. Melander was born in Saratoga Springs, New York in 1964. Over the years he has a vast wealth of experience in numerous fields: an Associate Degree in Communications from Elizabeth Seton College in NY allowed him to study music programming, film making, acting and graphic design.

Upon graduation he moved to Philadelphia where he sang in a band and worked as an assistant to the artist Jerry Goodman for a few years. After moving to NYC in 1987, he taught nursery school and continued playing music. He earned a B.F.A. in 1994 from The School of Visual Arts and continues to make art from his studio.

Thursday, January 28, 2010


"This fall I think you're riding for - it's a special kind of fall, a horrible kind. The man falling isn't permitted to feel or hear himself hit bottom. He just keeps falling and falling. The whole arrangement's designed for men who, at some time or other in their lives, were looking for something their own environment couldn't supply them with. Or they thought their own environment couldn't supply them with. So they gave up looking. They gave it up before they ever really even got started."

J.D. Salinger (1919-2010)
from 'The Catcher in the Rye'

Friday, January 22, 2010


There will be some happy endings
There'll be dreams that don't come true
But in the times ahead, there's love and hate and hope and dread coming
All and all, in makes it that much harder for you, yeah
I know you're worried - I'm worried too

But if you're ready, I'm here to fall with you...

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Ownership vs. Embodied Knowledge

"There are likewise three kinds of dancers: first, those who consider dancing as a sort of gymnastic drill, made up of impersonal and graceful arabesques; second, those who, by concentrating their minds, lead the body into the rhythm of a desired emotion, expressing a remembered feeling or experience. And finally, there are those who convert the body into a luminous fluidity, surrendering it to the inspiration of the soul."

Isadora Duncan

Image of Martha Graham: "Letter to the World (Kick)" by Barbara Morgan

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Paradise Circus (NSFW)

Massive Attack Paradise Circus (HD) uncensored

One of the shit things about not blogging regularly over the past 8 weeks: there is now a backlog of links/videos/music/art that i need to sift through and share with you. In the meantime the video above has whet my appetite for the forthcoming Massive Attack album 'Heligoland' , which is due for release on February 8th . It's atmospheric, edgy, beautifully lit and shot and most definitely NSFW. Directed by Toby Dye and featuring frank observations by Georgina Spelvin who starred in the 70's film The Devil in Miss Jones.


"Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option"
Mark Twain

Monday, January 18, 2010

Unforgettable Part 1: Vali Myers

With flame red hair, heavily kohled eyes and tattoos curling around her lip, Vali Myers cut a striking figure. Born in 1930 to a violinist mother and marine officer father Vali displayed a talent for art at an early age. The family moved to Melbourne from Sydney, Australia in 1941 and Vali left home at 14. After working in factories she became immersed in dance and later became the leading dancer for the Melbourne Modern Ballet Company.

She travelled to Paris at the age of 19 to follow her dream of dancing for a living. She had not anticipated a city completely ravaged by war. The stark poverty of Paris in 1949 was a shock, money was scarce and jobs were almost impossible to find. Vali began living in the Latin Quarter of Saint Germain des Pres on the Left Bank with the rest of the displaced. She lived on the street, survived on bread and milk and carried a knife for protection.

Sunday, January 17, 2010


I have been following a particular project of Vancouver artist Pamela Masik with interest for some time. 'The Forgotten' will finally be unveiled at the end of January. Consisting of 69 portaits measuring over 3 metres in height, each one depicting the women who have gone missing from the downtown eastside over the past ten years. The project has taken her over four years to complete, during this time she found herself becoming immersed in the project, suffered injury (tearing her left rotator cuff) and moved to a new 14,000 sq foot studio.
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