Friday, October 6, 2017

Exhaling

This has been a hell of a week that shook me to my core and challenged my endurance of human suffering. Once again I faced the fact that the things one thinks he knows conceal layers and layers of unknown. But these (below) does bring me peace.





Monday, October 2, 2017

Art Collective

I have been working on an art project since my return from DC. The idea was to capture the essence of a place that I am living in now through a short phrase. To take it a step further I asked my family and friends to send me the photos of needed letters that they found in signs around their cities. The letters came from the US, Russia, Hungary, Azerbaijan, Italy, Spain, Iceland, and of course, Bahamas. So, on the eve of my birthday, despite dreary weather and  news of yet another shooting, let's celebrate friendship, family and sunshine. Here goes our joint effort...



"Signage", Art Collective

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Upside down.

Flipping oneself upside down does offer different perspective.

Snow or something like this.


Up side down.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Art Friday


Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see" 
Margritte

Rene Magritte, La condition humaine, 1939

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Word of the Day

While we are waiting on which path Ms.Maria (a new hurricane brooding nearby) will decide, I am entertaining myself with a new book "Why Fonts Matter" by Sarah Hyndman.

There I found an interesting word "signage". Such an elegant construction:  the root "sign" that holds numerous meanings + suffix "age". And, this splendid little suffix indicates a mass or a grouping of something especially in the words coming from French as in "foliage", "collage""assemblage" "entourage" or even "language".

Webster's dictionary defines signage as “signs, as used for display, advertisement, etc." It is a bit boring, isn’t? Because its overall meaning is so much more – it is a science of decoding ones surroundings (physical or emotional) – figuring out where you are, how well are you, and so on.

Words are such interesting creatures!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Back Home

Good-bye DC, hello Nassau.

View from Above, DC

View from the ground, Nassau.

Remember...


The sheer vastness of this place makes one's heart ache.
Arlington Cemetery


Arlington Cemetery, Unknown Soldier Grave

Arlington Cemetery

Thursday, September 14, 2017

"Trace" Ai WeiWei exhibition

"Trace", an exhibition of Ai Weiwei a Chinese artist and political activist, is on display in the Hirshhorn museum. Ai Weiwei  has been exploring the theme of free speech and expression throughout  his career. In "Trace" he created Lego portraits of 176 people who were imprisoned for their political views, which were often expressed in peaceful manner. Those 176 people belong to different countries but are all our contemporaries united by one desire - being able to express their views freely and without fear of punishment. Just recently, while walking the streets of DC, we discussed the difference between propaganda and politicized art. My son offered a very good formula, " Propaganda tells you what to believe, while political art creates a platform where one can form thoughts and opinions."
Trace exhibition is the latter one.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

You scream and I scream, we all scream for ice-cream.


And if it happens to be Mochi Ice-Cream, it is even better!

Creamy goodness of various flavours wrapped in lightly sweet rice dough. Bite-sized, pastel coloured, bursting with flavour (I tried coffee and green tea ones so far) – pure delight! Addictive – you will want to try one more, and one more, and yet another one. (Found in Whole Foods).


Meet New Artist

In the Torpedo Factory, which is a fascinating place to explore, we met an artist, Nathan Leibowitz. He, with several others, occupies a corner studio of the third floor, with a broad view on the Potomac River. I always feel a bit of trepidation while entering artists' studios there - weird mixture of being an intruder of the creative process, a voyeur. But Nathan made it easy - he smiled and invited us  to admire a view of the river, which is surely breathtaking. We talked and laughed, and left with two small works of his and with a joke.

Why do we call seagulls 'seagulls'?     Because they are gulls who live by the sea.
But what if they will live by the bay?  They will be called...? Got it?     Bagel..

Below are his work, and he has a website Nathan Leibowitz

River Farm, Nathan Leibowitz 

Park Bench, Nathan Leibowitz