July 15, 2012
SUNDAY FROM MY DESK
Everywhere I go, I roll up some cat drawings to take with me. I put them around the new hotel rooms, so that I will always feel at home, even when I leave home. It is a way of settling my heart and soul. I find it brings a calm and natural state that refreshes and centers me. I recall all that I cherish and it brings quiet. Amazing what art can do – through the eye to the heart.
Coming home after a long week, it is always a pleasure to find my friends here to welcome me. Here, Blackie, a cat from Kris who always makes me smile. Now relaxing in my new favorite chair. Her mood is often mine and I think all cats hold our attention in this way. Honored in ancient Egypt, the statues of cats and the ancient Goddess Bast are wonderful to see.
Italian architect, artist and designer Gaetano Pesce designed this delightful cup and ball chair based on a child’s play toy in 1968 for B&B Italia. Today still produced but also collector’s piece.
When I travel on long trips, I dream that the airplane companies might give a bit more space and use this wonderful Cini Boeri design from 1971. Called Strips, it is an armchair that becomes a bed. Inspired by Christo and perhaps his wrapped armchair now in the Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands, Boeri started a real revolution in how we see our beds.
Far from being comfortable, this sculpture by Kris Ruhs sits at the entrance to my home. It is visually like flowers and yet seems painful to see. Hard and tender all at once.
This little CD is in the book CUBE and is visually one of my favorites because of this pattern/design. The book was given to me by Giorgio Dimitri, one of the authors. They printed only 10001 copies, and they gave them away to friends. It was the first time I saw the work of American artist Phil Frost. The preface of the book is very thoughtful and ends with great maxims to also recall when away from home. “Change the world with Love. Be true to yourself.” Good ideas.
An American Artist who was self taught and became well known in the 1990’s New York art world for his elaborate street installations, as well as album covers. He often works with found wood, paper, bottle caps or scraps, as here, in this wonderful painted ball in a box.
Chinese artist Cui Fei now lives in New York, her work is both in the Chinese traditions of calligraphy and the use of natural materials resourced from nature – leaves, tendrils from vines and here, thorns arranged in her personal language.