Love loves to love love…

'Paris Syndrome' (2007) by Jun Yang

In advance of what is billed as the most romantic day of the year, everyone is aaaaaaall about the love…

So my blog post title may be a little deceptive (ha!) but who doesn’t love (wink, wink) to feel clever by quoting Joyce once in a while! If you are a little sick of sappy season ahead of Feb 14th, I cannot recommend highly enough the exhibition still running at IMMA at the moment:  “What We Call Love – From Surrealism to Now” for a very different, visual take on the whole feeling, idea and concept. Move fast though – it’s finishing up tomorrow Sunday February 7th!

According to the accompanying book published by IMMA – What We Call Love – the collection has drawn from Surrealism’s idea of love as “amour fou” (mad love) and new concepts of love from the sixties onwards.

Clock Tower at IMMA
Clock Tower at IMMA

I visited recently (having meant to take a look for several months now) and really enjoyed the range of viewpoints and art forms. Photographs, paintings, sculptures, exhibits, films, documentaries – they are all included. The exhibition features work from greats like Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Damien Hurst, Yoko Ono – to name just a few – as well as many other artists that wouldn’t be as well-known. You don’t just have to take my word for it though – Aidan Dunne of the Irish Times recommends it too 🙂

I took a few photos while I was there (IMMA always makes me want to take more photographs…) so I have included a few here for those of you that may not make it along before it ends. Let me know what you think! 🙂

'Couple With Their Head Full of Clouds' (1936) Salvador Dali
‘Couple With Their Head Full of Clouds’ (1936) Salvador Dali
I love this one. The colours, the gilt framing, the slight incline of heads towards one another.
Les Amoureux Titre by Victor Brauner
Les Amoureux Titre by Victor Brauner
'High Moon' (1991) by Rebecca Horn
‘High Moon’ (1991) by Rebecca Horn This was the piece that initially intrigued me most before coming to this exhibit. Obviously incredibly visual, it was also a very different take on the subject of love…..!
1969 Yoko Ono and John Lennon
1969 Yoko Ono and John Lennon.
Another one of my favourites from this exhibition. The first photo is ‘Bed In For Peace’ by Ivor Sharpe, and the second photo is from their wedding day in Gibraltar.
'Paris Syndrome' (2007) by Jun Yang
‘Paris Syndrome’ (2007) by Jun Yang.
This was easily one of my favourites from this exhibition. I love the strange angles, the awkward posture, their expressionless faces.
Central Nervous System (2013) by Wolfgang Tillmans
Central Nervous System (2013) by Wolfgang Tillmans
From 'Hot 100s' by Jeremy Shaw
From ‘Hot 100s’ by Jeremy Shaw
Watercolour by Michele Ciacciofera
Watercolour by Michele Ciacciofera
The Couple (2003) by Louise Bourgeouis
The Couple (2003) by Louise Bourgeouis

 

'Passion Bed' (1993) by Dorothy Cross
‘Passion Bed’ (1993) by Dorothy Cross

 

‘Make Love’ (2005) by Attila Csörgő
‘Make Love’ (2005) by Attila Csörgő
Seaweed Dress
Seaweed Dress
A still from Seamus Nolan's film, screening at IMMA as part of "F**k IMMA"
A still from Seamus Nolan’s film, screening at IMMA as part of “F**k IMMA”
A still from Seamus Nolan's film, screening at IMMA as part of "F**k IMMA"
A still from Seamus Nolan’s film, screening at IMMA as part of “F**k IMMA”

 

 

 

 

 

 

And also, if you have already been – let me know what you think!

Tickets are still available, and priced from €5-8. Students go free.

All the best,

S

XO

Gates at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham
Gates at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham

 

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Trying out my new camera

Having recently acquired a new camera – a Canon 70D – one of my 2016 resolutions was to put it to as much use as possible, and improve my photography through practice, practice, practice, some more practice…! I have always felt that so much is learned through trial and error, and have found this to be particularly true for me – in all aspects of life! It’s all very well and good to get things right on the first go, but my experience is that my mistakes have spawned my best learned lessons.

So on that happy note(!), I vowed to do away with all the usual excuses – cold, sickness, laziness –  and take the camera out on a little walk-adventure as often as I can. Two weekends into the new year, and so far, two photo walks done.

I have chosen a few photos from the two days here, and hopefully some of these posts will show some progression….. ! Haha! I tend to be quite hard on myself and critical of the photos I take, so seeing any kind of improvement would be great 🙂

Here’s a little selection of photos over the two days – would love to hear what you think!

S

XO

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Monday January 11th

Today has been a very sad day.

For a whole lot of people. For his family, friends. For those who worked with him down through the years. And for his fans. A broad spectrum of people from all different walks of life has mourned the loss of David Bowie today.

For all sorts of reasons.

Some will remember with fond memories dancing to his music when it was first released. Others, like myself, will have only discovered his creations later. (“Let’s Dance” changed everything for me)

Having only just gotten to hear his new album this weekend just gone, it just seemed so surreal that he is actually gone. He had been around, and recording music throughout my lifetime to date, so for me personally, I just couldn’t quite believe it at first.

His legacy is immeasurable, having inspired so many people around the world through music, art, fashion, film. The back catalogue of collaborations is a testament to how he currently sought to evolve, improve, push any and all boundaries. He was an innovative, driven and brave individual who has certainly left his mark behind.

Lots of people who are far more eloquent than me will write and eulogize his death over the coming days and months, so I’ll just leave it to the man himself to sing us out with Lazarus.

RIP David Bowie

Apologies for the tumbleweed…

I’d like to apologise for the radio silence. It dawned on me only last week when I was reading another (very fabulous) blog – more details on that later – that it’s been almost a year (!) since I last posted on here.

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In my defence, I’ve been pretty busy exploring a completely new path in life. On the other hand, I’ve been a great fan of procrastination…!

Anyhows, over the last couple of months, I decided to pursue a love and interest of mine that had always been something I wanted to do – drama and acting.

I took the plunge first during the middle of last summer, signing up to a weekend workshop with John Dawson. Initially, I wasn’t entirely sure if it was something I could try – if I would be any good at it. After that weekend, I was hooked. Completely convinced that even if I wasn’t as good yet as I wanted to be, it was something that I really enjoyed, and the idea of getting hired to do something so enjoyable? A dream!

So fast-forward a couple of months; and I’ll admit – I’ve been really lucky. I have gotten to work with some of the most creative, crazy and funny individuals. I have discovered a whole new way of looking at film and TV. I was a little worried that “knowing too much” from behind the scenes would ruin some of the magic – a spoiler if you will – but if anything, it’s actually just given me a much better appreciation of the artform and the huge talent, preparation and ruthlessly large workload that contributes to these pieces.

I’ve learnt a lot, and more importantly, I’m learning more every day. Which is what you want from life right?

Ok that’s enough for the moment I reckon.

But not as long until the next post – promise!

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Street Art in Dublin

More and more pieces of street art are popping up all around Dublin at the moment. Particularly in the city centre, MURO Street Art‘s recent event left behind some wonderful works. While some on the corner of Greek Street have been sprayed over – *Boo!* – the bigger pieces are still available to see along the Luas lines near the Four Courts stop.

Street Art DublinStreet Art Dublin Street Art Dublin

I love to see that they have painted these wonderful pieces on buildings that were falling into disrepair and making the area look quite derelict. Literally blank canvases!

Street Art Dublin

What I don’t agree with it is the fact that these are being looked at as graffiti that needs to be painted over…

Street Art Dublin

There are plenty of other spots around town to spy other creations. Some buildings in Templebar are quite colourful, and there are lots of other finds around town as seen by Ekaterina Smirnova here.

Colours - TemplebarPavement Art  - Lord Edward StreetStreet Art Dublin - Kilmainham

Street art certainly seems to be more of a growing trend (not just in Ireland, Athenian street art here ) as more boomtime purchase buildings are being left untended, with increasing demand for art space, but not much of anything in the way of support for aspiring artists..

I personally like it;  I love to see all the various methods of expression. It also goes to show that you don’t need a massive budget to produce something special.

The Big Questions, and no Answers…

Due to various things that have been happening recently – details that shall, at some stage, become more clear – mainly to me 😉 – I have been re-assessing life paths lately.

Many thoughts and ideas
Many thoughts and ideas

What’s the plan?

What to do?

Where to go?

How to do it?

How to go about it?

These are pretty big questions at any age, but the longer you leave these questions, the harder it seems the answer is to find..! Or maybe it’s just more pressure attached to questions like this the older you are…

The Big Questions...
The Big Questions…

So it’s come down to a few sub-questions of my own:

What do you enjoy?

What do you like?

What do you love?

And still more questions…

Is this feasible? (aka are any quids to be made…)

How long would this take?

How and where do I start?

And most importantly – can I do it?

Well, as you can imagine – these questions inevitably got a big pause when I asked them of myself.

So for now, these questions will have to remain, posed in the air. Paused, with a big speech bubble and a gigantic question mark.

So in the meantime, as I ponder on the more serious questions, I like to distract myself with my great loves:

Fashion – have been spending possibly more time than I should on Polyvore – dreaming mostly… My Polyvore Creations…

Music – have been obsessively listening to Emeli Sande – still not sick of that amazing voice, music and lyrics… Her writing is so insightful and mature, it’s crazy to think that she is only 26.  (Also on a tangential point – does she not have the nicest Scottish accent you have ever heard? )

The beautiful and insanely talented Emeli Sande
The beautiful and insanely talented Emeli Sande

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dance – And I have been ridiculously jealous and gobsmacked in equal measures at this little girl‘s breakdancing – unbelievable talent…  at age 6!!  

and of course my other half – he is of course, a constant source of distraction..!

Hopefully I will have a few more answers before my next post..

Until then! 🙂

S xo

Great New Ideas

Great new ideas flowing this evening…

I’d like to thank.. the PortHouse, the wine they served, and… the wine.

How is it that the creative side of the brain seems to work that much better with alcohol? Why is that? It’s just giving everyone an excuse to drink in the hopes of being more.. em… artistic… yes, that’s what we’ll say.

Anyhow, ideas flowing this evening.

Every now and then, we all *try* to have that conversation of what are we doing, where are we headed to, etc., etc.

This evening, the wine spurred this on a little more than usual.

So plans are afoot!

The blog has been resurrected.

Eventually. So perhaps yes, the word resurrection is perfectly apt!

Watch. this. space! *

*I promise this time around, blogs will actually follow….