if you are in vancouver, go see the kerry james marshall solo exhibit (first one in canada) upstairs at the vancouver art gallery (after viewing the modern woman exhibit, which is also necessary... but for different reasons). just. do. it.
marshall has the ability to acutely communicate issues of african american representation in western culture and art, and the idea of "blackness" which he emphasizes by giving the individuals he depicts very dark skin. his paintings are large, echoing traditional history painting, and use really intelligent juxtapositions that reveal the realities of social and political realtions having to do with race in americas history. for example his vignettes series present "idyllic images of black couples in sumptuous romantic landscapes reminiscent of 18th century rococo paintings, inserting the black figure into an historical narrative in which they have traditionally been absent" (vancouver art gallery)
i am a bit immobile as mentioned a couple posts ago. why you ask? well, a couple years ago i sprained my ankle in france (running through paris on 14 juillet to catch our train because they metro closed in the middle of the day). i didnt let it rest and heal, and now ive done something to create the same injury. thats the romantic story. the truth is, its the other ankle :P but still on 14 juillet!!! how insane is life sometimes?
this basically means 3 days of no washing, touching, clipping, or allowing any moisture whatsoever touch my hair. it is difficult in the hot toronto summers to not so much as put my very long hair behind my ears. this also creates difficulty when i wash my face, resulting in me staring at the ceiling as i do so, hoping that gravity doesnt kick in too hard.
honestly, could this day be any more beautiful?? i am planted on my deck. the sky is bluer than matisse's nudes. i have been tagged by miss moll cherie* to list 7 things about myself! so here we go:
1. favorite writer (fiction) = oscar wilde 2. i am currently reading 5 books simultaneously to suit my various moods 3. i find the taste of cilantro positively offensive 4. my friends are wicked amazing 5. art history education 6. i like my life right now/ am happy 7. i follow the nba more closely than fashion sometimes (thought i'd end with a punch)
isavirtue, you're it!
* these photos are also reblogged from miss moll cherie, im pulling my summer beauty inspiration from jane's hair colour and overall sunkissed look
really into skirts that fall just below the knee.. especially with subtle pleats. i dont know what to say about the peacock in relation.. i took this picture at the botanical gardens at niagara on the lake and i think it pairs well with the skirt. colours, fluid and linear repetition, etc. first image from jak&jil
ive had really good luck with desserts lately. often when there is a dessert on the menu that i am interested in, i will opt for a (much) lighter meal so that i can order it. this was the case with most of these (except for the chocolate crocodiles, which came with the bill at le crocodile in vancouver).