Hello! Yes I am cheating! This feature is meant to be about characters that actually exist but it’s hot and I’m tired and confused and I can’t seem to pick one! And so…here’s a picture I drew earlier. It’s me, dreaming of things I’d rather be doing than sitting at a  desk, feeling hot. It’s still cute so…it counts, right??!

Summer Dreams

Today and yesterday.

Matthew had an exhibition called ‘Transient’ at Sunfare Kuwana (See flyer in an earlier post). It was made up of fourteen digitally manipulated photo collages representing the stations of the cross. I think it went really well! We had a great time there both days, looking at the pictures and talking to people about them! Here are a few photos:

Is it shallow of me to really like the pretty cherry tree blossom one? I can’t help it. The green colour and the flashes of what looked like green electricity reminded me of the green lights at the beginning of  Ghost in the Shell. And I do love…technological beauty, if that makes sense.

Transient

July 10, 2010

This is Matthew’s awesome exhibition! I went today, I am going tomorrow and so should you!

Sunfare Kuwana 2F

July 10th, July 11th

10am-8pm

Books, art and plates

May 17, 2009

Oops again!! OK, I’ve been working.. these past few months have been more fun, but harder work, sortof.

And aside from work I’ve been…reading: The Moon and Sixpence and Of Human Bondage (Somerset Maugham), Travels with my Aunt (Graham Greene), Tender is the Night (F Scott Fitzgerald), La Den Rette Komme Inn (John Ajvide Lindqvist) aaand The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Haruki Murakami, I’m reading this one now).

I read Lindqvist’s book in Norwegian..I didn’t want to read it in English but I think reading it in Swedish would have been a little difficult. It’s very good but very horrible. Reading it made me feel like I could smell dried blood or something. I was really hooked, I couldn’t stop reading but at the same time I didn’t want to. I felt like it was poisoning my surroundings. Reading it on the train, with the sun shining around me I felt like it was blocking out all the nice things in the world and when it was over I was grateful! I still haven’t seen the film so..I’ll coment on that when I’ve seen it. Pathetic as it is I’m almost happy to hear they’ve cut some things out as I’m not sure I could deal with seeing all the things described in the book on a screen!

Oddly I finished The Moon and Sixpence right before seeing the Gaugin exhibit in Nagoya. I never realised the book even had anything to do with Gaugin hahaha. The exhibit was…a little disappointing really. I’m no big fan of Gaugin anyway and Japanese galleries…are weird ! Everyone shuffles around in a queue, listening to the exhibit guide on their headphones and, in general, noone tries to break out of the formation. Then the exhibit will have it’s big ‘showpiece’, in this case Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? It was displayed in a dark room, with a viewing platform..and you can’t help but feel you’re staring at some huge stuffed animal, a dead thing. You’re meant to stand there and go ‘wow, amazing’ , because the positioning says ‘wow, amazing’, not the painting. You aren’t given a chance to think about what the painting could mean unless you can divorce it from this cynical set up.

Any-way..I sort of had more fun laughing at some of the rather hideous chinaware in the permanent gallery! The prints of the chinaware were really beautiful but the items themselves, especially the  table pieces just made me want to smash them all up!

Must go and make coffee now..I’v also just downloaded Camera Obscura’s and Grizzly Bear’s new albums so I’ll write about them later.