So we are headed for a heat wave this week and obviously I am bordering on delusion. I live on the fourth floor of an old 1930's building in an apt that could use a nice overhaul.
wearing this matching ensemble:
wouldn't hurt to have a body like this as well, I suppose:
Last night while in line for the restroom at a local bar, a cute girl approached me and said, "Are you the girl from the MOLDY DOILY?" After I said yes, she said she is a regular reader and a fan of Georgie Boy. She even admitted that she once looked at his whole thread on my blog. I swear he has a lot of darling groupies, maybe I should get him a headshot? The girl in front of me in line then turned and said, "I read your blog too." I was so flattered. Made my night.
Georgie has been having a slight love affair with Fran. Whenever she comes over, he has to monopolize all of her attention. She was trying to read a nice article, but Georgie wasn't having any of that. He made himself into a flat cat and covered the entire spread. We thought he looked like tasty burrito.
Oh no, another one of my favorite prolific artists has passed! A mastermind of all mediums, Robert Rauschenberg transcended all boundaries of art. He was known to be a printmaker and set designer, a painter, a photographer as well as compose and choreograph. According to the news, Rauschenberg suffered from heart failure at his home in Florida on Monday, he was 82.
I was always fascinated mostly by his unusual object installation sculptures, with overlapping paint and prints. My favorite when I was a student was BED. When I moved to California, my friend Kutmah and I went to see some contemp art show, and it was one of the pieces. I got very close to it, and my heart was pounding. I was excited to see it up close in all it's tattered glory. There was this energy being put out by being so close to his work. I can't explain it. It made me aware of reckless abandon and to not dismiss common objects as less beautiful. (very similar to Duchamp) Don't tell anyone, but I reached out for the first time in a museum and touched it. I know, I know, very classless of me.
How can you forget "Monogram" the piece with the stuffed GOAT!?
In the New York Times article by Michael Kimmelman there is this quote by the artist:
“I really feel sorry for people who think things like soap dishes or mirrors or Coke bottles are ugly,” he once said, “because they’re surrounded by things like that all day long, and it must make them miserable.”
The remark reflected the optimism and generosity of spirit that Mr. Rauschenberg became known for. His work was likened to a St. Bernard: uninhibited and mostly good-natured. He could be the same way in person. When he became rich, he gave millions of dollars to charities for women, children, medical research, other artists and Democratic politicians.
He also stated “Screwing things up is a virtue,” when he was 74. “Being correct is never the point. I have an almost fanatically correct assistant, and by the time she re-spells my words and corrects my punctuation, I can’t read what I wrote. Being right can stop all the momentum of a very interesting idea.”
Even though the Italian Vogue has been on the shelves for a little bit, the Meisel photo spread (literally spread) has been stirring up some controversial comments. The cover features actress Eva Mendes, and the inside has Steven Meisel's fashion shoot with her in bondage Sophia Loren get ups straight outta Madonna's SEX book. I have to admit I thought some of them were pretty shocking considering Mendes is the model. (I didn't include the one of her swallowing her own foot)
I personally thought they were pretty interesting and sexy to boot. I mean, what's a girl to do straight out of rehab? Of course, EMBRACE your bad girl persona and go for broke. Maybe it's my voyeuristic quality (I in fact am quite shy, therefore like witnessing the car crash of other people's overt sexual come-hither stance)
Anyway, I find it most funny that Kutmah went to high school with her. He said she was a popular cheerleader who everyone called "cindy crawford" because she was not only gorgeous but had the mole.
She recently was quoted in a tabloid story with other actresses saying that she was a geeky teen and very awkward. Not according to the yearbook Kutmah has. She looks saucy.
I am seriously bummed to the max about forgetting to bid on this fab silk flapper dress on ebay. It ended up selling for a mere $17 bucks. How did I forget to check ebay you may ask? Blame Georgie and his distracting cuteness.
remember my post a few month back on that incredible estate sale in Pasadena? Well the same crew recently sold off the estate of darling hairdresser Lily Dirigo, who worked on all the famous silent movie heads.
Some of the stuff in her estate sold yesterday for next to nothing- WHY WHY WHY did I forget to bid on these lovely things: they are old carved brooches and the pair sold for $9.99 You know how I love cluster pins!
she also had tons of cool pictures of the celebs she worked on back then, often with personal autographs on the back. I wanted to win Viv the Vint. 1932 Marlene Dietrich 'Shanghai Express' Photo. But it sold for a whopping $332!
This is a great set of two antique movie promo photos. They feature June Collyer and Mary Astor and they are standing in front of a two way mirror, miming each others actions. They were photographed by Max Mun Autrey. Their hair was done by Lily Dirigo, Carmen's mother.
This is a wonderful find, an antique movie still photo of Ms. Jetta Goudal. She was a silent film star in the 1920s and one of Cecil B. DeMille's stars. She is featured in this promo still, and the original owner has written her name on the back of the photo in pencil.
here's the info listed on their website for her:
Carmen was a Hollywood hair stylist who worked on many of the top stars during the
Golden Age of Hollywood, including Gary Cooper, Fredric March, Orson Welles, Gracie
Allen, Frances Dee, Ronald Colman, W.C. Fields, Mae West, Gary Grant, Merle Oberon(Wuthering
Heights), Joan Fontaine, Paulette Goddard, and Joan Bennett (Carmen's maid of
honor in 1940)etc.
She began as a dancer and showgirl in the Hollywood Box Revue in the 1920s. Carmen
performed in numerous theatrical productions including "No, No Nanette"
for Carter DeHaven and Oliver Morosco, theatrical producer, in "The Morning
After". She also performed at the Pantages and Egyptian Theatres in Hollywood.
Carmen became a hair dresser in the 1930s doing men's wigs and went from there
doing hundreds of films, two including two Oscar winning movies, Stagecoach and
Wuthering Heights. She ended up her career in television in the early 1960's.
Her mother, Lily, worked at the Carl Laemmle Studios (Universal) in the early 20's.
After convincing Carl Laemmle Sr. of the need for touch up and hair 'adjusting'
and styling, Lily became the first 'on studio lot', full-time hairdresser
in the motion picture business. She worked on Greta Garbo, Loretta Young, Priscilla
Dean, Una Merkel and many others in the silents and on into the talkies until 1957
with 'Around the World in 80 Days'.
Carmen started painting the 1980s and passed away at the age of 99 last year, 2007.
Watch for our other auctions featuring more paintings, movie stills, Carmen and
Lily at work photos, jewelry, Hollywood history, postcards, sheet music, Equestrian
paper, and other historical ephemera.
some can be found here: https://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZsyes
I also couldn't afford this stuff on ebay either...
from other random sellers- alas the auctions are kaput
hey, you win some you lose some, right?
and as we all know the last thing I need is more stuff. But of course sharing it with you folks makes it seem more comforting
Sometimes the Rose Bowl is a super success and sometimes it's just a dud. I have to admit I had much higher expectations for my payback and hard labor. Seeing all of your collectables and clothes strewn across a 10 foot square makes you feel ill. You immediately think, "how the hell did all this fit in my place?" and then, how come my place is still cluttered, and then finally "I'm not taking this stuff back home." It's worse when old friends you haven't seen in awhile run into you (with your bleary eyes and sad day old makeup) and comment on all of your bric-o-brac with amazement. Not good wonder, but the bad back handed remarks like, "it's like a collectable show over here, is this ALL yours." Thank God it was mostly all Walden's retromania. I don't wanna take credit for too many crazy clown heads and fonz pillows. Fran made some glorious sandwiches and snacks and we fought the early am call time with some humor. Dressing like a freak-a-zoid seems to really scare off the crowds
I got this old patchwork denim skirt when I worked at Wasteland. The woman who sold it said that it belonged to her sister in the late 60's and that she used to add all kinds of patches and fabric to it before she died of cancer later in life. I've never been able to sell it.
I've waited til now to mention the WORST part of the day. THE HICKORY SMOKY BBQ booth saddled up next to us. Serious burning tri-tip meats and garlic fries cooked on gas grills pouring into our space and stinking up our stuff and ruining our game
She also had to have a pair of Red Baron airplane goggles. She said she has always wanted them. For the end of the world of course.
I felt bad that on Mother's Day I couldn't be with mine, and since I can't really brag about her enough...let's reflect on my appreciate mother post from my past- so I don't repeat myself too much:
Mother's Day Past
Everyone knows that Fifi is my "other mother". Fifi is the Egyptian mother of my dear pal Justin. I have known her son for exactly 10 years this May. WOW, ten years! She is an outspoken creative soul who raised a good son on her own, and makes meals that are better than any restaurant in L.A. Her magical home has a peaceful garden loaded with succulent plants and tons of tassels. They are on every drawer, chair back, door handle, wall hanging etc...Every inch of her pad is painted by her or decorated with tiles.
She takes little charms and broken necklaces and dangles them from statues of Egyptian ladies. She should be an event planner or at least have a catering truck available to others. Crushed garlic and marinated eggplant never tasted so delicious!
If you love her place and things make sure to visit her at the Hollywood VINE/Cahuenga Farmer's MARKET this sunday (and every SUNDAY!) for mother's day. She makes one of kind reversible tote bags, hats, hair clips and more. She is closest to cahuenga and has blonde hair and gorgeous skin
This cool Dutch contemporary art magazine asked me recently to participate in their latest issue. The final six page spread is in full crazy color (also has a nice interview) it's available now by going here:
I could be inspired by this old editorial over and over.
Sure it's from way back in April of 2002 (Vogue UK), but somehow Corinne Day and the magical styling of this seem sort of timeless. I may have posted these awhile ago. Who knows? But thought you blog readers may need a pastel peeling wallpaper beaded tiara costume boost this Tues.
The title of this piece was Hidden Treasures. Of course it was.
or of course check out these:
find them for sale here: viciousvintage.etsy.com
we also just started carrying this new line by Toujours Toi:
Saturday night, the block had it's monthly art opening. Show Pony stocked up on lots of cookies and candies and cheap wine. The street was packed. I've never seen so many people crowded onto the sidewalks. It took about 15 minutes to get from one end of the building to the other. Fun all over, HOPE gallery featured Hamburger Eyes- huge black and white photo images. The former WORK shop reopened as Ladyboy Shoes!
The night was long and ended up with a pow wow at Taylors new pad and a trip to a house party.
mark your calendars! That's right I'm wearing PANTS! Can you believe it? Check out my hobo chic, all I need is one of those sticks with a polka dot cartoon rag. Turns out that everyone else was on a "mad about plaid" revolution too. There were even MORE plaid shirts that I couldn't snap
Woke up today with the best of intentions to be productive. Last night I was motivated to make things and get busy. I also spied a cool estate sale up the street listed on Craiglist. It boasted 80 years of ESTATE sale items, including: lots of vintage, watches, Lovely Victorian Ladies Needlework and/or Crochet Handbags,Victorian Braided Hair Mourning Watch Fob, and a great collection of Victorian to 1930s Laces, Collars, and trims. Victorian Bloomers, Underskirts, and some blouses, several yards of the most beautiful black Belgian Lace, lots of crocheted and tatted items, embroidery and other needlework, and a collection of art deco clown powder boxes.
I had decided on Friday night, that all the good stuff was probably snatched up already and that it would be a waste to go Saturday.
BUT, then my pal Taylor had to text, DOILIES EVERYWHERE!! get your butt over to this estate sale up the hill. PLUS it's now half off everything!
Damn, productive plans halted. Doilies!? Why did you have to mention the delicate dainty tattered 80 year old doilies. Who can resist boxes and boxes of pretty pretty?
So, I ended up buying myself :
1. a 100 year old ring for $10 dollars! That's right I am marrying myself.
Don't freak out quite yet, I barely bought anything at this sale. I am not collecting more crap. I plan on using some of this to make stuff. I promise.
Sometimes in the daytime I wander around my apartment hypnotized by the way the sunshine peeks through my windows. I know it seems strange, but the hazy light casting shadows across the walls and causing the sequins in my closet to glow makes me happy to live in L.A.
It must be the Ohio in me, but spying palm trees outside excites me.
Come by the SHOW PONY tomorrow night for our monthly ART BLOCK PARTY!!
Fun begins at 7 and lasts til whenever we grow weary. Lincoln Madley is gonna perform at the shop and next door at HOPE gallery...Hamburger Eyes- show. Don't forget that the kids from WORK are reopening their space too, all new LADYBOY shoes.
Remember way back when I did that post on artist Shary Boyle? (How can you forget her mysterious macabre & dainty sculptures?) Anyway, she is performing tonight at the Silent Movie Theatre in collaboration with the FAMILY shop.
This sounds GOOD:
Famiy Presents Dark Hand and Lamplight LIVE
Thursday May 1st at 8pm at The Silent Movie Theatre
Toronto-based artist Shary Boyle and musician Doug Paisley formed Dark Hand and Lamplight in 2006 as an opening act for Will Oldham's California tour. This collaborative performance features Lamplight singing and playing guitar while Dark Hand creates live drawings and animates pre-drawn images on an overhead projector. Choreographed to the lyrics and music, Dark Hand projects her artwork onto a screen, the wall, Lamplight, and other available surfaces.
Last seen at the Hammer Museum in 2006, where an unsuspecting audience had their minds blown, this shouldn't be missed!