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Spontaneity

19 May

I’m a planner. There is absolutely no denying that. I have several google calendars going, besides a filofax that lies right next to my computer which I constantly refer to. As well as the traditional wall calendar.  When I make plans with friends, I normally decide upon the restaurant or outing at least two days in advance.

I’m working on not having my life planned out to the last second, accepting random changes in previously established plans or  going along with spontaneously occurring ones. So when I received a text at 4:30 in the afternoon on Monday from my boyfriend asking if I would like to go to Brooklyn that night at 7:00, I can’t lie. My first thought was “oh…but I totally didn’t know about this in advance!” Quickly followed by “Brooklyn? Yes!”

We just walked along the promenade in Brooklyn Heights, looking at the skyline. A new park /green way was under construction below, and it will be another fantastic area for biking or running. Our walk was followed by dinner at a Thai restaurant at around 9:30.

Lantern Thai , located at 101 Montague St, definitely gets good marks for atmosphere and friendly service. Because Monday night we actually had decent weather again, we were able to grab a table outside on the sidewalk. I had actually already eaten dinner that evening, so instead of having a second dinner, I ordered an appetizer to go along with my Sapporo. The virgin rolls were filled with spinach, sprouts and a tiny amount of tofu and avocado. The best part was the accompanying honey citrus sauce.

Spontaneity is totally a good thing.

Wanted: Dead or Alive

3 May

If you haven’t been to the Museum of Arts and Design in Columbus Circle  since I last mentioned it, you seriously have to. As one of my friends said yesterday, “This is my happy place.” This week was the opening of their exhibit Dead or Alive, another in their series about chosen materials. Each artist featured uses organic materials in their work, which at one point was previously alive. These materials range from bones and bugs to seeds and plant leaves. This may sound slightly repulsive upon reading, and I won’t deny that bugs usually skeeve me out, but they’re transformed into utterly interesting works of art. Many of the artists state that they have not harmed anything in order to obtain their materials, and several of the pieces have strong environmental / political messages (Keith Bentley’s Canda Equina is one of these). But first and foremost I viewed each piece as it’s own entity, before reading to discover the artist’s prerogative.

My three favorite pieces of the show have a more traditional presentation, which speaks to my own personal aesthetic preferences. Upon entering the fifth floor, Xu Bing’s Background Story 6, 2010 is the first piece viewed. It seems to be a Japanese landscape upon frosted glass, ink lines lit from behind. Then you look behind the wall and realize that all the shapes are in reality shadows cast by organic debris, sticks and dried leaves.

Fabian Peña’s The Impossibility of Storage for the Soul 1, 2007 looks like delicate mosaics of anatomy…and this delicacy is reiterated when it’s understood that it’s not tile fragments that have formed these shapes and tonal variations, but infinitely small fragments of cockroach wings. Studio Drift’s Fragile Future.3 attracts you with it’s glowing orbs from across the room, and as you stand in front of it, each LED light covered with dandelion seeds (carefully attached to maintain the lightness and roundness of a gone to seed dandelion head), seems to speak about time.

There are so many artists, Alastair Mackie, Helen Altman, Tracy Heneberger, and Tim Tate/Marc Petrovic to mention just a few more, and each piece included is absolutely astounding (I can’t say that with 100 % accuracy because a few works did seem a bit lackluster to me, at least for their inclusion in this show). MAD, you’ve done it again.

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Food wise? My friends and I went to a nearby Thai place on 8th and 55th. Chai is an extremely small hole in the wall type of place, but you really can’t go wrong with decent Thai food, a red curry that makes your eyes water and a $7.00 lunch special price tag. ( At least, this cash strapped girl can’t). We then trekked around to satisfy a friend’s Red Mango craving, and this was my first experience with a tart frozen yogurt experience. I have to say, I really really enjoyed it plus the array of healthy toppings. I enjoyed the yogurt itself; it’s  location on the 2nd floor of the NBC store in Rockefeller Centre? Not so much.

Columbus Circle

Dead Or Alive