Monday, November 28, 2005

A Peaceful Wine Rack

Tonight I went to the One of a Kind Christmas Show and picked up a beautiful and very unique piece of furniture. Boites De La Paix takes old US army munitions boxes and restores them into useful, peaceful articles of furniture - standing wine racks (like the one I purchased), bookshelves, kitchen pantries, and CD holders among other things. My box dates from the Vietnam War and was shipped from Alabama in 1970. More about this great couple who create these beauties in this Gazette article.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Wall and Piece

I've blogged previously about my love for Banksy. While I was in the UK, I picked up the brand spanking new book Wall and Piece and it's truly fantastic. I particularly like the quote on the back cover:
"There's no way you're going to get a quote from us to use on your book cover" - Metropolitan Police Spokesperson

Monday, November 21, 2005

I Love Boxes

And so does Rachel Whiteread.

While I find installation art interesting, I love all of Whiteread's work that involves boxes. I collect them and her exhibit, Embankment, at the Tate Modern was wonderful. You can see the actual installation of the work here.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Epitaph for George Dillon

One of my favourite theatre venues in London is the Comedy Theatre, where on Wednesday I caught the matinee performance of Epitaph for George Dillon. Starring the striking Francesca Annis (who was just as brilliant as she was when I saw her in an Ibsen production a couple of years ago) and Joseph Fiennes, it was an interesting play for a couple of reasons.

There was an audible gasp from the female members of the audience when Joseph Fiennes walked on stage and though he's a fantastic actor, I couldn't get past the fact that he was kissing his sister-in-law on stage. While the play was written before Look Back in Anger, it didn't premiere until two years after the latter play's great success. It seemed to me like a warm-up for the alienation and asphixiating nature of the social climate of the 1950s that we all now recognize as being classic John Osborne. But there was something also a little different - whether this was due to the fact that the play was co-written by the largely forgotten Anthony Creighton or to the inexperience of an emerging voice is unknown. An interesting academic paper maybe, but I'm a little busy at the moment.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Edvard Munch By Himself

Just returned from a whirlwind six day trip to London. So many people to see, so much art to view, so many shops to hit (not to mention the actual reason for my trip - a Ph.D review). One of the exhibitions I went to was the above mentioned Edvard Munch By Himself at the Royal Academy of Arts.

The exhibit is primarily of Munch's self portraits, of which there are many. I had no idea, in fact, that Munch was such a prolific artist. The brushstrokes actually remind me a bit of Lucian Freud's self portraits, which is maybe why I liked the exhibit so much. However, Munch was certainly not a jovial fellow. Sickness, despair, paranoia, loneliness and death are generally the focus of much of his work. Even a still life painting of flowers was entitled "Flowers of Pain". Not a show for the depressed, but as usual the Royal Academy assembled a great display of Munch's work.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Death by Latte

Every Saturday morning, I swing by my local Starbucks and pick up a grande caffe latte to have while I read the paper. It would take 136.50 Starbucks Grande Caffe Lattes to kill me.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Welcome To My Library

Thanks to Robot Johnny I have a new obsession. Now you at home can take a peek into my library with the super cool Library Thing. I've spent the past two nights cataloguing my books - thank god I am doing this after cleaning out my library. Some bibliophiles would view this as sacrilege, but when I moved back into my loft this autumn, I just didn't have enough wall space for the number of bookshelves I would need to house all my books. So the rule was - if I wasn't going to pick up this book again (either because I loved it or still had to read it or would want to refer to something later) I got rid of it.

I'm not quite finished cataloguing my books here and as for the rest of my library which lives on Vancouver Island at my parents' house...well, I'll have to add those at Christmas. Here's my profile.

You will also notice in the sidebar is now a selection of books taken from my library at random (under my All Consuming list). This great little widget updates every twenty minutes. Enjoy snooping!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Things You Should Never, Ever Say

In the spirit of this latest chapter deadline, here's a comic from Ph.D Comics that is keeping me smiling at the moment. Not keeping me sane, but keeping me smiling.