9.18.2014

ettore spalletti











Yes, the colour, as it shifts, occupies the space and we enter.  The frame that delimited the space is no longer there.  Taking it away, the colour takes on the space and invades the space. And when this happens, it’s miraculous. 

Ettore Spalletti, 2006








9.14.2014

from around









- summer heat in LA #overit

- an amazing and thought provoking article on touch - Loosing Our Touch - Are we loosing our senses? The importance and the gift of having a body, and being human. What it means to be touched.

- so excited to share that a book I contributed to is now on the shelves! Women in Clothes is the brilliant new book by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits and Leanne Shapton. It's a collection of interviews, conversations, photos, drawings, projects, and diagrams from over 600 contributors - including Miranda July, Cindy Sherman, Rachel Kushner, and Kim Gordon. I'm so honored to be a part of this amazing group of women, thoughts, ideas, and stories. 
On Saturday, September 20th there is a book launch at Skylight books in Los Feliz. You are invited to bring an item of clothing or two to swap. Each item should have a note pinned to it with your name and an interesting fact about the garment. More info can be found here.
You can read all of the full surveys on their website. 
I encourage you, if you haven't already, to run to your nearest independent bookstore and pick up a copy of your own. This is a "forever book"! (smile)
Thank YOU Women in Clothes!!

- Cindy Sherman's 156 Wigs, by Leanne Shapton

- Kathryn Ferguson's AMAZING video - The Beauty Project: Change is a Beautiful Thing

- The Essence of Sound - a hypnotizing video 

- thanks to a friend, I recently watched The Lovers on the Bridge. Totally weird and amazing. The firework scene!

- in a 24 hour period I watched the entire mini series by Jane Campion - Top of the Lake. Completely obsessed. love. love. love.
my favorite combo of dark and beautiful done well



- some videos from the archive - 

Allison Shulnick's video work
the amazing Brian Bress, his video for Pet Shop Boys
a squid's chromotophores reacting to Cypress Hill
a 1971 film about how graphic images create their own sound
a film of Luck Dragon's piece, Make a Baby











the incredible Deborah Turbeville

9.08.2014

full moon // september









FULL MOON






Harvest Moon
Monday, September 8th, Pisces, 6:38 pm PST

This is one of my favorite Moon's of the year. The Harvest Moon has long symbolized the time of year when farmers would mark the end of the summer crop. It would be a time to share the abundance they created, to see the journey of the seeds they planted months ago, and to enjoy the results of their hard work. Some of you have experienced this first hand as you plant vegetables and wild flowers in your gardens, but we can also think about this time as an opportunity to reflect on the things in our lives or in ourselves that we have planted and been nourishing. Maybe it is a goal you made months ago, a new project you set into motion, a new relationship that has come into your life, or even deeper internal work you are committed to doing. This is a time of reflection on the journey you have made and to send gratitude to yourself for your commitment to the things in your life that are important enough to really work hard on. Not everyone is choosing this path. To put in the work to evolve and be more aware at times can be really uncomfortable, and at times it can be easy. But, really acknowledge yourself for all that you are doing for yourself and for others, and for your commitment to you spirit and your soul as they guide you in your life.

This is also a good time to think about abundance. What is your relationship to abundance? Do you hold on to things because you feel there is not enough? Do you see an endless resource of love and support and nourishment from those in your life and from the universe? Do you feel a lack somewhere in your life; a lack of energy, health, wealth, joy? What are you not trusting that leads to these feelings?


This Full Moon is in the watery sign of Pisces. This feminine energy pulls us into ourselves, it slows things down a bit, allowing us to dive more internally, to be more sensitive and compassionate, and to allow an awareness of our connection to each other. This openness and sensitivity can lead to deep vulnerability. The few days surrounding the Full Moon can always be a more volatile time as we are full of so many emotions just bursting to be expressed. But, especially during this Full Moon in Pisces be extra compassionate with yourselves, and with others, especially during communication. Lots of emotion might be coming to the surface. Also sleep disturbances, tiredness, and emotional or dark dreams won't be uncommon during this time. It's a wonderful time to visit the ocean or take an epsom salt bath as a way to support yourself. 

The other major thing happening in the skies right now is that Chiron is conjunct with the Moon. Chiron is the wounded healer and teacher, he represents our deepest wounds in this life and points in the direction we must go to heal them. He also carries the wisdom of our own individual healing powers and how we can use them in this life. Where he sits right now in the sky is a position that will allow for deep understanding of the mind - body connection and the impact emotions have on our physical bodies. If you have felt a disconnect in this area lately, or challenged by your physical and spiritual bodies now is a time of great healing and awareness of what needs to be adjusted to create a happy and healthy union between the two. Though this healing must come from within, know you are supported by the events and people that surround you. 


Take some time to yourself today. Honor yourself. Nurture yourself. Be gentle and kind to yourself and others. Reflect on the work you have done and send gratitude to Mother Earth for the abundance she creates for us!












A Series Of Tropical Arrangements By Rafael D'Alo 

9.03.2014

9.02.2014

good vibrations | | volume five














//   NEW   \\

now available in the shop





G  O  O  D     V  I  B  R  A  T  I  O  N  S

VOL. FIVE




The fifth in a series of hand drawn guides about the natural world: animals, plants, and minerals, their uses and meanings



In this volume you will find: 

- how to meditate with minerals - 
with information on how to choose stones, how to clean, set intentions, and care for them, as well as how to use stones during your meditation practice 

- an indepth look at the healing properties and energy of azurite and pyrite 

- myths, legends, and lore - a brief history of azurite and pyrite



ALSO

available is a limited edition GOOD VIBRATION POUCH which includes the guide and a set of minerals: a pyrite cube and an azurite node



order the guide here
and the pouch here





8.26.2014

new moon // august










NEW MOON






Grain Moon
Monday, August 25th, Virgo, 6:13 am PST

Hello, sweet readers. I apologize for not having the New Moon post up yesterday. I spent last week and this weekend as a camp counselor and grief specialist at Camp Erin. I was around so many brave and wonderful kids. I had 12 amazing and adorable 6 and 7 year olds, spending night and day taking care of them, soothing nightmares, making sure teeth were brushed, tying shoes, singing camp songs, drawing, hiking, swimming, and talking with them about their parent who died. It was so inspiring and also so emotionally and physically exhausting. I came home Sunday night and immediately got into bed with a cold, which is where I have been since. There is so much I am still learning about how I show up as a teacher/leader/healer in the world, and how I energetically take care of myself (or at times don't take care of myself) while I do this for others. These past few weeks I have really been confronted with examining how I nurture myself and how I nurture others. I'm really learning how hard it is for me to do this for myself and how effortless and easy it is for me to do for others. So, in the name of strengthening that skill for myself I took yesterday off... for me, giving myself permission to put myself first. Knowing that you all would be just fine. 

This post will be a bit shorter so I can conserve my energy to heal, but I urge you to ask yourself the questions you come here seeking. For you know the answers just as well, if not better, than I do. 

This New Moon in Virgo brings with it precise, analytical and useful energy. We are invited by the Virgo to sort out what is useful and what is not. Take this to any level you wish. But trust that if you take time to examine yourself right now and really see what is no longer useful (old stories, old habits, old beliefs, old clothes...) you will be guided and supported in letting it go. During times when the Moon is new we have the opportunity to see anything we wish as a new beginning. The Moon is empty of light and it is up to you to decide what it should hold. Ground yourself and ask for clarity. Now is a time when you are ready to receive it. 

You are allowed ten wishes maximum during the New Moon. They must be hand written on paper. The best time to wish is within the first 24 hours of the exact time of the New Moon, but within the first 48 will do. Use this Virgo energy to make wishes about work, health (especially the holistic integration of the body - mind/body/spirit), daily routines, organization, things you would like to let go of, or something new you would like to begin. 

Happy wishing!












8.19.2014

from around













- check out the collaboration I did with Vacation Days! Now you can wear one of my malachite watercolor collages!! And it's cashmere!!!! Thank you Hamish! 

- watch this amazing clip of Warhol eating a hamburger from the 1966 film 66 Scenes From America

- this weekend I listened to this amazing Ted Talk on gratitude in the car. I had to pull over I was so engrossed in it. It's a serious game changer. Please, please take a few min and listen to him talk about the relationship between happiness and gratitude, and how every moment is a new gift and an opportunity.

- another great thing I listened to - or re-listened to - not so long ago was this amazing story about Lucy

- over the weekend saw Another Cats Show and Oscar Omori's show at Iko Iko

- last weekend I came across these amazing photos of nightlife in the late seventies in Manhattan taken by Meryl Meisler. There is something about them that just captured me. Besides the amazing fashion and icons of the time there is something really wonderful about them. They are photos about a moment in time, not just a moment in the seventies but an actual moment, when the flash illuminates what is happening in the dark of those night clubs. The camera is capturing something that maybe the eye doesn't even see. Or at least, this is how I like to imagine it.
These photos seem extra special now that we are in a time of digital photography, where "bad shots" can be discarded and everything is so carefully curated, and photos like this being taken on our phones are uploaded moments later on to Instagram.
What have we lost?

- I used to make marbled paper as a kid with my mum, so I loved watching this video on The Art of Marbling 

- i really wish i could see this exhibition - I have always loved Olafur Eliasson's work


from the archive
- "everyone wants gold and a mermaid" - meet the amazing Ray








Oliver MichaelsSquare in Square Series 
These photo's are made by compositing photographs of parts of different buildings in chosen area or route.


8.11.2014

night of nourishment







a

NIGHT of NOURISHMENT

feed your spirit and your belly with breathwork meditation and wood board love
with
Lauren Spencer King and Jules Blaine Davis

at Yogala in Echo Park
SUNDAY, AUGUST 17th
7:30 - 9:00 pm

regular class pricing + donation for wood board LOVE




I am super excited about mediation this coming Sunday! There will be a regular meditation class with the topic of how you nourish yourself, and then after we will get to enjoy a feast of delicious and local food provided by the amazing, hilarious, and wise "kitchen healer", Jules! AND - it's the price of a regular class at Yogala! How can you pass that up?! We will start right at 7:00, so please arrive on time.  And bring a friend! Let's nurture the importance of sharing and community! So looking forward to this!


Come with an open heart and an empty belly!

See you there!







8.10.2014

full moon // august










FULL MOON







Green Corn Moon
Sunday, August 10th, Aquarius, 11:09 am PST

This Moon it seems equally important to honor the Sun, for everything includes and is also influenced by it's opposite. This Full Moon is in the sign of Aquarius, and the Sun in the opposing sign of Leo. Both signs are fixed signs, and have strong masculine energy. Leo's energy wants personal expression, and Aquarius wants freedom! Leo is ruled by Fire, and Aquarius by Air, the coming together of these elements allows us to harness the two, and pulls us towards stepping out and igniting change in the world. 

Aquarius wants to influence beyond it's inner circle. It's time to think about your truth, and your core beliefs, and visions about the world, and how you bring those out into the world. It's time to think about how you stand at the edge of your tribe instead of at the center. How are you different than those closest to you? Think about the people in your life that are just beyond your inner circle: your co-workers, people you interact with daily at the market, maybe extended family, or neighbors and people in your community. How are you interacting with them? Are you bringing an open heart, a compassionate ear, a sense of self when interacting with them? We have much influence over those we spend the most time with in our lives, but now is a time to reach beyond to the greater circle we are in. And remember that the Aquarian always stands apart, on their own path, they have eyes that see beyond the limits of what others see.

Tonight, or any time during the waning Moon, is a great time to work with the cleansing properties of fire. Light a fire or a candle and ask the energy of the flames to help you let go of any unwanted energy in your life. You could burn some sage, sweetgrass, or a piece of palo santo wood to help clear the energy. Imagine the smoke carrying away what is no longer useful to you. Ask the air and fire to kindle and ignite your inner light, so it may shine brighter. And take some kind of action during this time that is in honor of you stepping out into the world in a bigger way and being seen for all of who you are.

Also, because it is a Full Moon, don't be surprised if you feel extra emotion around this idea. You might also feel the universe challenging you in these areas or pushing you in this direction.


Tonight is also the time to cleanse any rocks or minerals you have, set them out in the light of the Full Moon to clear their energy, and I like to keep mine out into the next day so they also get the full strength of the Suns energy. 







Olafur Eliasson

8.08.2014

azurite









found. collected. cut. ground. transformed. 
azurite is mixed with gum arabic, honey and glycerine to make a watercolor pigment
deep. natural. genuine.
each painting holds the color and energy of the mineral






three new monochromes made out of azurite
for GRIDSCAPE

opening Saturday night!
info here






8.07.2014

good vibrations

UPDATE

//    W O R K S H O P   C A N C E L E D    \\

to be rescheduled at a future date and location












G  O  O  D     V  I  B  R  A  T  I  O  N  S 

a mineral & mediation workshop



Thursday, August 14th
7:00 - 9:00 pm
at
Gridscape - Space 15 Twenty
1520 Cahuenga Blvd.
$50


this workshop will focus on azurite and pyrite
you will receive minerals of your own
with a discussion about
and a meditation
with the two minerals

space is limited
to reserve your spot please email
lauren@thesphinxandthemikyway.com



please bring a yoga mat or a blanket to lay on



see you there!

thank you to Ben and Brad!







7.30.2014

on crying









The Disappointed Eye


Crying can be seen as a function of the body that arises when language can no longer do the job. It is a way to communicate feelings, and may in fact be able to communicate what words cannot; it picks up where language leaves off. It is a bodily release that is cathartic, and intrinsic to the processing of grief.  Deep grieving done through crying or sobbing takes me to a place my mind can not understand, or make sense of, or sort out; it is a place where my mind can not do the processing. It is through the tears that my body processes my emotions and takes me to the other side of the pain and sadness. Transformation can only occur through the body. The act of crying is an act of transformation, an alchemical process, not only a kind of healing, but something more that leaves me feeling lighter and changed. Something happens to the weight of those emotions, they are transformed, and released as something physical, a tear. Something that is, like art, an act of creation, something physical is born from that place and then let go of. 







this is an excerpt from my thesis entitled Mourning In A Major Key, from a section on how the eye plays such a huge roll in both visual art and in mourning. 
This paragraph on crying has been wanting to be posted here for a while now. 





Roni Horn, Gold Field, 1982
this is one of my favorite works of art, I also wrote about this in my thesis. I highly recommend reading what Felix Gonzalez Torres writes about seeing this piece for the first time. So moving. It's why I think art is important and so needed. 




7.29.2014

from around















- a translation of the interview I did for Insider on Art and Architecture in LA

- great feature on friend, Jesse Kamm, and her families home in Panama

- an incredible interview with the incredible Susan Sontag. I have been thinking about this non-stop since I listened to it over the weekend... thoughts about being a writer, what that means, what that looks like... thoughts about a democratic art, the elite, the masses... about anti-intellectualism... and more. It is so worth a listen to and a think about. 

- Piety and Perversity, a great essay on the history of the palm tree in LA

- colors come and go, by the lovely Claire Cottrell

- a beautiful film on ikebana (thanks Leigh!)

- most men would rather shock themselves than be alone with their thoughts (thank you Matthew)

- Man Ray's 1928 film, The Starfish

- beautiful new work from my friend Jeremy, Clouds











French architect Emile Aillaud
Constantin Brancusi

7.26.2014

new moon // july









NEW MOON 






Thunder Moon
Saturday, 26th of July, Leo, 3:41 pm PST

It's no doubt still a challenging time for most, lots of old pattern and beliefs and energy is surfacing in our bodies, it's all so ready for healing. This just tells us that we are transitioning, and moving into a place in our lives that moves beyond our past, we are ready to let go of the old that no longer serves us. It is a time of growth and forward movement. With the Sun and Moon in Leo you are sure to feel this energy of forward motion and expansion. Leo is also ruled by the Sun, a planet of vibrancy, stamina, vitality, will power, stability and longevity! And with the Lion as the symbol of the Leo mix warmth, generosity and protection into the energy melting pot we are in. 

Think about how the Sun holds our solar system together and the heart at the center and core of your body. This is a powerful time for listening to your heart and following it! Use this energy. You are supported in this moment to take a risk, and go after the thing your heart desires. This is really important, learning to trust that you are supported to take a leap. Issues of being supported might be coming up for you right now too, have lots of compassion during this time. The Lion helps us to get in touch with our inner fire and helps to feed the flames to be courageous in our lives. 

This is also a great time to reflect on how you express yourself in the world, how you create and give and love! This is a very creative time. Ideas may be coming to you, it is important to act on them, to not stifle this flow of energy. Being creative is an incredible tool we have for healing. Now is the perfect time to use it!


I also wanted to talk for a moment about strength, with the Moon and Sun in Leo it seemed a perfect time to do so. It's something that has been on my mind for a few weeks now. I have really been listening to how people use this word. Things like, "Oh, I don't know how you are doing that, you are so strong" or "I didn't think I was going to cry, I wanted to be so strong" have really been hitting me. What do we mean when we stay the word strong or think about our own strength? Where is that sourced from? What does that look like? Does it mean something different to you than it does when other people use the word? For me it does. 

Somehow along the way we have come to believe that strength means not having feelings. That to be strong or act with such strength you have to not have feelings. You have to put up a wall to keep things in or out and forge ahead. Push things down to get through it. To be strong for someone is to often times ignore your own self. And I don't agree with any of this. I really believe that strength is the willingness to feel. To just feel your emotions in any situation, and not run away, not put up a wall, not push them down. 

Think about the person who says, "I didn't think I was going to cry, I wanted to be strong." To me real strength is allowing yourself to feel that sadness. To allow yourself to cry when you need to shed tears is true inner strength, because it's then that you are connected to the self. To be vulnerable and let go and go there while facing the situation you are in. What better way to demonstrate your inner strength than to allow yourself to feel what you are feeling in that moment, to stay connected to yourself. I think that is true inner strength, when you honor yourself by listening to what you feel. 




oh! I almost forgot about New Moon wishes. You are allowed ten wishes maximum, they must be hand written on paper and made within the first 24 hours of exact time of the New Moon (the first 48 hours will do). This Moon is a perfect time to wish for anything involving your heart, your creativity, manifesting dreams, new projects, or self - confidence. 









jean arp/hans arp

7.12.2014

full moon / july










FULL MOON






Thunder Moon
Saturday, July 12th, Capricorn, 4:24am PST


With this Full Moon in Capricorn it is a great time to focus on your goals. I would urge you to think more deeply and think about your purpose. Sit quietly and feel into your heart, ask, "What is my purpose?" Then ask again, feel into the purpose that lies underneath that, and then ask a third time. Something might come up for you that was unexpected, it might be something that you have known for a long time, it might even be abstract, everything has a meaning. Just hold what came up and feel the feelings that arise around it. Does it feel grounding and open your heart, do you have resistance around it? Do you trust it? Try not to see it as a goal, or something far away in the future that you have to get to, try to feel it all around you, that your heart is at the center of it, and it holds you as you move out into the world in all that you do. 

You can use this Capricorn energy to help you, along with the energy of the Sun in Cancer (foundations, self-nurturing, support). The archetype of the Capricorn is the Mountain Goat, think about the persistence of the goat as it climbs to the top of the mountain, putting one foot in front of the other, never loosing sight of it's goal or purpose. 

Because it is a Full Moon and emotions can be heightened around this time, notice if things are coming up for you around your purpose. Maybe resistance, everyone has their own forms of resistance, yours might be confusion, laziness, anger, doubt, fear... It's your job to start to develop a relationship with your resistance, study it to understand how it works, what it's voice is, what it's telling you, when it comes up. Just notice it, and have awareness of it. Yesterday I had an amazing conversation with a friend about resistance. And they said to me that resistance and fear are the gatekeepers to your hearts desires. And I loved this image, because it visually described so well their relationship. That when we get close to what we want it triggers all of our resistance, but using that image, it means that what we want is just on the other side of that resistance. That we can use our resistance like a compass to point us in the right direction, and to know that when it is triggered it means that we are getting close! Now, how exciting is that!? 









Still from 'L'Étoile de mer', Man Ray (1928)

7.08.2014

murmurs









I am so excited to share that I have two paintings in a show in Chicago opening on Friday!

If you live in the area, be sure to check it out. 
I am a fan of all the artists and so honored to be in a show with them. 
Thank you Regards,!




MURMURS


July 11 - August 23
Opening Reception July 11 5-8pm


Josh Atlas - Christopher Aque - Joseph Cassan - David Giordano
Lauren Spencer King - Andrea Longacre-White
Ethan Rose - Kristen VanDeventer



2216 West Chicago Avenue

Chicago










Witnesses, 2013 - watercolor on paper on panel 

7.02.2014

from around
















- wishing I could see these minimal and beautiful works by Lee Ulfan at one of my favorite places in the world, Versailles

- why does so much new abstraction look the same? Thought this was an interesting read, something we should be pondering in the studio if you are a painter and as we look at the art around us. 

- something else that I think should be making us think is the growing epidemic that has become known as the selfie. Though we are about 200 years out from the first fixed photographic image, it's only been about 100 years since a hand held camera has existed that would even have the potential to be held with one hand to take a selfie. Why has it taken us 100 years to turn the camera around and point it at ourselves in this specific way? And why the mass interest in taking them? Why now? How is it changing or relationship to photography (don't even get me started on the fact that now everyone with a camera phone thinks they are a photographer!!!!!) and our idea of a portrait? These are questions I ask myself as I look through my Instagram feed. I recently read this interesting article called Selfie Poetics in Mousse (one of my favorite publications). There were parts that were rather interesting and fed my questioning. I particularly loved this part in thinking about the impact of selfies and how they are changing our relationship to... well, the self and our understand of such through images and culture, "the selfie... reveals the social network as a telephone/mirror hybrid—literally!—and continues the aestheticization of everyday life in social media that has leeched the authority of image-making from mass media and from art." I'm happy to report that my spell check still can't recognize the word, but none the less I'm afraid selfies are here to stay. 
Thoughts...?

- the top 10 songs written about artists! The last part of this sentence made me laugh out loud, "We’ve omitted duplicate songs about artists — which means Jay-Z’s “Picasso Baby” was left behind — as well as songs that simply and fleetingly mention an artist — once again meaning all Jay-Z’s references to Basquiat have been disqualified."

- a happy dance number!

- this book sounds really great... The Crystal Eaters 

- since the new year I have been loving this LP: I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age In America 1950 - 1990. It's a gem of a find. So good. So. Good.

- it's no secret that I am fascinated by death and mourning rituals, that being said I really hope to get to see this show at the Met opening this fall

- i am really not a fan of his work but this review in the form of a poem of the Jeff Koons show using all the best lines, metaphors and criticism is so on point! "There's something truly cruel in his sculptures' indifference to any audience desire for profundity."







Classical Still Life ~ 1937
James Turrell
Benjamin Valenza
Balenciaga -1960s


6.28.2014

new print








One Old And One New



N E W

print of a graphite drawing
in 

S u m m e r   P r i n t   S h o p !