marbling magic
from ilana kohn

in time

Kutnohorite, 2, John McCracken Flight (2007)



Greek wreath c. 330-250 BC

Has anyone else noticed how magical the Sun has felt recently?
Especially if you live in Los Angeles, you know how amazing the last week of weather has been. The sky is bluer, the Sun seems brighter, 
and the sunrises and sunsets have been out of this world.

Well, the Sun has been having solar flares, and last Tuesday was the first day we felt their impact here on earth. It is the strongest storm since 2005, 
and it affects our electro-magnetic field, which includes satellites, computers and us! Yep... it affects all the energy systems of our body. 
And you may have felt it the last few days: more vibrations, more anxious or irritable. 
Try to stay grounded and connect with nature and the earth.

I tend to pay a lot of attention to the Moon, and less to the Sun, until now. Many civilizations prior to ours knew the power of the Sun, 
and I am grateful to be reminded of its greatness and power. I have had many conversations over the past month about how special 2012 is, 
and will be. Something is happening, an opening of energy, and lots of things are being realized and manifested and coming together for everyone I know. 
It is a powerful time. 
I think this is a year of spiritual quickening, and I believe the Sun has a huge part in that. 

Today I give thanks to the Sun!

Also - some non-related exciting news. I am featured on the awesome blog A Collection Of.
A special thank you to them!



Summerspace, 1958

dance by Merce Cunningham
design by Robert Rauschenberg


the dying swan


You Don't Have to Be Pretty. You don't owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don't owe it to your mother, you don't owe it to your children, you don't owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked "female". I'm not saying that you SHOULDN'T be pretty if you want to. (You don't owe UN-prettiness to feminism, in other words.) Pretty is pleasant, and fun, and satisfying, and makes people smile, often even at you. But in the hierarchy of importance, pretty stands several rungs down from happy, is way below healthy, and if done as a penance, or an obligation, can be so far away from independent that you may have to squint really hard to see it in the haze. But what does you-don't-have-to-be-pretty mean in practical, everyday terms? It means that you don't have to apologize for wearing things that are held to be "unflattering" or "unfashionable" -- especially if, in fact, they make you happy on some level deeper than just being pretty does. So what if your favorite color isn't a "good" color on you? So what if you are "too fat" (by some arbitrary measure) for a sleeveless top? If you are clean, are covered enough to avoid a citation for public indecency, and have bandaged any open wounds, you can wear any color or style you please, if it makes you happy.

Fran Lebowitz

photo: the amazing Diana Vreeland by Andy Warhol
also check out this clip from the documentary on her, Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel
it was at the Telluride Film Festival last year


product porch

When I was at the MCASD on Saturday I popped into Product Porch. This amazing shop is curated by Brooks Hudson Thomas (of Specific) and Blaire Dessent (of Vitrine). They both have such an unique eye for awesome design. I am always floored when I walk into any space they have created, it is always overflowing with talent and beautiful objects that I haven't seen anywhere else. They are continually finding really interesting artists to showcase and collaborate with. 
I snapped a few photos, but they aren't the best because I was so overwhelmed by all the awesomeness at every turn, and was chatting with Brooks as he was updating me on all their recent projects.
If you are near by be sure to pop in! The store will be open until February 5th, and then will reopen on March 22nd with the new exhibition at the museum. And on February 5th they will be opening a new location in La Jolla. Be sure to check their blog to follow what exciting things they are up to!


california light

On Saturday I made a trip down to the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego to see the Phenomenal: Light, Space, Surface show. 
It was awesome!
So many artists that I love all in one place. It was really amazing to see these pieces in person.
They all do things with light that are just unbelievable, and so beautiful, and can not be captured in a photo. It really made me think about how specific the light in California is. 
The show spans three different spaces, the La Jolla location closed yesterday, but the two spaces at the MCASD are still up and I would highly 
recommend a day trip down there. 

Craig Kauffman ad in Artforum 1970, Helen Pashgian in her studio, Helen Pashgian, Peter Alexander, Peter Alexander, Mary Corse (this is a light reflective painting. The surface is covered in tiny glass balls that create a prism between the painting and your eye, it's amazing), Robert Irwin, De Wain Valentine, De Wain Valentine

There was also an amazing Larry Bell in the lobby of the main MCASD space, but I couldn't find a photo.


these days

some sweet flowers left on my doorstep by the lovely Miss Lili
and new photos for some new drawings for the shop {i'm all sold out!}



Dana Hoey 
Deb Jones


from here to there

1, 2, Gerco de Ruijter, Lorna Simpson, Llyn Foulkes, grotte de clamouse, 6


to move

Last night I went to this amazing workshop lead by Dominique Sire. 
It was all about coming into your power and purpose in this life, but through movement. 
She pretty much changed my life in 2 1/2 hours, and I don't say that lightly.
She totally changed the way I feel in my body and helped me learn to ground myself in it. 
She is incredible!
It was also so amazing to watch her work with everyone - and interpret and read their movements. I learned so much. 
You can read more about what she does and her workshops here.



I love these letters by Erte. 
I have a K necklace that was my mum's that I love to wear. 
See the whole alphabet here