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.
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
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!
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.