Archive for April, 2007

Tamasaburo Bando

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

Nihonbashi Bando Tamasaburo

This is a photo of Tamasaburo Bando, a Kabuki actor who specializes in onnagata (women’s roles). He is known in the West as well as in Japan, and has worked with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Yo-Yo Ma (dancing “Struggle for Hope” in the Inspired by Bach video series). More here

Playing puppet (bunraku) dance (Youtube)

Nastassia directed by Wajda

(Photo of Bando Tamasaburo by Baryshinikov)

Inabune (Youtube) See for design, costume and camerawork.

Courtesan (Youtube)

Princess Yang Kwei-Fei or Yokihi (Youtube)

Yokihi Bando Tamasaburo
above and White Lion below

RIP Mstislav Rostropovich

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Mstislav Rostropovich, the ebullient master cellist who fought for the rights of Soviet-era dissidents and later triumphantly played Bach suites below the crumbling Berlin Wall, has died. He was 80. (Seattle Times)

“Music and art are a whole spiritual world in Russia,” he once said. “In Russia, when people go to a concert, they don’t go to it as an attraction, as an entertainment, but to feel life.” (Washington Post)

Bach´s Bourree – Suite No 3

Moreover, he was a bold proponent of contemporary music. In addition to the works created for him by Soviet composers such as Serge Prokofiev, Dmitri Shostakovich, Reinhold Gliere and Aram Khachaturian, Rostropovich had pieces dedicated to him by Lukas Foss, Leonard Bernstein, Henri Dutilleux and Benjamin Britten. Indeed, the cellist is credited with reawakening Britten’s interest in instrumental music after a long period of mostly vocal composition. Britten works created especially for Rostropovich include three suites for unaccompanied cello, a sonata for cello and piano, and a symphony for cello and orchestra. It is a huge gift to the cello repertory — and to 20th-century music. (Washington Post)

Rostropovich’s other great mentor and friend, composer and humanist Dmitri Shostakovich, is not truly represented at all on the new Classical WETA-FM Lite, in the Nation’s Capital; though occasionally snippets of Shostakovich’s minor ballet music or jazz settings are performed for tokenist purposes. This morning, however, National Public Radio did intervene in the new Classical WETA-FM Lite’s reactionary silliness by broadcasting a powerful passage from Shostakovich’s great Symphony #5, when announcing Rostropovich’s passing. (Renaissanceresearch blogspot)

Rastropovitch celebrating a longed-for event.

More music on youtube here.

This Moment Miranda

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Act Natural C-print by Miranda July 2003
Miranda July photo July Act Natural

Wow from Megan and Murray and yes very enthusiastic responses are going around the blogosphere.

How about a Mini-retrospective for Miranda July?

1, On the pedestal the artist stands tall


All Story by Miranda July The Shared Patio
He is in love with me but he doesn’t know it. It still counts even though it happened when he was unconscious. It counts doubly because the conscious mind often makes mistakes, falls for the wrong person. But down there in the well, where there is no light and only thousand-year-old water, a man has no reason to make mistakes. God says do it and you do it. Love her, and it is so. He is my neighbor. He is Korean. His name is Vincent Chang. He doesn’t do hapkido. When you say the word Korean some people automatically think of Jackie Chan’s South Korean hapkido instructor, Grandmaster Jin Pal Kim; I think of Vincent. (read more here.)


THE SWAN TOOL This breath-taking new multi-media performance by video artist Miranda July can best be described as a “live movie”. THE SWAN TOOL combines video, performance, live music and new digital architecture to tell the story of a woman working in an insurance company. Lisa (played by July) cannot decide whether to live or die. Rather than choose, she digs a hole in her backyard and buries herself. Following the self-burial she attempts to continue living and working, but the thing in the hole will not die and she is unable to forget about it.
(Via Eye and Ear September 2001)

4, Listen to Bruce Lee, Goldfish by Michael and IcanJapan from MyspaceMirandaJuly

5, Missed her award winning film? Trailer here.

Miranda July is Aquarius/Tiger (Feb 15, 1974) –
THE ERRATIC TRENDSETTER – an innovator and a revolutionay.

Om and Bra

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Avere paura della propia ombra
English Equivalent
Afraid of one’s shadow

Om-Bra Om and Bra digital image by Fung Lin Hall

(Previous posts on fear, here and here.)
To escape from the world I created 8 shadow images and decided to show the above. Also, I have watched a number of films in the last few days.

1) with Volver (Penelope C and Almodovar) I was underwhelmed.
Here is someone who articulates better than me.

But nothing about what he does with this cinematic playfulness thrills me or even seems intellectually intriguing

(If you want to see a film about Women I recommend “Water” instead of this film by Almodovar.)

2) John Malkovich plays Stanley Kubrick’s impersonator in this offbeat film – Color Me Kubrick. He had fun putting on BBC costumes and being wild and crazy. (We never get to know the reason for his need to be Kubrick and con people.)

3) The three directors Ermanno Olmi, Abbas Kiarostami, and Ken Loach got together and made this movie called Tickets.

The film picks up with the second portion directed by Abbas Kiarostami and Ken Loach finishes with a bang.

Past disjointed, piecemeal attempts at shoehorning visionary filmmakers into a three-volume feature could’ve learnt a thing or two from this Ermanno Olmi/Abbas Kiarostami/Ken Loach trifeca: it succeeds, in part, through continuity by locating its trio of stories on the same Euro-train line headed from Austria to Rome. Strangers on a Train


Monday, April 16th, 2007

Wave apples digital image by Fung Ching Kelling

Wave apples 2 digital image by Fung Ching Kelling

(Via email from Fung Ching Kelling)

RIP Sol LeWitt

Monday, April 9th, 2007

Sol LeWitt, American master of conceptual art, dies at 78.
LeWitt preferred to let his work speak for itself and frequently avoided media attention.
“He never felt that art has to do with the personality of the person who made it,” Andrea Miller-Keller, a former Hartford curator and longtime friend, told The Courant. “It’s not about the star power but about the art.” (via)

Sol Lewitt horizontalredgreen.print
Sol LeWitt working at Crownpoint Press studio.

Second thoughts: A new interpretation of Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings has Adrian Searle longing for the past

Sol Lewitt on Google.

Images from daily muse

What I remember most about Sol LeWitt came from reading a biography of Eva Hesse. While Hesse was living with her husband in Germany, Sol LeWitt nourished and encouraged Eva during her days of artistic isolation They corresponded daily. He was her friend and a mentor.

Sol Lewitt Sol Lewitt digital image by Fung Lin Hall
(Digital image from this post by Fung Lin Hall 4/9/2007 – despite my penchant for gossip and annoying celebrity artist worship, I appreciated LeWitt’s avoidance of celebrity and I am grateful to Sol LeWitt for his inspirational art.)

Sentences on Conceptual Art
by Sol LeWitt

1. Conceptual artists are mystics rather than rationalists. They leap to conclusions that logic cannot reach.
2. Rational judgments repeat rational judgments.
3. Irrational judgments lead to new experience.
4. Formal art is essentially rational.
5. Irrational thoughts should be followed absolutely and logically.
6. If the artist changes his mind midway through the execution of the piece he compromises the result and repeats past results.
7. The artist’s will is secondary to the process he initiates from idea to completion. His willfulness may only be ego.
8. When words such as painting and sculpture are used, they connote a whole tradition and imply a consequent acceptance of this tradition, thus placing limitations on the artist who would be reluctant to make art that goes beyond the limitations.
9. The concept and idea are different. The former implies a general direction while the latter is the component. Ideas implement the concept.
10. Ideas can be works of art; they are in a chain of development that may eventually find some form. All ideas need not be made physical.
11. Ideas do not necessarily proceed in logical order. They may set one off in unexpected directions, but an idea must necessarily be completed in the mind before the next one is formed.
12. For each work of art that becomes physical there are many variations that do not.
13. A work of art may be understood as a conductor from the artist’s mind to the viewer’s. But it may never reach the viewer, or it may never leave the artist’s mind.
14. The words of one artist to another may induce an idea chain, if they share the same concept.
15. Since no form is intrinsically superior to another, the artist may use any form, from an expression of words (written or spoken) to physical reality, equally.
16. If words are used, and they proceed from ideas about art, then they are art and not literature; numbers are not mathematics.
17. All ideas are art if they are concerned with art and fall within the conventions of art.
18. One usually understands the art of the past by applying the convention of the present, thus misunderstanding the art of the past.
19. The conventions of art are altered by works of art.
20. Successful art changes our understanding of the conventions by altering our perceptions.
21. Perception of ideas leads to new ideas.
22. The artist cannot imagine his art, and cannot perceive it until it is complete.
23. The artist may misperceive (understand it differently from the artist) a work of art but still be set off in his own chain of thought by that misconstrual.
24. Perception is subjective.
25. The artist may not necessarily understand his own art. His perception is neither better nor worse than that of others.
26. An artist may perceive the art of others better than his own.
27. The concept of a work of art may involve the matter of the piece or the process in which it is made.
28. Once the idea of the piece is established in the artist’s mind and the final form is decided, the process is carried out blindly. There are many side effects that the artist cannot imagine. These may be used as ideas for new works.
29. The process is mechanical and should not be tampered with. It should run its course.
30. There are many elements involved in a work of art. The most important are the most obvious.
31. If an artist uses the same form in a group of works, and changes the material, one would assume the artist’s concept involved the material.
32. Banal ideas cannot be rescued by beautiful execution.
33. It is difficult to bungle a good idea.
34. When an artist learns his craft too well he makes slick art.
35. These sentences comment on art, but are not art.

Update: an email came from Janet Paparelli this morning.

I had a great little poster reproduction of a painting by Sol LeWitt once. I don’t know what became of it. There was an
expressionistically painted white background and expressionistic black letters which said: “THIS PAINTING IS NOW OUT OF STYLE”.

Two Performances and One Pose

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

Billie Holiday born on this date April 7 in 1915 as Eleanora Fagan and later called Lady Day sings these songs for you from youtube collection.

Lover Man

Jack Kerouac pictured this song in his book “on the road” as followings: “…I huddled in the cold, rainy wind and watched everything across the sad vineyards of October in the valley. My mind was filled with that great song… It’s not the words so much as the great harmonic tune and the way Billie sings it, like a woman stroking her man’s hair in soft lamp-light. The winds howled. I got cold…

Aint Noboby’s Business

Good Morning Heartache

She doesn’t sing, between barking at neighbors she rests.

Portrait of Lady Daisy digital image by Fung-Lin Hall

L’Une chante, l’autre pas or One sings and the other doesn’t

Lawrence Wright – A journalist is now a performer

“More than a linear narrative about the formation of Al Qaeda, the show is an informal scrapbook of Middle Eastern politics and culture seen through a Westerner’s sharp, informed and sometimes sorrowful eyes, complete with visual aids in the form of slides and video clips.”

Online video from New Yorker My Trip to Al-Qaida

Lawrence talks to Charlie Rose.

The Silent Kingdom (Dave Pollard 2004 blog post)

Janet Paparelli

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

“They are the studies for the Tarot Series” wrote Janet Paparelli.
“Breakthrough” and “Conversation” on top
Janet Paparelli Paintings
“Growth” and “Collection” at bottom

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4 Monotypes
Janet Paparelli
Jan with friend

I received a first email from Jan a few days ago. We had been out of touch so it was a big surprise. Jan lives and paints furiously in Miami.
Some of her paintings spilled over to my blog.
She is a no-nonesense abstract essentialist. She will clean and dust your brain.

Cooking Demonstration

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

An image from Tampopo
Tampopo Itami Juzo film

April Showers

You don’t need a knife to chop the vegetables.
See how the tomatoes are mashed

This is slow cooking.
People losing patience, they are on the street marching.

Keep them ignorant, who needs the text, (except to read long-sunday blog).

Instruction of how to eat the Ramen – from Tampopo (Young Ken Watanabe famous for the Last Samurai is in this scene).