i found this cool shop where you can save money on custom framing by doing it yourself. the store is set up as a workshop where experts are on hand to guide you through the process. you choose your own matting and frame, they cut the materials for you- then you assemble it yourself, saving you money on the labor cost.  materials are all provided, you just show up. it's fun AND crafty.

i bought this sweet pencil drawing off irana on etsy and then i framed at the diy frame shop in wellington. she kind of reminds me of myself [by way of tammy faye baker]. sometimes by the end of the day my eyeliner ends up looking like this


hot chicks.gilded

described as "the last gentleman of the old school" and "a great beau" peter marie was an admired new york socialite of the gilded age,  and in retrospect perhaps something of a creep. when he died in 1903, he bequeathed his collection of miniature paintings to the met, which  they promptly rejected on grounds that it did not quite qualify as art. our contemporary ideas about art seem to be a bit less uppity and the new york historical society is now holding an exhibition of the paintings.

what's really interesting about these paintings is that he commissioned them slowly over many years and only society women whom he deemed  beautiful and worthy were given the honor of sitting for a portrait. thus marie ended up amassing a private collection of 300 pictures of local new york babes that he could enjoy at his own leisure. i imagine him sitting in his private man-boudoir twirling his moustache and quietly gazing at the wall of images whilst smoking a pipe and planning the guest list to his annual ball. [not certain if he actually had an annual ball, but surely wild seven course dinner parties
a la the age of innocence?]

i especially like this painting of mrs. arthur henry paget. the opulent egyptian getup is great, and i like the idea of someone wearing fancy dress for a society portrait:




i battled the westside traffic on sat night to check out the glow event. i really like the idea of transforming a space with temporary installations geared specifically towards nighttime viewing. it's not often one experiences art or the santa monica beach like this. but i have to say, i got this feeling it was a lot of hype over something that didn't exactly pay off in spades. it could be the massive congestion just getting off the freeway and then the crush of humanity walking down fourth street that made the whole effort feel exhausting. or, as a friend of mine reffered to it "tepid man."

nevertheless- there were some neet things to see. like this installation- luminous passages. constructed out of a neon wire cable system it was a passage viewers could walk through and experience the light in a subjective way. from further away, it looked like a vessel made of light floating on the beach. the lines were geometrically elegant and i really like how it both embodied and transformed the space. it was really beautiful.




while la is not quite a town known for it's musem institutions, i've always thought it's strength lies in the unusual and offbeat nature of the somewhat lesser known collections. like for example the museum of neon art- aka mona.

with an emphasis on vintage signage, there is also a focus on contemporary artists who work with light in various ways. i particularly like the historic signage pieces as they represent the mid century style that to me, really defines la. if you get a chance- check it out.