Monday, January 30, 2012

Cerca de ti es cerca de mí

Integraciones                                                                     Integrations

Después de todo te amaré                                                         After everything, I will love you
Como si fuera siempre antes                                                     As if it were always before
Como si de tanto esperar                                                           As if, after so much waiting,
Sin que te viera ni llegaras                                                       Not seeing you 
Estuvieras eternamente                                                             And you not coming,
Respirando cerca de mí.                                                           You were breathing close to me forever.

Cerca de mí con tus costumbres                                               Close to me with your habits,
Con tu color y tu guitarra                                                         With your color and your guitar
Como están juntos los países                                                    Just as countries unite
En las lecciones escolares                                                        In school room lectures,
Y dos comarcas se confunden                                                  And two regions become blurred
Y hay un río cerca de un río                                                     And there is a river near a river
Y dos volcanes crecen juntos.                                                  And two volcanoes grow together.

Cerca de ti es cerca de mí                                                        Close to you is close to me
Y lejos de todo es tu ausencia                                                 And your absence is far from everything
Y es color de arcilla la luna                                                     And the moon is the color of clay
En la noche del terremoto                                                        In the night of quaking earth
Cuando en el terror de la tierra                                                When, in terror of the earth,
Se juntan las raíces                                                                  All the roots join together
Y se oye sonar el silencio                                                        And silence is heard ringing
Con la música del espanto.                                                     With the music of fright
El miedo es también un camino.                                              Fear is also a street
Y entre sus piedras pavorosas                                                 And among its trembling stones
Puede marchar con cuatro pies                                               Tenderness somehow is able
Y cuatro labios, la ternura.                                                     To march with four feet and four lips

Porque sin salir del presente                                                   Since without leaving the present
Que es un anillo delicado                                                       That is a fragile thing
Tocamos la arena de ayer                                                       We touch the sand of yesterday
Y en el mar enseña el amor                                                    And in the sea
Un arrebato repetido.                                                              Love reveals a repeated fury

YES.YES.YES.Oh Pablo Neruda, you steal my heart every time.

Misery Guts

Misery Guts from Abbie stephens on Vimeo.

cute little short.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Daito Manabe

I found Daito Manabe a couple years ago and I thought his work was hilarious and odd. The first of his videos I saw was of himself with elecric stimulus on his face. This is of four of his friends. I love how the guy in the right hand corner keeps smiling.  He is a pretty amazing programmer.

Hand Shadow Graphy

Here is an oldie but goodie.

Mortal Engine by Chunky Move


Friday, January 27, 2012




Lee Bontecue

Lee Bontecue is an old favorite of mine. She was born in 1931 in Rhode Island.  I was lucky enough to see her retrospective years ago at the MCA in Chicago.  I remember being totally floored by her work in high school.  It was like nothing else I had seen at the time.  It was between Painting and sculpture -welded metal structures but sewn and painted canvas- and hung on the walls.  The spaces in her work are similar to an abyss- deep, dark cavities, that seem like they will suck you right in.  They are inspired by paranoia of WWII- the holes represented mouths, eyes, bullet holes, or open wounds- the dark psychological feeling at that time in history. Her work is really beautifully crafted and so interesting to look at.

Window Seat: Erykah Badu's explanation


Monday, January 23, 2012

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Above is Documentary Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child part 1(you can find the rest on youtube).  It is the story of his rise in becoming an art super star with interviews with him and friends close to him during the exciting times as well as the his self destructive time and ultimate death.

30 Americans

This show looks AMAZING- Kehinde Wiley, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Nick Cave, and more...!!!! If I was in the DC area I would definitely check this show out  at the Corcoran Gallery of Art before it closes !

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Being Elmo

I just watched this movie.  And maybe I loved it because I was one of those kids that wished they could work with Jim Henson on Dark Crystal or Labyrinth building and playing with puppets... but it was also Kevin Clash, the voice and puppeteer of Elmo.  His story is one of those that hits your heart with the power of following your dream against all the opposition- no matter how ridiculous it may seem to everyone else.

Monday, January 16, 2012


The Beginners

Every little detail is so good. The love in this movie is beautiful.
" ...people like us, half of them think things will never work out the other half ...believe in magic."

Jeff Harris: 4,748 Self-Portraits and Counting

There are a lot of photography projects out there of "a photo a day."  The ones that catch people's attention I think are the one that are creative in their story telling.  Jeff Harris' story is one that speaks to wonder, creativity and human vulnerability. Quite a project.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

For Many Latinos, Racial Identity Is More Culture Than Color - NYTimes

This video was posted along with a super interesting New York Times article about the "sharp disconnect between how Latinos view themselves and how the government wants to count them." Read it here.

Gracias Jesus

Friday, January 6, 2012


...just daydreaming about my dream studio space.

Zombie boy

I love the day of the dead like fashion spread with model, Zombie boy taken by photographer, Mateusz Stakiewicz.  He looks good with flowers.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Anne Ten Donkelaar

I've been such a flower girl and way into flowers' power recently.  So when I saw Ann Ten Donkelaar's colages I just loved them. Their delicacy and presentation just pops. love it.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Zadok Ben David - Black field

Zadok Ben David is an Israeli artist working in London.  The piece above Black field is made up of 12,000 small steel cut sculptures that sprout out of the sand below.  The surprise element of the piece is as you walk around it you realize the black flowers are beautifully hand panted bright vivid colors on the other side. intricate and beautiful.