February 3, 2014 • 1:19 pm
The current exhibit at Rice Gallery is “Garden Object,” an installation by Rosario Hurtado and Roberto Feo, who run a design studio called El Ultimo Grito. The garden they’ve created at Rice is rather otherworldly, as gardens go. Here’s a link to the “making of” video, definitely worth 2 minutes of your day. For more information, including the artistic statement, visit the Rice Gallery site.
Filed under: Art, Current Events, Design, Travel, art installation, El Ultimo Grito, Garden Object, houston, houston art, Rice Gallery, rice university, Rice University art, Roberto Feo, Rosario Hurtado
January 23, 2014 • 12:48 pm
The Soaring Cost of a Single Breath
January 25 – February 22, 2014
Opening reception: Saturday January 25, 5-7 PM
1412 Bonnie Bonnie Brae Street
Houston TX 77006
Filed under: Art, Current Events, Poetry, Travel, houston, houston art
December 13, 2013 • 12:41 pm
Simon Beck walks miles through snow to create amazing art. Check out this story and stunning photographs from My Modern Met about his temporary wonders. Beautiful!
Filed under: Art, Current Events, Photography, Travel, land art, Natural landscape, Pattern, Simon Beck, snow, snow art
October 30, 2013 • 10:03 am
NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) has gained momentum over the past decade, and a number of best-selling novels–Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern– began in this veritable boot camp for writers. The appeal lies in the short intense nature of the project, with the product being a 50,000 word first draft. Daily word count goals keep you on track, and the NaNo site provides a supportive community. November is almost upon us. Perhaps THIS year is YOUR year?
Collage by Rex Ray
Filed under: Blogs, Books, Web, Writers, Writing, Writing Exercise, Erin Morgenstern, NaNoWriMo, NaNoWriMo 2013, National Novel Writing Month, Night Circus, Rex Ray, Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants, Writers Resources
October 17, 2013 • 10:23 pm
In the median of Montrose Boulevard, a colorful tube of art graces my morning drive to work. The tunnel by Patrick Renner stretches a city block in front of the Art League Houston. It’s fun whizzing by this wonder before I’m fully awake.
Filed under: Architecture, Art, Current Events, Design, Poetry, Patrick Renner
August 13, 2013 • 2:13 pm
I’m on of those people who loves reading books about the places I travel while I am traveling. Therefore I love the idea of choosing a novel for each of the 50 US states. Maybe one day I’ll make my own list. In the meantime, check out this literary tour of America from QwikLit.
Originally posted on Qwiklit:
It is impossible to contain all of the United States of America in one novel. From Alabama to Wyoming, there is little to connect every work here except for the fact that they are, well, American. But if you’re currently sitting on your front porch, looking for an escape to anywhere in America, be it the Everglades of Florida, the beaches of Southern California, or even the cold, merciless terrain of Alaska — then worry not: we have found some of the finest works of contemporary literature this country has to offer, and placed them all on one comprehensive list. Enjoy!
Alabama – John Green – Looking for Alaska (2005)
Don’t let the title fool you; John Green places his main character, the biography-obsessed prep-school student called Miles, in the middle of a love triangle centered around an Alabamian prep school. Green has a knack for channeling the ‘coming-of-age’ to readers both young and old, and the idealism of youth is wrung to its bitter end as Miles must eventually confront tragedy head on.
Filed under: Books, Travel, Web, Writers, Literature, Novel, U.S. state, United States
WITS summer campers write stories and poems while inspired by “Unwoven Light” by Soo Sunny Park, the art installation currently on exhibit in the Rice University Art Gallery.
The art installation “Unwoven Light” by Soo Sunny Park is currently on display in the Rice Gallery at Rice University. The combination of chain link fencing and colorful plexiglass converts the space into a kaleidoscopic wonderland. The exhibit will continue until August 30, 2013.
Soo Sunny Park “Unwoven Light” – Rice University Art Gallery – Houston, TX (Photo credit: Mr. Kimberly)
Filed under: Art, Design, Poetry, Travel, Writing, houston, rice university, Soo Sunny Park, unwoven light
photo from Wired Magazine
Starting in September Doug Aitken’s art will take a journey by train. Here’s an excerpt about the project:
Aitken’s Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening tour will travel to 10 different locations by rail on a train the artist himself designed that is intended to be a “kinetic sculpture [that will] act as a cultural studio,” according to an announcement released today. The artist will curate a site-specific event at each of the Station to Station stops thanks to contributions from the likes of experimental filmmaker Kenneth Anger, artist Liz Glynn, and digital media artist Aaron Koblin. The tour will also feature music from Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dirty Projectors, Twin Shadow, and Dan Deacon.
If only Houston were one of the lucky cities! So cool. And beautiful.
Filed under: Art, Current Events, Design, Poetry, Travel, Aaron Koblin, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Deacon, Dirty Projectors, Doug Aitken, Kenneth Anger, Twin Shadow
Scattered Blossoms: Poems Inspired by Cy Twombly
Please join us for
A Poetry Reading at the Menil Collection
Sunday, May 12th, 2 pm
Cy Twombly Gallery
The Menil Collection
1515 Sul Ross
Houston, TX 77006
Featuring these poets:
This event is supported in part by a grant from the Houston Arts Alliance through the City of Houston.
Filed under: Art, Current Events, Poetry, Writers, cy twombly, houston, menil collection
February 6, 2013 • 4:23 pm
I “discovered” the artist Dan-ah Kim through the writers’ blog, NewPages. Although it seemed surprising to me at first, as I studied Kim’s art, the pairing made perfect sense. Every picture I studied seemed to evoke a whole mythology around it. The more I stared, the more story emerged. I am struck with the personal mythology that this artist launches in her art. Amazing.
Filed under: Art, Blogs, Poetry, Writing, Dan-ah Kim, Mythology
January 22, 2013 • 3:56 pm
Last week Oliver Sacks shared these jellyfish on twitter. The underwater photos are taken by Alexander Semenov, a Russian biologist. So beautiful! [via Colossal]
Filed under: Art, Photography, Science, Travel, Alexander Semenov, Jellyfish, Oliver Sacks, Underwater Photography
January 17, 2013 • 4:46 pm
It happens to most creative people: one day Stefan Hengst found himself in a bit of a lull. In his effort to jump-start his creative process, he did a yearlong iPhone photography project that he called “My Daily Poetry Fix.” He collected snapshots he took with his phone each day and shared a few on Facebook Soon patterns began to emerge, and the design elements that resonated in him became clear. It worked for him. Would it work for you?
Learn more about the Poetry Fix project on his site.
Filed under: Design, Photography, Poetry, Travel, Writing Exercise, creativity, iphone photography, my daily poetry fix, Stefan Hengst
January 15, 2013 • 4:37 pm
I’ve never actually seen the Northern Lights so the idea of a glass igloo in Finland seems pretty extraordinary to me. I wonder what kinds of dreams one has in these thermal glass huts at the Hotel Kakslauttanen. [via Home Esthetics]
Filed under: Architecture, Art, Current Events, Poetry, Science, Travel, aurora borealis, Finland, glass igloo, Hotel Kakslauttanen, northern lights
December 22, 2012 • 5:21 pm
Onement by Barnett Newman (1949)
“Feeling at the thin edge between what and what.”
–Kazim Ali, from “New York”
Filed under: Art, Poetry, Barnett Newman, Kazim Ali
December 7, 2012 • 10:43 am
A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
Filed under: Art, Poetry, bird proverb, Chinese proverb, proverbs