I am taking a hiatus from consumption as of January 2017, but will shop til I drop until then, especially for friends and family for the holidays. First on our list is a subscription to the New York Times and Washington Post, and small (or large!) contributions to all of the groups we love and support who will need us even more the next four years. After that, the fun stuff below is high on my list of what to buy and enjoy as this insane year comes to an end. For the beauty junkie in your life, see above: Clarins introduced these effective booster serums a few months ago, which can be added to any of your regular face creams morning and night, for an extra skin pick me up. More gift ideas below. Continue reading →
Addicted to this new track, “Kick in The Bass,” just released last week, from New York’s Darku J, the LA duo Styles&Complete, and musician and singer SISTERWIFE, who seems to be keeping her identity on the down low so I won’t mention she is a hot ass chick from LA we all know and love. Listen above and watch the kick ass video below. See if you recognize her face. Continue reading →
“Paintings painted by the intellect are not artwork.” Agnes Martin
I went to the Agnes Martin show at the Guggenheim this week. It was the perfect companion to the time I spent in Big Sur a couple of weeks ago (see below). Ms. Martin spent her life painting feelings of joy, gratitude and light, which she often found in nature. Her lines seem simple until you look closely at the details and layers, which soothe and meditate on positivity. She was a schizophrenic, prone to long periods alone, and for the first twenty years she destroyed all of her work on a yearly basis because she felt it wasn’t good enough. It was only at 44 when she decided to share her work with the world and had her first solo show in NYC, where she moved to in 1957. Eventually she left NYC and spent a year and half driving alone across Canada and the US before settling in New Mexico where she lived out the rest of her life. She continued to paint literally until the day she died in 2004. Th painting above is her last, produced that same year. I was fascinated by her work and her life and spent a few hours staring, breathing and taking it all in, the same way I did while sitting amidst the Redwoods. The show is up until January 11th, 2017.
Big Sur, the mecca of beauty and thought, light and love, hope and the American wilderness dream. It was only fitting that after the travesty of the election I ran away to the most incredible place in the world and settled for a few nights in a cabin at Glen Oaks, amidst the Redwoods and silence of Big Sur. Glen Oaks, which underwent a big renovation about ten years ago under new owners, is modern wilderness chic defined. From the peaceful cabins in the woods to the roadside motel rooms, which resemble a cross between your favorite friends woodsy home and the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, Glen Oaks is ideal for one night or one week, or in my case, the dream… one month or one year. Each room comes equipped with a copy of Henry Miller’s epic Big Sur & The Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch and thankfully no TV or radios or alarm clocks, though phones and wifi are provided. The rooms do have plenty of Continue reading →
Knee deep into a Kelly Lee Owens obsession. Melodic, haunting and totally addictive beats from the UK producer, writer, and singer, who just released her latest track, “CBM”, from her forthcoming EP. Also, new music from Empire of the Sun & Royksopp came out last week. Two Vines is packed with EOTS hits as expected, with lots to dance to. Ditto the latest single, “Never Never,” from Royksopp though with a bit more pop flavor than their more moody esoteric tracks, which I really love.
I photographed Sophie Hawley-Weld of Sofi Tukker a couple of weeks ago at dusk on top of a rooftop on the West Side. Sophie is gorgeous, smart and emanates a strong beautiful light, which I think we captured well. I love the masculine feminine disco pop world groove she and her music partner Tucker Halpern are doing with their year old band. Their first EP, Soft Animals, came out over the summer and they just released a music video today for “Awoo.” Watch the video and see more images of Sophie from our shoot below. Continue reading →
Body, the new music video I shot and directed for Torii Wolf premiered this week. The album cover I photographed back in August is above and the video below. Torii has been working with DJ Premier on her debut album (Wolf Riiot, out later this year) while this track was produced by araabMUZIK. We shot the video early the morning of September 12th on my East Village rooftop, just me, Torii and the sunrise. Watch for the cameo from my incredible friend Taylor Foster, the gorgeous red head who floats in and out. Continue reading →