George Morrison
By November 9, 2010

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These abstract paintings are by American painter George Morrison. Born on the Grand Portage Indian reservation in Northeastern Minnesota, his Native American name was Wah Wah Teh Go Nay Ga Bo (Standing in the Northern Lights). Yet his paintings hint at his deep roots in abstraction, having studied in New York among Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Franz Klein, before heading off to France on a Fullbright.
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Conflict Kitchen
By November 4, 2010
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Conflict Kitchen is a restaurant in Pittsburgh that only serves food from countries the US is in conflict with. Started as a special project by John Peña, Jon Rubin, and Dawn Weleski, Conflict Kitchen serves take-out style food, and the entire restaurant identity changes every four months to highlight a new country. The first iteration of the project, Kubideh Kitchen, dishes up Iranian cuisine. For just $5, you can try a kubideh sandwich, a national dish in Iran consisting of spiced ground beef wrapped in homemade barbari bread with basil, mint, and onion. All this comes packaged in a custom wrapper with interviews from Iranians on a variety of subjects ranging from poetry to politics.

Seattle Trendsetter: Hotel Andra
By November 1, 2010
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Celebrating Scandinavian Design in the Pacific Northwest

How do you make a splash in a city that oozes culture? Try playing Scandinavian design elements off Pacific Northwest ambiance utilizing two elements central to Seattle’s core: wood and water. What do you get? Iconic fish tanks filled with neon tetras and guest rooms accented in cobalt blues. A contemporary lobby outfitted in sleek, minimalist furniture that includes tangerine Arne Jacobsen chairs, natural wood tables, and high ceilings that show off floor to ceiling wood bookshelves and hanging twin lanterns. Add to the mix alpaca headboards, retro clocks, and FACE Stockholm bath products in all the guest rooms, then top it all off with an avant-garde celebrity chef restaurant that’s turning heads—and you know you’ve arrived at Hotel Andra.

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Antony Gormley
By October 28, 2010

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Spanning nearly 40 years, British sculptor Antony Gormley’s work explores the relationship of the human form with spatial planes. With exhibits at the Tate, British Museum, Museum of Modern Art in New York and Los Angeles County Museum of Art among many more, Antony’s pieces can be found in collections worldwide.
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Wayne Thiebaud: on Painting
By October 26, 2010

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“Painting I think is one of the great human miracles, in that it attempts, in my view, to make alternate little worlds which are in some ways made parallel to worlds which may be close to the world, but finally which are little worlds in themselves. This gives us when we think about it, like literature, like other forms of art, a kind of expanded world that we can inhabit as well.”—Wayne Thiebaud, in a conversation with Susan Krane of the San Jose Museum of Art

[ image via SFMOMA ]

Emily Kame Kngwarreye
By October 22, 2010
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Wild Yam Dreaming

I was absolutely awe-struck by the beautiful interplay of colors and sophisticated simplicity of brushwork in this amazing painting by Emily Kame Kngwarreye. One of the most prominent contemporary Australian aboriginal artists of all time, Emily started out working with batik and only got into painting much later in life when she was nearly 80 years old. Breaking from the predominant Aboriginal painting style of the time, her style changed several times over a short time span as she experimented with lines, dots, brushes, and color in new ways, paving her own unique path.

“Through this painting, we are transported to the center of Australia, to a flat, windswept settlement where outsiders might see only an expanse of red dirt. Our guide is an eighty-five-year-old woman whose eyes are full of observations and who has years of experience painting bodies for ceremonies. Emily Kame Kngwarreye discovered the lush fluidity of acrylics in 1988, launching her extraordinarily prolific career that is full of bravado in handling paint.” —Seattle Museum of Art

Photo by Gayle Wheatley

Walter Oltmann
By October 18, 2010

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Caterpillar Suit III (2008)

I finally got to see a couple of Walter Oltmann’s sculpted suits up close and in person this weekend at the Seattle Museum of Art. As part of an ongoing exhibit titled “A Quartet of Suits,” two of Oltmann’s sculptures, Caterpillar Suit I and III, sit across the room from a couple of Nick Cave’s suits.

Born in Rustenburg, South Africa, Oltmann creates fascinating wire sculptures by hand which incorporate African weaving traditions and often allude to insects. The sculptures pictured here are made of anodized aluminum and brass wire.
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Caterpillar Suit I (2007)

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Mickey’s Halloween Party: SoCal’s Best Halloween Bash
By October 14, 2010
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Looking for ideas to celebrate Halloween? New this year to Disneyland park’s Halloween Time celebration in Southern California is Mickey’s Halloween Party, a special event going on every Tuesday and Friday evening in October leading up to Halloween.

In classic Disney fashion, this is a one-of-a-kind kid-friendly halloween party with plenty of happy spooks and festive Halloween flare. On Tuesday nights the party runs from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., with early park entry beginning at 3:00 p.m.. Fridays work the same, with park hours pushed back one hour from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., and early access beginning at 4:00 p.m..

Event Details

Tickets range from $49-$59 and include the $15 parking fee for arrivals during party hours. (Parking before early access hours is not included with your ticket.)

The park closes early for this fun-filled Halloween party, so visitors arriving on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Halloween have three options:

Purchase a regular ticket for the day, with park access ending at 6:00 p.m.
Cost = $68-$76

Purchase a ticket to Mickey’s Halloween party for the evening
Cost = $49-$59, parking included

Splurge and purchase both sets of tickets for full unhindered access
Cost = $117-$135

What do these Special Tickets get you?

Costumed Fun

This is your chance to break out the halloween costumes, and maybe even get more than one wear out of them! Usually costumes aren’t allowed in the park for anyone over age 9, but for Mickey’s Halloween Party, costumes are an attraction. You’re sure to see plenty of amazing Halloween outfits as you wander between rides. There’s even a costume parade at the end of the night filled with innovative ensembles, favorite characters, and even a sampling of hand-picked costumed guests. This special event also brings out classic Disney villains, along with regular costumed Disney characters.

Trick-or-Treating for All Ages

Each guest receives a trick-or-treat bag upon entry to fill up at various trick-or-treat stations spread out around the park throughout the night. Guests are treated to unlimited candy, with treats ranging from gourmet Ghirardelli chocolates, to healthy snacks like sliced apples, to familiar Halloween classics like M&M’s, Twix, Almond Joy, Dots, and Tootsie Rolls. The normal rules don’t apply here—there are no age restrictions and everyone is perfectly welcome to trick or treat, no matter your age! Where else but Disneyland would this be possible?

Spooky Fireworks

Disneyland’s fireworks extravaganzas are known for their sophisticated pyrotechnics, and Mickey’s Halloween Party is no exception. The special Halloween Screams fireworks spectacular features Disney villains like Ursula the sea witch from The Little Mermaid and Sleeping Beauty’s evil fairy Maleficent. You’ll also recognize characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas, including Oogie Boogie, Zero, and “Master of Scare-omonies” Jack Skellington. Flashy individually spinning pinwheel fireworks and sky crawling blasts of sparkles are just a few treats awaiting partygoers.

Extra Breathing Room 

Perhaps the best part of this event is the crowds—or lack of them. Although this will certainly fluctuate from night to night, compared with traditional park access, this event is less crowded, providing speedy access to all your favorite rides.

Halloween Ambiance in Overdrive

Disneyland has always done a great job of celebrating Halloween, but this year they’ve outdone themselves. All visitors will be greeted with fall colors, an overflow of pumpkins (more than 300 in fact), and imaginative jack-o-lanterns. The giant 16-foot Mickey Mouse jack-o-lantern can’t be missed as you make your way down Main Street toward the heart of the park, where you’ll find more jack-o-lanterns carved with Disney character art, amid lit pumpkin balloon lamps.

Several attractions, like the Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain, have been redone, putting a Halloween twist on classic Disney rides. And at night heavy fog spills over the walkways, creating a ghostly mood.

Event Limitations

There are few disadvantages Halloween Time visitors should be aware of. First off, some rides are closed during this event, such as It’s a Small World and the Enchanted Tiki Room. However, you can take advantage of the early park access to hit some of these rides. Additionally restaurants with table service, such as the Blue Bayou, will be closed for this event.

Halloween in Southern California

Overall, Mickey’s Halloween Party is a great option for Southern California residents as well as those who have been to the park before. However, with limited hours and no fireworks show for day visitors, first-timers or out-of-town visitors may want to consider either buying both tickets in order to get the full experience, or visiting on a day Mickey’s Halloween Party isn’t happening. But for those who love Halloween, Mickey’s Halloween Party can’t be beat. This is easily the best Halloween party in Southern California.

Online Information:

Mickey’s Halloween Party Website

Disneyland Resort, Halloween Time Information

Natalie Zigal
By October 12, 2010

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Love these interesting paintings by Natalie Zigal from her series Dissections of Mythological Beasts. Originally from the Bay Area, Natalie now lives in Culver City, California where she works as a content artist for Mattel.
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Hongtao Zhou
By October 8, 2010

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Hongtao Zhou is a furniture designer and performance artist who started out studying chemistry in Harbin, China and ended up working as a furniture designer and sculptor, obtaining a Ph.D. in furniture design from Purdue University along the way. The wax chairs pictured above are from his series “Burniture” and are made to be lit until the candles finally burn, melt, and collapse the piece.

“These small wicks are burning down the “coldness” of the icy-looking wax chairs. Cold chairs generate “hot” seats, baking, melting and disappearing. At the same time, the hot wax liquid is melting down into “icicles.” Conflicts. Over consumption will weaken the chair system and eventually cause chair figures to collapse. It is just a matter of time. Burn the ice, burn our seats, burn us.” —Hongtao Zhou

Many of Hongtao’s works, such as his snow furniture pieces below, involve manipulation of ice and snow.
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[ via hongtaozhou.com ]

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