Monday, June 26, 2006


what to say?
stairs of bernal

attached is a picture from my walk. i love the stairs of sf so. it's a treasure to discover all the new ones... and especially the ones with slides incorporated, a real chutes and ladders city we have!

i've watched a few dynamic fashionable duos the last few days on the big screen: matthew barney & bjork's drawing restraint screening at sf moma and bonnie & clyde last night rented.

i enjoyed "drawing restraint" for the fact that it is an art film taken big screen hollywood funds, but at the same time it seemed because of that very fact; over-indulgent. i'm not quite sure about this statement... isn't all art a bit to some extent?
it was very long and drawn... out. maybe the point. beautiful angles and colors and concept. i'll have to check out the rest of his exhibit. i remember seeing the creamaster exhibit in nyc with vaseline oozing down and feeling it all so viscerally.

bonnie & clyde is fun, and i'm only part way through because i often fall asleep to movies (just like my mom).

today i spent painting, reading (mind you it is my saturday)... plowed through "art & fear" for a 2nd time (the first time i wasn't in the right place in my life to digest) and had so many A-HA moments! i am also reading henry miller's "big sur and the oranges of hieronymus bosch". i love to read books (so much of my childhood) and i am consciously making an effort to do so instead of running to fashion magazines or people mag (did i admit that? i usually buy the one that is even worse for 1.99) for the quick fix. it requires so much committment and focus for me that i'm trying to build up again and defy my ADHD tendencies. what kills me is that children in an urban environment must never get a good foundation of reading under their belt because there are SO many distractions. thank you harry potter at least.

OK my monday rantings are through.



lisa s said...

hey mati, i'm really looking forward to the MB show at moma... i'm taking my class to it :) maybe you want to come w/???

you might also want to read ben shain's "the shape of content".....

Shari said...

hi mati,
i love going on walks for that very reason...finding all of the nooks and crannies and alleys and stairways. cities can be very romantic that way. xo shari

Anonymous said...

your picture today is so similar to the one i posted as well...take a peek! too funny :)

Anonymous said...

you have steps with slides??? awesome!! could you post a picture?

kelly said...

mati girl...i have never thought
of it that way, but i think many
of my mondays=saturdays! i usually
feel guilty, but you are so right!

i hope one day i get to come to sf
and see the hidden chutes and ladders. it is on my list!

susanna said...

Hmmmm...I wonder if Matthew Barney & Bjork's Drawing Restraint will make it to the east coast? I saw a Bjork & Nan Goldin collaboration in NYC a few and came out of the exhibition feeling sooo exhilarated. I'm not a big Goldin fan but the images of couples in love along WITH Bjork's incredibly personal!

posy press said...

i saw creamaster at the guggenheim as well...visceral is the perfect way to describe it. I was amazed. Ill have to check out drawing restraint if i get up north soon enough. happy tuesday...:)

posy press said...

oops, spelled cremaster wrong.
looks so gross as "creamaster." :)
all righty now, i'm out!

risa said...

i agree with you about reading. three of the teenagers i work with can barely read or write. and they all want to. and i just wish i could spend all day helping them with it.
and i am a strong believer that for the most part reading should be if you can't get into a book put it down and pick up another one. :)

la vie en rose said...

i haven't seen bonnie & clyde in years. i always remember that last scene really getting to me--the shoot-em-up-death scene.

Shell said...

I'd love to visit San Fran. My partner might be flying over to the states,California in fact for work later in the year (I've already begged to go with, but no!), don't know if he'd be anywhere near SF though.

So you enjoyed Drawing Restraint 9? I was going to go, but after asking my painting teacher about it decided against it. He really digs Matthew Barney, but said it was boring and pretentious, hehe. It was only shown here three nights at an arty cinema so I guess I missed out. I probably should have gone just for the experience - damnit!

Anyway, happy days! I love the stairs in my city too.

Hadley said...

Hi Mati, I miss you sweetie!
So ironic that the show is called "Drawing Restraint," and so puzzling that there's no mention of the environment in anything I saw - it was the elephant in the room for me. Are they just being coy?
Please post a photo of what my studio looks like now (who's there?) or maybe we can do lunch.
Jolie Holland last night at Bimbo's, it was incredible.