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July Miscellany, with music by Jaeger, Mattingly & Trapani & performances by Dhegrae & Contemporaneous

That’s Robert Louis Stevenson contemplating the proceedings, courtesy John Singer Sargent. The proceedings include, among other things, El café by Joaquín Torres-García and the Cabinet of Geology and Mineralogy from the announcement of a project by Mark Dion at Vassar College.

Next are images of two ancient vases accompanied by a cut-up wrapper, seeds, and labels.

And here, Piero Della Francesca’s 15th C Portrait of Battista Sforza twines with Juan Gris’s The Man at the Café (1914). I’ve had the Della Francesca post card, picked up in Florence, for many moons.

Last, Braque’s The Terrace at the Hotel Mistral (1907) is paired with Matisse’s Pink Onions (1906-07), both accompanied, among other things, by a sticker of a flying machine from Lisbon and a ticket to the Palatine Chapel, Palermo.

Listening List

Shawn Jaeger‘s Resignation, performed by Lucy Dhegrae.

From Jaeger’s website:

“Resignation” takes its title from the American folk melody of the same name, better known as the tune for the Christian hymn, “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need,” with words, by Isaac Watts (1675-1748), paraphrasing Psalm 23. My song is built of fragments of text and music from the hymn—re-ordered and frozen (as if film stills), and repeated.

The score may be found here.

Christopher Trapani‘s Can’t Feel at Home, from Waterlines, performed by Lucy Dhegrae.

For more about Waterlines, click here.

Dylan Mattingly‘s Jubilee, from his opera-in-progress, Stranger Love, performed by Contemporaneous, with David Bloom conducting.

For more about Stranger Love, click here.


Credits: Sources for the quotations may be found at the links in the text. The collages and photographs, as always on the blog unless indicated otherwise, are mine.

Color, Seeds, Thread, Buttons & Music by Debussy, Jalbert & Shaw

Postcards of Matisse’s Blue Window (1913) and Bonnard’s Table in Front of the Window (1934-35) called out for construction paper cut-outs. As if that weren’t enough, I scouted among our shelves, where I spotted an ancient packet of watermelon seeds and put them to use. Continue reading

January Miscellany: Hoffman, Schubert, and Marie Vieux-Chauvet

Playing around: The image of a Hans Hoffman woodcut in an arts magazine proved an irresistible impulse for coloring between the lines. After all, I’d collected dozens of colored pencils some time back (they looked so very appealing on display in a local arts and stationery shop) and they’d been neglected for far too long. Spare buttons discovered in a winter decluttering session, a leaf stamp and ink pad, a couple British stamps, and a magazine image of tiles all got their moment in the sun as well. Continue reading

December Miscellany, with Lois Dodd & Germaine Tailleferre

Two Red Drapes and Part of White Sheet (1981)

I think you survive if you don’t fit anywhere.
—Lois Dodd [Faye Hirsch Monograph, p. 10]

Best is to view Lois Dodd’s paintings directly, as we did this week at the Alexandre Gallery.  If, however, commentary is desired to supplement the looking, listen to Dodd herself: Continue reading