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The Sunday Currently Vol. 37

Reading

I’m reading a couple of things at the moment, though I’d like to report that I’ve finished two books recently: Heather Havrilesky’s How to Be a Person in the World (finally!), which I thought was good but also went on for a bit too long. IDK, I’m a fan, but I think maybe advice column collections aren’t for me. Also finished Roman Muradov’s The End of a Fence, which is gorgeous and sublime and abstract.

What I’m currently reading are Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin’s I Hate Everyone But You, which is cute enough, but also reads as sort of a fanfic AU where the authors (who have a YouTube channel together) are actually childhood friends and went to college together. Sweet and cute, so far, but also weirdly invasive and may potentially be alienating if you don’t like their dynamics to begin with.

Also in the middle of Giorgio Guglielmino’s This is Now. A geographical guide to cutting-edge contemporary art, which explores new and active artists per region. It’s quite interesting and resembles the kind of writing I maybe want to do with regards to art. I find that a lot of crit, although important and hold a place in the world, alienate a lot of other people. This is Now has been a pleasant read so far and I’m so glad to see art from places I’m pretty unfamiliar with.

Writing

Not writing a lot; mostly transcribing. It’s very unpleasant.

Listening

Beautiful new albums out! Currently on rotation are The National’s Sleep Well Beast (of course) and Phoebe Bridgers’ Stranger in the Alps. Both good, both recommended, both on Spotify.

Watching

In the middle of catching up with The 100‘s fourth season as I mourn the end of Teen Wolf. I’ve also been watching This is Us, and it’s such a good family drama? I love it a lot even though all it does is make me feel this weird combination of warm-fuzzy and sad.

Thinking

Let’s not go there.

Smelling

The fresh cup of coffee I am making.

Wishing

Let’s not go there either.

Hoping

Or here!

Wearing

One of the few shorts I have left that don’t have holes by the buttocks. The shirt I wore outside yesterday because I was too lazy to change out of it.

Loving

MY DOGS. Art? Watercolor paper? Paint?? Being able to actually sit down long enough to read books?? I don’t know. Let’s look for small delights, shall we?

Wanting

I don’t want to go here either.

Needing

Really makes me wonder why I thought it would be a good idea to post one of these today.

Feeling

Because I don’t want to go here either.

Clicking

I’m gonna go and self-promote: here is my new portfolio of work. It’s mostly updated in the art department, but I’ve got a few design projects up on there and I finally put up links to my writing work. Like, wow, how did it take me this long! Any comments or suggestions welcome, of course.

The Sunday Currently was originally created by SiddaThornton

Situation Amongst the Furnishings — Dina Gadia at Silverlens

You’d think I’d be more diligent at uploading time-based events, given my background in publishing, but here we are. Dina Gadia’s solo exhibit at Silverlens, Situation Amongst the Furnishings, closed on 12 August 2017, almost two months ago. Is there a point to uploading these things at all? To my mind, yes. I don’t know about you, though. I do know that I have a hard drive full of photos that I always “mean” to upload but never do. I do know that I always wish someone would post photos of exhibits that I’ve missed. So here’s something, maybe, for someone who would’ve liked to have seen this show but didn’t get to.

Anyway.

Aside from being really aesthetically into Dina Gadia’s work, which is always graphic and vibrant and just attractive, part of why I think I always enjoy seeing her work is that it’s infused with humor and wit. There’s something a little bit off or irreverent about her work, but it’s never in a way that’s too in-your-face and it never tries to be overtly provocative. It just is, in a strangely quiet way.

The paintings in Situation Amongst the Furnishings were a delight to see, for me. (This write-up’s probably coming off as a little trite and shallow, but it’s a blog, lol. Give me a break.) It’s what you might have come to expect from Dina’s work, but with the volume turned up, a little bit.

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For full exhibit notes and installation views, click here.

Almost Doing Nothing — Nilo Ilarde at Finale

As someone who’s used to making small and intimate pieces, I’m always in awe of artists whose work seem to effortlessly occupy their designated spaces. One of my favorite artists, whose eye and perspective I value highly (although personal conversations with him are rare, heh), is Nilo Ilarde.

In Almost Doing Nothing, Ilarde creates visually stunning work that subverts and respects the space it’s in, gathering references and influences, invoking histories and memories, but never in a way that’s too on the nose or obvious or easy.

The signage from the now-defunct mag:net cafe, a gallery for which Ilarde has curated many shows, presents a simple statement: “place rather than thing.” In Almost Doing Nothing, there is a suggestion for the viewer to consider the space, through the artist’s own alterations to it, and what it is, and what he’s intended for it to become. In the video room, he carves out literal screens, some that look out into the other spaces, inscribed with “video of its own making.” Evidence of the process of this making is strewn about the resulting environment.

My favorite piece is, predictably, the centerpiece of the show: the work that dominates the Tall Gallery, a space that intimidates a lot of artists but one which Ilarde seems to work with with ease. The mirrored images imitate a labyrinth — “which is a straight line” — a long work, visually infinite, contained in a small space. It is a beautiful tribute to Roberto Chabet, one that is fitting and perfect.

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Almost Doing Nothing is on view until 28 September at Finale Art File. Read an excerpt of Jonathan Olazo’s notes on the show here.

New music — 8 tracks

(But first: a short update on the last post—I did end up going, I made him make a finger heart, I wrote about it, and I gave him a book.)

I’m not sure when it started, but I’ve been making an effort with regards to listening to new music as they come, instead of waiting for the songs and albums to turn into toddlers. I don’t usually talk about new music anymore, aside from unabashed gushing, but here’s… something. It’s an exercise in writing about music and things I enjoy… or more verbose unabashed gushing, probably, I don’t know.

“The Louvre” by Lorde

Easily my favorite track off of Melodrama, which I love despite all the Jack Antonoff, “The Louvre” is deceptively playful and upbeat, betraying a tangible sheen of melancholy that runs all throughout the album. “The Louvre” is big, grand gestures and dangerous all-consuming love, but it’s also about the loss it leaves behind when the fire burns out. (Listen here.)

(If you’re curious, my second favorite is “Hard Feelings/Loveless,” which has a pretty amazing Vevo x Lorde session. The bridge kills me every time.)

“Appointments” by Julien Baker

Pleasantly surprised that the first single off of the to-be-released sophomore album, Turn Out the Lights, is one that I hadn’t heard yet. “Appointments” starts off slow, a bit like it’s leaching into you, bit by bit, and when you resurface, you realize how much of you it already has in its hands. At the end, she sings “Maybe it’s all going to turn out alright / And I know that it’s not / But I have to believe that it is,” and it’s super fucking bleak, but the way she sings it, you’d sing along, thinking it was a hymn. (Listen here.)

“Can’t Get It Out” by Brand New

The second track off of Brand New’s surprise album drop (so surprising that I only found out about it because Petra sent it to my email), “Can’t Get It Out” is the one that’s stuck to me the most and it’s the song that I “bonded with” immediately. Jesse Lacey, with fuzzy guitars and an ominous whistle, managed an approximation of how heavy-laden I feel on most days. (Listen here.)

“Carin at the Liquor Store” by The National

So far, The National’s released four new tracks off of Sleep Well Beast, which they’re aiming to release by the 8th of September. This is probably my favorite, and it’s not because it has all six letters of my name in the correct order; it feels the most melodic, the most intimate and personal. Like an end-of-the-day song, the soundtrack to you, taking off your day-to-day masks in front of someone you love. (Listen here.)

“Minimize” by BP Valenzuela

I’m patiently waiting for BP’s new album, but this is such a gorgeous lead up to it. She’s stated that “Minimize” is about being “resigned to imagining what it’d be like to just want someone happy, whether it’s with you or not.” Her languid vocals are soothing, paired with a sadness she’s come to terms with, like a person who’s used to loss and solitude. (Listen here.)

“Motion Sickness” by Phoebe Bridgers

I’ve been waiting for new music from Phoebe Bridgers for a while. Even as she sings about betrayal and a falling out, there’s a steady sad calmness to the song, her rage tempered, somehow, with resignation. (Listen here.)

“Provider” by Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean was someone I’d avoided listening to for a long time, and I’m still not sure what is it about his music that resonates with me. “Provider” sounds like the calmness of a night on a beach washing over you. (Listen here.)

“You’re Dreaming” by Wolf Parade

You know how, when you’re too attached to old music and the artist releases new stuff and you can’t quite get around to liking it right away. Well, this is a super convoluted way of saying that that’s not what happened here with me, haha. Wolf Parade’s Apologies to the Queen Mary is one of the albums I keep harping on and on about until now, 12 years later.

A new Wolf Parade album is coming out on October 6th and if the rest of it’s going to sound like “You’re Dreaming,” I can’t wait. (Listen here, though the video is great.)

In search of the Sourwolf

Let me explain.

In 2011, MTV released a “remake” of Teen Wolf—Michael J. Fox’s werewolf extravaganza, released in 1985—where the main character was played by JLo’s kid in Maid in Manhattan.

Except it wasn’t exactly a remake because it deviated from the source material a lot. Like, a lot lot. In many good ways, at least, for me. So, since 2011, I’ve been watching—both with adoring eyes and loathe-filled necessity, depending on the storyline—the series, and although I’ve thought many times about dropping it, but I didn’t.

This Tyler Posey tweet is essentially all of my feelings on the matter:

Anyway, so I learned that Tyler Hoechlin—Derek Hale—is going to be at Asia POP Comic Con this year and I have gone through so many roller coasters made of pure emotions because a) he will be here!!, and b) there will be a meet and greet!!

Tyler H. hasn’t been on Teen Wolf for like, a season and a half, but he’s been in a Linklater movie and is currently the live action!Superman in Supergirl world (which, honestly… he’s a pretty fucken perfect Clark Kent). So, like, I’ve had doses of “Derek” in my periphery, but catching up on Teen Wolf 6B? AND CATCHING A GLIMPSE OF HIS FIDGET SPINNER TATTOO?

Well, I fell into that pit fandom that I unwittingly avoided at the height of my wolfy love. So, essentially, I’m in love with Derek Hale, and it’s not 2011-2014.

Anyway, although you may be fooled into thinking that I am actually going to the meet and greet because of the exciting way that I have announced it, I’ve resolved that I probably won’t be able to make it. Probably. I think. (And trust me, I did try—shamelessly—but alas. I will probably have to fork over actual money I shouldn’t be spending on this. I’d like to think that my run-ins with the people I love, so far, have been serendipitous, but a number of them have involved me spending some cash, so I guess fate is fake.)

Here are some questions I would probably ask if I were to end up going and not chickening out of conversation:

  1. What do you do in your free time? (AKA PLZ update your social media more, I am desperate.)
  2. Is your favorite project, thus far, the porn-y dudebro Linklater movie, or is it the porn-y dudebro Linklater movie?
  3. What was it like jumping from broody alpha werewolf with PTSD and abandonment issues to porny dudebro athlete to actual ball of sunshine, Clark Kent-slash-Superman?
  4. WHY WON’T YOU TALK ABOUT STEREK ANYMORE? WAS ANY OF IT REAL? (Although, probably not. But I’ll think this one really, really, really hard. Maybe he’ll hear me.)
  5. WHY DID YOU LEAVE BEACON HILLS THEY NEED YOU THEY ARE FLOUNDERING

Then I’d probably ask for a hug or something.

LOOK, I just saw the Teen Wolf 6B trailer the other day and I’m just so fucking happy that Derek and Stiles are back, every episode I watch is like a damn stakeout for Sterek, tangled in love’s embrace or not. It’s all probably going to be in the last twenty minutes of the SERIES FINALE, too, so I don’t know why I bother with hoping.

Whatever, it doesn’t matter. I just miss Derek. (And Isaac… and Allison… and Stiles… Fine, maybe even Jackson.)

P.S. Speaking of, in the last episode I saw, Liam was all “BE LIKE CLARK KENT, REMEMBER?” to like, manage his anger or something, and I swear I died a little bit.

BE LIKE CLARK KENT.