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Chelsea, Part I

Chelsea, Part I

Chelsea is a little pocket of streets in New York City to which most of the art galleries have moved to from their previous nesting spot in SoHo. (At least, that’s how I understand it.) You cannot go around Chelsea in one day and not feel overwhelmed. It’s just not possible. First, the trains are quite a walk from the actual vicinity of streets—especially if you get off at a farther away stop—and then, when you get there, all you will do is walk around and try to approach the next gallery and the next artists with a blank mind.

Here is what Chelsea looked like to me, with information on some of the artists/galleries to be supplied later on, if I have not given up on finding out! As is hinted at by the title, there will be a “part 2,” as we did return for a second look at the galleries we might’ve missed.

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We saw these sculptures by Deborah Butterfield everywhere after seeing them here, at Danese Corey.

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Efrain Almeida, CRG Gallery

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Casual Consumption No. 5

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Books

According to my GoodReads account (let’s be friends!), I have finished quite a few books since I last a Casual Consumption update posted weeks (months?) ago. Most notable was John Williams’ Stoner, a book that has been recommended to me enough times that I decided to finally pick it up when I ran across it at the NYPL bookstore. I don’t like this cover… but that doesn’t matter because the novel is wonderful. To explain it would risk creating an impression that it’s dull, when it’s the absolute opposite.

I also finally finished Sophia Amoruso’s very widely-lauded #GIRLBOSS, which to be honest was more “meh” than anything. Like I told my friend, it just felt like having a conversation with a friend that goes on for far too long. This is honestly very lackluster.

I finished two audiobooks: the BBC adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere (which is, in book form, perhaps my favorite Gaiman novel of all) and Veronica Roth’s Divergent. On Neverwhere, I don’t love it, and I think the book is way better and James McAvoy’s Richard Mayhew made me dislike Richard a lot. On Divergent, sorry, but I don’t hate it?

I’m currently in the middle of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, because of course, and Peter Mendelsund’s What We See When We Read, which is all kinds of amazing (so far, but this is unlikely going to change, because I am a biased P.O.S.).

Music

I was able to catch a few shows on vacay, namely: Beach Fossils (Chicago), Tweedy (SFO), The Drums and Beverly (SFO), and Thurston Moore and Sebadoh (SFO), but lately, all I’ve been listening to are variations of pop (via the US radio) and The Drums.

I’ve been thinking of making mixes more, though. I think I process music in a way that I like more when I do.

Film

I caught two films in the States: Gone Girl and 20,000 Days on Earth. Both are great in different ways, but me taking notes in my journal while watching 20,000 Days can probably tell you just how much I liked that one. 20,000 Days is about Nick Cave (and his own 20,000 days) and it is beautiful. We saw it at an old theatre-turned non-profit and it was just so nice that there was a place dedicated to showing films that don’t have a lot of distribution.

Other Things I Have Consumed

I watched a hit play! My sister and I caught The Book of Mormon and had a grand time. It cost an arm and a leg, but I really, really liked it.

As for food… I’ve been really loving everything bagels, cream cheese on any type of bread-food, sushi, french fries, and Things Doused in Truffle Oil. Gordon Ramsay would die at my plebeian taste buds, but I can’t say that I hate truffle oil, nosiree.

I haven’t been regularly watching television, because I had no idea when things are actually on and when I do, I have somewhere else to be, but I did enjoy binging on Shark Tank! If that counts?

OK, y’all. I think that might be it? I’m running behind on both errands and posts and my work stuff, so fingers crossed that I’ll get to do all of them in a timely fashion, and that I’m not being a delusional wishful thinker.

What have you been enjoying lately?

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The Sunday Currently Vol. 2

Hello! I haven’t done this in a while—and it’s kind of embarrassing that this is only VOLUME TWO—you should pity the fool, who in this case is me.

Reading

I dipped back into Sophia Amoruso’s #GIRLBOSS, which I abandoned a while back, and am starting to get into the meat of Peter Mendelsund’s What We See When We Read, which is a beautiful object, book content aside. Recently, I finished John Williams’ Stoner, which was tragic and beautiful and something I’ll probably write about… soon ish.

Writing

Just journaling for now, but I want to write something substantial soon. Ish. HAHA I AM A SAD SACK, SEND HALP.

Listening

I am on a The Drums hangover again. I recently saw them in San Francisco, luckily snagging cheap re-sold tickets on Craigslist (thank you, Ben!) and I can’t get them off my mind.

Thinking

What L.A. is like these days. I haven’t been since 2008.

Smelling

Commodity Book, which is my leftover smell from yesterday, which I don’t quite understand because I took a bath?

Wishing

Nothing in particular. I am pretty content right now. Maybe to have one more of those ginger cookies from Blue Bottle Coffee.

Hoping

What is the difference between a wish and a hope?

Wearing

A… The Drums shirt. HEH.

Loving

OH, I recently discovered honey mustard. AND WOW? WOW????

Wanting

More time to finish this post because I’ll be boarding soon.

Needing

A nap!

Feeling

Pressed for time. Lalalala, this is turning out to be a disappointing post, I am sorry.

Clicking

Zadie Smith’s Find Your Beach

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Jeff Koons: A Retrospective

Jeff Koons: A Retrospective

If not for this retrospective by the Whitney Museum, my pedestrian familiarity with Jeff Koons would remain pedestrian. Although I suppose that’s what retrospectives are for. Prior to seeing the Jeff Koons Retrospective, the strongest image I had of him was tied to a balloon animal. I think he is probably one of the artists who produce quite polarizing work, especially as viewed by the general public or art snoots, and his portfolio has undoubtedly raised the question of what art is and isn’t a hundred million times.

Jeff Koons: A Retrospective

The retrospective takes you on a quite literal journey, a progression of Koons’ work, so far. A common strain in his work is the appropriation of common objects, reworking them to possibly mean something other than what we currently take them to mean. Because these objects are so mundane, the validity of Koons’ pieces as “art” is always questioned, but there is a clear thought and reason for why these pieces are the way they are.

If you plan on going to see the retrospective (which you should, anyway—it’s up until October 19!), be sure to avail of the free audio tour because it helps clarify the intention of Koons with his art, after which you can decide for yourself whether or not he succeeds with his execution.

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New York in September via the MoMA

I always mean to post about my American exploits, but the thought of filtering through the images I’ve captured (so many) has halted me, and so here we are, three weeks in, and I’m trying to recall the first full day—a Saturday—we spent in New York City. Predictably, we spent most of it in a museum.

I sifted through hundreds of photographs (you’re welcome), but I think I’ll post some of the “rejects” somewhere else or something. I don’t know if I want to post about each of the places we went to, mostly because I am daunted, but I like having a record and (over)sharing things so here we are.

One of my favorite museums is the Museum of Modern Art (aka, MoMA). This is where I discovered a lot of the art that resonated with me, back when I didn’t really care much for a lot of art, as well as its history.

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Me, lol. The day I wore this scarf thing was the day I ran into many dogs who were also wearing this scarf thing.

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A special exhibition on Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (on view: “The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters“) was ongoing and I was so happy seeing work from him, apart from the posters of his that I was familiar with.

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We caught the installation of Robert Gober’s The Heart is Not a Metaphor, and though we didn’t get to catch it, the structures set up to keep us bystanders out of the installation, the act of and transition of the installation was so beautiful anyway.

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On view: “Conceptions of Space: Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Architecture

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Sol LeWitt

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Eve Fowler

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Matt Mullican

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Seth Price

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Marcel Duchamp

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Robert Rauschenberg

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Jasper Johns

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Joseph Kosuth

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Jorge Eielson

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Claude Monet

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Frida Kahlo

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Roy Lichtenstein

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Robert Rauschenberg

I made a Made-Up History look for this work (It’s called “Bed”) a few months ago, which you can see here. Made-Up History is a series for Softly Sometimes, my beauty blog, in which I try to make makeup looks inspired by art work.

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Frank Stella

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Kazimir Malevich

I also made a Made-Up History look on this painting, which you can see over here! Incidentally, a palette I received from MAKE Colour was perfect for it.

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Joan Miró

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Henri Matisse

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Pablo Picasso

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Andrew Wyeth

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Bruce Nauman

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Andy Warhol

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Ed Ruscha

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On view: Christopher Williams’ “The Production Line of Happiness”

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Nilo Ilarde's Faulty Landscape

Nilo Ilarde’s “Faulty Landscape”

On display at Art Informal until September 22 is Nilo Ilarde’s Faulty Landscape. Although they usually have simultaneous exhibits at AI, Ilarde’s brain space has occupied the three rooms and it is beautiful.

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This isn’t the first time he’s worked with artists’ cast-offs, a mix of debris that permeate a painter’s home or studio. With paintbrushes, he creates a topography and with caps from the paint tubes, he creates a sky. This is also the first time I’ve seen a deconstruction and dissection of the paint tubes, however, when he peels away the wrapper to reveal the unused paint inside. The lazy thinker in me thinks that this is a manifestation of potential. Read More

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The Sunday Currently Vol. 1

Again, another attempt at keeping up with a series. I kept seeing this on Helga’s and Camie’s, so I thought I’d jump in on it, too. The link-up link can be found down below! I think these are simple, nice updates that are easy enough to do. So, here goes!

Reading

I’m currently re-reading Harry Potter & the Sorceror’s Stone by You Know Who, and it’s been nice so far. I’m looking to cross off a few books on my To Be Read pile before I leave, but I’m not sure if that’s feasible. I also bought the latest issues of Grid, Esquire Philippines, and Preview, so those are some of my reading material at the moment.

Also, I managed to snag a copy of Allan Balisi’s newest zine, Before Us, Nothing Existed Here, which is b e a u t i f u l.

Writing

I have a few “pending” articles I want to roll out before leaving, again, but I’m not working on them right now.

Listening

Ang Bandang Shirley, forever and ever. I just came from the video launch for “Nakauwi Na” last night. Congratulations Shirley, Sarie, and the Seabiscuit team!

Thinking

Deadlines, packing, and plans for the immediate future.

Smelling

Commodity Moss, which I wore today!

Wishing

More time, always.

Hoping

I get everything done in time.

Wearing

Pantulog and weird makeup experiment this beautiful Sunday night/Monday morning.

Loving

Wearing weird makeup experiments outside the house. All the new Ultra Stretch Jeans from Uniqlo because I’ve got a butt that just won’t quit. And this butt needs some stretch, always.

Wanting

A magic spell to clean my room up because it looks like a crime scene, currently.

Needing

To stop making excuses! Get your shit together, Carina!

Feeling

Stuck but motivated, which is a start. So I guess, optimistic, too.

Clicking

Catching up on yesterday’s issue of Supreme, and my tab is currently opened to Don’s “Human Nature

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Photograph is a work by Kiri Dalena called “Liar!” which I photographed today, when I visited What does it all matter, as long as the wounds fit the arrows?, a tribute to Roberto Chabet at CCP, on display until October 26.

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Lost

I don’t tend to write the more “personal” things here because a) it kind of dawned on me in the last few years that public spaces on the Internet are public to the entire world (depending on your office firewall, har har), and b) I don’t want my personal business to be anybody else’s business but mine, which is what tends to happen when people share even a miniscule detail about their lives. Just because I share something I think or feel, it doesn’t mean that I want to share more about it… Blogs are often receptacles for my thoughts and feelings, so I hate it when people pry too much because I very rarely like talking about deeply personal things. So, I’ve resorted to vague, abstract versions of white-hot feelings on this space, which makes me hate it a little bit because then it sort of stopped feeling like it was mine.

I admire people who air everything out in the open, but unfortunately, I am a person who cares about what people think of her. Perhaps a little bit too much, which is something I’d like to change about myself. Here’s a step towards not caring and also towards possibly being O.K. with who I’m turning out to be.

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I’ll be turning 26 at the end of the month, and I sometimes feel like I’m not doing enough. This is pretty much a constant feeling, and even though I sometimes have actual output to prove otherwise, I feel like I’m not doing enough, by which I simply mean, I’m not doing as much as I could be. Life feels like it’s out of my depth, and I don’t know how to begin to navigate if I’m drowning.

It’s never healthy to compare, but that’s what I’ve been doing for who knows how long, and before I knew it, all these feelings of doubt and inadequacy have nested inside me. And you know what? Those feelings are freaking hard to get rid of and hard to get over. I am not the most motivated person in the world, and it is a constant battle to talk yourself out of giving up and settling for something you know you don’t want. Sometimes, giving yourself pep talks that you don’t listen to (?? !!) gets a little tiring. I know success and fulfillment mean different things to different people, and I think about if I’d be happy just being a good person, etc. etc. and right now, I’m not quite sure if that’s enough for me to feel like I’m doing my best or living the best version of my life that I could be.

I’ve spoken and written and whined about feeling stuck before, and part of me feels like my unconscious decision to revert to inaction is partly due to this comfortable paralysis. The fear of everything that comes with trying takes root in your heart and makes you just not want to do things. And when you spend enough time not doing anything, you kind of lose your bearings and forget where you are and where you want to go.

Right now, the view up ahead is a little foggy and I’m honestly really scared of the future—both on a personal level and on a global, catastrophic level—because if I don’t know where I want to go, how do I start walking towards it?

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Global Pinoy Bazaar 2014

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I know this was like a week and a half ago, but I just wanted to share how much fun I had with Sarie, going around the Global Pinoy Bazaar. Our friend Daniela was part (holla Common Ware, holla Fellow!) and we figured we’d stop by to see what else was up for sale.

We saw a lot of cool things, but I was there specifically for traditional woven goods, food, and skin care. Specifically, I was looking for jojoba oil. It sounds ridiculous, but it’s true! Anyway, we went around first to kind of assess the situation and decide later what we wanted to buy. This was a good plan, in that we didn’t get buyer’s remorse. This was a terrible plan, in that we forgot to buy some things we had our eye on. Win some, lose some, I guess!

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One of my favorite purchases was this bag from a new brand called Northloom. They don’t have much of an online presence, but it’s run by Dindo, an ex-ad guy and Ilocos native. He uses traditional Binakul textile, handwoven by women from Paoay and Sarrat, Ilocos Norte for his bags, which are handcrafted by women from Krus na Ligas, Quezon City. What surprised Sarie and I was the affordability of the items. This is a beautiful tote I got for only Php 855:
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Another favorite stop for me was Nipa Foods, which was where I discovered Palapa, aka my new favorite condiment of all time. Palapa is a traditional Maranaoan condiment made of indigenous scallions, ginger, coconut, and chili that they usually mix with rice. I finished my bottle up and ate it with chips and meals. D: Good thing they deliver!

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I was also able to taste a mead they made from honey made by bees that pollinated sunflowers. :) Most of my other purchases were soaps. I got two small bars, Green Clay and Coconut Lime, from this nice store called Remedy, and then I unwittingly bought some bars of soap made from emu oil, which I didn’t even realize was extracted from dead emus. I don’t even want to use them anymore, but they were expensive, so it’s more of a waste if I don’t.

Other Stuff I Got: Theo & Philo chocolate (Adobo, Calamansi, Ginger & Mint), Cacao nibs, a Yoda stamp from Beng.

All in all, I had a great time there. I wish I was able to go around more and explore, even if we already walked around the whole tent several times. There’s just always something that’s interesting to look at and maybe buy. I kind of wish that we didn’t need bazaars like this one to actively support local goods. It’s just really hard when they are scattered all over the country or don’t even have information up online about purchasing the goods.

What was good about it, though, is that I was able to physically see just how many great things are available locally. I honestly wanted to buy so many things, but I was keeping myself from hoarding. Notebooks, especially. Looking at you, The Sunday Paper!

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I saw Smile! My college blockmate who I miss a lot :D

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I also got to meet Mansy (finally!) of Hey Kessy. :)

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And saw some Anthill Fabric goods in the flesh!

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Then, of course, we kept running into Phoebe, here. Even when we drove all the way to Glorietta from World Trade Center. (Well, Sarie drove. Haha.)

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Garapata and a swanget me.

Anyway, I had a great time. I can’t wait for the next one… I hope there’s a next one? I definitely want to check out some more stalls, and I’m scrambling to find a way to purchase them online, because that is what us spoilt online shoppers are wont to do.

Did you go to the bazaar? What did you end up getting? Anything great that I missed out on?

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Ryan Villamael’s “Isles” & New at West: August 2014

20 Square at Silverlens Gallery: Ryan Villamael’s Isles

So, this is a pretty overdue post, but as it happens, I have a hot/cold relationship with my blog and the subsequent oversharing on the Internet that it entails. A few weeks ago, my sister and I dropped by Ryan Villamael’s solo show, “Isles,” at Silverlens’ 20 Square. Here are a few photographs, and I’m sorry that I’m only telling you about this now because it was a seriously beautiful show that is probably best appreciated in person. Oops.

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Next up on this post are some new shows up at West Gallery currently, and they’re up until September 6.

Gallery 1: Bernardo Pacquing’s Inattentional Blindness

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I am an enormous Pacquing fan, but I think people generally know that about me. (I don’t know, maybe?) Inattentional Blindness has several large-scale abstract pieces that demonstrate his excellent intuition for color combinations and texture.

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Gallery 2: Guillermo Naval’s Cheap Metaphysics

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Gallery 3: Fernando Modesto’s Anonymous

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Gallery 4: RM de Leon’s Go ahead!…enjoy looking at us!

I’ve always thought that RM de Leon was one of the most underrated artists in the Philippines. He plays with vintage illustration and abstraction.

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Oh, and Noah met a new friend:
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West Gallery

48 West Avenue, Quezon City
(Open: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm)

Silverlens Galleries

2F YMC Bldg 2, 2320 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City
(Open: Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 1-6pm)