I don’t know if it’s just a hormone thing, but the fact that Kristen Stewart is happy is making me really, really happy (ditto Renee Zellweger). In an interview with USA Today, Stewart said that she’s “really happy right now, overly happy,” after two straight years of work following The Great PattinStew Love Bermuda Triangle of 2012. Good tactic, K-Stew, I’d forgotten all about it until just now.
She also said that she’ll be taking an indefinite vacation from acting in order to “make some shit with my hands,” and plans on buying a live-work space in downtown LA where she can make art and write (which sounds lovely, actually). “I’ve always felt intimidated and insufficient when I think about other forms of art I want to create,” she said. “I’m making a bunch of (stuff). I don’t know how I’ll put it out. But I’m not going to hold it so preciously close to me.” Keep reading »
Artist Thomas Stevenson launched art project/pop-up campground Bivouac NY to allow city dwellers to spend the night in tents on secret New York City rooftops. The experience may not offer much in the way of forests or meadows, but there is a great big starry sky to gaze at when night falls and a pretty sweet view of city high-rises. No phones are allowed on the campsite and there are no showers or electricity, which creates more of a true “roughing it” experience. Stevenson, who serves as a camp counselor at the events, told Yahoo! Travelthat the two principles of the project for are “disconnecting from the world at large and people convening together” — basically, exactly what you’d gain from a weekend in the woods. “You have a camping experience and go back to work the next day. It’s very convenient and has a lot of depth to it.” Magical things happen when people share a space and simply spend time together, and that, at least to me, has always been the allure of camping that cancels out the many downsides of being in the middle of nowhere with no cell reception.
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It’s been a big month for “Friends” fans. First, the show celebrated its 20th Anniversary by creating a functioning Central Perk replica in New York City, and then Netflix announced they’ll be adding all 236 episodes to their repertoire. All hail October 2014!
While “Friends” frenzy has been in full swing, a talented DeviantArt artist by the name of Ryan Derrick created some awesome artwork of Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Chandler, Ross and Joey in various states of dress up, from holiday elves to the casts of popular TV shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Walking Dead.” And now I miss them…
See that thing above? Is it A) art, B) a Christmas tree, C) an enormous butt plug or D) all of the above? The answer is D! American Artist Paul McCarthy erected, heh, the sculpture, called “Tree,” in Paris last week, noting that he got the idea for it after noticing that a butt plug sort of looks like a Christmas tree. Okay then. Sadly, this m-ASS-terful work was not appreciated by all, and a rogue group of individuals who clearly hate anal sex decided to take matters into their own hands, The police told the BBC, “An unidentified group of people cut the cables which were holding the artwork, which caused it to collapse.” See the butt plug, I mean “Tree,” in its sad deflated form, after the jump. [BBC] Keep reading »
It continues to blow my mind that men remain dismissive of women’s complaints about street harassment, insistent that they’re “only” giving compliments and flirting, as if it’s completely irrelevant how such “compliments” actually make women feel. Brooklyn-based artist Elana Adler — like many, many, many, many women – was also sick of being catcalled and decided to turn some of the remarks she heard from strange men on the street into a bad ass collection of needlepoints. As she writes on her blog, the contrast between the sweet femininity of the cross-stitch and the ickiness of the words themselves is purposeful:
“You read one sampler. Perhaps you are amused, but as you continue reading and consider the body as an entire collection, the response changes. The inherent filth emerges. It is a beautification of an assault. Perhaps in the moment these statements are meant to compliment, but most don’t find vulgar, highly sexualized statements whispered or screamed at them by random strangers complimentary. Rather, they are an invasion of personal space.”
Click through to see a few more samples of her work and check out the rest on her blog. [Elana Adler via Cosmopolitan]
Good news! Coloring is a dang good de-stressing tool for adults. Time to get some colored pencils and get to work!
Psychologist Gloria Martínez Ayala says that the benefits of coloring lie between focusing our attention on fine motor movements and on the logic of color-matching. So while it’s a great distraction from stressors, it’s also a novel and challenging physical and mental activity — like meditation, but brighter. Jüng was using coloring as a therapeutic activity a hundred years ago. Keep reading »