Human Flower Project
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Lucian Freud: Cyclamen Complex
A realist painter, and psychologist’s dream, dies in London, leaving behind a legacy of nudes and a secret life, perhaps, of human flower projects.
Winter Cyclamen (n.d.) by Lucian Freud
Image: Wallpapers Free
Painter Lucian Freud died in London yesterday, age 88.
Back before his models were disrobed, he painted a startling and wonderful portrait of his first wife, Kitty Garmen. She has the frizzies and with bulging eyes (so outsized they seem almost to have been collaged onto the canvas) she glares away to the right, as if witnessing some horror out of our field of vision.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Palash Will Do, and How!
The Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand split in November 2000. One of them had to find a new floral emblem.
Dressed up in dye from the palash flower for Holi
Photo: Phat Beats
When political boundaries are redrawn, people usually don’t have flowers foremost in mind. Perhaps that’s why it’s taken Uttar Pradesh nearly 11 years to decide on a new state flower.
This huge and populous region of northern Indian was divided in November 2000. The northwesternmost territory, nearly all of it in the Himalaya, was split off to form the new state of Uttaranchal, renamed Uttarakhand (north country) in 2007. We would have guessed that Uttar Pradesh would have been entitled to retain its state flower, Saussurea obvallata, also known as Brahma Kamal, but no. In fact, this is an alpine plant that grows all over Uttarakhand but isn’t nearly so abundant in the lower lying provinces of Uttar Pradesh.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Breadfruit: The Real Thing
There’s no taste like home; for Georgia Silvera Seamans, that’s creamy Jamaican breadfruit.
Artocarpus altilis is a member of the mulberry family.
Drawing: Bats and Breadfruit
I received a small gift of Jamaican breadfruit recently. Until I prepared it, frying slices and serving them with cherry tomatoes, avocado, and scrambled egg for dinner, I hadn’t realized how much I’ve missed breadfruit.
You can eat it with breakfast, lunch, or dinner. And I have. My husband, a non-Jamaican, asked me what one would traditionally eat with breadfruit. It partners well with eggs and slices of tomatoes, and I also remembered one of my favorite accompaniments – ackee and saltish, Jamaica’s national dish. (Or maybe it was ackee & saltfish, prepared with onions and tomatoes, with a side of breadfruit.)
My mother used to prepare breadfruit by frying peeled slices or by slicing a breadfruit that had been roasted on the stovetop. Simply place the fruit on a burner, slowly turning it until it is charred entirely. Slice the breadfruit and remove the skin before serving. More detailed roasting preparations as well as selection tips can be found here.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Shooting an Elephant
For all you photographers, travelers and misc. flaneurs: How to kick the windmill habit, one click at a time.
Photo: John Levett
By John Levett
There is a group of which I am a member which concerns itself with urban spaces, their communities, cultural change within them and documentation of their present and their evolution. We come together each month, share current work, digress into the hinterland of theory and speculation and welcome insights into our work that we’d never have considered. We part, go home and bang on with the stuff, closer to our next birthday but happier for the meetup.
Last night’s meet took in Birmingham city centre and referenced Boston City Hall, the American suburbs, European modernism, Guy Debord and Frank Lloyd Wright, inner-city thoroughfares in Sri Lanka, art and representing the political, text images of ex- and sub-urban shopping complexes and ad hoc roadside ‘gardens of remembrance.’
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