In the Bedroom

I don’t see much modern dance, which is a shame because I find the movements fascinating. As I watched this, I thought about what was being done in the form we most commonly see it in. Cheerleading routines at college sports events. Guys lifting women like they’re made of air. A certain combination of balance and strength (and a ton of trust on the woman’t part) that looks effortless, but would put me in the hospital.

But this video is far more moving than the tosses and lifts at a basketball or football game. The balance, strength and trust are enhanced by choreographed movement that involves far more imagination. There’s a delicateness to keeping the woman from falling in so many of these moves and a body control on the man’s part that belies the stress of the lifts and catches. At times, it seems like he’s manipulating a feather.

I don’t know if you recognize the music, but here are a couple of clues: Tom Cruise, “Risky Business,” love on a real train.


Suicide chic

Vice magazine had a fashion spread in which models reenacted the suicides of famous women writers. Needless to say that didn’t go over well, leading to this:

“Last Words” is a fashion spread featuring models reenacting the suicides of female authors who tragically ended their own lives. It is part of our 2013 Fiction Issue, one that is entirely dedicated to female writers, photographers, illustrators, painters, and other contributors.

The fashion spreads in VICE Magazine are always unconventional and approached with an art editorial point-of-view rather than a typical fashion photo-editorial one. Our main goal is to create artful images, with the fashion message following, rather than leading.

“Last Words” was created in this tradition and focused on the demise of a set of writers whose lives we very much wish weren’t cut tragically short, especially at their own hands. We will no longer display “Last Words” on our website and apologize to anyone who was hurt or offended.

I didn’t get to see it before they took it down, but Jezebel captured this fashion statement on the suicide of Sylvia Plath in 1963:


Yes, the rest of the photos, also at the Jezebel site, hurt and offend.

St. James Court Art Show

The 56th annual St. James Court Art Show is taking place today through Sunday in Louisville. Here’s the view from my front porch:

And here’s another one:

There is a steady parade of people, far more than what I saw last year. And this is supposed to be the slow day.

Here’s a brief description:

The St. James Court Art Show® is a juried fine arts and fine crafts show that hosts an impressive 750 artists from North America. Held in the heart of historic Old Louisville among the country’s largest collection of Victorian homes, the St. James Court Art Show® has for over five decades provided our neighborhood, city and state with a rich cultural and artistic legacy.

It really must be fancy. It has that little “R” with the circle around it.

As I have during the past couple of years, I helped some of the artists set up their tents. Lots of familiar faces. And on Sunday, I’ll help them take their tents down. I’ll plan to walk around the whole show today. Maybe pick up a few items along the way. That is, if I can get through the teeming masses.

There are two annual events in Louisville that draw huge crowds. I will see more people pass in front of my house than the number of people who attend the Kentucky Derby. That’s how big this is.