June 12, 2005

June 12, 2005 01:43 AM

Friday night, I attended the opening event at White Space gallery for an installation by Richard Sudden. It was called Wreathmaker and contained hundreds of white wreath molds. It evoked death in a transcendent and spiritual way. Saturday night, I attended the opening for Moroccan-born artist Lalla Essaydi at Saltworks Gallery. This installation is entitled Embodiments and “explores the relationship between memory and experience. ” * The work comments upon the gender boundaries in Islamic culture. The large photographs of women both nude and in traditional Moroccan dress were covered with the sacred Islamic art form of calligraphic writing. This in and of itself breaks boundaries as this art form is inaccessible to women. The calligraphy is in henna which as a form of adornment is “women’s work.” The curator writes that this juxtaposition ” further emphasizes the subversiveness of the act.” * I loved it and hope to visit theinstallation again before it ends. – (* curator Isolde Brielmaier) …………..

It is raining raining raining here. It is too much. It has been raining for over a week. I admit I am tired of this wet soggy world and the stifling effect it has upon my energy.

Be that as it may, Friday night I had a lot of fun hanging out with Nic Le Ban at the gallery and a bar/cafe afterwards and then a speedy “blasting -metal -through -the – truck- speakers” drive home. He actually had me laughing and feeling VERY energized. I LOVE to laugh and our friendship was born out of this talent that NLB somehow has to get me to feel completely alive.