In my life, I would never think that I would sign up for Improv Comedy classes. After global physical and mental isolation due to pandemics, I was ready to go back to the world. The improv class was out of my comfort zone. And I loved it!
Thomas Heatherwick – Little Island in New York
132 unique tulip-shaped “pots” support the marvelous flower-like Little Island that floats above the water of the Hudson River. This concrete structure is more than just another NYC park, it’s an interesting discussion of using construction to build nature over nature. It’s an impeccable example and visual conversation of rapidly changing contemporary society.
JAMES DEAN – ROAD TRIP TO HIS HOMETOWN IN FAIRMOUNT, INDIANA
On the surface, Fairmount looks a lot like many other small towns in America. Fairmount is anytown, everytown. But it is also singular. There are many older Fairmount residents who recall James Dean, as a family member, as a friend, as a classmate, a neighbor. Everywhere you look, signs point to James Dean.
Floating University Berlin
Floating University Berlin immediately piqued my interest when I saw Joanna’s photos. I visited Berlin’s vibrant art scene a few years ago and from then on it never ceases to amaze me and fill me with inspiration. Once before we did an amazing collaboration about Chiharu Shiota, so upon seeing…
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta Botanical Garden – there I was! After more than a year of staying at home, I finally ventured to see some marvelous art. Without a doubt, the Botanical Garden is one of the best combinations of art seamlessly blended into an immersive nature experience. While a jazz band played captivating melodies,…
Highlands – I took a wrong turn and came to the right place
Highlands in North Carolina was a gift of kindness from a friend who has an amazing lake house. I took a wrong turn. And, as a fortunate stroke of serendipity – I have ended perfectly in the right place. I found by random chance exactly what my heart needed.
Deanna Sirlin STRATA Exhibition in Portugal
Deanna Sirlin has a unique concept that uses space, color, and light to create an artistic immersive experience. I saw Sirlin’s exhibition a few years ago in Atlanta and enjoyed stepping into the space where her art seamlessly coexists with architecture while drawing you in to explore. Depending on the…
KOENIG GALERIE BERLIN – Chiharu Shiota
Koenig Galerie in Berlin had recently showed marvelous exhibition of Chiharu Shiota’s installation. Her inspiration often emerges from a personal experience or emotion which she expands into universal human concerns. She has redefined the concept of memory and explores sensation of a ‘presence in the absence’ with her intricate thread installations with various objects woven into its mesmerizing web.
Temppeliaukio Church – The Rock Church in Helsinki
The Temppeliaukio Church, also known as the Rock Church, is one of Helsinki’s architectural gems. What makes it such a fascinating place is that it is built directly into solid rock and also has a first class acoustic as a concert venue. It was one of my favorite places to explore when I lived in Finland.
Julie Mehretu – The Art of Intricacy
Julie Mehretu is an American contemporary visual artist, known for her multi-layered paintings of abstracted landscapes on a large scale. Her paintings, drawings, and prints depict the cumulative effects of urban sociopolitical changes. She is included in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020.
Louvre Abu Dhabi – Jean Nouvel
Designed by Pritzker-prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is a massive art and civilizations museum in the United Arab Emirates. The museum includes a permanent and a temporary gallery enriched by loans from notable French museums including Musee du Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, and Centre Pompidou.
Byredo Makeup – Makeup as Art
Byredo’s makeup took me by surprise. The first time I saw the collection visualization I was stunned by how artistic and sculptural it is. When ordinary daily items are elevated to an art form the design lover in me is immediately enthralled.
Botero – Interview with the Artist
Fernando Botero is a world-famous Colombian artist known for his voluminous paintings and sculptures. His renowned works are in the collections of MoMA, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museo Botero in Bogotá. Enjoy our insightful interview about creativity with Maestro Botero.
Bojana Ginn – The Beauty of Art and Science
Bojana Ginn did the inconceivable – she left her medical profession as a doctor and chose to pursue art as a vocation. Numerous art museums and mathematics conferences around the world exhibited her thought-provoking work.
The Beauty of the Underwater World by Pepe Arcos
Pepe Arcos is an award-winning multitalented photographer that explores the magical underwater domain. He is holding the breath for minutes at a time to capture unique images of ethereal calm. As a fellow diver I understand his passion….
Singapore Architecture – John’s Top 8 Picks
Singapore architecture has a lot to offer. It is a fascinating place where Asian influence meets futuristic design. Architecture often has a strong focus on sustainability, with many instances of vegetative landscapes incorporated into high-rise buildings, with breathtaking outcomes.
Casa Brutale – Lyrical Brutalism in Architecture
Casa Brutale is a daring and thrilling architecture concept that took the internet by the storm a few years ago. Its debut instantly went viral after publication and was shared by numerous media and design platforms worldwide. Casa Brutale started also one wonderful friendship with the immensely talented architect Laertis-Antonios…
Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam
Van Gogh Museum was at the top of my list when I visited Amsterdam. I reserved a whole day to leisurely see it. As I entered a spectacular modern building by Gerrit Rietveld, Hans van Heeswijk, and Kisho Kurokawa I was wondering what would Van Gogh say if he has…
America in 15 Pictures By Horst Hamann
Horst Hamann traveled across America and captured these marvelous scenes, where each photo tells a story. There is something special about road trips, especially if you can take your time and see the small towns and beautiful scenery. Enjoy America, the beautiful.
Music Around the World
Discovering music around the world when I travel is another quirky passion, besides going to hair salons. Sometimes I wonder how do I develop all those curiosities, but once I start, I find so much joy within them. For someone who has an eclectic taste in music – from classical…
Neri Oxman – Mothering Nature
Neri Oxman has a very unique look at the world and a multidisciplinary approach to science and design. She piqued my interest when I read about her project “Aguahoja I” that blurs the lines between creativity and science. To illustrate, this artistic sculpture is composed of 3D-printed materials from the organic…
John Portman – The Architect
John Portman was a prolific architect who left a deep mark on the Atlanta landscape and many word capitals. Portman was praised for his cinematic interiors that artfully related interior space and elements to the individual.
A Poem For You
I started to sort my extensive library and I was so happy to find my old poetry books. A poem is like a small gift to us from the poet. I forgot how much I enjoyed poetry until I have rediscovered those marvelous books. It is a quick read, but a great poem stays with you, it is transformational. Enjoy these three little gems that I have lovingly rediscovered.
Tadao Ando – Casa Wabi in Mexico
Fundación Casa Wabi is an idyllic artist’s retreat by Tadao Ando that aims to promote collaboration and social commitment through art. This beautiful foundation is located in Mexico’s stunning Pacific coastline at Puerto Escondido.
Chiharu Shiota – The Soul Trembles
Chiharu Shiota is a world-renowned Japanse performance and installation artist who is living in Berlin since 1997. Shiota puts the physical presence of the viewer at the core of her work by weaving yarn all around her performance and installations. The focus in her art is the transience of time…
Jacquemus – The Creative Force
The first time I saw Jacquemus’ work, I was astonished by the idea to stage a fashion show in the midst of the lavender fields. It had such a dreamlike quality and was so exciting! More I learned about him, I realized that his creativity is endless.
Edward Hopper at Fondation Beyeler
Often when we think about Edward Hopper’s work, his lonely figures gazing through the widow come to our mind. During the coronavirus crisis, the international press and social media repeatedly referred to Edward Hopper as a painter for our times.
Luis Barragán – Pritzker Winning Architect
Luis Barragán was a world-renowned minimalist Mexican architect. His emotional architecture has influenced many contemporary architects, visually and conceptually. Barragán won the Pritzker Prize, the highest award in architecture and his own home and studio, Casa Luis Barragán, have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.