*8Things: Artists Who Inspire

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This past week I’ve been deeply nurtured by a handful of artists and performers. They’ve inspired me to think in new ways, to explore new options, and perhaps most importantly, to laugh at life a little. (Why so serious?) So for this week’s *8Things, here are *8Artists Who Inspire Me Everyday.

220px-Oren_Lavie1. Orien Lavie: Jen Lemen introduced me to this beautiful musician through the Her Morning Elegance video. If you like poetry set to music, this man is for you. And if you like cheeky, clever commentary, read the diary of  The Opposite Side of the Sea here. (Also, he is very pretty.)

2. Peter Callesen: I love the thought that this much beauty can come out of one piece of paper. Also, he inspires my 11 year old, which makes me happy.

3. Simon Evans: Margeretha and I stumbled upon Simon Evans in a group show at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art outside of Copenhagen. His tendency to collect and categorize items — often with random-seeming documentation — appeals to the naturalist in me. Order from chaos. Meaning in the everyday. It’s ever so do-able. He makes me believe I can be an artist — it’s all in the way you learn to see.

phillip4. Phillp “Pacman” Chbeeb (you tube :  myspace): I’ve been on a bit of a Phillip Chbeeb tear since the girls and I watched Season 5 of So You Think You Can Dance. I’m not sure 40-year-old mothers are big popping and tutting fans, in general. Nonetheless, I was immediately captured Phillip’s otherworldly style. Since then I’ve been learning-up and discovering a whole new dance vocabulary. I’m impressed at how this particular flowing/popping style is a new evolution of street/hip-hop/bboy dance. This piece  in particular makes me think about boundaries and limits — especially our physical limits — in new and wider ways.
Okay Dear Readers, with all those links and pics, 4 is all I have time for today. Plus, that’s already a full plate of artistic goodness. If you eat any more you’ll get a belly ache. (Hmmm….no women artists tho. Maybe y’all can help me make up for that.)

THIS JUST IN: Phillip just emailed me and agreed to do a One Q Interview for Magpie Girl readers! How great is he? (Answer: So great.)

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Bethany January 14, 2010 at 11:34 am

I’m a big Oren Lavie fan too (one of his songs single-handedly got me through last January). I’ll have to check out these other artists now. Thanks for sharing! (And do we get the final 4 sometime? I dig your recommendations.)

Anna January 14, 2010 at 12:49 pm

I am a big fan of Eddie Ching’s art. His work is mostly post-impressionistic but he also draws with a quill pen and ink. The colors that he uses is soft and his work is detailed. To see his work, check out his website at http://www.eddieching.com

Thanks for sharing the other artists. I will have to check them out.

rowena January 14, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Yay Phillip Chbeeb. SYTYCD is one of my favorite shows, and watching him do his thing sure makes me feel warm and fuzzy. Love that he emailed you and agreed to an interview.

Maybe also it’s okay to show male artists, too. Sometimes I forget that it’s not just women out there creating. Isn’t that weird? For me, art and writing has turned into a female activity.

neil January 14, 2010 at 5:19 pm

I remember a conversation a long while ago when someone who shall not be named confided that she could not take break dancing seriously. Thanks for shouting out about it!
Pacman indeed is a modern master, though it should be noted that while he is an innovator, moves similar to his have been around since the late-eighties at least (that’s when I fell in love with the dance and saw some truly amazing, mind-bending movement — as an observer, not participant). Unfortunately, a lot of the more interesting body movement has been eclipsed by the more acrobatic stunts. There are a few hard to locate videos (on tape, not DVD) that demonstrate truly strange and other-worldly variations on the BBoy thing from the nineties, as well.

Rachelle January 14, 2010 at 6:28 pm


LOL. I never have taken break dancing serious before, because I’ve only ever seen it as the in-your-face throw down machismo thang. Which is not my cup of tea. But this more fluid tutting and popping is very interesting to me. I also like how Phillip and his compatriots are telling stories with thier dance. The narrative nature of it is intriguing to me.

As much as we all like to poke a little fun at ‘reality tv’, SYTYCD really has increased the dance vocabulary of the American public, and allowed the light to shine on previously underground techniques. It’s a good thing!

Tabitha the KnittingJourneyman January 15, 2010 at 2:18 am

Thank you for sharing your inspiration…so many things for us to explore here…thank you…

Tess January 16, 2010 at 6:02 pm

I did make up for your all male list somewhat – but unintentionally!

Bev Baird January 16, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Thanks for your inspiration! I love the idea of 8 things – I will try to use your prompt as well in future posts.

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