This past week I’veÂ been deeplyÂ 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?)Â So for this week’s *8Things, here are *8Artists Who Inspire Me Everyday.
1. Orien Lavie: Jen LemenÂ 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 ofÂ 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.
4. Phillp “Pacman” ChbeebÂ (you tube : Â 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 tuttingÂ fans, in general.Â Nonetheless, I was immediately capturedÂ 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.Â This pieceÂ Â in particularÂ 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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