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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Ordinary people, Extraordinary Adventure

When you meet Elisabeth and Fred, they tell you we are just ordinary people, but they are anything but ordinary. Our friends from New Zealand have started an epic adventure i.e. going around the world on a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 220s aka Ponton.

They started their five year long trip last summer in Los Angeles, California where their car that has been fully restored and prepared for this mission arrived in a container from New Zealand aboard a ship. They have seen more United States than  most Americans will ever see. After visiting Canada this year they will comeback south and head towards South America, from there the car will be shipped to Europe for the rest of the adventure. They plan to arrive back home in the year 2019.
Elisabeth & Fred 

We had the honor of being their hosts here in Oklahoma, and benefited from a presentation they gave about their adventure. Interestingly they enjoyed their stay here and were surprised to find Oklahoma not as wild as folks around the country think. Elisabeth and Fred are in Florida these days and enjoying the nice balmy weather before heading up north.
Elisabeth & Fred in OKC downtown arriving for a presentation

Like us, you too can follow them on their adventure via their Facebook page.

Map showing their route so far

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Brian Dettmer

Brian Dettmer is a New York-based artist known for his detailed and innovative sculptures with books and other forms of antiquated media. Dettmer’s work has been exhibited internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions at galleries, museums and art centers including the Smithsonian (D.C.)

This is what Dettmer says about his art: 
The age of information in physical form is waning. As intangible routes thrive with quicker fluidity, material and history are being lost, slipping and eroding into the ether. Newer media swiftly flips forms, unrestricted by the weight of material and the responsibility of history. In the tangible world we are left with a frozen material but in the intangible world we may be left with nothing. History is lost as formats change from physical stability to digital distress.
The richness and depth of the book is universally respected yet often undiscovered as the monopoly of the form and relevance of the information fades over time. The book’s intended function has decreased and the form remains linear in a non-linear world. By altering physical forms of information and shifting preconceived functions, new and unexpected roles emerge. This is the area I currently operate in. Through meticulous excavation or concise alteration I edit or dissect communicative objects or systems such as books, maps, tapes and other media. The medium’s role transforms. Its content is recontextualized and new meanings or interpretations emerge.

credits: Brian Dettmer

Monday, August 11, 2014

What will your verse be?

"O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?" Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

Enjoying Summer!

Hope you all are enjoying summer, I think I am. It has been one busy summer and that has caused lack of posts. Will be posting more frequently in Fall. Yesterday went for breakfast with friends riding in our respective vintage SLs.
Have fun!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Asiatic Lilies, Cicada and June bugs..

In the South, summer is in full bloom and so are my Asiatic Lilies. Last winter was so brutal, we had doubts lilies would even survive. A lot of plants  did not make it through the winter but Asiatic Lilies have never bloomed better.

It is not just lilies, Cicadas, June Bugs and at night Fireflies are in abundance too, (we were told a hard winter means less bugs). Guess no one knows the secrets of mother nature.

It is 94 F (34.5 C) outside and I have to hand water a lot of plants, thanks to the watering restrictions by our town, can't turn on the sprinkler system today, but the plants are thirsty.  If I can drink water when I am thirsty why can't they?