Song Of The Day // Secret Oktober B-Side to Union Of The Snake
Diphylleia grayi also known as the skeleton flower. The petals turn transparent with the rain.
Ekkehard Altenburger, Mirror House, 1996, mirror on steel frame. Temporary installation on the Isle of Tyree, Scotland
Robert Morris, Mirror Cubes, 1965
Clarence Schmidt (American, 1897-1978)
Miracle on the Mountain, Woodstock, New York, 1940-1968
Schmidt created his dream home on five acres in Ohayo Mountain, upstate New York. The structure was built around living trees and contained 7 stories of found objects and recycled materials. It burned in a great bonfire inferno in 1968.
Installation at Burghley House Sculpture Garden
A Jewish woman and a Palestinian woman protesting together in 1973, 1992, and 2001.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, wealthy British and European lovers exchanged eye miniatures, love tokens that captured the gaze of the recipients significant other. They were worn on the lapel as to be close to the heart.
Less than 1,000 are thought to exist, often both the owner of the piece and the subject within it are never identified.
When women used to be depressed or were not “taking care of their men” properly their husbands could send them to the psych ward for attitude adjustments. This was part of conditioning them to always wear a smile. They believed that if a woman saw herself smiling that it would become natural practice and that she would be “cured”. This often went along with shock therapies.
I found this post on Facebook with comments made by people with loved ones who wore these for the reasons mentioned above. After finding this story, I did a Google search and found out about a school in Budapest that used these masks for treatment of depression after World War 2. So yes, these stories are true.
Anaïs Nin by Brassaî - 1932
Time coming to a standstill is no longer the subject here, but rather the disappearance of time within a mythic space: “As I drove across the land in Arizona and Utah and New Mexico, I began to have hallucinations that this was not the earth at all and that I had been thrown onto some other planet.”
Duane Michals, from The Spirit Leaves the Body, 1968