Is somewhere else always the right place? Say yes to the world. Go farther off shore Islander.
Monday, February 24, 2020
Entertainment is culture in LA. @Norton Simon Museum, we saw the Gods and Goddesses of South Asia as well as the Paris by Night and Day–both exhibitions are the talk of town in LA. Images of religious devotion often incorporate symbols of important narratives and moral teachings. This is especially true of art related to Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. All three faiths share the goal of escaping the endless cycle of rebirth (samsara); however, the methods of achieving this goal and the divinities that aid devotees are visualized in different ways. In Hindu art, Gods and Goddesses are depicted as supernatural forms with multiple limbs, demonstrating their awesome powers. The deities are identified by their attributes or have certain physical traits, such as the blue skin on the God Krishna. The spectacle and the socialization of this museum makes such learnings more accessible. Add to this, the rich range of life in the French capital through a selection of paintings, drawing, prints and photographs. Together, these works of art demonstrate that visual artists participated in the inventive spirit of interpreting the everyday as something extraordinary.
There's no question that LA street style has transformed from its nascent years as potentially fleeting fad to a fundamental part of global fashion. LA is known for bringing something extra to the table whether it's bold animal prints or smart color. LA is also action packed where you don't want to sacrifice style for practicality. Many of the photographs you see are from my recent trip to Hollywood to help inform the aesthetically inclined. Taking a cue from what off-duty, on-duty actors and superstars wear between movies and runway shows can remind you of the tried-and-true articles in your wardrobe that will not slow you down on the busiest of days.
Saturday, February 1, 2020
According to one popular theory of evolutionary biology, early hominids in equatorial latitudes exploited their aerobic endurance and lack of hair (which allowed them to avoid the overheating fate of their prey) to run their next meal to the point of exhaustion. It was the virtue of their staying power that our predecessors could get close enough to kill an otherwise much powerful animal. The theory goes on to say that the high-protein diet allowed higher functional brain capacity and complexity which in turn led to all the subsequent cultural advances and evolutionary traits we take for granted today. The need to move for survival, to sweat and to endure comes from that tough, lonely place of searching for self discovery. You know that place–where we actually choose to confront our fears, weaknesses, where we rebel against the fear of death to redefine mortality. That's why endurance is not just the act of ascending a mountain, it is also an inwardly ascending above your inner self. Keep climbing. Keep sweating. Keep training and pushing your true self forward.