Sunday, September 10, 2017

Bella Venezia


I just returned from a magical vacation in Venice.  What a dreamy place. There are many drawings and memories to share. But for now, here's a slice of a 360-degree panorama of Venice from the rooftop of newly-refurbished Fontego dei Tedeschi - a luxury department store, former post office. The building was constructed in 1228(!) The renovated department store opened in 2016. Building exterior remained unaltered, as all of facades in Venice are part of UNESCO world heritage property. That's why the skyline of Venice looks like an old engraving. There are no new buildings.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

"Macbeth" by the New York Classical Theatre



"Double, double toil and trouble; 
Fire burn and cauldron bubble."
 

Don't miss New York Classical Theatre's 18th season this summer! An incredibly powerful production of Shakespeare's "Macbeth", directed by Stephen Burdman, is playing in Battery Park till 8/20; then in Brooklyn Bridge Park 8/22-8/27 [excluding Thursdays & rainy days]. All performances start at 7pm and are free to attend. Read this glowing and descriptive review by


The Three Witches in front of Castle Clinton, Battery Park

“Fair is foul, and foul is fair" 
 
The Three Weird Sisters and Banquo (Clay Storseth)

Macbeth (Will Dixon) and Banquo (Clay Storseth)
Malcolm (Ian Antal)

"Things without all remedy 
Should be without regard:  
what's done, is done"
Lady Macbeth (Jenny Strassburg) and Macbeth (Will Dixon)
Macbeth (Will Dixon) and Lady Macbeth (Jenny Strassburg)

"Come, you spirits. That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full. Of direst cruelty."
 
The Three Witches and Lady Macbeth (Jenny Strassburg)



Lady Macbeth (Jenny Strassburg) and Macbeth (Will Dixon)

Lady Macbeth (Jenny Strassburg)
The Three Witches
Banquo (Clay Storseth) and Macbeth (Will Dixon)

"Are you a man?"

Lady Macbeth (Jenny Strassburg) and Macbeth (Will Dixon) over Banquo's body





"Be this the whetstone of your sword: let grief
Convert to anger; blunt not the heart, enrage it."


 
Macduff (M. Scott McLean) and Malcolm (Ian Antal)

"Out, damned spot! Out, I say!"

 
Mad sleepwalking Lady Macbeth  (Jenny Strassburg)

"Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, 
a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage 
and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, 
full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." 
 
Macbeth (Will Dixon)


Make sure to check out some amazing reportage art of this production by my friends Veronica Lawlor, Charlotte Noruzi, Margaret Hurst.


Friday, July 21, 2017

"The Rivals" by the New York Classical Theatre


The New York Classical Theatre's 18th season started with Richard Brinsley Sheridan's comedy "The Rivals" (pictured below) and continues with Shakespeare's tragedy "Macbeth" (first performance is July 31 at the Battery Park's Castle Clinton.)

"The Rivals" is from 1775; it's a romantic comedy about tension between marriage for the sake of love and artifice for the sake of money. As always, I was blown away by the performances and loved drawing the actors (so much so that I attend 3 shows: at the Rockefeller Park and at the Carl Schurz park, with artists Charlotte Noruzi and Margaret Hurst. Check out their wonderful drawings of this play by clicking on their names).  New York Classical's stage is all of the park, and audiences follow actors from scene to scene. Performances are free to attend - all you have to do is show up at 7pm. It's an absolute treat and delight! Get the dates and locations for the upcoming "Macbeth" performances here>
 
Lydia: "How charming will poverty be with him!"
David (right) about Lydia: "She has a lapdog that eats out of gold, she feeds her parrot with small pearls, and all her hair-curlers are made of bank-notes!"




Sir Anthony Absolute to Mrs Malaprop: "Madam, a circulating library in a town is as an evergreen tree of diabolical knowledge!" 
Sir Anthony Absolute (right) to his son Jack, talking about his arranged marriage: "...the lady shall be as ugly as I choose"

Sir Anthony Absolute: "..don't put me in a  P H R E N Z Y!"
Julia to Faulkland: "My heart has known no other guardian - we will fly together."
Jack Absolute (right) to Faulkland (left): "You are the most teasing, captious, incorrigible lover!—Do love like a man"
Capt. Jack Absolute (right) to Faulkland: "YOU DON'T DESERVE HER!"
Sir Lucius O'Trigger (right) to Bob (left): "Can a man commit a more heinous offence against another than to fall in love with the same woman? Oh, by my soul! it is the most unpardonable breach of friendship.
-Capt. Jack Absolute [Reads.]:  "As for the old weather-beaten she-dragon who guards you.–Who can he mean by that?"
-Mrs. Malaprop:  "Me, sir!–me!–he means me!"
Sir Lucius O'Trigger: ''Modesty is a quality in a lover more praised by the women than liked.''





The End!
















Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Independence Day at the Beach

Beautiful weather for the 4th of July this year! Here are some pastel memories from the Coney Island beach.




Sunday, June 25, 2017

"Porcelain Grove" Solo Ceramics Show

Porcelain Grove

For the last few months, I've been busy putting together my new ceramics collection "Porcelain Grove" about trees and their meaning. As of today, the show is on view at Choplet Gallery, 238 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY, till August 3rd. Hope you can come see it! Gallery is open Mon-Fri until 11pm; Sat-Sun until 7pm. Here are a few snapshots from the 40+ collection.

Weeping Willow
Birches
Orange Tree
Sequoia Trees
Oak Tree
Baobab Tree








Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Not My President's Day Rally

On this President's Day, an estimated fifteen thousand people came to the Not My President's Day rally near the Trump International Hotel and Tower at Columbus Circle in New York. According to the Facebook event for NYC, 47 thousand people marked themselves as planning to go. There were two dozen sister rallies happening around the country. The fact that this president lost the popular vote cannot be denied. "A lot of people are angry because he lost the popular vote and is ruling like somebody who won by a landslide," Lexell said (from a CNN article here).

One month into the presidency, We the People resist the new administration's executive orders that ban refugees and Muslim immigrants, that dismantle Wall Street regulations and environmental protections. We the People resist attacks on women's rights, LGBTQ rights, free speech and free media. We the People are outraged at the endless conflicts of interest, murky dealings with the Russian government and demand an investigation into the Russian interference in the election. We the People are appalled by the constant lies and the lack of moral integrity... The list just goes on, and on, and on... We the People do not accept the 45th president as legitimate. We the People want him impeached.

See more drawings by my fellow artists for democracy on Instagram @ArtistsForDemocracy

"You're Fired!"
Trump International Hotel and Tower surrounded by the protesters chanting "Not My President".

Central Park West packed with people from Columbus Circle to 68th street
Swarms of cops with batons, unleashed to disperse the rally

A faction of Trump supporters showed up after the sunset - way after the rally was over - to chant "USA! USA!" and to yell over the human wall of police separating the opposing sides "Snowflakes" and "Go Home".  They still believe in "Drain the Swamp" campaign promise, apparently. And...they are, somehow, angry, even though their "beloved" is now in the oval office.