post MASS MoCA

July 22nd, 2008

Filed under: art,travel — nics @ 10:08 pm


What else did we do on our trip to NH? We took the long way home and stopped in at MASS MoCA. It was really really amazing. And also out in the middle of nowhere. If you ever find yourself in MA and have the time to drift on over to the very northern western part of the state, I highly recommend it. What looked like a 30-minute venture from the map off of our path home ended up being quite a bit longer. The roads were small and windy. But beautiful, and it was well worth it.

There was an installation by The Miss Rockaway Armada that was lots of fun and hands on that made me feel like an adult child on an adult playground (which I feel like most of the time anyway, but this was really meant for that). There was a really amazing Jenny Holzer installation that I won’t even try to explain because an explanation makes it sound kind of boring (which it was not at all) but for those of you that know her work it was one of her projections devoted to a huge warehouse like room of its own. This is where Natalie Jeremijenko’s trees are! And yes, they really are twisting around and growing growing upward toward the sun. Lots and lots and lots of good stuff.


That’s Ben in the Miss Rockaway installation. I know I have a lot of pictures of Ben in my blog, but he often happens to be there when I am out and about and there he is and there I am taking pictures. You know how it goes… 

post a happy NH wedding

July 13th, 2008

Filed under: friends,thoughts,travel — nics @ 3:28 pm


I was lucky enough to attend some very good friends’ wedding last weekend in New Hampshire. Phil (an amazing filmmaker and animator) and Rachel (a wonderful Baltimore crafter) had a very beautiful and fun wedding. I have to admit, I even cried (and I can usually control myself at these kinds of things). The ceremony took place in a tree covered small clearing on a farm with live music and touching speeches. Afterward, great dancing, drinking, and food (particularly the wide assortment of yummy cheeses, thanks Phil!) was to be had by all. I have to say, this is one of the best weddings I have been to. Thanks guys!

This trip also gave me the opportunity to visit three states I had never been to before: New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts. Now I just have to get back up there to Maine sometime, the only New England state I have not been to now.

post Birthday Art

July 3rd, 2008

Filed under: art — nics @ 3:36 pm


Ben made me a painting for my birthday! It is small in scale (unlike his large paintings for those of you who know his work) and on wood. It is kind of like a mini version of what he has been doing lately. I think he should do more small paintings, don’t you? One of my favorite things about it is the layering of different types of textures. Sometimes the wood is carved into slightly and rough and in some areas it is very thick and glossy and then in some spots it is translucent and you can see several layers of color and shapes poking through. I love it! Now I just have to figure out where to hang it…

(And congratulations Ben, I think the image of your painting is officially by far the very largest image that has ever been posted in my blog.) 

post WALL•E

July 1st, 2008

Filed under: film,thoughts — nics @ 9:26 pm

OK, so I have been away from this here blog for some time now. My apologies. I am very embarrassed I must say. My excuse? I moved! That’s my big one! I am almost completely finished moving into my lovely and exciting very new home.

But back to the subject of this post… I saw WALL•E! And the only thing I can really say is that my expectations were so very very high for this film and those expectations were so very very exceeded (wait, there is definitely some issue with the grammar there, but I just couldn’t get it the way I wanted it, eck). Indeed! Go see. Right away. I laughed, I cried, I get teary eyed just thinking about it.

Oh…. and I also learned how to make a • on my keyboard just for this post. Nifty, nifty. I feel just a little bit smarter now.