March for Science

As many of you may know, this past Saturday the world stood up for science. And if you don’t know, the vitality of science is like no other. In fact, there simply shouldn’t be a discussion on the importance of science, perhaps because it’s… oh I don’t know, common sense? More than 500+ marches sprouted across the country, one such place was Raleigh, North Carolina. Fellow contributor, friend, and incredible artist, Ryan shares his photographs from the event. 

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If you really like what you see, peep more of his photography at@ryan.hatton 

 

North and South

I am a very restless person. Not in a sort of impatient way, but after some time, I itch for an escape. And perhaps it’s because I continuously look for an out to my mundane responsibilities (feel free to judge, maybe your thoughts will cause a stir in my mentality), but reasons aside, I love to travel. And for some close minded mentality, I always strive to visit wonders outside of the U.S., therefore, recently, after I finished an internship I decided to visit those closest to me. Here is a recount of a 2-week trip, from Philadelphia, New York City, Raleigh, and Wilmington. Thank you, friends, for: 

  • showing me in a different perspective the importance of eating healthy
  • teaching me how to grill 
  • having insanely philosophical conversations 
  • showing me the beach 
  • and most importantly, taking time out of your days to let me into your homes 
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The Brooklyn Bridge
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Chinatown
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The unforgettable Times Square

Thought # 7: On a separate visit to NYC, in a random impulsive decision fueled by youthful energy, I viewed Times Square at 4 am. Let me tell you, Times Square at 4 am is a docile beast, replete with the never overawe of its lights, but silence, and a handful of people. It is magnificent, I felt free to run around (which we did), wherever I pleased and gawk without worrying if my presence is in someone else’s way. Try it out sometime. 

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The Blind Elephant ~ secluded speakeasy, knock a couple times, eye hole opens, inspects, and perhaps entry will be granted

 

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A Parisian lookalike balcony located in Wilmington 

 

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!!! heaven 
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the boys

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backyard in Raleigh 

 

Yayoi Kusama and more

This past weekend I had the lucky chance of visiting Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors exhibit in the Hirshhorn. To say the least, the experience was enthralling and highly engaging. There were many moments whereupon stepping into a room our first reaction was an amazed “wow.” Despite the colorful and enchanting portrayals, the meaning behind her art comes from a very personal perspective and expands to an at large cosmic interpretation of life. Beautifully created, Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors, and curated by Mika Yoshitake, the exhibit is an inevitable experience that must be seen by anyone who can visit.  


Guided by her unique vision and unparalleled creativity, critically acclaimed artist Yayoi Kusama has been breaking new ground for more than six decades. In 1993, she became the first woman to represent Japan at the Venice Biennale, and last year, Time magazine named her one of the world’s most influential people. Born in 1929, Kusama grew up near her family’s plant nursery in Matsumoto, Japan.

67dd7e8928bf11d47152ea45e100501aAt nineteen, following World War II, she went to Kyoto to study the traditional Japanese style of painting known as Nihonga. During this time, she began experimenting with abstraction, but it was not until she arrived in the United States, in 1957, that her career took off. Living in New York from 1958 to 1973, Kusama moved in avant-garde circles with such figures as Andy Warhol and Allan Kaprow while honing her signature dot and net motifs, developing soft sculpture, creating installation -based work and staging Happenings (performance-based events). She first used mirrors as a multi-reflective device in Infinity Mirror Room-Phalli’s Field, 1965, transforming the intense repetition that marked some of her earlier works into an immersive experience. In 1973, she returned to Japan, where she has continued to develop her mirrored installations. 

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors is the first exhibition to focus on this pioneering body of work, presenting six rooms, the most ever shown together. The show traces the progression of Kusama’s iconic installations alongside a selection of her other key artworks, highlighting some of her central themes, such as the celebration of life and its aftermath. Ranging from peep-show-like chambers to multimedia installations, each of these kaleidoscopic environments offers the chance to step into an illusion of infinite space. In addition, visitors have the opportunity to grasp the significance of Kusama’s work amidst today’s renewed interest in experiential practices and virtual spaces.

-Excerpt from museum 

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Pumpkin

For Yayoi Kusama, pumpkins represent a source of radiant energy. They are, perhaps, the artist’s most beloved motif, appearing in paintings, drawings, sculptures, and some of her most important installations. Both endearing and grotesque, the giant gourds have been a source of inspiration for Kusama since her childhood, when she was surrounded by her family’s seed nursery in prewar Japan. In one of her autobiographical poems, she writes, “Pumpkins bring about poetic peace in my mind. Pumpkins talk to me.” 

The work seen here is a view in conjunction with Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, an exhibition that traces the artist’s iconic Infinity Mirror Rooms over five decades. This landmark show aims to reveal the way in which the installations developed from a strategy of “self-obliteration” during the Vietnam War to a means of social harmony in the present. Each Infinity Mirror Room is presented alongside other key artworks, including a selection of the Kusama’s most recent large-scale paintings and soft sculptures. 

-Excerpt from museum 

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The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away

…is an immersive environment that fosters an out-of-body experience, heightens one’s senses, and produces repetitive illusion through the use of lights and mirrors. Similar in appearance to stars in the galaxy, hundreds of LED lights hang and flicker in a rhythmic pattern that seems to suspend both space and time. The visitor becomes integral to this work as his or her body activates the environment while simultaneously vanishing into the infinite space. The ethereal nature of the installation can be traced back to the early 2000s when Kusama began making dimly lit mirrored rooms, a departure from her earlier brightly colored and polka-dotted spaces. Continuing her exploration of the transience of life and the inevitability of death, this installation creates a harmonious and quiet place for visitors to contemplate their existence, reflect on the passage of time, and think about their relationship to the outer world.

-Excerpt from museum 

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Dots Obsession- Love Transformed into Dots
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All The Eternal Love I Have For The Pumpkins

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