Tuesday, October 22, 2013

He's neither black...nor white...nor red...

neither black nor white
nor red...


link to The Ind - Entertainment article - Red by John Logan...

link to Wanderlust Theatre Co...

link to Wanderlust Theatre Co Facebook - Red in September/October Timeline...

link to YouTube - Red (John Logan) - Theatre Trailer...(another production)

link to YouTube - Highlights from "Red" Starring Alfred Molina Jonathan Groff...

love the beginning line: "What do you see?" followed later by all the lines rapid fired back & forth regarding the color of red...I'd never thought of so many colors in the world that are the color red in all it's many multi- faceted versions of...

link to Wiki of artist - Mark Rothko...

link to Wiki of the play - Red...

link to the chapel - Rothko Chapel...

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photo credit: Wiki - Rothko Chapel
(inside...taken from the doors looking to the back wall & then from the back wall looking toward the doors)
photographer: Woderful Tree (aka Wonderful Tree)

link to YouTube - The Power of Art - Rothko (BBC Documentary)...
documentary length 59:01 min's long

link to Tate - London - Artists: Mark Rothko...

link to Tate Modern Exhibition - London - 26 Sept to 1 Feb 2008...

Rothko Room - The Seagram Murals
"...desparate for pockets of silence where we can root and grow..."

51:39 Rothko Chapel - Houston, TX - 1965

link to Tate Modern Exhibition - London...
Curator meets Conductor...sound--music is added

The History and Manufacture of Lithol Red, a Pigment Used by Mark Rothko in his Seagram and Harvard Murals of the 1950s and 1960s...

"...Rothko’s use of lithol red has had significant implications for the longevity and understanding of his artworks: the extremely high light levels suffered by the Harvard murals mean that they have faded to the degree that they are no longer considered suitable for display, whilst the fading of some of the Seagram murals – although much less dramatic – has altered the colour and tonal balance of the works, which must influence our interpretation and appreciation of them. It is only through the study of the history, properties, and behaviour of such materials that we can begin to understand how best to care for works of art that incorporate them, to admit the possibility that gross colour changes may occur, and to incorporate this into our understanding when there is good evidence that they have occurred..."

link to Room Guide - Rothko Room - Room 1-9...

Room 1 - The Seagram Murals between NYC & London
Room 2 - Four Darks in Red
Room 3 - The Segram Murals
Room 4 - Material History
Room 5 - Towards the Houston Chapel
Room 6 - Black-Form Paintings
Room 7 - Seagram Studies
Room 8 - Brown and Gray Works on Paper
Room 9 - Black on Gray

from Room 3 description...
"...His studio assistant, Dan Rice, recalls that Rothko ‘was very reflective, gathering all the paintings together again and jumbling them up. It would be very difficult to say that one was intended as part of the murals and one was not’..."

note: in the play Red the studio assistant's name is Ken--here I find the real assistant's name is Dan (tho it's possible there was more than one studio assistant over the years)

link to the Menil Collection - Houston, TX...

“ A picture lives by companionship, expanding and quickening in the eyes of the sensitive observer.”
—Mark Rothko

note: the Rothko Chapel & the Menil Museum will be the only place I'll be able to view Rothko's paintings...tho I may have passed the Rothko Rooms while visiting the Tate Modern in London once--as I was with another who didn't care to stand still long in any museum I really don't remember them, the Segram Murals...I do know for sure I've seen any of them 'pulsate' & for that alone I will revisit at least what I can view & stand a bit longer in meditation to try for this feeling or the idea of the 'gate' or 'gateway' inside the light & shadows of the Rothko paintings or murals...

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link to the Wiki about the Seagram Building - 1958 - Midtown Manhattan, NYC...
the restaurant The Four Seasons opened in 1959...

Re: the art in the Four Seasons restaurant in the Seagram Building & Mark Rothko the artist...
(because I was curious about the 'rest of the story' - if there was no Rothko Murals then what...)

Art in the Four Seasons

"The artist Mark Rothko was engaged to paint a series of works for the restaurant in 1958. Accepting the commission, he secretly resolved to create 'something that will ruin the appetite of every son-of-a-bitch who ever eats in that room.' Observing the restaurant's pretentious atmosphere upon his return from a trip to Europe, Rothko abandoned the project altogether, returned his advance and kept the paintings for himself. 

The final series was dispersed and now hangs in three locations:
London’s Tate Gallery, 
Japan’s Kawamura Memorial Museum 
and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. 

During the period in which Rothko worked on his murals, the Four Seasons rented Jackson Pollock's masterpiece Blue Poles from its then-owner, art collector Ben Heller. 

John Logan's Tony Award-winning 2010 play Red dramatizes Rothko's time working on the Seagram Murals.

From 1975 until 1985 four paintings by Ronnie Landfield from the collection of Philip Johnson were installed on the wall that had been initially planned for the Mark Rothko commission. 

In 1985 the artist James Rosenquis was commissioned to install a permanent mural on the wall; the Landfield paintings were returned to Philip Johnson...

The large curtain designed by Pablo Picasso for the Ballets Russes ballet Le Tricorne (1919) has been hung between the Grill Room and the Pool Room since the restaurant opened..."

link to Wiki of Japan's Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art - Sakura City: Collection - Mark Rothko's Segram Murals...
note: 7 of the murals...9 of the murals are in London at the Tate & once they were all together there...in both locations they have their very own room--The Rothko Room...

my program...Wanderlust Theatre Co. Presents Red by John Logan

note: I don't have enough words in me to describe the feeling of this play...I tried not to read much about Rothko or the play before watching this local presentation of the play...my first reaction was just simply Wow...I wanted to read the play--now I've forgotten that I did ask if I could read a script, must follow up on that and soon (before I go back to the Menil & the Rothko Chapel... or I may just buy the script to have my very own clean copy to read & reread ad fin)

There is so much physicality going on in this play that I did not expect, I also did not expect Rothko/Duncan to light a cigarette, (OK, a red ended e-cigarette...but it was well realistic what with him clicking a real lighter to light up the thing,) mix red paint, paint on a canvas or two--with his assistant Ken, speak about Art, speak about the color Red...that I could read & re-read, all the permutations of the color Red...afterwards on social media, prob fb, all I could manage to say was thank you thank you thank you--as there were the 2 actors & the 1 director & am not sure too many others in this play, which you wouldn't think would hold you enthralled--but it does...I am now so over curious I've been reading, watching video's about Rothko--when I should probably just go stand in front of his canvases again...and again...I'm waiting for the 'pulsating' to occur at some point in time...

link to John Logan quotes from Red on Goodreads.com...

“ROTHKO: (Explodes) 'Pretty.' 'Beautiful.' 'Nice.' 'Fine.' That's our life now! Everything's 'fine'. We put on the funny nose and glasses and slip on the banana peel and the TV makes everything happy and everyone's laughing all the time, it's all so goddamn funny, it's our constitutional right to be amused all the time, isn't it? We're a smirking nation, living under the tyranny of 'fine.' How are you? Fine.. How was your day? Fine. How are you feeling? Fine. How did you like the painting? Fine. What some dinner? Fine... Well, let me tell you, everything is not fine!!
HOW ARE YOU?!... HOW WAS YOUR DAY?!... HOW ARE YOU FEELING? Conflicted. Nuanced. Troubled. Diseased. Doomed. I am not fine. We are not fine. We are anything but fine.”
John Logan, Red

aka the 'Fine' rant...now to find the color 'Red' rant...

link to quotes about red, the color red--not the color red rant in the play Red between Rothko & his assistant Ken...

link to Wiki, regarding the color Red...

File:Color icon red.svg

photo credit: Wiki...9 diff shades of red color (tho I don't think of pink at first)

link to an aside of the color red--Carmine...made of Cochineal...

(note: aka bug guts, dried or otherwise...ew...think about that wearing red lipstick...again ew...or worse--food dye...pst pst...or even worse--in yogurt...noo, I liked yogurt...no more red yogurt my friends...)

note: I must find the script lines, must borrow a script...until then...I'll see Red when I close my eyes before falling asleep, which if the light is just right I will, I have before, but soon it fades to black...and sleep...

Monday, October 7, 2013

"...you eat like crap & expect your body never to retaliate? really?"

remember article culling continues
my idea of recycle reuse
save paper save (freight) weight
and I like to be reminded of healthy things
when I'm about to go under the stress gun
what with moving and all that 'fun'--right...

The Three Laws of Healing
Live long and live strong!
by Dr. Bart Precourt

pg 34 The Thirty-A Review
Sept/Oct 2012

note: the 30-A is a highway in FL
Grayton Beach may be my fav along it

link to the article...

Three Laws of Healing

1. Law of Cellular Replacement
2. Law of Time
3. Law of Supply and Demand

note: you could prob guess Law 1 (your body replaces cells) & 2 (it takes time to heal) but 3?

"your body will heal accordingly to the supply and demand of healthy options for your body"

"remember you are what you eat"

note: now that last phrase I have heard before...and more than once
tho I did 'not' know it was a TV show, cookbook, other books, an eating plan, a Wiki, etc etc...

link to Wiki - You Are What You Eat...

I love this subject line...
because it struck a chord, in me, I've done this--like a lot...

here's the rest of the paragraph it belongs to:

     "Our health care system has taught you to believe that things happen to you' that you 'catch' a cold or have hormonal imbalances because of something other than your own doing.  then of course you need them to fix you. You let yourself get run down, stressed, you eat like crap and expect your body never to retaliate? Really? In reality we are at fault. And this is a good thing, because it means we have the power to do something about it. We are not victims that can only be saved by more frequent doctor visits and drugs."

and from another source regarding the same phrase: You Are What You Eat, Digital Cafe...
(or Vegetarian Diet for Optimum Health)
"Experts say that ninety nine percent of the diseases known to man are caused by cheap food-like processed stuff. Processed food are dead food. They are 'hurt' food. Not health food. 
The trillion cells in our body regenerates every few days crying out for nourishment. Whatever you ingest or consume becomes YOU."
link to You Are What You Eat.com...

about that phrase:

You Are What You Eat

here's more about the origins of it...

link to Phrases.Org...


a translation from French:
"Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are" - Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

link to his Wiki...

note: love this part...grow fat 'willy-nilly'...
"Brillat-Savarin is often considered as the father of low-carbohydrate diet. He considered sugar and white flour to be the cause of obesity and he suggested instead protein-rich ingredients."
"Sure enough, carnivorous animals never grow fat (consider wolves, jackals, birds of prey, crows, etc.). Herbivorous animals do not grow fat easily, at least until age has reduced them to a state of inactivity; but they fatten very quickly as soon as they begin to be fed on potatoes, grain, or any kind of flour. ... The second of the chief causes of obesity is the floury and starchy substances which man makes the prime ingredients of his daily nourishment. As we have said already, all animals that live on farinaceous food grow fat willy-nilly; and man is no exception to the universal law. Brillat-Savarin, Jean Anthelme (1970). The Physiology of Taste. trans. Anne Drayton..."

1863 or 64

another translation from German:

"...man is what he eats." - Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach

link to his Wiki...

1920's or 1930's

"Ninety per cent of the diseases known to man are caused by cheap foodstuffs. You are what you eat." 1923 beef advert

(note: surprisenly sounding like the blog above--You are what you eat, digital cafe...hmm...)

 phrase take from the nutritionist Victor Lindlahr who developed the Catabolic Diet...
in 1942, he published: "You Are What You Eat: how to win and keep health with diet"

link to his Wiki...

note: says his book sold over a 1/2 million copies

link to Amazon.com & all of Victor Hugo Lindlahr's books, you can still order...

(note: $9.95 you can still get a copy of the original 1942 paperback...it makes me itch, from paper mites, to even think about it...)

referred to as the hippy era
during the macrobiotic wholefood phase of diets
and then it stops following the phrase

Vertumnus (Emperor Rudolph II) - Giuseppe Arcimboldo
Artist: Giuseppe Arcimboldo

my description: you are what you eat?

link to Wiki Paintings...

link to the References there on Wiki Paintings...

description of painting at Tigtail.org...

Emperor Rudolph II
about 1590-1591
oil on wood; 68 x 56 cm
Skoklosters Slott
Balsta, Sweden