Destino was initially a collaboration between Salvador Dalí and Walt Disney. The project began in 1945 and was finally completed 58 years later. Production ceased due to Disney’s financial problems in the WWII era. In 1999 Disney’s nephew Roy E. Disney unearthed the project and decided to bring it back to life by hiring a team of French animators to produce the film based on Dalí’s notes and storyboards. It was finally released in 2003.
Who would have thought that Dali, the artist of dead animals, skulls, and horrific monsters, could work together with the all-American promoter of family values and happily-ever-after? It seems they had more in common than meets the eye. Their differences are nicely summed up in their personal descriptions of the plot of “Destino”: Dalí described it as “A magical display of the problem of life in the labyrinth of time.” Walt Disney said it was “A simple story about a young girl in search of true love.”
Maurice Denis’ painting radiates light, joy, and positivity. Feeling a bit like this today :)
It’s been a full moon weekend so here’s some moon-themed art:
1. A beautiful mezzotint by Japanese artist Yozo Hamaguchi. I don’t know for sure what the fruit and veg are supposed to represent, but I like to see it as a lemon moon and corn clouds. What do you see?
2. Dancing in the Moonlight by Thin Lizzy.
Molly Peacock — Desire
It doesn’t speak and it isn’t schooled,
like a small foetal animal with wettened fur.
It is the blind instinct for life unruled,
visceral frankincense and animal myrrh.
It is what babies bring to kings,
an eyes-shut, ears-shut medicine of the heart
that smells and touches endings and beginnings
without the details of time’s experienced part-
fit-into-part-fit-into-part. Like a paw,
it is blunt; like a pet who knows you
and nudges your knee with its snout—but more raw
and blinder and younger and more divine, too,
than the tamed wild—it’s the drive for what is real,
deeper than the brain’s detail: the drive to feel.
The German philosopher Immanuel Kant once said, “There are two things that don’t have to mean anything in order to give us very deep pleasure: one is music and the other is laughter”
But what is music? Can silence be music? Can the sound of traffic be music?
John Cage said: “The sound experience I prefer to all others is the experience of silence… If you listen to Bethoven or Mozart you see that it’s always the same, but if you listen to traffic you see that it’s always different”
With his composition 4’33” Cage proved that there’s no such thing as silence and he put forward the theory that all silence is music.
Play this video and listen to the sounds around you for four minutes and thirty-three seconds. Repeat as many times as you want, you will hear a different song each time.
I hear: a faraway sound of a cooing pigeon, the wind, the phone ringing in the flat upstairs, a car speeding past, a gate closing downstairs, another gate slamming, a crashing sound (what is that?), a bird singing, voices coming from downstairs, a car screeching, and the pigeon is still cooing… This is the music of a Thursday morning in Tarragona.
What do you hear?
Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973) was the first designer to explore irony in fashion. She stands out for her sense of humour and wild imagination, which have made her one of the most influential fashion designers of her time. Schiaparelli’s designs are not only humorous but also thought provoking. She was, above all, an artist. Coco Chanel –her biggest rival– referred to her as ‘that Italian artist who makes clothes’.
Modern art, particularly Surrealism and Dadaism, were a great source of inspiration to her and she did many collaborations with artists of these movements, including Salvador Dalí and Jean Cocteau.
The Tears Dress, one of her collaborations with Dalí, is a beautiful evening gown in pale blue and magenta. The fabric is a trompe l’oeil print of rips and tears, designed to give the illusion of torn animal flesh worn inside out.
This year Christian Lacroix will be unveiling the 15-piece collection which he’s designed for the house of Schiaparelli in honor of her legacy. His designs wil be reinterpretations of her most famous creations, so it should definitely be something to look out for!
There’s no one who can capture water quite like Hockney. Tantalising and hypnotic, and oh so refreshing!
Just finished reading Archipelago by Trinidadian writer Monique Roffey. One of those great books that gives you the itchy feet! Now I want to conquer not only land, but also sea. I also learned about a phenomenon I never knew existed, the “moonbow”, or lunar rainbow:
“The moon is high in the sky; there is the disappearing squall, and between the squall and the boat — a perfect hoop. Just like a rainbow, except the seven shades of colour are shades of grey and gauzy light, as though it is a rainbow in negative. A wide delicate arc stretches across the night, each end finishing in the sea…A rainbow before it has dressed itself.”
Here’s a beautiful painting by Trini/Scottish/Canadian artist Peter Doig. I’d like to be in that boat right now.