Carolina jessamine. The jessamine vines are blooming right on schedule, and if it weren’t for my allergies, I would be able to enjoy their sweet scent. Last winter’s extreme and extended freezes damaged most of that year’s blooms. And then with the past year’s four months of triple digit temperatures, I lost two vines while another two were partially wasted. Considering the setbacks, the survivors are giving quite a show.
Candytuft. This one was just planted this past summer, so I’m not sure if it’s suppose to be blooming now. According to what I read on the internet, this perennial is considered to be a late-spring bloomer, but there are some folks who say theirs bloom before the daffodils. The Candytuft is an extremely hardy evergreen sub-shrub that prefers full sun, but will tolerate some shade as long as it’s planted in well-drained soil. If you’re curious to know what it looks like, click on the link below.
Four brand new and custom designed dining chairs have arrived. And I can thank Charley McKenney for their beautiful design. I’m still waiting on the table, which will be here sometime the first part of March. Since my dining room—which also serves as a library—is basically square, a round dining table was the best option for the space. With a 48 inch diameter, the number of guests that can be seated comfortably at this table is four, hence the reason for ordering only four chairs. Once the table arrives, I will then determine if I can fit two additional smaller chairs for a total of six guests. All in good time. If your curious to see some leg, click on the link below.
A film that opens with a valentine doily. A 1937 screwball comedy starring Irene Dunne and Cary Grant, The Awful Truth was one of the first, if not the first, of a series called “comedies of remarriage”, where separated or divorced couples rediscover that they are still in love with each other. In this film the interior sets are rich, varied, and will never disappoint.
My hellebores bloomed two weeks early this year. Nonetheless, their timing seems right with Mardi Gras and Lent happening in less than two weeks. These blooms can last up to two, maybe three months, and the hellebores that are in deeper shade have yet to bloom. You’ll find two more photos by clicking the link below.
Andrea Goldman at The Reading Room. Madness Q & A: The Watery Part of the World, a video and related work by Andrea Goldman will open at The Reading Room on Saturday, February 11. You’re invited to join us for the reception with the artist from 7 to 9 pm. The exhibition will continue through March 10 and can be seen by appointment.
Goldman creates videos, drawings and songs that enact dialogues between brilliant animals, canonical authors, children’s choirs, ideological bodies and other doppelgangers. Her characters use humor and dialogue to investigate and upset dichotomies. TRR will present a work that engages Melville’s Moby Dick, Foucault’s History of Madness, and a family vacation. Reason, history, philosophy, politics, medicine, and otherness are examined in a playful manner.
Goldman’s work has been shown at the 2011 Texas Biennial, 500X Gallery, Apex Art New York, Performing Arts Chicago, Swarm Gallery Oakland and in collaboration with the performance group Goat Island. She received an MFA from The Art Institute of Chicago and currently lives and works in New York City.
The Reading Room is a project space dedicated to the intersection of visual and text based culture.