fine art for dessert

Mondrian Cake

Have you seen the Mondrian modern art cake from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art? It’s been making the rounds on the interwebs lately, and now that I’ve seen it pop up more than just a few times I am more than just a little intrigued. Turns out there is a Modern Art Desserts cookbook by Caitlin Freeman, who after years of crafting unique and delicious pastries in the SFMOMA’s Rooftop Garden Cafe, has now collected her recipes into a super awesome book. Not unlike modern art itself, some of the recipes are very literal interpretations of the artwork that inspires them, while others are slightly more obscure, or conceptual.

modern art desserts

I have to say I’m excited about this book, it manages to put two of the things I adore most in the world– modern art and sweets– into one package. Actually, three if you count the gorgeous photography in the cookbook. Totally going on my Christmas wish list. Oh, and if you’re not interested in baking, you can order the Mondrian cake here from the Blue Bottle Coffee kitchen in Oakland.

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who are you

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Marc Janks is a New York photographer who says he was once a shy and kid and sometimes a shy adult. [Me too.] To keep his shyness in check he started photographing complete strangers in NYC and posts them to his Tumblr Who Are You New York. I really like this concept, I’m imagining how I might put something similar into use in my own life/work. Why are strangers so much easier to photograph sometimes than the people already in our lives?

Janks also shoots on film with [my] beloved Yashicamat, and he’s pretty candid about his process (even daring us to ask him anything).

old people with things on their heads

Old Finnish People With Things On Their Heads

 

This is amazing. I can’t decide if I want to be this lady or the awesome photographer whose project this is. Photographers actually, Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen have come up with something very peculiar and special, in their photo series Eyes As Big As Plates. Without context, this series just seems absurd, but  it’s origins are a play on characters and protagonists from Norwegian folklore. They are pretty magnificent images, and it gives me  hope that even some of my more foolish, or ridiculous ideas might have a real direction. Follow daily updates on Eyes as Big as Plates from the new website.

former love

Have you seen the video of the 2010 performance art piece artist Marina Abramovic did at the Museum of Modern Art, where she sat in a chair, and, one by one, people could sit opposite her and look into her eyes?

Oh my god, it was so powerful even just between strangers, but then her former lover/collaborator Ulay arrived without her knowledge. I was so moved I had to share it with you. As I watched the video I was thinking about how performance art is so often challenged as “real art” or not, and of how as a discipline performance is so much more interactive and aggressively about the relationship between the viewer and the artist. More than that, I think performance art is often about shared human experience, which is maybe why it seems so shocking, and hard to digest at times.

It was amazing to watch this piece as it unfolded to become so personal for the artist, and yet be so universal– How often, in our busy lives, do we take the time to stop, even just for one minute, and really look into the eyes, into the soul, of those around us?