(photo by: Alex Luster)
The Lawndale Art Center, which is arguably one of the most photographed buildings in Houston with a fabulous full-wall mural created by a group of Houston artists who call themselves the "F" team, currently has four art exhibits. Althougth they are all excellent, my choice of which to introduce was an easy one. Any avid reader or book lover will appreciate, ponder and perhaps fantasize about owning their own fabric book after seeing the exhibit Compositions by the artist Candace Hicks. The pieces that stood out to me were the books that Candace Hicks made completely out of fabric. On these each word and phrase is hand sewn. They vary in size. The one in the photograph is about the size of a traditional hardcover. There is also a book which fills a large conference table and then an even larger book which is adhered to a wall in the exhibit space.
She calls these hand-stitched books Common Threads. I wan unable to find a description of which books the texts were taken from or about the significance of the lines chosen. The concept however, was enough of a thrill for me.
The exhibit offers white gloves for attendees to wear so that you can turn the pages, feel the stitching and admire the handy work and of course, read the books. Doesn't the idea of having a fabric book offer up a whole new meaning to the idiom "Curl Up with a good book."
*For more information regarding the exhibits, hours, etc visit the Lawndale Art Center website by clicking on the link above!*
A new trailer for the much anticipated Lord of the Rings prequel- The Hobbit was released this morning. The film by award winning film-maker Peter Jackson is based on the children's book, originally published in 1937 by J.R.R. Tolkein. The playful nature of the book is visible in the trailer.
This film will star Martin Freeman who many now know as the new Watson, side-kick to Sherlock Holmes in the BBC series Sherlock. Not to fear, if you prefer Sherlock himself, Benedict Cumberbatch is also in the film as Smaug.
Jackson has a lot to live up to with this film as each of the three pictures leading up to this release was more critically acclaimed and financially successful than the last. This is the first in a two part series telling the Hobbit story.
Controversy also surrounds Jackson for filming the picture at a brisk 48 frames per second. He made the choice because he argues that it creates a much more crisp and realistic picture and many in the industry have been fighting to get 48 frames per second as the new industry standard. The backlash comes from another set of film-makers and film-goers who argue that the extreme reality of the visuals make it obvious that you are viewing a set. The quick film rate detects too much detail and doesn't allow for the ambiguity and muddiness of a traditional viewing experience.The process has also been described as making things appear glossy. I'm looking forward to seeing the film, based on one of my all time favorite books and deciding for myself.
The film is slated for release on December 14, 2012.