Today is the day. Ireland shall change! Equality and Eurovision will make this day an epic overture and my faith in humankind will soon be restored, even if for only 24 hours. I cannot vote, because, you guessed it, I'm not Irish - but I hope YES wins! I'm off now to celebrate love and freedom in my rainbow unicorn outfit. This country will rise like a phoenix alright.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
In this exhibition we enter a world where the night is dark and full of terrors. Well, kind of. I went to GalleryX for the first time (bus strike that day, meaning I had to walk all the way from Stoneybatter to Herbert Street) to contemplate the work of several international artists (Sayutno Buttò, Michael Hutter, Christine Morren, Trëz, Tomas Alen Kopera, Sandra Yagi, Arturo Esparza, Jean-François Bouron) on display, exposing nightmare-inducing pieces charged with erotic yet grotesque content. The obscure vibe of this exhibition allowed me to open my mind and horizons in order to appreciate the exquisite darkness of death, sex and surrealism. It is a controversial showcase of beautifully bizarre fine Art that might unsettle the beholder with its twisted details. Fascinating!
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
This was one of those nights that only happen once in a blue moon. Dani and Amy swapped Scotland for Ireland for a couple of days and epic nightology ensued. From Panti Bar to The George (where we watched Shirley Temple Bar and Sharon Stoneybatter stealing the show), from sex shops to old pubs, from walking along the quays at 3am to finding a welcoming dancefloor at The Grand Social... Strobe lights, taxi rides, 90s hits, banter with the bouncer - a night to remember, if the circumstances allowed any memories to survive.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Spring Awakening is basically a day of open culture in Dublin 1. It happened on the 16th of April and I'm glad I had the opportunity to step inside some of Dublin's best kept secrets, celebrating this city's heritage and sense of culture. There were so many activities to experience: tango lessons (which I didn't attend because there was no free Argentinean food included), workshops, gigs, guided tours, Georgian architecture porn, all things James Joyce... Obviously, I couldn't have done everything (or maybe I could if I woke up earlier...) but I did the best to enjoy what this postcode has to offer.
The first place I went to was The Hugh Lane Gallery. A free guided tour took me to a temporary litography exhibition, made me marvel at a plethora of Impressionist wonders, introduced me to a few modern art iconic pieces on display... What struck me the most, however, was Francis Bacon's Studio. So messy and inspiring! I love Bacon's work - his emotionally charged, raw, disturbingly bold paintings always made me wonder what's the story behind them. Maybe it's just instinct. Or intimacy. Either way, I can relate to such imagery. Next stop: Belvedere House.
Belvedere House didn't let me down. In fact, I was astonished at this magnificent Georgian masterpiece where James Joyce himself studied between 1893 and 1898. I'm a sucker for beautiful interiors and I've always wanted to visit this impressive house and its jaw-dropping interiors but usually it's closed to the public. As you can imagine, I couldn't possibly miss this open day to view a house that I would certainly (try to) buy if I won the Euromillions. Great Denmark Street, you harbour a fucking treasure!
I walked down North Great George's Street to see what was going on at the James Joyce Centre. Again, I was not disappointed with this cultural institution. Plus, free entrance! James Joyce devotee or not, you will find yourself curious and intrigued about the man who wrote a book you didn't even read. I am particularly interested in his love story with Nora Barnacle - their letters would make priests and pornographers blush! In case you're not a Literature enthusiast at all, Joyce's death mask is still pretty worth a visit anyway.
Before going home, I knocked on Hillsboro Fine Art Gallery's door. That was right after I popped in Dublin Writers Museum for Neil O'Shea's performance at 6pm. Founded in 1995, Hillsboro Fine Art is a contemporary gallery widely recognised. There were free hardback Hillsboro publications for all attendees and a lot of artwork to stare at. Irish artist Gwen O'Dowd was there to welcome whoever wanted to take a look at her paintings. Next stop: feckin' Aldi so we're done here.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Chloë Sevigny is more than just the quintessential-90s-indie-enfant terrible-art house-sweetheart-turned-fashion designer. She has always been a source of eclectic inspiration and I can google her looks for hours, I kid you not. Sevigny is this unconventional style maven who doesn't even bother following trends or trying hard to look fashionable - she embraces simplicity with the quirkiest of details and that's what it makes her notorious sense of style stand out. Effortless, sometimes androgynous, edgy outfits with a playful twist will forever contribute to her style icon status. Sure her roles in The Brown Bunny, Last Days of Disco, American Psycho, Zodiac, Party Monster, Gummo, Boys Don't Cry and the controversial Kids make me admire her even more. She seeks authenticity rather than insipid perfection and that's why I love her. Why be trendy when you can be cool?