This week I deep-dive into the 80’s pop nostalgia, go to a 90’s street rave in Melbourne, and shopping at the second-hand markets in Berlin, caress a tortoise, learn the history of a rude word and journey into some imaginary immersive worlds. I hope you join me.
No matter where my journey has taken me I have always had a strong sense of where I belong – that’s my connection, that’s my culture. I wanted to express myself somehow, or teach myself about it, so I chose painting in order to do thatTarsha Davis
The music of one’s youth is such an indelible, powerful force in one’s life. As a young kid I loved Janet Jackson too, so I can relate to this. Read more juicy music and history on Robert’s always fascinating blog.
It was 1986, I was in my cousins car, protesting about the fact that I’ve been relegated to the backseat. Riding shotgun is one of his friends, who is at least six years my senior, who seems bemused by my predicament. In his attempts to shut me up, he mysteriously reveals a mix tape from his shirt pocket and forcefully inserts the cassette and cranks up the volume. I don’t know what to expect with the speakers inches from behind my head. The thump of piano keys startles me. It repeats a few more seconds before a really cool bass riffs gets my attention. Before long the blaring sounds of trumpets exasperates my hearing. This was my introduction to Janet Jackson and her song When I think of You.Robert Horvat: Classic albums: Janet Jackson, ‘Control’ (1986)
I love the serendipity of flea markets. In this immersive post blogger Be Kitschig finds a David Hasselhoff album for 5 euros. Fantastic! I have been to this flea market in Berlin and remember setting out to buy an outfit for a fancy dress party, but then coming home with something completely different.
I have to admit I was not familiar with this artist before seeing this video. Now that I have though, I have to admit that her art is absolutely amazing, in a very creepy, magnetic and macabre way. I am now a fan! From the always compelling YT channel Cinema Cartography.
Yes, it would seem they do.
Omar Rayyan’s delightful and romantic garden imaginarium: ‘Midnight Moonlight’
I just love the Beatrix Potter vibes of this enchanted painting by Omar Rayyan so much!
Upon graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design many years ago, Omar Rayyan settled on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. The bucolic surroundings compliment and help inspire his “old world” aesthetic toward painting. He enjoys looking to the past for inspiration and guidance from the great oil painters of the Northern Renaissance and the Romantic and Symbolist painters of the 19th century.
This looks relatively easy to put together and I can’t wait to try it.
Melbourne’s street rave scene of the late 90’s/early 00’s from the mixing booth of one of its icons Jason Midro
A few familiar faces here include Smile Police- the fuzzy wuzzy party starter and various others from that time. It makes me nostalgic and sad to know that today’s youth simply can’t have the same experience as this because of the pandemic. Via Jason Midro on Youtube
Why is the word that is considered very rude also a slang word for a part of a woman’s anatomy? Should we women reclaim the C word for ourselves as a furry badge of strength and elastic muscular power? I think so! I found this talk by Kate Lister hilarious, enlightening, rebellious and empowering. Via Ted
What did you think of this journey into little known worlds, words, music and subcultures? I hope you enjoyed this temporal vacation for your mind. Stay cool, stay cosy. Let me know what you think below…