U Gallery is a great addition to the online art market where you can purchase original works at reasonable prices from emerging artists. Curated by a small team of art lovers the site really takes an easy approach in helping its users find the art they're looking for. You can filter your search in various ways depending on your taste and budget. So, in essence, you're bound to find something you like. The artwork on display here crosses over so many different styles and mediums that it's hard not to leave without a few favourites. Prints begin at $20 a piece while originals can reach the thousands. New works arrive each week so it's best to visit often or simply sign up for a weekly update.
I am slowly getting back to regular programming. The pic below I found via Otis & Frank, a blog well worth the visit. I only wish I could live near a bamboo forest like this then I would be much happier. As you can probably guess I have yet to make peace with the beginning of winter, hence my tendency to post all things green lately. Somehow, I don't think even retail therapy will help at this point. One must simply endure the cold.
Today's post comes by way of the Japanese Trash blog which drew me to an image of Swiss architect Peter Zumthor's kitchen. As you can you see below it is sublime in its simplicity. I think if I had a kitchen like this I would probably not be able to work again.
Mr. Zumthor who won the Pritzer Prize in 2009 resides in Haldenstein, Switzerland near Davos and the Austrian border. And much like any talented artist who shies away from the spotlight he is often described as "reclusive." He does not have a website and instead chooses to live in a small village in Switzerland. But in his most recent interview with the New York Times Mr. Zumthor talks about being commissioned to build a home for actor Tobey McGuire and his plans to revamp the Los Angeles County Museum.
“I think the chance of finding beauty is higher if you don’t work on it directly,” Zumthor has said in describing his philosophy. “Beauty in architecture is driven by practicality. This is what you learn from studying the old townscapes of the Swiss farmers. If you do what you should, then at the end there is something, which you can’t explain maybe, but if you are lucky, it has to do with life.” (NYT)
The kitchen, much like an architect's studio, is a place of inspriation and I wanted nothing more than to cook after seeing this kitchen. But my quest for beauty found its way somewhere in between. And the closest thing I could find to the stunning greenery that almost eclipses Mr. Zumthor's kitchen was the green grapefruit that you see above. (I didn't even realize they existed.) So much for being a foodie. Given the lime-green colour, I was expecting something tart and bitter but this fruit tasted quite subtle. With a bit of honey on top it was just what I needed to inspire me to cook again even without the perfect kitchen and its accompanying beautiful view.