HAPPY NEW YEAR / BONNE ANNÉE





Its been a while since I've published stories and photographs here on my Paris Diary. After some time reveling the new me (I became a mother!), and working on a ton of new projects in the little spare time I had during my babe's newborn days... well I've come out from the cave. Hello. Happy new year to all of you and look forward to sharing more magic with you in 2014. 

I invite you to discover my gastro travelogue on www.thetrailofcrumbs.com. Featuring stories from around the world about the special hidden corners and the standout food experiences there. I have been putting lots of good energy into it and it's blossomed more than I could of imagined. All organically so, which means so much to me. Between working with Anthony Bourdain on his emmy award winning shows, "No Reservations" and "The Layover", and attending some of the most memorable dinner events of my life... well, The Trail of Crumbs is a labor of love that has turned into something that has loved me back. And the rest of the world as it turns out. Thank you.

Cheers!

Danielle

xo

"Greetings" show in the Huffington Post

Click here to read what arts writer and curator, Yasmine Mohseni, wrote about the show I curated at the Brachfeld Gallery in Paris for the Huffington Post.

Greetings / Behind the Scenes

To see photos and video snippets of the full Greetings art show experience, visit the Greetings blog here.



"Greetings" - CA Exhibition in Paris at Brachfeld Gallery




I AM SO EXCITED.

Greetings
Kyle Field
Nathaniel Russell
Alia Shawkat

Greetings is a collection of new work from Californian artists, Kyle Field, Nathaniel Russell, and Alia Shawkat. The work will explore the literal and abstracted meanings of a greeting: the first words from an unknown being, a message from a foreign land, a signal from the afterlife, a connection of the individual with the infinite, a personal plea to the universe, or a presence emerging from the dark. Most simply, a greeting is the turning point between the unknown and the known. As well as having actual origins in a land far from Paris, France, these three artists create work that originates from the far reaches of inner space and describes fantastic worlds, mutated beings, cosmic dreamscapes and metaphysical symbols. Greetings will meet you at the threshold of their other worlds and your own.

Kyle Field, Nathaniel Russell, and Alia Shawkat will be bringing many pieces from their homeland, but will also be creating work for Greetings in France during an intensive creative residency in a medieval village in Burgundy during the weeks leading up to the opening. They endeavor to further explore the implications of the concepts behind Greetings while existing and creating as foreigners in an unfamiliar setting. During this time they will also realize the collaborative musical experience that will be performed at the opening event. Kyle Field has been performing and recording for years under the name Little Wings; Nathaniel Russell plays and records music under the name Birds Of America; Alia Shawkat has recently been performing jazz standards in New York and Los Angeles.

The Gallery has created a blog that follows the 3 artists during their residency in the countryside where I'll be posting photos daily: www.greetingsatbrachfeld.tumblr.com

Curated by Danielle Rubi

Brachfeld Gallery, 78 rue des Archives, Paris 3rd. May 24 - June 25 / Opening reception May 24th, 6-10pm, with a live musical performance by the artists

The hand silk-screened posters designed by Nathaniel Russell are for sale here. Posters are signed by all 3 artists and will include a one-of-a-kind doodle made during their residency in the medieval village of France. All for just $45./€35 a pop. The sales of these posters will help cover costs of their experience in France. Thank you/Merci !


Posters are in a limited edition of 100.






Hanging at Alia's

I just did a super fun photo shoot in LA featuring my beautiful friend, actress and artist Alia Shawkat. I asked her friend, actress and director Sarah Ramos,
to join us as well. What dear ladies.

Michael Cera jumped into the mix when he stopped by to help Adrian with a furniture piece he was creating for Alia in her garage.

The full story is featured on Opening Ceremony here. Have fun!







California at Dusk


LA x Santa Barbara

Isla Vista


Enjoying these California days. This morning we grubbed on La Cantina breakfast burritos and tripped on the architecture of beachside college town, Isla Vista. Home to USCB. Wandered around and it all felt ultra College dayz movie-esque. Young folks feeling free in Pajamas with massive smoothies. Lots of bikes and surfboards. Youth island.
 


Ladies in Waiting


Being back in California makes me reflect on life in Paris way more than when I'm actually living there. I tend to channel old Hollywood vibes when photographing women friends of mine in Paris. Here's one featuring one of my Paris muses, Hélène. I want to see this photo as a painting using a Hockney palette in LA.

Get Free

Yayoi Kusama: Look Now, See Forever

 
Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama, transformed the children's art center at Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art with the help of tiny hands. She offered children colorful dot stickers and asked them to apply them to 'The Obliteration Room'. This interactive installation was first commissioned by the Queensland Art Gallery for Kids' in 2002.

 



18 November 2011 – 11 March 2012 | Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) | Free admission



NEW YEAR



The new year is now upon us. Let this be a really great one. I can feel it.
It's the year of the Dragon.
We rescued this little baby dragon-newt and watched her find her way home.
Safe and sound.
New start.