Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!!!


Galerie Krinzinger, Happy Holidays, drollgirl
LOL. I think this is the best holiday announcement I saw at work this year. What a freak.

courtesy of Galerie Krinzinger

But this one is pretty good too:

Season's Greetings, Red Truck Gallery, drollgirl

courtesy of Red Truck Gallery

Anywhoo!

Merry Christmas!


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Thursday, December 23, 2010

B&W Christmas

Yesterday I knew I needed to start wrapping gifts, but I didn't have the energy to go out and try to  find new wrapping paper [note: I am RIDICULOUSLY picky and it takes me a LONG TIME to pick out stuff like wrapping paper and cards -- and everything else!!!  It is annoying being a picky fuck, but whaddya gonna do.]. I decided I would make do with what I had handy, which was this b&w paper from Ikea. These gifts have to travel far, so I can add bows or ribbons later. OR NOT. LOL! Anywhoo, I like the idea of this paper, as it can work for almost any gift or season -- just switch up the bow/ribbon to reflect the occasion. YAY.


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Sorry for the bleary shots -- it was late at night and I was so tired and weak (I am so dramatic and pathetic!!!) and I couldn't be bothered to take 400 shots and tidy everything up.  Such a slacker. 


Like many families this year, mine imposed a strict limit on gifts, so I opted for weird/quirky/inexpensive/unique gifts that you can see above.  Those types of gifts are usually my favorites (well, not really -- I love cash and gift cards so that I can pick out what I want -- LOL).

I guess it is countdown to Christmas time.  ARGH.  I can't even believe it is that time of year.  And the word "countdown" just triggered  this retarded song in my mind. ARGH! 



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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Poop Noodle

NOT SAFE FOR WORK!
NOT!
SAFE!
FOR!
WORK!
ADULT CONTENT!

And I must be in the mood to lose followers today after posting this! LOL


Special thanks goes out to Kathleen at Kitty Stampede for sending this to me. I have watched it at least 5 times, and it makes me laugh each time... MOSTLY BECAUSE I REFUSE TO ENGAGE IN THIS ACTIVITY -- EVER! Barf! But that is just me!

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Psycho In Santa Clarita / Made for TV

This story horrified me and made me laugh (my favorite combo!!):

A 30-year-old Chatsworth man was arrested Friday night in Santa Clarita after a dramatic string of crimes that involved a stabbing, an assault, a carjacking, a kidnapping, another auto theft, multiple car crashes and resisting arrest, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

Authorities said the chain of events started about 5:50 p.m. when Aaron Clay Tanner allegedly stabbed his mother multiple times and pushed her out of their car on the 14 Freeway at the interchange with the 5 Freeway, near Sylmar.

Tanner then drove north on the 14 and exited at Newhall Avenue in Newhall, authorities said. At the bottom of the off-ramp, he allegedly crashed into another vehicle in a park-and-ride lot. When deputies arrived at the scene minutes later, a woman told them that she had been assaulted and that her Chrysler PT Cruiser had been carjacked, with her 4-year-old son inside.

A deputy spotted the vehicle about four miles away, where it had crashed near Carl Boyer Drive and Golden Valley Road in Canyon Country. The suspect had rear-ended another vehicle and then backed into a tree, disabling the PT Cruiser, authorities said. The suspect and child were still inside.

As the deputy hurried to help the boy, the suspect got out of the car, circled around and stole the deputy's patrol car, the Sheriff's Department said. The deputy immediately alerted other patrol deputies and a sheriff's helicopter.

Near Newhall Ranch Road and Santa Clarita Parkway in Saugus, deputies saw the suspect speed to the end of a cul-de-sac and crash the patrol car head-on into a 4-foot block wall, go over an embankment and drop about 100 feet. The car rolled several times and came to rest at the bottom, where it caught fire, authorities said.

As deputies approached the burning car, they saw the suspect reaching for a shotgun that had become dislodged inside, the Sheriff's Department said. The deputies tussled with the suspect, eventually using a Taser to subdue him. The suspect bit several deputies on the legs and hands as they tried to handcuff him.

"Numerous people are being medically treated because of the suspect's outrageously violent actions," said Capt. Mike Parker. "A lot of cars were damaged, but more than anything else we are concerned about all the adults and child who were injured, and hope they all come out of this OK."

The child, who suffered minor injuries, was treated by doctors and released. His mother was being treated at a hospital for injuries to her face. They live in Palmdale.

The mother of the suspect had multiple stab wounds in her upper body, but preliminary reports were that none were life-threatening. She also lives in Chatsworth. All other victims are residents of Santa Clarita Valley. None were identified.

Tanner was hospitalized in serious condition. The Sheriff's Department said he would be booked on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, carjacking, attempted carjacking, auto theft, assault with a deadly weapon, evading arrest and felony hit-and-run with injuries. His bail was expected to be about $500,000.

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Best of Drollgirl 2010

I am getting annoyed at all of the magazine, newspaper and blog "best of" lists for 2010,  but I am jumping on that tired and creaky bandwagon because I, too, am too lazy and/or too busy to come up with new content right now.  So, my best of 2010 post links are provided below. Long-timers and/or loyal viewers (the FEW! the PROUD!) have seen these posts, so I guess this is for the newbies. Enjoy! Or not, I really don't care. LOL.


Honorable mention goes to my Hot or Not posts and to my art posts (even if only three people besides me like the art posts -- they are what I like, and this blog is pretty much all about ME. LOL).

Note: Most of you probably already know that the COMMENTS on this blog are a lot better than the posts!  Thank you to those that leave comments, and WTF is your problem if you don't?!


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Sunday, December 19, 2010

My Blue-Eyed Husky

This Elizabeth Banks comment about 30-Rock co-star Alec Baldwin made me laugh out loud:

Elizabeth Banks Parade Magazine Alec Baldwin drollgirl


Elizabeth Banks, Alec Baldwin, Blue-Eyed Husky, Husky, 30-Rock, drollgirlhusky



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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Saul Leiter


Saul Leiter, Untitled pink umbrella, c. 1950
Saul Leiter, Untitled (pink umbrella), c.1950


Saul Leiter, Harlem, 1960
Saul Leiter, Harlem, 1960


Sault Leiter, Foot on El, 1952
Saul Leiter, Foot on El, 1952


Saul Leiter, Mondrian Worker, 1954
Saul Leiter, Mondrian Worker, 1954


Saul Leiter, Through Boards, 1957
Saul Leiter, Through Boards, 1957


Saul Leiter, Waiter, Paris, 1959
Saul Leiter, Waiter, Paris, 1959


Saul Leiter, Red Umbrella, 1957
Saul Leiter, Red Umbrella, 1957


Saul Leiter, Don't Walk
Saul Leiter, Don't Walk


Saul Leiter, Tanager Stairs,1954
Saul Leiter, Tanager Stairs, 1954


Saul Leiter, Postman, 1952
Saul Leiter, Postman, 1952


Saul Leiter, Snow, 1960
Saul Leiter, Snow, 1960


Saul Leiter, Paris, 1959
Saul Leiter, Paris, 1959


Saul Leiter, Yellow Scarf, 1956
Saul Leiter, Yellow Scarf, 1956


Saul Leiter, Haircut, 1956
Saul Leiter, Haircut, 1956


Saul Leiter, Fire Hydrant, 1957
Saul Leiter, Fire Hydrant, 1957


Saul Leiter, Canopy, 1958
Saul Leiter, Canopy, 1958


Saul Leiter was born in Pittsburgh in 1923, the son of a rabbi. Leiter's interest in art began in his late teens, and at 23, he quit theology school and moved to New York to pursue painting. That year he met the Abstract Expressionist painter Richard Pousette-Dart, who was experimenting with photography. Leiter's friendship with Pousette-Dart and, soon after, with W. Eugene Smith inspired his involvement with photography.

Leiter's earliest black and white photographs show an extraordinary affinity for the medium, and by the 1950s he also began to work in color. Edward Steichen included 23 of Leiter's black and white photographs in the exhibition “Always the Young Stranger” at the Museum of Modern Art in 1953. Leiter's first exhibition of color photography was held in the 1950s at the Artist's Club--a meeting place for many of the Abstract Expressionist painters of that time. In the late 1950s, the art director Henry Wolf published Leiter's color fashion work in Esquire and later in Harper's Bazaar. Leiter continued to work as a fashion photographer for the next 20 years and was also published in Show, Elle, British Vogue, Queen and Nova.

Saul Leiter made an enormous contribution in the area of color photography. His distinctively subdued color, often had an overall hue and a painterly quality that stands out among the work of his contemporaries. In “The New York School,” Jane Livingston wrote, "The very fact that color becomes the subject of the photographs places Leiter's work in another realm-a realm that is unabashedly artistic." Mr. Leiter has said about his own photography: "I don't believe that black and white is sacred or that color is profane. In my own work they have both been equally important."

Leiter's work is featured in the book The New York School: Photographs 1936-1963 by Jane Livingston and in Appearances: Fashion Photography Since 1945 by Martin Harrison. More recently, Steidl has pubishled three monographs on his work, Saul Leiter: Early Color (2006), Saul Leiter (2008) and Saul Leiter: Early Black and White (2008). His work is in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Art Institute of Chicago; The Baltimore Museum of Art; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and other public and private collections.

Biography found here

Images found here and here





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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

No Soliciting

no-soliciting


I work in an art gallery, and from time to time artists contact us looking for representation.  Like our website clearly states, WE DO NOT ACCEPT ARTIST SUBMISSIONS.  I feel sorry for those that contact us anyway, but they also annoy the hell out of me, so their emails are deleted, and their telephone inquiries are met with kind, yet swift rejection. It sounds mean, but if you are sympathetic to these folks, they want to talk and talk and TALK about how hard it is to get representation, and then they start in with the begging and the pleading, and/or asking for advice.  The art world isn't fair, but you could say the same about the music business, the fashion industry, Hollywood, etc.  It sucks, but whaddya gonna do. Most artists just sigh at the rejection process, and then don't bother emailing or calling again. But this yutz took it to a whole other level.



Email #1 (or #1B?  I don't have the very first one) (promptly DELETED by yours truly):

Dear Art Agent, Gallery Director, Dealer,

Please accept my apologies if you have already received this email. I’ve only received a couple of replies which has left me wondering if there was something wrong with my email system.

Please find, below, examples of my recent work. I am interested in knowing whether you would like to be my agent, exhibit my art or be my dealer. For a description of my work and life please scroll to the end of this email where you will find a short synopsis.

Yours sincerely

Paul Farber



Email #2 (promptly DELETED by yours truly)

Dear Sirs/Mesdames

I’ve written to you twice and you have shown that you don’t have the simple courtesy nor decency to send me a reply. In any part of the business world one can expect a proper reply except in the art world where directors, dealers and agents see fit to solicit approaches from artists whom they subsequently treat with extreme contempt. This is a world of lazy, unprincipled slugs. I sincerely hope that your business takes a downturn for the worse.

Paul Farber



Email #3 (this one garnered a laugh before being DELETED)

Further to my last email, below, I would like to add the following:

Galleries, dealerships and artists’ agents are businesses which rely on the work of artists for them to make a living. Their soliciting of artists’ work is, therefore, implicit. As such they have a moral duty to respond to artists when they submit their work.

Secondly, these business enterprises produce nothing of any value themselves but simply buy and sell the work of artists which they have produced with their sweat and labour. They are middlemen ...shopkeepers.

Thirdly, many of them are of foreign extraction and treat the artists of this country and the US with contempt. Has the West not been good to them? Have they not made good money within it? Yet they have repaid the people of these countries by acting in a racist and high handed fashion towards their indigenous artists as well as artists of other racial minorities.

The above described people and artistic institutions can properly be described as amounting to sets of profit mongering tapeworms who don’t even have the good business sense to treat their clients with respect.

I am glad that the West is currently suffering a deficit. Artists organisations are not being funded and galleries, dealers and agents are going to be hit in the pocket. Their arrogance and shit are going to be diminished by just so much. The fat, exploitative slugs of owners will wince every time they come across a person of intelligence like me. Their administrative staff and receptionist dorks will read these emails. They will come to understand where they fit, morally and intellectually, in the overall scheme of things. People will lose their jobs and livelihoods. The smell of lots of little people becoming scared will rise in the air and become nauseus to the rest of us.


BWHAHAHAHAHAHAH!  Good luck with your art career, PAUL FARBER. I am sure every gallery and dealer that you wrote to is now DYING to represent you.

P.S. PF, I'll spare you a critique of your art work, but there are reasons nobody responds to your dumb emails.


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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Jade

Someday my niece Jade will probably regret this photo, but she is pretty pleased with it right now.

jade


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Friday, December 10, 2010

Nemesis 4

BWHAHAHAHAHAH!!!

NOT!
SAFE!
FOR!
WORK!

NOT SAFE FOR WORK! BUT HILARIOUS! AND, YES, I AM SHOUTING!


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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Genetics

Normally I avoid the doctor like the plague, but my oldest sister's recent bout with ovarian and uterine cancer has forced me to take stock of my mortifying family medical history and try and figure out what the hell I should do. B-L-E-H.

My younger sister and I clunked heads to review our family medical history, and I figured I might as well type it up and hand it over to my doctor (I refer to him as Dr. Tiny Hands -- because he has TINY HANDS.). The horror of typing up my family medical history made me want to pretty it up, even though it really didn't change the facts.  SIGH.  Here it is, and this is just the cancer part:


My Family Medical History

if you want to get depressed and/or feel better about your life, click image to enlarge


When Dr. Tiny Hands and I started reviewing my family medical history, he tried to mask his horror, but I could see it in his eyes and in his tiny trembling hands.  LOL. Whaddya gonna do.

In addition to seeing Dr. Tiny Hands last week, I had TWO MORE MOTHERFUCKING DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS (which almost gave me a stroke, and I ended up CRYING when one doctor asked me how I was doing.  PSYCHO!!!). Doctors and medical issues (and/or the FEAR of medical issues) are probably the hardest thing for me to deal with in life, so last week was just fucking brutal. And, after reviewing my glorious family medical history, it was recommended that I see a Genetic Specialist.  JOY!!!!! So, I get to do that next week, along with seeing a physical therapist about my janky ankle (sprained nearly two years ago, and it is STILL jacked up), plus I get to have a cervical polyp removed (sorry for the TMI, but might as well throw it all out there for ya), plus they are telling me I am due for yet another mammogram.  @%^!&*!@#$%&^!*#@ I imagine the Genetic Specialist will just tell me I am fucked in the genetics department, but I guess I'll give it all a listen and try not to shoot myself!  GAH.

P.S. On a slightly cheerier note, my oldest sister finished chemotherapy (that form of treatment is straight from THE DEVIL and/or Nazi Germany and/or Chernobyl) in November, and it seems like she is going to be ok -- other than being SHATTERED INTERNALLY FROM THE WHOLE DAMN EXPERIENCE and ROBBED OF ALL OF HER INTERNAL REPRODUCTIVE EQUIPMENT -- I think she will be ok.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010