This landed on my desk yesterday. It’s a piece – a text installation – by Talya Lubinsky which will be on exhibit at the Stevenson gallery in Cape Town from July 13. It got me thinking about sex. Alain de Botton has written one of the how-to School of Life books, “How to Think More about Sex”. It’s important to have sex, good sex. He says, “Good sex isn’t just fun, it keeps us sane and happy”.
But then he explains here why some of us when bored, will take a nap instead:
To begin with, and most innocently, the lack of sex within established relationships typically has to do with the difficulty of shifting registers between everyday work life and the erotic. The qualities demanded of us when we have sex stand in sharp opposition to those we employ in conducting the majority of our other, daily activities at the office. Relationships tend to involve, if not immediately then within a few years, the running of a household and often the raising of children. These tasks often feel akin to the administration of a small business and draw upon many of the same bureaucratic and procedural skills, including time management, self discipline, exercising authority and imposing an agenda of renunciation upon recalcitrant others. Read More…
Cape Town-based photographer Melanie Cleary’s exhibition New Year’s Day has been selected for the Dali International Photography Exhibition in China in August. It has also been selected for the Zurich Art Fair in October and a group exhibition in Sydney, Australia in November.
She shot the photographs on Durban North Beach over a period of 2 days, 31 December 2011 and 1 January 2012.
For me, in the freezing cold Joburg, these pictures make me want the cold to go away. I want to be on a beach. Maybe not this one which looks like it could be a Rio beach in Brazil – hot, sticky and fun but a little too crowded.
You can see Cleary’s exhibition at The Photographers Gallery za in Cape Town till next Saturday (July 07). Contact 021 422 2762
I am not just a little obsessed with this phrase.
While in the UK two weeks ago, I saw it everywhere. In shop windows, on merchandise, and printed and framed on display in private homes. It’s such a lovely encouragement. Makes you feel like you do once you’ve had a good cup of tea. Mind you, not a cup made from our new police commissioner Mangwashi Phiyega’s type of tea. By the way did you see this? The best quote of the weekend was from Phiyega in the City Press on Sunday:
“A woman is like a teabag. You can never know the strength of that teabag until you put it in boiling water and you can see whether you are dealing with strong tea.”
I prefer a weak Earl Grey tea.