jolie laide: Moving

jolie laide

I started this when I lived in Brooklyn and struggled for grace in a city that grants moments of beauty and ugliness breathtakingly close to one another. Now I live in a place where things are a different kind of ugly and the beauty is pedestrian. I struggle with that.



I moved my bedroom to the back of the house, away from the street. Now, I can leave the curtains pulled back, and in the blue hour, watch the windows of my neighbors glow warmly against the darkening evening. The warm weather anticipates summer and the lights in the windows now blinking off and on portend summer's lovely fireflies.


Blogger Dr. S said...

I love these images -- both the blinking on and off of your neighbors' lights and the ironwork on the fire escape. One of the things I've always loved about NYC is the abundance of architectural detail, even where on a utilitarian level it's just not necessary. Same thing happens in Ohio, as well, though here it's stuff like the flourish on a lightning rod or a line of wood trim along the edge of a roof, or (on a very small scale) the fanciness of a hinge.

10:27 PM  
Blogger famjaztique said...

My bedroom is in the back of the house...but it is not more quiet than the front. My windows overlook a schoolyard and I am often woken in the morning by screaming children on the playground. Or sometimes at night by drunk college students revisiting their childhood under the stars.

4:08 AM  
Blogger ttractor said...

oh, to swing woozily under the stars and laugh to the moon! how sweet.

Dr S, I must put a disclaimer on this: this is NOT the back of my house. This is more pics I took on my walk to the subway from work on Friday.

I love the little unnecessary flourishes as well, where the maker can't help but let art leak out. If they had not ended the only program for it in this country (and after I was already accepted!), I would now be pursuing my PhD in physical culture, studying American folk art. sigh.

10:14 AM  
Blogger Dr. S said...

No, I knew that, or at least I figured. The light and the angle seemed probably wrong for a picture from the back of your house.

Have you read John Ruskin? It seems to me that somewhere (possibly in his essay on the Gothic) he has something that would be useful to think about, re: flourishes like this.

Oh!! regarding the PhD program's closing down. Damn. Perhaps an American Studies program?

2:08 PM  
Blogger Dr. S said...

Because, I mean, studying urban manifestations of folk art (just for example) would kick a lot of ass.

2:09 PM  
Blogger ttractor said...

yeah, I was really, really interested in urban community gardens and vernacular architecture.

My background is in art history (BA) and visual arts management (MA), so Am Studies is just not a good fit. I so wanted to stick the Shaker Museum into my head for a couple of years.

2:54 PM  

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