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Hello Lovelies,

I am sure you have been wondering what has happened to OfTheNow, it may have seemed that we have abandoned you, but I assure nothing could be further from the truth! OfTheNow is better than ever before with a new look and new address, yes that’s right we have moved! Please update your readers, RSS feeds and blog rolls to http://ofthenow.ca

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From Scribbles to Sculpture: When a Pencil Isn’t Just a Pencil

Conjoined Hearts by Dalton Ghetti Image via http://kronikle.kidrobot.com

Typically the role of a pencil in the art-sphere is that of a tool, one that is used to start a project, sketch it out, shade in areas and get the ball rolling. More often than not, that tool is found strewn on studio floors, broken on drafting tables, half-sharpened, or worn down to the nib. But when  Dalton Ghetti gets ahold of the wood and graphite tool, he turns a pencil into something special, something intricate and something that can take years to create. Ghetti transforms a pencil from a tool to make art, into art itself.

Hand Saw by Dalton Ghetti Image via http://kronikle.kidrobot.com

He carves miniscule sculptures out of the tip of pencils and has been doing so for 25 years. His tools are that of a razor blade, sewing needle and sculpting knife. The detail of his work is impressive to say least, especially due to the scale of his canvas. One would think a magnifying glass would be his most prized possession and the key to his work, but one would be wrong.

Dalton Ghetti at work Image via http://kronikle.kidrobot.com

Elvis Bust by Dalton Ghetti Image via http://kronikle.kidrobot.com

The 49-year-old craftsman shuns a magnifying glass and relies simply on a steady hand, skill and patience, patience the majority of us in the technological world of instant messaging, social media and the likes simply cannot comprehend.

Some of his sculptures can take years to finish, especially with the more complicated pieces, such as the 23-link chain he created in the middle of a pencil. Last year he finished a series of 26 pencils, each one with a letter of the alphabet carved into its tip. The series took two and a half years.

23 Chain Link Conjoined Pencil by Dalton Ghetti Image via http://sarahpaolucci.wordpress.com/

Alphabet by Dalton Ghetti Image via http://kronikle.kidrobot.com

“When I’m inspired, I can sit down and things just flow,” said Ghetti to NY Daily News. “You can’t force yourself to do those things. I do it just for fun, it’s pretty much like a hobby, a kind of meditation work that I do.”

His work is based on creative passion and attention to detail. He uses a sewing needle to make holes or dig into the graphite, scratch and create lines all while slowly turning he pencil slowly in his steady hand.

But why a pencil?

“The pencil tip is great; it’s like a pure, very homogenous material,” he said to the New York Times. “It cuts in the same direction, not like wood, which has a grain. But when I tell people how long it takes, that’s when they don’t believe it. That’s what amazes people more, the patience. Because everything nowadays has to be fast, fast, fast.”

Mini Mailbox by Dalton Ghetti Image via http://kronikle.kidrobot.com

Is there a market for Ghetti’s work, most definitely. Does that matter to him? Not at all. Ghetti does not sell any of his pieces, but he will gift them to friends.

The New Britain Museum of American Art has Ghetti’s entire collection (to date) on display until Aug. 29 as part of its “Meticulous Masterpieces” show.  A perfect fit indeed.

What’s next for Ghetti, well he is working on his biggest project ever, one he thinks will take him 10 years to finish, but it will be worth it. Ghetti is creating one rice-grain sized tear drop for each of the 9/11 vicitms.
“The idea is, as you walk in, you’ll see a huge tear drop far away,” he told the New York Tmes. “As you walk up close to it, you’ll see that it’s made up of tiny little ones. So I make one a day. I was watching the whole thing from Sherwood Island State Park, and I broke down and cried all day. I had a vision about doing something about it, and that’s what I came up with. It’ll probably take about 10 years to do it.”

Heart on a Chain by Dalton Ghetti Image via http://kronikle.kidrobot.com

UNADULTERATED–BEAUTY EXCLUSIVE–

Photographer:  TOMAAS
Represented by: Robert Bacall Reps
Hair: Seiji  Uehara
Make-up: Emi Koizumi
Model: Alexandrina Turcan Major Models

Protect Me From What I Want….

© Jenny Holzer

“Protect Me From What I Want.” Hmm an interesting and somehow incredibly relevant statement to most everyone living even slightly comfortable in the industrial world. It’s the kind of phrase that should be etched into our bathroom mirrors, so it is the first thing we see every morning, and then again on the fridge door, and the front dor and where we leave our keys… I think you get my point.

How many times have we planned to save up for the future only to find some new garment hanging in our closets, gadgets crowding our cupboards and new gizmos in the garage?

We are nothing if not consumers, and I admit it. I am the first to acknowledge my impulsive shopping habits, I am generally pleased with all of them, but they are not helping me vacation in the South of France or buy a house any faster. But, my dears I am not hear to preach to you, I am actually here to tell you about artist Jenny Holzer and her recent collaboration with Keds sneakers.

Holzer has been creating provocative text based art since 1977 ( and anyone who reads OfTheNow, knows this is one of my favourite obsessions).

© Jenny Holzer Florence 1996

If you visit her site, which you should, prepare yourself to loose hours in her powerful work. Short phrases, some her own, some borrowed  from great authors such as the Polish Nobel laureate Wislawa Szymborska, Henri Cole (USA), Elfriede Jelinek (Austria), Fadhil Al-Azawi (Iraq), Yehuda Amichai (Israel) and Mahmoud Darwish (Palestine) are projected onto historic and beautiful buildings and the like.

But now Holzer is putting her work on a new kind of canvas…the canvas of the original sneaker…Keds. The phrase “Protect Me From What I Want” will adorn the hi and lo-top iconic Champion styles Keds.

© Keds

And the money from the sale of the shoes will go towards the Whitney Museum of American Art . It has been said that your shoes say a lot about you, it could not run more true with Holzer’s original Keds.

These special Keds will be available on line from July 8 to August 31, 2010 at Keds.com and Bloomingdales.com.

© Keds

© Keds

REMINDER!!! THE SELBY IS HERE!!!

Hi All

Just a quick note: Todd Selby is here TODAY!

Don’t forget to make your way to the Bloor St Holt Renfrew between noon and 1:30pm to meet him, buy a book, and maybe even get it signed!

The Invited Peeping Tom: The Selby Is In Your Place

© The Selby

As some of you know I was in NYC a few weeks ago, and on my little escapade I picked up The Selby book, but what you don’t know is this is my kind of porn! The Selby book, as The Selby website does, plays Peeping Tom into the homes and lives of people we want to know about.

Now if I was in NYC a few weeks ago, why has it taken me so long to finally get to this? Not because I was avoiding, but because I wanted to take my time pouring over the pages and devouring as much as I could  of the over 40 homes and people Selby photographed before I turned it over to you lovely ones. Like I said, this is my kind of porn.

First off let me say, the first page of the book is a page of stickers, which equals an immediate 10 points.

© The Selby

The hard cover book titled The Selby Is in Your Place was conceived when fashion and interiors photographer, Todd Selby (bless his soul) started taking snaps of people in their homes, musicians, fashion folk, surfers, you name it, if they are interesting they are in the book.

But Selby doesn’t take the staged/propped shots magazines do when they profile people in their homes. He takes intimate shots of their tchotchkes, pets, gardens, shoes, closets, bathrooms with the toilet seat up, and basically all things that make them the individuals that they are.

© The Selby Helena Christensen in her to die for kitchen

But he isn’t taking photos of a la lifestyles of the rich and famous, it’s not a book filled with lavish boudoirs and hallways that seem to go on for miles and miles. The people and places are real, famous or not, rich or not, there is something mesmerizing about each and everyone of them.

This book is every voyeur and exhibitionist’s dream, it’s a true peak into the lives of others.

© The Selby. Photographer Retts Wood in her houseboat in London, which happens to be Todd Selby's favourite home in this book

It’s as if Selby isn’t even there, like the photographs somehow magically took themselves and they just are. He also annotates the photographs with little hand-written notes and drawings about what things are, where they were found, or who made them.

Another fun little peak into the lives of others is the mini-hand-written questionnaires Selby gives his subjects, with questions like “What are your 8 favourite things to collect?” and “Who is your favourite Garbage Pail Kid?” Not so typical questions, but this is not your typical interiors type of book.

© The Selby

When you read through it and devour the pages like I did, prepare to spend countless hours day dreaming about Todd Selby in your place, or dreaming you lived in the homes of people like potter/interior designer Jonathan Adler and Barney’s creative director Simon Doonan (they have a brass Hermès sign above their toilet), or model/fashion designer Erin Wasson (her dining room table/desk will have you salivating at the mouth),or uber cool Purple Magazine editor, Olivier Zahm‘s collection of books and colgne.

© The Selby Jonathan Adler and Barney's creative director Simon Doonan's home

© The Selby. Erin Wasson in her living/dining room

I could keep naming amazing people with amazing places in the book, but I won’t, because you should just go out and get it!

Oh and Todd Selby, sorry I couldn’t critiques the book, I just love it too much.

PS If you happen to live in Toronto and love this as much as I do, Todd Selby will be signing books at the Bloor St Holt Renfrew June 16 from 12:o0 pm-1:30 pm.

Power Ball 2010 Where All The Animals Came Out to Play

Bartending panda bears, boys dresses in wrestling uniforms and snow cones filled with tequila and grape flavour were just a few of the sights and treats that awaited guests at the twelfth annual Power Ball held at the Power Plant Gallery last Thursday, June 3, 2010.

Some guests were dressed to the nines, some were in casual jeans and T’s and some were in full costume. There was most certainly plenty of visual stimulation to tantalize the eyes and an open bar to blur them a bit.

Gorgeous actress Amy Lalonde & her equally gorgeous fiance Marc Montemurro

Power Ball 2010, as with the Power Balls of the past, was stacked to the brim full of Toronto’s fashion, entertainment and arts community to support the charity event.

Some of the guests included artist Bruno Billio, fashion designers Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong from Greta Constantine, Jeremy Laing and OfTheNow friend and favourite Rita Liefhebber.

Me in a Rita Liefhebber Spring 2010 skirt and Rita Liefhebber in her Spring 2010 silk shorts

Power Ball 2010 sold out quickly this year, and the numbers were evident from the more than packed house, everywhere you turned there were a million people. Most of them laughing and drinking, or indulging in some sweet treats from the stocked candy store that you had no choice but to walk through.

Photo by Stefania Yarhi of http://torontotextstyles.blogspot.com/

Other visual tantalizers included a performance art room littered with porn, drag queens, musical acts and “sexy wrestling twins”, odd yes, but it goes with the territory.

Photo by Stefania Yarhi of http://torontotextstyles.blogspot.com/

Proceeds from Power Ball support the Power Plant’s world renowned exhibitions and programs, and gives the rest of  us a great reason to get dressed up and celebrate the arts with our friends.