Sunday, August 10, 2014

Gustav Klimt plus Lana del Rey

Isn't this picture beautiful?
Lana del Rey is amazing. She's very melancholy—almost too much so for anyone past their 20s. We grownups (i.e. displaced children having a "Freaky Friday" experience) have to keep our keels even. But when I get in the right mood, my favorite Lana del Rey videos are "National Anthem," "Ride" and the Cedric Gervais remix of "Summertime Sadness." That remix is an irresistible song to dance to, as I recently learned at the wedding of my friends Jessica and Zach.

Gustav Klimmt was very interesting. His gold technique makes his photos shine beautifully, but the implied metal also makes a kind of armor that keeps the viewer from connecting with his subjects. We admire the beauty of the people in his photos, but we don't wish we knew them. I think. You can probably convince me otherwise.