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Museu da Fundação Ricardo Espírito Santo e Silva by KotomiCreations
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FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT, Living Room from the Francis W. Little House, Wayzata, Minnesota (1912-1914). The room is nowadays re-installed as close to it´s original appearance as possible at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Photo copyright by Scandinavian Collectors 2016.

What should you do in your 20s to avoid regret in your 30s and 40s?

The scariest thing about getting older isn’t aging. It’s watching all the possibilities life had when you were younger are start to decay. Virtually every day you’ll be hit with the question, “So this is it, huh?” and the sickening realization that you understand people who commit suicide more and more with each passing day. Life takes on an increasingly meaningless and tedious feeling as you get into your 30s.

One of the best ways to get through these doldrums is to have an interest you really care about outside of work, friends and family. Something that no matter how much your life sucks you can still do and find satisfaction and meaning in and nobody can take away from you. The thing is, it takes time to nurture a hobby so that has this effect. The better you get at something, the more you tend to enjoy doing it. Being able to do something at an advanced level usually increases the value and satisfaction derived from your work. For example, how much more would you enjoy woodworking if you had tremendous skill and could build wildly beautiful museum grade furniture that people would cherish rather than another crappy birdhouse? How much more would you enjoy playing piano if you could play Chopin like a concert pianist instead of just Ode to Joy?

Of course you can start a hobby at any age, but it’s a lot easier to get to the point where it really starts paying dividends if you put in the hours in your 20s. I know so many 30 year olds who don’t do anything besides watch tv and drink. All the hobbies they used to have were motivated primarily by a desire to impress the opposite sex and without that energy they just don’t care about anything. They’ll usually pop out a couple kids to make their life feel like it has some kind of purpose. But that’s a selfish and reckless reason to have kids. If that’s your reason for having kids, that they’re essentially a form entertainment you’re using to fill the existential void in your heart, then you’re probably not going to find what you want in parenting.

More than anything in your 20s, it’s important to find at least one thing you do for no other reason than because you want to do it and you think it’s important to the world. It doesn’t have to be mind blowingly critical to the human race. What matters is that you care about it and think it has value. You have to think it’s worth doing for its own sake and do it for that reason, too, not because you think it will make your life better. Finding meaning in life is like finding happiness: you can’t walk right at it or it’ll run away. Do something you would still do even if ever other person on Earth was dead, something you could do without an audience and be happier just knowing that it happened.

In Kaari Upson’s recent work, she transforms the soft, flaccid forms of upholstered furniture into solid sculptures. To make the work on view in the 2017 Biennial, she worked from a sectional sofa she found in a Las Vegas tract home and then left in the driveway behind her Los Angeles studio for a year and a half, casting its sections in urethane again and again. In this studio visit, she discusses her process.

The 2017 Biennial is on partial view through July 16.

Detail of an ancient Egyptian wooden chest, showing a king making an offering to the crocodile-god Sobek, with a demotic inscription above.  Artist unknown; 1st cent. BCE (end of the Ptolemaic or beginning of the Roman period).  Now in the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore.  Photo credit: Walters Art Museum.

IKEA! With batboys

I just really like IKEA so I decided to make an IKEA Headcanon for the batboys :)))

Dick: 

  • Man does he love IKEA 
  • Takes a video of the whole IKEA trip 
  • Makes puns out of furniture names 
  • You guys secretly jump on the beds 
  • You buy a carpet for no reason 
  • You don’t really need it but it’s IKEA so why not 
  • Eat cinnamon rolls 
  • He has no idea what smorgasbord is 
  • You don’t either
  •  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 
  • You pretend like you’re a model 
  • Have a photo shoot with the furniture 
  • You consider getting something for Bruce
  • You get him a shoe organizer 
  • The man has a lot of shoes

Jason:

  • Doesn’t really know what the big deal about IKEA is
  • Thinks it’s kinda ridiculous
  • Prefers rooms to go
  • Can’t help but joke about the names too
  • “Surprisingly Swedish pizza is good”
  • “SWEDISH FISH?! HOLY SHIT!”
  • You want to buy something but you’re broke
  • Even the shower curtains are expensive
  • You finally find something affordable
  • Some bitch fights you for it
  • “GET OUT OF MY FACE DONNA I SAW IT FIRST”
  • You start a fight
  • Jason holds your hoops
  • You get kicked out
  • Somehow you both saw it coming
  • You sneak back in for cinnamon rolls
  • Because they’re really good

Tim:

  • Best behavior
  • More of a museum instead of a furniture store
  • You find a nice couch
  • It’s like $500
  • “Nope”
  • “Moving on”
  • Tim finds a beanbag chair
  • He likes it
  • He buys it
  • Thinks about getting something nice for Bruce
  • But he can probably buy the whole store, so you say nah
  • Plus Dick and his s/o already bought him a shoe organizer so…
  • “Where’s the Sofia Vergara collection?”
  • “That’s rooms to go, Timmy”
  • “Whoops”
  • Swedish salad was good

Damian:

  • Hates IKEA at first
  • “LOOK THEY KILL COWS!”
  • Nearly burns all the cowhide rugs.
  • “We are not coming here again.”
  • “I bet they kill all animals”
  • “No damian they don't”
  • “Yeah they do”
  • Lots of facepalming
  • You buy stationery for Alfred
  • Gardening section is damian’s favorite
  • Buys lots of gardening things
  • Buys a gazebo
  • “Your dad is gonna be mad”
  • “It’s just a gazebo, who doesn’t love gazebos?”
  • “Your dad”
  • Buys a lamp
  • Buys jason and his s/o a nightstand
  • They don’t need one but oh well

(If you want you can add on to the Headcanon!)