Friday, March 19, 2010

Top 5 with Hadley Holliday

It's another Top 5 Friday and this week we have one of my favorite artists, Hadley Holliday! Besides being one of my favorite artists, she also happens to be one of my favorite people. Sadly, she is among the great friends Adam & I left behind when we left LA and moved to Brooklyn. I used to love meeting up for walks around Elysian Park- I miss those walks! I'm beginning to think we need to start planning a trip back to visit. But in the meantime, at least we have two of her paintings to look at every day. 

But, back to the Top 5! I love doing these posts. Otherwise, I would have never known one of Hadley's favorite films was The Piano or she has a little crush on Benicio del Toro (as do I!). So here they are...

Top 5 Films
1. The Royal Tenenbaums - great soundtrack too!
2. The Piano - I love the part when he finds the hole in her stocking. So hot.
3. Days of Heaven - Sam Shepard in the grass.
4. The films of Oscar Fischinger - geometric shapes conjure visual music.
5. Romeo and Juliet - why don't more production designers do cool stuff like Catherine Martin?

Top 5 Books
1. Franny and Zooey, J.D. Salinger. I'm looking forward to any "lost" writings that might surface now that the old curmudgeon has passed on. My tattered old hard cover is a prized possession.
2. Orlando - The oddball novel by Virginia Woolf, not really anything like her other books, supremely absurd and beautiful, full of magical imagery.
3. Anything by Italo Calvino, fiction and non.
4. A Room with a View, E.M. Forster. I've been working my way through all his books recently, just finishing with Maurice. A Room with a View is such a pleasure with it's religion of beauty and joy. While the movie is good (featuring a very pale and naked Julian Sands running jubilantly through the mud) the book is better.
5. Trout Fishing in America, by Richard Brautigan. All sorts of bits of writings gathered together - some about trout streams, some not. In one a boy has noticed a waterfall off in the distance of his neighborhood. Finally he decides to go fishing. He gathers all that he thinks he might need and hikes to the waterfall. On reaching it he realizes that it is actually a flight of white painted stairs. He knocks on the wood.
Oops here's # six...
6. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. Like the Road this book features moments of grotesque violence surrounded by lengthy descriptions of landscape. The contrast is sublime.

Top 5 Artworks
1. Lygia Clark,  Projeto para um planeta, from the series Bichos (creatures),1963
2. Richard Long, England, 1968 - flower power!
3. Andre Cadere, 1973 film stills with his Barre de Bois

4. Artist unknown, Sristi (creation of the universe) 18th cent, western India (wish i could go see the current exhibition of Jain manuscripts at the Met)

5. Roman Opalka's ongoing project, 1965 / 1 – ∞

Top 5 Crushes of All Time
1. Jeff Bridges, man
2. P.J. Harvey
3. Benicio del Torro - We stood next to him at the Pixies concert- he's surprisingly tall.

4. Robert Plant - if I could time travel just to party it would be with Led Zep.
4. Maggie Gyllenhall

5 words to describe falling in love...

And now...some of my favorite paintings by Hadley, although it was really hard to narrow it down. I really do love every single piece she makes. Every single one. Please check out the rest of her work on her website
 "Mirror Mirror" 2009
 "Just a Perfect Day" 2008
 "Love with the Proper Stranger" 2008
Detail of "Love with the Proper Stranger"
Untitled 2008

For more on Hadley, check out the latest feature on Style Section L.A.
And in case you missed my previous posts on Hadley, you can see them here and here.


AlicePleasance said...

Love her work! And these Top 5 features are always so nice too :-)

Jennifer said...

Too funny, I have a post about Hadley set up to publish Saturday.
Fun reading this.

Geisslein said...

Harvey Keitel was SO SEXY in "the piano" - ohohohhhh... ;o)
and Jeff Bridges is one of my favorites too - an ageless sexy man!

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