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She seems to ask, using T&T parlance: What is
It is question that can be translated as: What is
wrong with you? Why are you looking at me? Yet,
in another sense, it is a question that dares the
viewer to disclose the details of his or her life.
In the painting Music in His Hand, a young man
listens to music via his mobile phone. Viewers in
the gallery watch him but the boy also studies each
viewer, seemingly setting him or her to his own
soundtrack so that every visitor in the exhibition
space unfolds like a cinematic script, each person
a combination of moving image and sound, each
person a walking storyline.
Lee Sing s rendering of largely empty backgrounds
in her paintings heightens the viewer s capacity to
concentrate on her presentations of various faces
She tunes out the particulars of the surroundings
of her subjects and focuses on sharing not only
physical features but also the spirit of the people.
It is a strategy that encourages the viewer to think
about the "background" that is not readily seen,
in other words, the circumstances and history of
In a number of pieces she shows technical com-
petence but paintings such as Peruvian Wealth,
which gives a close-up of a woman, demonstrate
that Lee Sing s practice has room for growth with
more attention needed in her description of mus-
culature and the skeletal frame.
There are visual instances in this exhibition that
stir audiences to think about themselves but viewers
can easily get lost in thoughts about others.
The experience invites a deeper probing and
understanding of not only the people in the room
of the gallery but also those in the wider, shared
room of the world we inhabit.
The film choice improves this Sunday---one hesitates to say it could hardly
get worse, since it usually does. The three top misses (*The Wild Bunch, 3.25
pm TCM, *Take Shelter, 2.20 pm MaxW, and *The Sting, 1 pm TCM), were
recently chosen and so out of it, but the rest of the running includes a very
good sci-fi time-travel action flick
(Looper, 3 pm HBO) and three decent
family flicks (Wreck-It Ralph, 10 am,
Monsters University, 3.30 pm HBOF,
Cool Runnings, 5.30 pm TCM). All six
might have made the cut on either of
the last two Sundays. The week offers
several strong films, some also relatively
recently picked, including a contender
for Paul Newman s best role (*Cool Hand Luke, 4.25 pm Friday, TCM), what
some consider the best Harry Potter (and the Deathly Hallows Part II, 4.10pm
Wednesday, HBO, and again 9 pm Thursday HBOC) and what is certainly
BC on TV s favourite horror of all time (*The Shining, 10 pm Friday TCM
BEST FILM OF THE WEEK). Animation lovers shouldn t miss the best graphic
rendition of the Batman so far (The Dark Knight Returns, 9.40 pm Monday
TODAY'S BEST FILM: Neighbouring Sounds (Kleber Mendonca Filho/
2012/Brazil/Crime-Drama-Art House/131 mins/Rated for ages 16 and over
in T&T) 6.35 pm MaxWest. Watch this if you liked Fruitvale Station, Ne-
braska or The Place Beyond the Pines. When it screened at last year s T&T
Film Festival, editorial director Jonathan Ali described this film s sound de-
sign as "a character in the film." It is. Wind whistling down an empty city
street, the thump-thump of a football against a wall, the rustling of trees as
urchins clamber through them... almost every scene is enriched and defined
by sound so important, it entered the very title. An excellent (if very slow)
script, strong performances and completely non-judgmental assessment of
the social class of its characters make Neighbouring Sounds an accurate por-
trait of modern city life anywhere---and the cinematography is stunning. Art
films are rarely this approachable. Even if English subtitles are unavailable,
the story is comprehensible through just the use of image---and sound. Port-
of-Spain in Portuguese. Exceptional.
REST OF THE WEEK: 25th Hour (Spike Lee/2002/USA/Drama-Crime/135
mins/R for strong language and some violence), 10 pm Monday Max West.
Watch this if you liked Summer of Sam, City of God or 21 Grams. Spike Lee s
drama about a man spending the last day of freedom before beginning serv-
ing a seven-year prison term is one of his best and perhaps his most under-
rated film. Solid performances from Ed Norton, Rosario Dawson and Philip
Seymour Hoffman are pure lagniappe: this is great, gripping drama from a
Glitter (Vondie Curtis-Hall/2001/USA/Drama-Music-Unintentional Com-
edy/104 mins/PG-13 for some sensuality, language and brief violence), 6.27
pm Tuesday HBO Family. Watch this if you liked Pay It Forward, Crossroads
or Life as a House. The only reason you couldn t say Mariah Carey s big
screen self-indulgence isn t the Worst Film of the Century is that there are
still 90-something years of the century left; it was certainly the worst film
of 2001, picking up six Razzies for Worst Actress, Worst Director, Worst
Picture, Worst Screen Couple (Mariah Carey s cleavage), Worst Screenplay
and Worst Supporting Actor. It s so spectacularly bad, it becomes good again---
as accidental comedy. All the Hollywood gods should have feet of such enter-
BEST OF THE REST: Mon: Down in the Valley, 7.45 pm MaxW; Tues: Ben
Hur, 4.45 pm TCM; Wed: American History X, 10 pm TCM; Thurs: Beetle-
juice, 3 pm MaxW; Fri: Dead Calm, 6.45 pm TCM; Sat: The Tuskegee Air-
men, 6.45 am HBOC.
*Starred films have been chosen in the last three months. Scheduled
Internet times often vary on the day, particularly around month-end.
Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt August 3, 2014
A Trifecta of the Week's Best Films on the Box
Mariah Carey, the star of Glitter.
All that Glitters
What's your story?
Honey Skin by Reah Lee Sing.
PHOTO: MEDULLA ART GALLERY
brick-and-mortar retail outlets---
are a global phenomenon and
T&T has become one of the sites
of this trend.
They are not only a means of
overcoming the challenges of
overheads such as rent, but they
are also a way to build customer
relationships. In an article for
Fortune Magazine online, CEO
of Storefront, a marketplace for
short-term retail space, Erik Elia-
son says: "Retail now is about
the experience and connecting
customers with makers or
Using the strategy of the pop-
up shop, a local collective of
artists and designers known as
the Coterie aims to offer an inti-
mate shopping experience that
connects the public with the cre-
ators and their products.
The Coterie comprises Micha
Gomes, jewelry designer; Ashley
Thompson, who specialises in
landscape and seascape oil paint-
ings; and Aisling Camps, who
draws on her background in
mechanical engineering to pro-
duce climate-friendly knitwear.
The Coterie will occupy Vamp
Boutique at 12 Mucurapo Road,
St James, from August to October
2014. The pop-up experience will
be launched on August 8, from
5--8 pm and the shop will open
each weekend---Fridays and Sat-
urdays from 10 am--6 pm.
Along with works by Gomes,
Thompson and Camps, the group
has plans to feature different cre-
ative practitioners. The launch
event will put a spotlight on
designer Meiling and Team M.
Artists pop up at Vamp
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