November 12, 2012 4 Comments
September 30, 2012 Leave a comment
I went to the Harvest Festival today at the University of California Santa Cruz.
Pumpkins! A slaughter house with some old leather restraints still hanging on the walls, but apparently now a laughter house. Pie judging!
August 1, 2012 Leave a comment
One of the central reasons I chose to go to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art during my brief stay in Los Angeles was due to Chris Burden’s exhibit, “Metropolis II.”
Steel beams form an eclectic grid interwoven with an elaborate system of 18 roadways, including one 6 lane freeway, and HO scale train tracks. Miniature cars speed through the city at 240 scale miles per hour; every hour, the equivalent of approximately 100,000 cars circulate through the dense network of buildings. According to Burden, “The noise, the continuous flow of the trains, and the speeding toy cars, produces in the viewer the stress of living in a dynamic, active and bustling 21st Century city.”
It is that, but it’s also a fantasy piece, like the old 1950s sci-fi imaginings of the future. It’s a 21st-century world where all the stressful hustle and the bustle happens in coordination, without pollution, and with a woman centered in the middle to put cars back on the track when they fall off. The intricacy and scale of the work are particularly striking, with some of the fun stemming from watching others watch all the whizzing and whirring.
July 31, 2012 5 Comments
My L.A. hotel was within walking distance of LACMA – the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Well, it was within walking distance for a tourist who thinks it’s okay to forgo the valet parking and engage in twenty minutes of mild exercise.
LACMA was well worth it for several reason, but most of all for Rene Magritte’s “The Treachery of Images (This Is Not a Pipe).” It was my first encounter with Magritte’s 1929 masterpiece and one of those surreal (so to speak) moments, as there wasn’t anyone else in the room. Just me and the not-pipe.
July 8, 2012 2 Comments
826 Valencia is a store in San Francisco that fronts for a literary non-profit, furthering the writing of youngsters (ages 6-18). Plus, they have a fish theater. Enter said store, go to the right, and there’s a four-seat theater in which one can watch the fish.
Don’t think anything goes, though. They do have rules.
June 27, 2012 Leave a comment
My cat Lucy fell asleep on me while we were watching Marilyn Monroe in The Misfits. Because I’m that kind of a man.