Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Laying Low


I'm trying to drink in the signs of spring that surround us. Plants are bursting out of the ground, the trees are sashed in greenery and our neighbor's cherry tree is aglow in its annual display. After a busy day, it's a welcomed sight outside my bedroom window.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

An Artistic Exchange


I attended a conversation recently at Leslie Tonkonow's gallery between Laurel Nakadate and Rick Moody about Laurel's evocative photographic project Stranger and Relations and how this series came to be. In real life, Laurel and Rick are married and she is expecting their first child. Listening to their thoughtful exchanges was poignant and lovely and made the wonderful images she created even more vivid and compelling.
I appreciate every opportunity to learn from talented people. Food for the heart, the mind and the soul.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Nacissus Time


The ground under my seat brings back the pleasures of sitting outside. Spring's arrival did not come a moment too soon!  As I contemplate a move in the year to come, who knows where 2017 will find me...

Monday, March 21, 2016

In praise of disruption


This evening I made my way to Arts Westchester to attend a talk by the Gorilla Girls, a collective of determined and dynamic women who seek to challenge the status quo to raise awareness of the lack of women, people of color and marginalized populations all ignored by the cultural institutions of our time.

Years back, their subversive actions in the forms of billboards and posters shattered the complacency of the art world. Why were there so few women artists represented on gallery walls? At auction, women's work commanded prices that reflected their lower status in the business of buying and selling art.

Most days despite whatever difficulties cross my path, I am grateful that my daughters are not forced to wear burkas and enjoy the same civil liberties of my son.  As long as women are valued less than men, that gay people, people of color and transgendered status have less economic opportunity than whites and experience social injustice, gatherings like this remind me that our skewed society requires reform, awareness and change.

(and their provocative thoughts reproduced below...)

Thursday, March 17, 2016

9-5


I''m working a regular routine now and I'm starting to get the hang of it. Spending more time away from the house than in it during the daylight hours and I'm meeting a lot of people, visiting firms and retailers and learning a different industry. Sometimes you can teach an old(er) dog some new tricks.