Installation Setup for "Casual Cruelties" Series

Three Screens

Ouch. I need to catch up on my journaling.

Morning Walk Music: "Top of the World" by The Carpenters
Morning Walk Music: “Top of the World” by The Carpenters

Monday, November 21, 2016

I’m not terribly behind, but I need to enter Friday and this weekend if I choose. Maybe the weekend will slip. I can easily just enter Friday, but that was a unique day, so we shall see how I feel.

Today I’m headed uptown with one more screen. For some reason, I want to show my “Casual Cruelties” videos on three screens instead of even two, for more impact. I have a good number of visitors coming in these last few weeks of school, so it’s good,that I planned the semester out properly and am very, very well on the way to having the (initial?) nine videos complete. If all displays correctly, it’s a matter of polishing. That makes me wonder– since I couldn’t show the pieces in public — whether I’ll make them part of my First-year show. We’ll see.

Taco on 23rd Street and 6th Avenue
Taco on 23rd Street and 6th Avenue

I’m again quite proud of myself because for this semester I have mostly been able to accomplish what I set out to do, at least artistically.

Today after performing some fixes for the videos in terms of presentation, I watched my preferred “hot topics” section of the Wendy Williams show, and then went to Best Buy to purchase one more 24-inch smart TV.

Per some reason, I envisioned the installation for my casual cruelties series to encompass three monitors. I wanted to make sure that I would still be able to buy a model that was similar to the two I had previously bought weeks ago. For a moment it seemed like the store was out, but thankfully the saleswoman was able to procure a monitor for me.

96th Street Station, NYC
96th Street Station, NYC

I took the monitor uptown and then spent an hour or two arranging and reconstructing my modular wooden structure that I have now used for my videos and for the presentation of those videos.

It’s obvious that for the cold weather of the late fall and winter season I will have to institute a ritual of undressing for my time in my studio. The heat is extremely effective and perhaps too much so. I’ll have to bring up a pair of shorts and I’ve already employed a pair of slippers to walk around the studio building.

Today I also have to remember to register for my classes for next semester. I’ll have to make sure that I choose classes that are carefully curated to lessen the time I have to be at school later in the week. I have to decide whether or not I want to go forward with my teaching assistantship, although the time is starting to dwindle before I can successfully withdraw without annoying the faculty, for sure.

My faculty visitor — an internationally famous artist — was stuck in Mexico, so he had to cancel our studio visits. I’m not particularly enthusiastic about rescheduling these types of visits, but it’s out of my control.

Later in the evening, I had a visit with a curator from a foundation started by a couple of prominent art collectors. The couple owns a museum on seventh Avenue and an exhibition space for the foundation. We connected on our shared interest in the California artist, Jack Goldstein.

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