I enjoyed the weekend and Friday.
Sunday, January 29, 2017
I was able to see a good film, as well as some art shows, so I was pleased. Friday I woke and took my walk and then determined to do a few art and cinema-related activities. I took the number 6 train up to 96th Street, upon which I walked to 5th Avenue and 92nd Street to the Jewish Museum to see a show called, “Take Me, I’m Yours.” The show featured works that were interactive to the degree that the audience could “take” a part of the exhibition home with them. Some pieces were better and more pertinent than others. All were fairly interesting.
The most famous piece in the show, of course, was the set of candies piled in a corner by Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Viewers are invited to deplete the pieces by taking the candy. It’s actually always beautiful to look at. Only by complete chance, though, did I end up incorporating candy in my “Casual Cruelties” videos, so I tire of hearing the comparison, but it’s fine.
It’s always nice to see a set of Columbia grads in shows. I hope that my age won’t disqualify me from contributing to this conversation. But who knows? In any case, it’s just time to enjoy and keep moving forward with my projects. Life will continue (hopefully) to unfold.
After the Jewish Museum, I traveled back downtown in time to see a film called Panique at the Film Forum. The film was directed by Julien Duvivier, someone of whom I had not heard, but the film was excellent. Very “cinematic” ways that movies today are not. The fate of the beleaguered and wrongly accused Monsieur Hire has many parallels to the way that Hillary Clinton was treated in the 2016 Election. True criminals branded her as a criminal and the mob believed them, due to lies, rumors, and misinformation. The film is rightfully pessimistic about human nature, and especially relevant to the time in which we are stuck, now.
Saturday was a pretty chill day. I’m starting to shop for materials and ideas for my new set of videos. I think I will call them “Success Stories,” and they will all be filmed at playgrounds around the city. I need to fire up all of my cameras and also get any tripods I need, as I’m going to film vignettes starring a man who makes up all of these successful scenarios all by himself. I’m looking forward to it, for sure! This work also has to be done during the Winter, as I need that “certain slant of light” of which Emily Dickinson speaks.
Saturday night I had dinner at Roberta’s Pizza in Bushwick with my partner and a woman who wrote about me for The Tenth Magazine. It was a great dinner. We had romaine salad, delicious fried sweetbreads, winter vegetables and an astounding steak on the bone. It was a magnificent meal!
Sunday was relaxed, as well. I spent a good part of the day at home working on an application for a residency called Session at Recess in Soho. I still need to complete that, including reaching out to people regarding being a reference.