Saturday, September 16, 2006

What to do on a rainy day

It has been raining for days now, grey skies for almost a full week, downpours, thunderstorms, drizzle and garden variety steady rain. It started on Saturday and didn’t really break until Friday. Sun makes everything better, but if you can’t have sun, here are a few things that help; Charles Trenet (French Chanteur of the 40's and 50's), 60's Ethiopian Jazz (Mulatu Astatqe), Putamayo’s Cape Verde (Blend of African and Portuguese folk), drinking coffee, having lots of homework to do so that you don’t even realize its been raining for four days now, screwing it and just going for a leisurely walk in the rain and letting the baby explore puddles, drain pipes and sewers, being happy for the plants in the garden, sleeping in and probably a million other things that I don’t have to think about now because it is sunny and 80.

I started off the semester with a trip to the Chicago Institute of Art and a walking tour of some of Chicago’s outdoor sculpture. We saw the Picasso sculpture , the "Four Seasons" Chagall mosaic (although the rain and the pigeons living on top of it distracted from it’s splendor) and sculpture by Calder, Miro and Henry Moore. I was struck by a figural glass sculpture, Repose in Amber, by Martin Blank (who worked under Chihuly) and its textures and shell-like colors as well as the Mother and child images of Mary Cassatt at the Institute. (Yes, it made me pine for little Pet who stayed back with Dada and Juju).

I also started my book arts survey which takes place at the special collection room at the university library. They have a replica of the Book of Kells and other illuminated manuscripts and prayer books from pre Renaissance as well as a multitude of livre d’artistes, an early graphic novel by Lynd Ward and one of a kind books by artists that incorporate pop-up, sculptural elements, text, digital images, drawings, found objects and just about anything else. It was fun debating the future of the book and why book arts may be the "quintessential 20th century art form." Hey, it beats arguing with Sir Juji about why he must stop flooding his sandbox and stuffing his clean clothes behind his bed.

4 comments:

monpon said...

Hey, If anyone out there knows how to do links in the text of the blog w/o the url, let me know.

sp1ral said...

What browser are you using? If you don't see a row of buttons above the box where you type the text of your blog entry, then type link text wherever you want a link. Let me know if that makes sense or not...

sp1ral said...

oops. it converted my instructions into a link! heh.

you need to type the html which is (without the spaces) < a href="http://" > link text < / a>

monpon said...

Gottcha, I think! Thanks Madam Spiral, I oh so love a tech mind:)