At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.
— from Burnt Norton, T.S.Elliot
I was visiting the Picasso Ceramics exhibit (yes, Picasso did ceramics too!) at the University of Hong Kong Art Museum, and there was this lovely exhibit in the downstairs gallery about the Four Seasons. They had quoted T.S. Elliot poems on the walls, and I really loved this excerpt.
This past weekend I attended a workshop at Yoga Loft in SF by Daria Halprin of the Tamalpa Institute (http://www.tamalpa.org) on Movement and the Life/Art Process. The workshop used movement,drawing, and words to explore embodied awareness and tap into the intelligence of my body.
This drawing was the result of a movement/drawing/sharing exercise in which we were instructed to move in such a way as to explore the question “Where am I physically, emotionally, mentally in my life right now?”. The image of the bird shot with an arrow appeared in my head immediately at the end of the movement exercise, and I drew it almost immediately. Then, we got in groups of three and held our own drawing while another member of the group explored it through movement. It was much more difficult for me to hold this up and watch someone dance my drawing than it was for me to dance someone else’s drawing, despite my aversion to dance. After we watched others dance our drawing, we were then instructed to dance our own drawing.
This was a very special experience for me because I think it was the first time in my life that I’ve ever been referred to as “graceful”.
Fish-heads, Fish-heads, eat ’em up yum!
More backlogged output to share…
I took this class at Kala Institute called “123 Contact” in the Night School series (see http://www.kala.org/class/individual2013/ptgfres/Spertus_NSScience_2.html) on January 8 & 10, 2013. Night School is a series of bite-sized art classes at Kala intended to provide inspiration/processes and to get people off their butt and making stuff. 1-2-3 Contact was a takeoff of “3-2-1 Contact” and used science and scientific drawing etc. as inspiration. Hence the roly-poly fish-heads. Eat ’em up, yum!
The fish print was done by covering the fish in oil (ew) and pressing it onto the paper. Then, we sprinkled chocolate onto it which ended up sticking to the oil.
I have a small backlog of creative output to post, so I’ll probably be interspersing such things with more current endeavors.
I made this quick sketch on my iPad on a plane from San Francisco to Hong Kong around February 2012 (one of many of those flights). I think I used Adobe Ideas, but I don’t quite remember.
I was still thinking about the NY Times article “Death of the Cyber-Flaneur” (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/05/opinion/sunday/the-death-of-the-cyberflaneur.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0) from which I learned of the Flaneur concept (see also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flâneur). I liked the idea of seeing someone walking a turtle through the streets , so I superimposed my little Flâneur dude on a diagram of San Francisco.
As part of my summer architecture program at UC Berkeley, we discussed a related concept, the dérive — basically an experiential walk through a city. (http://www.bopsecrets.org/SI/2.derive.htm) I love traveling and wondering around so maybe I’ll revisit this topic later.
I went on a walk in Tilden park (http://www.ebparks.org/page158.aspx) a couple of weeks ago. I wandered off the trail through a clearing in the direction of the small creek that runs from Jewel Lake. I sat down, pulled out my pencil/charcoal and began to draw the scene in front of me.