This inexplicable phenomenon has been on my mind lately. What is it exactly - past, present, future? Why does our experience of it vary and how does it move through, around, behind and beyond us all at once? How does it seem to get away from us when we are occupied with living? Does it move faster at certain points in our life, slower at others? It's maddening and fascinating and I think I must stop thinking about it or else do something about all this thinking - before the time escapes me.
"... time is not a linear flow, as we think it is, into past, present, and future. Time is an indivisible whole, a great pool in which all events are eternally embodied and still have their meaningful flash of supernormal or extra-sensory perception, and glimpse of something that happened long ago in our linear time." - Frank WatersMountain Dialogues, 1981
Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.
If all time is eternally present
All time is unredeemable.
What might have been is an abstraction
Remaining a perpetual possibility
Only in a world of speculation.
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.
Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose-garden.
T.S. Eliot - excerpt from Burnt Norton No. 1 of " Four Quartets"
Erykah Badu made it back to Richmond last Friday night for the first time in 18 months.
And even after paying 40-45 bucks a ticket (75 for gold circle elitists), waiting for hours in 90+ degree heat (on the 9th street asphalt) - sitting through an opening act, a thunderstorm and a very tardy Badu & band, the crowd (me) could not have been more thrilled when Erykah finally hit the stage.
She manifested after dark sporting a vintage 1950's dress (complete with black lace crinoline), 4 inch patent booties, leather arm bands and a foot high blond mohawk.
It was a surprisingly shorter Badu appearance but who's complaining - she was amazing and held court like a queen.
I danced and sang and paid my respects for the duration.
The Strassen Kunst (Street Art) exhibit opened July 23rd at Artspace. A hand picked group of graffiti artists from a variety of locations across the East coast slipped in and out of the gallery throughout the week prior to opening night. They worked their magic on the down low and I was only able to catch two artists who would actually allow me to photograph them (at least partially).
This is Part 1 of the exhibit. Part 2 opens on Friday, August 27th with the Strassen Kunst international competition in the smaller galleries - the street artists work will remain in the Main Gallery through September as well.
7/19/10 Artspace members prep the space so the artists can create on the walls of the gallery:
7/21/10 Artists put finishing touches on their works:
The exhibit includes graffiti by street artists: Ottomatik, Reti, Daniel Johnson, Elegwa Wycliff, Hamilton Glass (HAM?), Gee Cheung, Megan Mueller, Good Child/Tender Hooligan, Dr. Bastard and Keeley Laures - all in the Main Gallery.
The curator of the exhibit, Martin McFaddin, is showing his photographs of Berlin street art in the Helena Davis and Frable galleries - these exquisitely detailed images are inkjet prints on vinyl. The vinyl's texture along with the saturated quality of the work and the immediacy of the imagery makes for a uniquely active viewing experience; the work lures the viewer into the graffitied environment and the colorful layers inspire contemplation. Here is a sampling of Martin's work
"Kreuzberg Cemetary" 24X86
"Park Bench" 24X36
"Kreuzberg Playground" 24X36
7/23/10: 4th Friday Opening Night
This edgy exhibit is definitely worth the trip and the time - there has never been one like it in these parts! Thanks to Martin McFaddin, president of Artspace, for conceptualizing and organizing the exciting two month event.
Artspace Gallery in Richmond, VA. makes continuous efforts to connect with the community. Dan Mouer, an Artspace member, organizes these efforts and connected with Ashland Coffee & Tea for this Summer's outreach mission.
The show is comprised of Artspace members work and gives the Ashland, VA. folks a sampling of the variety of artists and work associated with the Artspace Gallery.
The work can be found in the coffee house's "Listening Room" where they always have a great line up of talented musicians who perform in the evenings.
These works will be hanging through the month of August.