To quote the master Victorian writer Edward Bulwer-Lytton: “It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents – except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind…”
Judging by the fraction of a second between light and sound, I’m 95 percent confident that lightning has been striking the field across the street. Other than this little late night distraction, it’s been a great weekend. I am thoroughly delighted with the sporting outcomes of the past two days. In particular, I’m glad Anderson Silva shut Chael Sonnen up with a knockout. Roger Federer finally gets his 17th title and is back atop the tennis world after losing out to Djokovic/Nadal for the last few years. It’s a joy watching the greatest of all time, especially someone with as much class as Federer, win in what many consider the waning moments of a career. Moving on…
On Saturday, I went with a friend to check out the Nashville Downtown Art Crawl, which is a once-a-month event where all the galleries around 5th Avenue host free gallery viewings. It’s not my typical weekend routine but there were a lot of neat stuff, not to mention the free wine and food. Usually I go to art museums to look at famous works on a checklist, and I end up not appreciating some of the lesser known paintings in the gallery. Here, most artists were up and coming so it was a lot easier to slow down and enjoy the creativity of the pieces. I took a few photos of my favorites and left links for the other ones I liked:
This was probably my favorite piece of the evening and I really connected with it. It kind of gives a new meaning to having a lot on your mind. The title is actually “Balancing Art on My Head” but my original interpretation was that he is thinking about all the shapes/sizes things come in. The blue pyramid at the bottom seems to indicate that these things can be overwhelming to ponder; imagine the pain of having all these weights concentrated to a point on your mind. Quick disclaimer: I did start drinking wine at this point so it might have been that as well.
I enjoyed this chimeric combination of music instruments as well. I have always liked paintings composed of several different, but related things. The painter, Ev Niewoehner, also had a few paintings of guitars that reminded me of The Persistence of Memory. I guess the sound of music in the air fades just like time does every single ticking second.
Seven Deadly Sins (David Farmerie): I didn’t manage to snap a picture of these since they were quite popular. It’s a very creative series of photographs illustrating each of the Seven Sins. At the exhibition though, there was an eighth photograph entitled The Eighth Sin. Unfortunately, it’s not shown on the website but it does give you something to think about. I think I have an answer to what the Eighth Sin is, so I will probably blog about it in the near future.
Other Cool Things: