Weekend of 3 Feb thru 6 Feb, 2011
First my friends I need to jump right into music, because when I close my eyes music sounds like visual art. Jacaranda Concerts are having two nights of activity at Zipper Hall at the Colburn School. Perhaps I should phrase it “Jacaranda will activate the physical space of Zipper Hall and transform the concert hall into a site of social and cultural exploration on Thursday and Friday of this week.”
The wonder of this is for $25 you can hear some of the best musicians in the city playing tremendously fine music. (“The City? Pshaw!!,” he shouted from the stands, “Several of the best musicians in the World!”) Visit the darn website and check this out. I’ll be there Thursday because it fits my schedule, but each day features a different program.
So why the Ernst Krenek image above? Along with Thomas Ades’ “Piano Quintet,” Heitor Villa Lobos’ The Jet Whistle,” Charles Ives “Piano Sonata No. 2,” and a bunch of equally compelling offerings, on Friday night pianist Mikhail Korahev will play Krenek’s “George Washington Variations.” I am stoked.
Oh! Black Mountain!? Neat, neat stuff. Here for instance is a link to Josef Albers’ 1934 Bulletin No. 2 “Concerning Art Instruction,” and here is “Views of and from the college,” 1933 and 1934 complete with vintage photos of the Black Mt. neighborhood and campus.
Ooh! “The Ruse of the Medusa” is a 1948 lyric comedy in one act by Erik Satie. Yes, I’ve gotten off track. Hell – I’ve been off the rails for a long time. Go with it, I say.
“I want to congratulate you upon the work you are doing. You are here as a little community to work with your hands and your brains, which is a good thing for you. What is done out of pleasure is much better done than what is done out of duty. If you had to climb mountains out of duty, you would not mount these high mountains. I think that is also true with the high mountains of the spirit.” This is Albert Einstein, from the 1943 ” Opinions About Black Mountain,” in the document “Graduation at Black Mountain.”
Keep this in mind if you start to think of art as a career. It’s a life, not a job.
But back to the weekend.
If I got to choose what I do with my time (and I do) I’d spend much of Friday night at Workspace seeing Cameron Crone’s exhibition “Object, Image, Room, Wood, etc.” The show promises to be a curious demonstration of old fashioned optical art, photography as installation and quite probably sculpture. I saw some of the work underway in Crone’s studio and I cannot wait to see what happens in Workspace’s storefront with it’s shallow depth of field. You should come see, too. Crone has a website that you should visit.
Briefly now my friends, since I have your attention I want to brag. Bari Ziperstein, currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at UC Riverside, invited me to lecture for her undergrad Art 8 course two Friday’s ago. What a thrill for me! Several of the Grad students also attended, and yes indeed I am flattered. I HAD A BLAST. Rarely is anything more exciting for me than when I get to share my passion for… art as a way of learning, and learning as a way of life. I used the rather long title of “Fieldwork as fun and adventure: Finding a path into contemporary art and then following it.” I do think I’ve picked up a few tricks for exploring this art world we share and I am hopeful that I got some of what I know across. The students at UCR are uniformly excellent, intellectually curious. full of interesting and satisfyingly perplexing questions and were all very nice to a middle-aged man who likes to talk.
Have I made use of the phrase “living the life” yet today? There. I’ve done it. That’s me, living the life and enjoying every moment of it.
I’ll stop for a bit. More about the weekend, less about me next time.