Saturday, October 8, 2016
I'm Famous in the Tube
Remember the portraits my pal and coworker Martin painted of me, beginning about two years ago? There's one of my face and shoulders and another of most of my upper body. You may remember the latter was exhibited in a museum show last September.
Well, now the former is going to be part of a gallery show in East London at the end of the month. A poster has gone up in the Regent's Park tube station advertising the show -- with my face on it!
Surreal. I never imagined I would be exhibited in the tube. Life takes some strange turns sometimes.
Dave and I went to see the poster last night. We had to make a special trip and I wasn't able to get there earlier -- with all our recent traveling and whatnot -- although I think it's been up about a week. It's supposed to remain on view all month but I wanted to be sure to see it before it got graffitied or otherwise damaged -- which is always possible in the tube!
Martin called the painting "librarian."
So, yeah, that's one of the stranger things to ever happen to me.
In other news, yesterday while walking Olga I found nine wood and/or metal picture frames piled in a trash bin. They were in perfect condition -- in fact, some hadn't been used -- with intact glass and no visible damage. So I took them out of the bin, stacked them in my arms and continued, rather precariously, walking the dog. Let me tell you, nine picture frames can get heavy. But eventually I got them home, and I put them in a tote bag and took them to work, where I set them out on a table in the staff lounge with a "free" sign. They were gone in no time. Woo hoo! Victory over the landfill!
The problem with industrial production, especially overseas where costs are cheap, is that it makes items too inexpensive. People consider everything disposable. Realistically, things should cost more, which would encourage us to value and conserve them -- and reflect a more accurate cost of our impact on the planet.
I haven't heard much more from my relatives regarding the hurricane. My mom confirmed that she and my brother's family reached their evacuation destination out of state. The storm apparently weakened by the time it was off Jacksonville, and the local paper says it was "not the catastrophic event the region feared in recent days," but there was some damage. So we'll see.