Friday, October 28, 2016
Art Opening in Shoreditch
Dave and I went to Shoreditch last night for the opening of the Art Below exhibit that includes my portrait. We didn't stay long -- just enough to say hi to Martin, the artist, and a few other people we knew there. I must admit, the novelty of seeing the portrait on display is starting to wear off. I told Dave I may be officially done with it now -- if and when it gets shown again, I may let it do so without me.
I have to let it go, right? It has to grow up and make its own way in the world. Go to college, earn a living. I can't support it forever.
It was fun to wander among the artworks, though. There seemed to be a running theme of reproducing well-known or iconic figures in more modern or "edgy" environments. There was a version of "Girl with a Pearl Earring," by Vermeer, in which the girl sported Prada sunglasses. There was a version of the famous portrait of Che Guevara in which he wore a pink beret with a flower -- "Gay Chevara," it was called. And the Queen was shown in several contexts, including an x-ray image of a head wearing a crown.
And then there was this Queen, which was not part of the show. We found her (him?) on a door on the street outside.
Otherwise, I spent the day in the library weeding books. For example, we have ancient copies of the second and fourth books of Frank Herbert's "Dune" series. But we don't have the first book, which is pretty much the main one. So I'm discarding the old ones and buying a fresh copy of the first one. If people want more in the series, we'll consider it when the situation arises. They aren't checked out often. (Some of that older generation of science fiction just doesn't seem to appeal to kids today -- Robert Heinlein, Ben Bova, Ursula K. Leguin, Arthur C. Clarke. We have them all, but they aren't frequently read. Asimov and Bradbury manage to hold their own.)
I'm also compiling a list of books we need to promote more, and hopefully we can get some of them noticed. Part of the problem -- and I know I've said this before -- is that older kids just don't seem to read books. Maybe they're too busy online. (I sound like such an old man!) We have tons of middle school kids checking out materials but when they hit ninth grade or so, those checkouts slow to a trickle.
(Top photo: The Duck Truck, in Shoreditch. We didn't eat there -- it was closed. We just liked the look of it!)