Saturday, July 29, 2017

Infinity Not Long Enough At Seattle Art Show

AN ANNIVERSARY gift to ourselves recently was a trip across the Peace Arch Border via Quick Shuttle into the US to see the famed Infinity Mirrors art show at the Seattle Art Museum. I knew we were getting close when I saw the Space Needle at a distance from the highway.

The landmark observation tower hovered over the city the way the artist on a television screen hovered over visitors at her exhibition.

At first glance Yayoi Kusama's flamboyance contradicted her statement, "I want to live hidden in the world that lies midway between mystery and symbol."

I soon realized her colourful outfit blended in with the art. The creations were housed in small enclosures where, due to her request, two or three people at a time could spend a scant 20 to 30 seconds. This was frustrating since it took 10 seconds to adjust my camera and get oriented in an unfamiliar setting. I would need to return to the back of the line each time I wanted another 20 seconds.

Can you see my husband looking up at the lantern above? The display of lights and mirrors was mesmerizing. Enveloped by the warmth of the scene and feeling at one with the cosmos, we would have appreciated several minutes in this room. Unfortunately the Infinity show was far too finite to be fully enjoyed.

We were permitted plenty of time in a roomful of dots, however, covering everything from ceiling, furniture to floor. That's me, a speck among specks, sticking a few dots of my own onto the walls.

At the above display, visitors peered into boxes, their faces transported onto mirrors within a dizzying kaleidoscopic display.

Aside from the special exhibit, the art museum is a diverse gallery where one can linger. Many paintings are traditional and/or historical while others are experimental and unique in some way.

This huge mouse caught my attention. At first it seemed whimsical but on closer inspection, when I looked beneath the large paws, it was a bit unnerving.

The artist, Katarina Fritsch, once wrote about her work Man and Mouse, "This is an image of a completely unbalanced relationship in which two people are missing each other completely. It is a terrible image, but I find it funny as well."

I wondered about the relationship between artist and viewer. Art often requires contemplation but in Infinity Mirrors, only glimpses were granted by Kusama whose patrons were part of the palette, drifting in and out of her artwork plan.


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Sunday, July 2, 2017

July Starts Off With A Bang In White Rock


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Friday, June 30, 2017

150 Years Young, Canada!

IT'S CANADA DAY eve and the red leaf flutters over clear and cloudy skies.


Hooray to Canada for being such a wonderfully diverse and peaceful place in which to live. Not only is it "strong and free" it includes stunning views, interesting people from around the globe as well as geographical challenges for people who love to be physically inspired. Climate and terrain vary across ten provinces and three territories that span some 4,000 miles from sea to sea. Celebrating 150 years of Confederation, Canada is a giant-sized toddler gaining strength along the way while holding true to its values. There is room for improvement, of course, but among nations Canada is poised to do the right things not only for itself but for the world.

I was pleased most recently with Canada's involvement in the Paris Accord and also its welcoming stance on immigration from war torn Syria.

My parents immigrated to Canada before I was born. Learning a new language in unfamiliar circumstances wasn't easy and life was harsh but my mother said becoming a Canadian citizen was one of the proudest happiest moments of her life.

Mom didn't live long enough to meet my daughter but I know she'd be especially proud to hear her sing "O Canada" a cappella with school friends years ago. I listen the song each Canada Day. Enjoy!

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Wishful Thinking

A LOCAL NURSERY'S sign read: "1 part soil, 2 parts water, 3 parts wishful thinking".

This "gardener's recipe" is a bit like life's recipe for turning desires into reality. But although things do seem to evolve by themselves, more watering and less wishful thinking might produce better results.

Wishful thinking is a comfort but we all know it's the digging, weeding and quenching of the soil that keeps growth lush. I've seen plants turn to dust in rainless summers when water restrictions come into play. The season seems to produce less showers and more forest fires nowadays in BC. So far, the southwest coastal corner where one expects more rain remains green with many roadside flowers to bury my nose into during my walks. I can't help wishing smell-o-vision was available for these recent shots.


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Sunday, June 11, 2017

When Life Gives You Mud, Make Movie Magic

WE PERCHED over the White Rock pier railing like seagulls, enchanted by the strange sights at the muddy beach floor. Along the boardwalk and below, thickly curled cables and other equipment were being expertly shuffled about by people playing a sometimes tedious but significant role in making a movie.

The box had to be positioned just right for the shoeless cameraman who set his sights on actors waiting to perform by a blue umbrella.

I learned the scene was a pilot project for a comedy television series called Better Things. Have you watched the very long list of credits scrolling down at the end of most film endeavors? I long ago realized that it takes a village to make a good show, hard work and perseverance and a desire to play and build imagination "sandcastles" in whatever awkward spaces needed for the plot.

Like life, a good movie makes us laugh, cry, feel awestruck and inspired. Getting bogged down in the small details that make the story "reel" can be less than exciting. But once all the technical, mundane and creative challenges are met, the big picture often seems surprisingly meaningful and grand.

Creative tools have become so portable now that anyone can get in the act of making a movie of their own lives from start to finish. After all is said and done, or not done, as Jim Henson of Muppet fame once wrote: "Life's like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending."

Emblazoned on a red painted rock by White Rock City Hall during the 2010 Winter Olympics, I dusted believe from my archives because this is the pinch of magic that adds clarity to life's muddy brew to help get things started.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

The Same Yet Different

BLADES OF GRASS look alike, although each strand is unique upon closer inspection. There's an endless supply of originals, from grains of sand on the beach to stars in the sky. Without the benefit of microscopic eyes here are some dissimilar duplicates I recently spied at a distance with my camera.


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