Monday, April 03, 2006

The End of Work For Now

After a long week including a 15.5 hour day on Friday, Sunday started a few days without any work scheduled. The freetime meant a walk in the Piedmont Park with my wife. We saw lots of cute dogs, kids using cardboard as slides on the grassy hills and heard one of them taunt another with a "nanny-nanny poo-poo". Italian sodas were bought at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse. And then home, dinner and some Adult Swim.

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"Beauty rules here. It cured my wounds from the war."

Art handler Vadim from the series Hermitage-Niks. This 5-part series is on those people who work at The State Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), and I caught a bit of it on Sundance. Valdin (who like like any art handler I could have met with edgy facial hair and a pierced eyebrow) served as a solder during a conflict with Azerbagan. He saw many war atrocities and now find refuge amongst the museum's beauty, as do many of the employees there.

Carl Jung once said something to the effect that art exists to heal the human psyche. It made me think there may be less of an appreciation for the arts in part because most of us in the west are happier and healthier then a battle-affected russian solder or a Hermitage curator who talked about how her male family members were all killed during Stalin's reign. I live in a time and country of unparalleled excess. Just thinking about this.

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More good work news. I'm working on cultivating a relationship with a local architecture firm. A chance conversation with the company's president may be the beginning of something new. The firm has a had some museum-related projects and proposals.

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Reprinted. Purchased today. Rarely am I one for spontaneous shopping. but Threadless T-Shirts brings that out in me. Hmm, wonder what Valdim would think of this.

1 comment:

mingaling said...

I love that they brought that shirt back! I also love the "Everyone Poops" one.