[Resolution] #64 Attend an Art Gallery Opening

Art is one of the biggest passions in my life.  My dad was an artist, his dad was an artist. Artist is in my genes. Of course, the passion is often overridden by the fact that I am constantly on the hunt for new experiences which prevents me from really honing my craft, but I still get great pleasure from creating and enjoying the creations of others.

Fine art (visual art at least) is, in my opinion, a visual expression of thoughts and feelings that just can’t be expressed in words. You look at a painting or a drawing and instantly have a reaction to it.  Whether it is a visceral and emotional response or just “huh, I don’t get it, but okay” it gets you thinking.  Your brain tries to relate to it in some way, and sometimes starts connecting to it in unexpected ways. While that aspect is amazing, I am sometimes even more amazed and hearing or reading the artist’s intent or emotional connection to their own work.

I added this as a resolution because I don’t go look at art nearly enough.  It’s one of those things that’s easily pushed to the wayside because I really should be grocery shopping or cleaning the bathroom. Why couldn’t I just go to an art gallery? Why an opening?  Sorry to disappoint, but there wasn’t a specific reason for that other than that I HAVE been to art galleries…just, never on purpose, really.  It was for school, or because it was free museum day and I had some time to kill. Oh and there was one in Rotterdam when I went with my cousins, also just stumbled upon.  A nice surprise none-the-less. An opening was something more experiential. Something deliberate and special.  Something I got to dress up for!

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[Resolution] #66 Buy a Hat

I went hat shopping, I did.  There’s actually a really fun vendor down on South Congress for First Thursdays called Dandy’s. I even found a hat that actually looked good on my head, but with lack of the necessary funds I had to walk away.

But,  yesterday marked the very first Friday the 13th of 2012 and through a series of facebook posts and phone calls I found out that there was a tattoo shop doing $13 tattoos for Friday the 13th.  There was a sheet of what must have been over 100 tattoos you could choose from, and for 13 dollars you could permanently commemorate your bizarre love for the luck found in the supposedly unlucky. Not to mention the power of the number 13 which should probably be a discussion saved for another day.

After perusing the choices and considering everything from the Triforce symbol to a Coffee Mug, my eyes wandered onto a tiny picture of a bowler hat, affixed with a number 13.  My mind overflowed with images like…

and…

Magritte is one of my most powerful inspirations, because many of his paintings, especially the iconic ones featuring the men in bowler hats are a magnificent representation of a major theme in my life so far and a major driving force in my creative inspiration as a designer.  Magritte knew of the potential betrayal of appearances. He knew that while something appears one way, that in fact it may not be what it leads you to believe at all.

Of the painting above, Golconda (the men in bowlers suspended in the air), it was said that,

“Ordinarily, you see a picture of something and you believe in it, you are seduced by it; you take its honesty for granted. But Magritte knew that representations of things can lie. These images of men aren’t men, just pictures of them, so they don’t have to follow any rules…it…makes us aware of the falsity of representation.”

Even Magritte himself said,

“It’s something that happens constantly. Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see. There is an interest in that which is hidden and which the visible does not show us. This interest can take the form of a quite intense feeling, a sort of conflict, one might say, between the visible that is hidden and the visible that is present.”

So with such an inspirational motif, and the knowledge that the probability of me wearing an actual bowler hat in public was scarce to none, I fulfilled resolution #66 by buying this hat: