Yesterday I nearly developed an ulcer trying to choose between iPad Pro and the Microsoft Pro tablet. I was in so much pain over this decision that I had to come back to the store three times! Finally I chose the iPad, but at lunchtime I couldn’t even eat anything. What if I made a terrible mistake? I don’t need another gadget. I need a functional device for drawing and processing images. My concern was that iPad cannot run full Photoshop program. Although I don’t work with the Photoshop yet, that was in my plans. I liked the power behind the Microsoft product. After all, it is a full computer with a touchscreen, while iPad is just a tablet. But I didn’t like the look and feel of the Microsoft product as much. The pen did not impress me either. So I picked the iPad, and this is what I drew from scratch. The first one started as a doodle to see what this product can do. I used the free app Adobe Sketch. If you know good apps and tips for drawing on iPad, I’d love to hear them. The second one is the impression of a photo I found in the magazine. I think I am getting used to it and growing to like it a lot.
This Guggenheim Museum Exhibit drew my attention right away. This is only a portion of a huge layout that occupied several long tables. In other words, it was impossible to overlook. I thought, not again, some post-modern ‘artist’ who thinks that glueing a banana peel to a roll of a toilet paper with a gum makes it a social statement. I couldn’t be more wrong. Fischli and Weiss, evidently, are also fed up with this trend in art. That is why they made every bit of this junk display from a special type of plastic and hand-painted every label. This display took years to make. And all is in the name of a good chuckle over the lazy frauds who call themselves artists these days. When I noticed that all the elements are handmade, I was in awe.
If you think, that was not impressive enough, watch this film by the same artists. It was shown in the museum, but I found it online. Watch it and tell me what you think.
For everyone, New York probably means different things. Some have to see the Statue of Liberty and eat a bagel on the street. I have heard stories about Afghan exchange students who visited New York on a trip. For one of them, Central Park was the ultimate proof that New York was real. He saw a picture of Central Park in a textbook when studied English. To him, Central Park became a vusual placeholder for America. Another exchange student was told by his professor that American freedom of speech is a propaganda they tell other countries, and it doesn’t exist. When he saw a huge library section on Shari’a law, his world was rocked. What would he say to his professor now?
To me, the real New York is the one that entered our pop culture. This is the kind of stuff that is not a central tourist attraction, like the Statue of Liberty, but subtle things that serve as a backdrop to the movies, TV shows, and books.
I didn’t realize it until I walked by the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. I love the guy, but I’m not a zealous fan or anything like that. It’s just in that moment, I was connected to some far reality of show biz, of which I was always a passive observer. New York became real.