Dean Rivers (dean_r) wrote,
Dean Rivers

The Blissful Ignorance Of Knowing Too Much

One of my favourite items, in fact, I'd go to say the most important possession I've acquired since I moved to America, is this multi-coloured "painting" created when Jamie and I went to see the Blue Man Group in New York. It was produced by one of the Group; he consumed a ball of some non-toxic paint in his mouth, and spat the paint back out whilst spinning a piece of canvas around. This piece of art was created in ten seconds; it went from a blank canvas to a multitude of colours, sprayed in each direction, and it was all put onto the canvas using his mouth alone. And I know how it was made, and I think if I explain how it was made to someone in enough detail, that it might not sound as impressive. It might be a little bit disgusting, actually. I don't know what you think.

But I love this work of art, because it came from nowhere and it became something that I enjoyed so instantly. I remember New York vividly if I look at the picture, but might not recall so much otherwise. I recall the methods we had to use to get this slightly wet piece of art home in what could be described as a monsoon-like patch of weather in New Jersey.

I want to make something like that. Just produce something, get some gratification for something bizarre and unique. Doesn't have to be made in ten seconds, but I do need some kind of project... it used to be livejournal icons or designing levels on video games, but can I make something outside of the realm of the technological? Am I actually going to learn some craft in the near future? Gosh. That sounds substantial. I wonder if I can handle doing that. I could become the next Grozart.

I also wonder if I'll find something tangible that makes me enjoy Seattle as much as I did these excursions to NYC.

Update: I'm feeling a void because I stopped taking photos! How did I forget?

I stopped because my camera is kind of broken, and because Jamie needed my memory card. Her pictures are better and have more meaning, and so I never asked for the card back, to put into my fritzing camera. But damned if that wouldn't be a fun bit of instant gratification. There are some shots of graffiti I see every time I take the bus to Tacoma that I want to have kept on this computer.

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