When was the last time you launched? Naomi found this sand bag game board at the Olympic Sculpture Park. I tried it too. They had spring and getting air is as good now as when I was ten.
Inside the museum there were a half dozen art projects to choose from. This is the rubber salmon print workshop. The prints were to be turned into flags as part of “The Salmon are Returning” celebration.
Happens that Richard Serra was on Charlie Rose last night talking about creativity with Chuck Close, Ann Tempkin, Eric Kandel and Oliver Sacks. It was Episode 12 of the Brain Series.
Have to make a segue here. Did you know that both Oliver Sacks (Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat) and Chuck Close (painter of massive flat visages) are face blind? On Charlie Rose, they shared their work-arounds.
The jelly in the brain never ceases to amaze me.
Face blind (prosopagnosia) means that you can chat with them for an hour and then walk up fifteen minutes later and unless they hear your voice or recognize your hat, they’ll have no idea who you are. Imagine how hard it would be for them to follow the plot of a film. When it comes to art and science and creativity they never stop…this handicap has caused their brains to develop massive spacial capabilities, honed their memories and most of all, given them an intense drive to discover other venues for their intelligence.
Chuck said, “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work. By doing the work you are put in a place where things can happen.” He also said, “Far more interesting than problem solving is problem creation.”
Yes I did try to explain the face blindness to Simone and Naomi and they flippantly surmised that these guys would be really bad at playing the Hasbro game “Guess Who?”
The girls were much more interested in running around the five towering components of “Wake” and before long they had gathered a few new friends to play hide and seek with.
27…28…29…and 50. Ready or not, here I come.
Hide and Seek…I found you Simone.
Guess who is playing the Sculpture Park! The Recess Monkeys! Daron, Jack and Andrew have a new album called Flying. The youthful crowd is lining up in the mosh pit. Wonder if any of the recess monkeys ever crowd surf their audience?
Back to the launch pad. We try to think “Baryshnikov” and just “stay up there.”