Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Splash of Red

Sort of.
A work man has been turned loose near the Natatorium,
 marking utilities for future projects.
Scrub the gravel around a bit and the sprayed
blotches would be disrupted, and who knows what
to make of the markings in the plants?
They'll die off long before the project is started.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Staying Connected

The title of this show in the Marsh Gallery
Connection: Exploring Interpersonal Communication.
I had seen some of the artists installing the exhibit
a few days earlier and was glad I returned.

The theme of their work was based in their attempts 
to gain an understanding of the ways people 
interact with each other, specifically through 
social media, e-mail and text messaging. 
What I found fascinating, and ironic,
was much of the exhibit was hand-made.
While the artists definitely used electronic imaging
and printing for elements of their exhibit,
a lot of the pieces were hand-cut, the colored thread
used to create connections was pinned by
industrious hands, and the notes left by visitors
were virtually all hand-written.

The immediacy of the hand-made conveys 
an intimacy that is lost in the electronic media. 
While we may communicate with thousands 
of folks each day, people tend to feel
a certain safety, an anonymity in e-messages
that has proven to be illusory: people write 
mean and hurtful things on the social media, 
things they would not think of writing on paper.
Conversely, folks who develop on-line ties
very often exist in comparative isolation, unable to engage in 
actual interpersonal action, a lonely existence, for sure.
I wonder, however, whether anyone will read
all of the notes that have been left?
Will they be able to categorize and form
any conclusions from the little pieces of paper?

Friday, December 19, 2014

Yellow Triangle

To get the picture I want, one showing the geometry 
and perspective in this entryway,
I'd have to move the trash can. 
That means I'd have to touch it. Then touch my camera. 
Then put the camera back in my coat pocket. 
Then touch the trash can. Again.
Please, just imagine the nice point on the triangle 
so I don't have to ever touch the trash can.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Leaf in Blue Light

The leaves lay in a sidewalk light, 
illuminating the area 
outside a downtown restaurant.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tawdry Elegance

After swimming, I sometimes go to Starbucks 
on the Circle to wait between buses. 
During the holidays, the florist's windows
in the Chase Tower are filled with glitzy ornaments,
gauzy bright ribbons, and various stems
encrusted with glitter.
These windows provide a cheerful spot
along the cold, gray sidewalks.
I love them.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

In the Stacks

Before swimming on Monday night, 
I stopped in to visit the Herron School of Art library.
Would you be surprised to know that I was looking at books 
on the use of patterns as design elements?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Fine Vines

While the hospital was completed and opened 
just under a year ago, planting for the plaza 
and water features at Eskenazi Health did not begin 
until this past spring. Grasses and reeds were
placed in the water features, while sod
was laid and numerous flowering plants dug
in and around the huge trellis/arcade,
flowers that will provide color and aroma for 
visitors who will relax within and under its shade.
For now, all we have are hints of what is to come.
Colored lights bounce off the trellis framework
and the few vines that grew up into
the supports over the summer. 
Underneath, the little Duos deli provides
lunch and snacks for its guests,
while the water features give peaceful
background noise for people sitting around them.