Some quick updates

Holy kow. Has it been this long since I posted? Sorry about that. Actually I’ve been posting updates to Facebook.

Let’s see. What’s been happening?

I have been attending the Right Brain Business Plan online summit by Jennifer Lee. It’s been fun, but I really need a master mind art group to interact with. I applied for the scholarship but I again didn’t get it. The story of my life.

I gave a poetry presentation at my local women’s group. What fun. I am writing more poetry these day. I won’t say it’s good poetry, but I am having a ball doing it.

An artist friend and I are getting together to work on our illustrated book projects.

The arts council is moving across the street from me. I have no excuse now, not to attend their gatherings. My little section of the world is a bona fide arts district, and I live right in the middle of it. There are murals and huge art pieces cropping up all over the place.

That’s a quick down and dirty update for now. I’ll be back.

Back after computer trouble

I was gone for a while.

My computer started acting funky. It had been for a long time but I thought I could do a home fix. The problems just got worse until it wouldn’t work at all. so I had to find a local good computer repair company.

After days of talking to everyone’s cousin and nephew I finally found a place I trusted.

I had to find someone who could get me and my computer to the place. It stayed there for at least a week while they figured out what was wrong with it

They finally had to format the main hard drive and reinstall WIN XP because my computer is too old to handle the newest OS. I spent another week putting all my programs back on. I also had hundreds of emails to deal with.

So all that added up to many days of having a non-working computer.

I cannot yet afford a new computer so I am using this one for a while longer. Anyone who feels generous enough to give me a new computer, be my guest. Hey. It’s worth a shot.

Well, I’m back up and running now. I thought I would update my Zebracorn site so that the four of you who read my blog would know what was going on.

Presentation at the art center

About a week and a half ago an artist friend asked me to do a presentation at her opening. The title of the show was The Performing Body.

One of Sengs Nengudi's pieces

One of Senga Nengudi’s pieces

She had videos along the walls or people doing expected and unexpected things. There were two live presentation. One was a cellist who provided some sweet background music. The other was mine.

One interactive display was about 20 sets of shoes. Senga invited the crowd to “walk a mile in someone else shoes.” In this case a mile equaled 23 laps around the gallery. People actually rushed to the display. If they couldn’t wear the shoes on their feet they would wear them on their heads, around their necks or on their hands.

Trying on someone else shoes

Trying on someone else’s shoes

I met a woman who has made her own shoes for more than 20 years. She tried on a pair of stilettos and actually walked a mile in them. They looked pretty on her feet but she said she would never wear them again.

Well worn vs. cute but painful

Well worn vs. cute but painful

Any way you can

Any way you can

I tried to capture the man above but he was on the move and intent on making it around the gallery. Sometimes when we are on the move with an intention we are just a blur to those standing still.

As for my piece; I titled it For Display Purposes. The reason being that each time I go out in public I am in fact on display and in some ways putting on a show. I asked for a platform since I sometimes feel I am on stage and the center of attention, whether I like it or not.

For my presentation I answered questions that have been asked of me or about me throughout my life. The audience did not hear these questions. They could only listen to my responses and deduce what the questions were. For example: I looked at one invisible person and answered, “Both of my parents are Black. Yes, really. YES. REALLY.” Then I turned to face another invisible person and answered, “No doctor, I am not anemic. Thanks for the iron pill prescription but I don’t really need them.” I went on like this for about 5 to 6 minutes. I ended the presentation by responding to what might be considered a rude comment, then saying, “You have a nice day too. Buh Bye.

The audience responded fairly well. I thought most of my comments were humorous. The audience did chuckle some; but mostly they listened carefully. One good thing: I did have their attention. I was told that there have been times when a performer is doing their thing and people are talking and pretty much ignoring them. That wasn’t the case this time.

Thank you Senga Nengudi and RedLine art center and gallery.

I know famous people

A few weeks ago I was privileged to attend an opening of my friend, Senga.

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Senga giving her talk at MCA Denver

Senga giving her talk at MCA Denver

I met Senga at some art conference and we became fast friends. She was so down to Earth that I thought she was another housewife with a hobby. You know: the kind who likes to scrapbook or do Tole painting. Nothing about her said, “I’m a nationally known artist who has had shows in places like New York.

I couldn’t get to the show in New York or Texas or any of the other places she has shown. But fortunately I got to see her work at the Museum of Contemporary Art here in Denver.

I can identify

I can identify

The work was about the female body and body identity.

Unfortunately, most of my photographs came out blurry. But it’s all good. I got to see my friend’s work and see her.

Another piece by Senga

Another piece by Senga