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I’ve become a fan of sidewalk graffiti since I’ve been in Boston. Rather frequently, I’ll find a stencil or random tag while meandering the streets. I found this one as I was headed to find some grub for lunch today in Chinatown. I like it, simple.
What a great place to start a First Friday! I went to Galatea Gallery on an invite by one of my wonderful roommates. They told me I had to meet the Director of Galatea Gallery, Marjorie Kaye, because she was a pretty cool person. Who doesn’t want to bump into more pretty cool people in the day-to-day life?
On my usual weekend adventure, I discovered something that I should have concluded a long time ago. I was sitting on a bench after a nice walk along the Charles River this weekend enjoying the beautiful weather and some time alone. It’s a great place to gather your thoughts and come to a conclusion or two about your life (if you let it happen). I sat for a while watching various couplings of people boating by. Some where in single person kayaks, others were in small speed boats, and then there were a few in canoes. One particular family of 5 (two little ones included) in one canoe struggled for 5 or more minutes to coordinate their efforts to move. Just move. What neither of them realized was that none of their paddles where in the water. They were going nowhere fast. What I realized is: there are some moments in life when you have [the people], the boat, the paddle, and the water; but the paddle’s not in the water, so you’re not going anywhere.
How many times have we felt like we have all the necessary tools in life but we’re just not getting anywhere? Let’s make moves people! If you’ve got all the necessary tools at your disposal. What are you waiting for?
“Get things done!”
One of my favorite recurring moments in Boston is riding on the Redline between Downtown Boston and the Hahhhvad Yahhd. I love experiencing the skyline on different days, in different lights, and under varying weather conditions. I always take a few moments to check out the skyline right before the Charles MGH stop on the Redline. On a day like this, 70 degrees, mostly sunny with a light breeze, it’s beautiful! Unlike the NY, NY skyline which I’m pretty familiar with as a native New Yorker, it’s quaint and just right. With the Charles River in the foreground it’s a pretty sweet site to behold. What’s your favorite spot to check out the Boston skyline from?
As is the case with most weekends, I gave myself an order – “Go outside and explore somewhere new with your camera.” However, unlike most times, this adventure had a predetermined goal of attending the Boston Cyber Arts Festival. To be fair, I didn’t come up with this idea on my own. I hadn’t heard the concept of cyber arts until a friend and fellow consumer of the arts invited me to go with her and a group of friends. At the end of the day, I was happy I didn’t miss out. I’d say take a trip over to some studios and check it out what you can before new exhibits take the place of old ones.
Since the meet up started in Somerville we hopped the Redline downtown from Davis Square station to Broadway station and walked to Harrison Ave. You may want to consider taking a bus or taxi if the weather or the hike isn’t in your favor. I was able to check out 4+ gallery spaces in the span of a few hours.
@ Boston Sculptors Gallery– Andy Zimmermann’s Where Am I? and Benjamin S. Cariens Repair, April 20 – May 22, 2011
Two words, loved it. The first installation, by Andy Zimmermann, was playful in a few ways. The combination of mirrors and sound in Zimmerman’s installation created a playful and reflective environment. While Benjamin Carinen’s exhibit exuded a more eerie atmosphere. See more of my review here.
@ Howard Yezerski Gallery – Jim Campbell’s Recent, April 22 – May 31st, 2011
I loved how Jim played with the shadows, technology, lights and camera. Jim definitely explored multiple mediums in his installation which allowed visitors to have different visual experiences. Read more about my experience here.
@ Mobius – Michele Darling & Terry Golob with vade, Sheila Gallagher, Dennis Hlynsky, Brian Kane, Ducnan Laurie, Rupert Nesbitt, and Erik Sanner, A Tool Is A Mirror, April 22nd – May 8th, 2011
There is so much I could say about the artists that were featured at the Mobius exhibition. Each artist combined different artistic mediums with technological facets. Whether the artists added additional sensory elements to their work or explored scientific technology there was much to see at Mobius. I reviewed my top installations here.
Overall what I like about the Cyberarts Festival was that it expanded my mind to a whole new form of artistic expression. Also important was that it was more than affordable, it was free! The people I met were open and engaging. And lastly, I could share it with a few good people on a lovely Saturday afternoon.
It’s hard for me to walk by a street performer and not tune into their melody. Something about playing for the world despite who’s listening is romantic and noble. To see people dedicated to their love of the arts is beautiful – so I honor them in my own little way.