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Art for the 4th

I couldn’t resist posting a work by one of my favorite artists which happened to pay homage to the USA.

Jasper Johns, Flag, encaustic, oil and collage on fabric mounted on plywood, 42 1/2 x 69 5/8, MoMA, NY.

Gym Guy

The first person I saw in the locker room yesterday was gym guy. I explained I had an enjoyable date with the photographer on Saturday night which caused me to want to pursue more encounters with him. Gym guy took the news well. He asked to have dinner as just friends because he deemed me interesting and easy to converse with. I agreed to meet for dinner without making any firm plans. I’m sure gym guy is pursuing other men which may be why he took the news so well.

Weekend Recap

I cancelled my date with the guy from the gym on Sunday morning. I was apprehensive about the date for a few days. I also had a date on Saturday night with a photographer Morgan introduced me to. The date with the photographer went well. So well, in fact, it made me even more reluctant to have dinner with gym guy. I texted a cancellation to gym guy since texting had been our primary agreed upon mode of communication. He responded to the cancellation by suggesting we could skip dinner and just hook up. I didn’t reply to his text but will probably have to face him at the gym later today.

Sunday night I had dinner with Kelly, her husband and teenage children, along with Mrs. L., who recently asked her husband to move out of the house. Dinner with Kelly at her club’s pool was most enjoyable. I met her children for the first time. They are the most articulate and well-mannered teen agers I’ve met in a long time. Kelly and her husband could probably offer parenting tips. Mrs. L. is about to file for divorce. She’s hoping to reach an out of court settlement with her husband. Her husband isn’t happy he has to find a real job. Kelly filled us in on a job prospect with a new streaming service. The SVP position will require weekly trip to the west coast. Kelly is eager for a new professional adventure. The conversation was lively all evening. Suddenly it was four hours later and time to head home.

After dinner on Sunday night I didn’t regret cancelling on gym guy. I believe I had a much better time with my friends.

Let’s Cool Off

It’s going to be a scorcher today. Let’s cool off with some Ellen Von Unwerth. I love the way Ellen photographs women.

It was an artless Friday. There was one gallery opening which didn’t thrill me so I elected to run a few errands and stop by the mall. I attended the DAM’s summer party on Thursday night along with the grand re-opening of Rule Gallery in their new space in the Santa Fe Arts District. The museum party was fun. I ran into Rebekah, a local artist/real estate agent, I’ve known for years. She had walked to the museum from her condo so I gave her a lift to Rule. Rule’s new space is promising and the inaugural exhibit of work by painter Joe Clower is worth checking out. I got my weekly art fix on Thursday instead of Friday.

Joe Clower, Chaos Hell of Ecstasy, enamel on tin, 36 x 48.

Still Being Hunted

I’m having dinner with a guy from my gym next Saturday night. He approached me about getting together. I’ll be taking a break from being the hunter while I enjoy being hunted one more time.

He texted me last night to firm up plans for next weekend as he was leaving town early this morning on a business trip. Plans were made for him to pick me up. He asked for my address which I provided.

This morning I get a text while he’s waiting for his flight. “Houses are really expensive in your neighborhood”. Undoubtedly, he googled my address and a site like Zillow came up. I’m guessing he knows what that site thinks my house is worth. I’m not sure I’m comfortable with this but what does one do in age of technology which puts a wealth of information in hands of everyone with a smart phone. Going forward, I’ll meet the guy at the restaurant.

Is this now common practice? A guy gives you his address and you google it to see where he lives, and in the process you know what his house is worth, which helps determine his economic status. Fess up dear readers. Do you do this too?

Friday Night Favorites

I did an open studio tour on Friday night at Prism Workspaces. While I saw great art all evening, my favorites were by Madeleine Dodge. Madeleine’s Art is always fresh and inventive.

Madeleine Dodge, untitled, carbon transfer on steel, 16 x 16.
Madeleine Dodge, untitled, indigo and rust on porcelain, 12 x 12.