January 26, 2015
Sometimes I think of football players as modern day gladiators and the Super Bowl is clearly the biggest event within that space. How does this event compare to the biggest gladiator event of Roman Times? Before Twitter, Instant Replay, Gatorade, Electricity…even before Deflategate…before almost everything!!!
In A.D. 107, the Roman Emperor Trajan entertained the people of Rome with an extravaganza lasting 123 days to celebrate his conquest over King Decebalus. During these 123 days, 11,000 animals died and 5,000 pairs of gladiators fought, according to Dio Cassius 68.15.1. Now that is some real Gladiator stuff.
I’m a football fan but I am not maniacal about it. I love the strategy, the competition and wearing your heart on your sleeve. I don’t understand the pain these guys live through. I also love the visual drama and the art form that football on television has become. Last week, Tony Verna, the man who invented Instant Replay died at 81. Super slow mo replays! Art in motion!
Football is an art form…especially when you consider the magnitude of the stage they play on and the complexity of delivering it in a seamless form to a billion people this Sunday.
Monday, January 26, 2015
April 29, 2013
Mr. Miyagi Knows Best
Yesterday after another typical round of golf that had some good and some bad, I found myself trying to figure out why golf is so simple and so hard at the same time. It even got me thinking about the broader connections that playing golf has to creative learning and life in general.
First of all, I’m a better than average golfer but I lack consistency. I can break 80 once in awhile but I can also shoot 90. Why such a discrepancy? Part of it comes down to practice…very simply: building muscle memory requires repetitive practice and allowing your active brain to get out of the way.
Ah, “Active Brain.” I am cursed with an active brain. Yes it serves me well when it comes to thinking creatively and solving problems but sometimes the task of playing golf is different. The best players feel their shots and minimize excessive thoughts. “Wax on / wax off.” Ya know what I mean? (watch this classic—less than three minutes)
That’s one of the beautiful things about making art and creative learning. And golf. When you get into the flow and develop a rhythm it just happens. You breath easier, your large and small muscles get in alignment and the result is something beautiful. But, it takes practice. It requires you to be patient. You have to want to fight through the frustration of learning and if you do the payoff is great.
Wax on / wax off.
Monday, April 29, 2013
March 25, 2013
Yesterday I visited my mother to celebrate her birthday and during lunch she turned to me and asked, “When are all these damn basketball games over?” Her concern was that “March Madness” was pre-empting her regular shows and she couldn’t understand why there were so many games.
Of course my 77 year-old mother isn’t caught up in the fine art of “bracketology.” Sometimes I do the same thing…miss out on something that is celebrated by most because I simply don’t slow down enough to give it a chance. Recently, I have been consciously trying to take another unfiltered look and absorb what I am missing to better understand trends that have me looking from the outside in.
This sometimes happens to me with food. Right before Whole Foods blew up and made it second hand to eat Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts and Quinoa, I remember my wife coming home with beet salad and stuff and I always said “not for me”. Then miraculously I slowed down, sampled it and developed a new love for things I would never consider eating in my life.
In some very cool way, the same thing is happening right now in Englewood, NJ. People are coming into our space and developing a new interest in emerging artists. At the same time, One River Gallery is developing cred for presenting a program that is starting to get recognition in NYC. Over the last week some of the top curators and artists in the world have visited One River Gallery to check out the Daniel Rios Rodriguez exhibition. People told me we couldn’t do this…they also said I would never eat Kale.
Monday, March 25, 2013