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Marley’s Champagne Wishes…

26 Jan

Friday’s with Marley…

I had been up late the night before, having far too much fun, so this afternoon the idea of taking a nap brought a smile to my face….I crawled into bed, got cozy with my pillow, eyelids slowly closed and peace finally pervailed… when all of a sudden I heard Marley barking.

“Marley, SHHHH…What are you doing besides keeping me from sleeping?”

“Champagne wishes and caviar dreams” she barks

“What? Excuse me…What are you talking about?”

Marley sticks her nose up in the air, looks at me with one eye and with much self-absorb attitude …”What do you mean “what”, she barks….Isn’t it obvious? I SAID IT in English…”

“No Marley, it’s not obvious,” I said with one eye still shut, trying hard to keep my serenity and even harder trying to pretend this conversation wasn’t happening.

“‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous is an American television series that aired in syndication from 1984 to 1995. The show featured the extravagant lifestyles of wealthy entertainers, athletes and business moguls. It was hosted by Robin Leach for the majority of its run.’ And that was Robin Leach’s famous tag line.”

“Marley” I say, “is that directly from Wikipedia? What does this have to do with me? Or you? And why is this so important right this minute while I’m trying to sleep?”

Marley jumps up on to the bed, rolls over, and snorts….

….”I have reached out to Sir Robin Leach with a very insincere sweet and thoughtful email filled with heart-felt nothings… I expect to hear back any day if not any moment that he wants to meet me immediately. He’s going to say that he never thought he’d find a suitable replacement for himself until now….

…Really Marley???

Marley stretches out a little more, getting more comfortable in bed… “You know, you could be a little more supportive of my successful career goals. I mean, honestly, don’t you think you should get up right now and replace the water in my bowl with champagne?…I’m just saying…”

“Yeah right,” I said falling asleep, “in your caviar dreams.”


A Holiday Thought!

11 Dec

“He who has not Christmas in
his heart will never find it under
a tree.”
-Roy L. Smith

Beauty In Negative Spaces!

23 Oct

I am once again taking an on-line Art History course from the MoMA. This time I am studying art from 1945-1989…A very interesting art period given the transitional period of post WWII, Madison Ave’s influences and a movement of political distrust.

Right now I am up to 1969, (week 4). The art during that time period started to focus on negative spaces…. The space where an object ends and your space begins. The space and relationship that was created due to something that is not in the emotional piece of the work.

A great example is Donald Judd’s 1967 “Untitled Stack.”The 9 inch spaces between the 9 inch industrial 3 dimensional stacks purposely voids the artist in his work. Judd also would argue, “Untitled Stack”   is the space between a painting and a sculpture. It’s mounted on the wall like a painting but yet it also does not stand alone like a sculpture.


But by 1969 the negative space was now the object of non-geometric, and non-ridged objects (anti-form), it was all about taking the “artist’s hand” out of the work (no visible brush strokes, etc) and it’s all about the (negative) space between the art, the environment and the viewer…

AND so that got me thinking…

…The question that begs to get asked…

Would the world (our relationships) be more artistic if we took ourselves out of our work?  Ridding ourselves of entitlements, preconceived notions, ideas, expectations, and insecurities…But instead focus on the space between us and the physical/emotional/spiritual world?

I mean, it just could be the most beautiful negative space in our lives!

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