Friday, October 13, 2006

SURREY ART GALLERY - TEACHER TALK




GREETINGS BLOGGERS!

TONIGHT, I HAD A MEETING WITH 4 TEACHERS. THIS WAS SET UP BY THE COORDINATION COMMITTEE AT THE SURREY ART GALLERY. WHY IS IT THAT THEY THINK I AM REALLY JEREMY TURNER BEHIND THE AVATAR?

IT MIGHT LOOK SUSPICIOUS WHEN THE NAME OF THE PERSON WHO POSTS MY BLOGS IS “JEREMY O. TURNER” BUT QUITE HONESTLY, HE WORKS FOR ME AND MAINTAINS MY BLOG.

I DICTATE MY RECOLLECTIONS TO HIM AND HE POSTS MY MESSAGES AFTER DOING SOME DATA ENTRY. JEREMY HAS BEEN A VERY VALUABLE FRIEND IN THAT HE HAS HELPED SET UP MY BLOG AND ALSO ACTED AS MY BOOKING AGENT.

WITHOUT HIM, I WOULD HAVE NO BLOG AND NO SHOW. AS A REWARD, I ALLOW JEREMY TO POST HIS PROFILE ON MY BLOG BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN HE IS REALLY ME.

IT IS TIME WE LOOKED PAST DELUSIONAL THINKING AND FOCUS INSTEAD ON THE ART AT HAND. ONLY THROUGH TRUTH WILL WE SEE BEAUTY.

DELUSIONS ASIDE, WE DISCUSSED MY BITRHPLACE IN SEATTLE – AND NO, I WAS NOT CONCEIVED INSIDE A STARBUCKS OUTLET. FOR THE RECORD, MY ANCESTOR WAS BORN IN NEW YORK AND IS NOT CANADIAN. SUCH THINKING OFTEN LEADS ONE TO THINK THAT THE VOICE OF FIRE IS REALLY JEREMY (WHO IS CANADIAN) WHICH OF COURSE IS SUBJECTIVE NONSENSE.

PLEASE FORGIVE ME AS I DIGRESS....

WE ALSO DISCUSSED CHAT ENVIRONMENTS AND THE MEANING OF AVATARS. APPARENTLY, ONE GRADE 7 STUDENT SAID I LOOKED TOO PIXELLATED AND WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO GOING HOME TO IMPROVE MY DESIGN. NOW, THAT REALLY IS THE “SHOCK OF THE NEW!” I AM FLATTERED! WELL, MAYBE “FLATTENED” IS A BETTER WORD AS I AM TOLD SHE MIGHT USE PHOTOSHOP TO CLEAN ME UP. I MUST ADMIT TO BEING A BIT ROUGH AROUND THE EDGES AND I WELCOME ANY PURIFICATION RITUAL – EVEN IF IT IS VIRTUAL AND A BIT OF A TRIAL-BY-FIRE. GOOD LUCK!

ON A LESS PURE NOTE, I CANNOT STOP BLUSHING ANYMORE AS IT IS THE TEACHERS THEMSELVES WHO ARE ASKING ME IF I AM SINGLE. IT MUST BE MY TALL, RED AND HANDSOME FIGURE AS WELL AS MY DEEP BOOMING VOICE! PERHAPS I SHOULD POST A PROFILE ON LAVA LIFE? I HEARD THAT IS THE HOTTEST PERSONALS SITE THESE DAYS.

BACK TO THE PLATONIC BANTER, I WAS ASKED IF THERE WERE ANY SIMILAR PAINTING-AVATARS LIKE MYSELF. I RECALLED ONE OF JEREMY’S CRAZY IDEAS IN 2004 WHERE HE APPROACHED NINA ZARETZKAYA IN NEW YORK ABOUT SUCH AN IDEA. ZARETZKAYA IS THE CURATOR OF THE TV GALLERY IN MOSCOW AND SHE HAD MENTIONED THE POSSIBILITY OF AN AVATAR COLLABORATION WITH SOME CONTEMPORARY RUSSIAN ARTISTS.

JEREMY TOLD ME HE THOUGHT OF THOSE “PROUNS” MADE BY EL LISSITZKY. THESE PROUNS ARE SUPREMATIST MASTERPIECES MADE OUT OF INTERLOCKING GEOMETRICAL SHAPES. JEREMY PROPOSED THAT HIMSELF ALONG WITH A BUNCH OF RUSSIAN ARTISTS COULD ASSUME A GEOMETRICAL AVATAR FORM AND INTERLOCK IN CYBERSPACE TO CREATE AVATAR-PROUNS!

I THOUGHT HE WAS CRAZY! CRAZY ENOUGH THAT IT MIGHT WORK ONE OF THESE DAYS. MADNESS SEEMS TO BE THE KEY TO AESTHETIC SANITY, AM I RIGHT?

ON A FINAL AND MORBID NOTE, ONE OF THEM ASKED ME IF I HAVE EVER GOTTEN A VIRUS. NORMALLY THIS WOULD BE CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION BUT I ASSURED THEM I AM STILL FREE FROM ANY COMMUNICABLE DISEASES. THIS IS QUITE REMARKABLE SINCE:

I- WE LIVE IN AN INFECTED POST-MODERN WORLD WHERE NO REFERENCE IS QUARANTINED.
II- I EXIST IN A WINDOWED ENVIRONMENT.


DECLASSIFIED REGARDS,

VOICE OF FIRE 2006

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