Oh man, do I need time away from the computer. Two days in geekland at Microsoft, and all day today configuring a new desktop box that will be my main workstation. It’s got a dual core processor, 4 gig of RAM, a mirrored RAID for the OS disk (250gb) and another 500gb for a data disk. All SATA, but in a very well constructed case with great ventilation and rubber grommets for the drives to rest upon. I’ve been transferring programs and data all day.
I had a pleasant interruption to this work this afternoon, and hung a show this afternoon at Café Lulu in Seattle, my Venice portfolio. This is one of those great neighborhood coffee joints that Seattle is famous for, and I have several portfolios that make the rounds of them, framed and ready to hang. It’s pointless to just keep your work on a shelf and unseen, and, though it may not be the most prestigious of surroundings, I like having my work in places where it gets appreciated by other than just art mavens. I tell students that there is no reason for your work to have a life only in the fine art ghetto. Get it out there. It makes no difference where. Something happens when you give your work a place where other people can see it. Sales aren’t the point. You engage the community and the work you make has a place outside of your own interior relationship with it. You no longer control the meaning of the work, and that’s the whole point.