Went by a gallery opening on my way home Thursday evening before doing phone interviews with a couple of journalists in New Zealand. Actually it was more like three or four galleries throwing a little party – all in the same newly renovated building across from Site Santa Fe, on the corner of Paseo de Peralta and Guadalupe Street. One gallery, called TAI showed Japanese weavings including works by Katsushiro, who is a Living National Treasure of Japan.
Am sitting in the Air New Zealand lounge at LAX – only 18 hours to go ’til I arrive in Sydney… traded my boarding card for an ethernet cable… my understanding is that I can I trade back to my boarding card. Otherwise I’ll just stay here for a while.
The photos of the woven bamboo baskets are quite beautiful and utilitarian. I like the varied textures of such woven things. Handmade things have the energy of the person that made them. I guess that goes without saying. They are such a blessing to us who can enjoy them.
I like to think of what things art can do (as an amateur philosopher):
Art can help us understand, raise our consciousness, forgive, move on
Art can lift us up, including elevate our humanity
It can console
Art can leave behind a record of our history, civilization
Art can endlessly entertain!
Wanted to say Bon voyage as you head for the land down under. May it all be smooth sailing from here on out.