Peter Hentges (jbru) wrote,
Peter Hentges

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Was up early enough on Thursday to join John and our mutual friend Rob for lunch at the Thai place down the street. Good lunch special of a red curry dish and a chicken pad thai with rice. Long conversation about the recent layoffs at Wizards of the Coast, where we share many acquaintances and friends.

Then as they headed off to various errands, I came home and looked up the bus schedule for getting to the Seattle Art Museum. Turned out to be the same buses that got me to Safeco Field the previous morning so I was all set. I tossed my vacation-reading books and my iPod into my backpack and was off on the road. John was going to meet me later and cruise part of the Museum before we headed off for nebulous night-time activities.

The highlight of the museum trip was an exhibition by Do-Ho Suh. He is a Korean artist who has lived in Seattle (as well as other places) and uses repetition of form in his work. You are welcomed into the exhibit, for example, by a welcome mat made up of thousands of small, crude human figures. This smaller work's idea is shown in his much grander scale in his piece "Floor" which is pieces of clear acrylic supported by thousands of tiny human figures that represent the different races of man. The piece covers a huge area and conveys ideas of the "little guy" supporting society as well as the masses resisting the oppression of a few who seem powerful. Another spectacular piece is entitled "Some/One" and is a piece of armor that, in form, reflects the traditional style of Korea but that is made from military dog-tags. In the description of the piece you are invited to walk on its sweeping cape that spills over the gallery floor so that you leave an impression that adds to the piece. Indeed, you can see where people walking about it has changed how the dog tags are bent to reflect the light differently.

After perusing the museum, we headed to a small town north of Seattle to visit Jesper Myfors, a long-time friend of John's who has worked on many projects with him. Jesper is an artist and you can tell from his temperment and style. He owns a large, old house in his small town and is renovating a second into his dream home. It has many cool amenities, several great party rooms and a theater. Jesper is hand-painting 12-inch square tiles to cover the ceilings in the theater and the rest of the basement. We watched Blade 2 and enjoyed some scotch. I liked what I saw of Blade 2 but fell asleep part way through as I had not really slept since the day before. (I blame being jazzed by the art museum. John assures me that even though he faded as well that Blade fights some vampires and that there's some ass-kicking in the end. I'll have to rent it and check out the ending.)

We ended up staying overnight at Jesper's; his large house has several guest bedrooms. Drove back to Seattle this morning after stopping for food at a great sandwich place in Jesper's small town. Planning on a pub crawl for Friday night entertainment so I should get a-napping.

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