Amazing night – which was good, because today was overall rather boring. I had an appointment to meet a local artist, the awesome Patricia Rodriguez, at South Side on Lamar for an event called UNDERGROUND – hosted by ArtLoveMagic. I biked it the few blocks to the event, around 8:45pm. Wow, what an extravaganza!
The gallery and floor below were teeming with people, and art was everywhere the eye could turn. Live music filled the cavernous space, and I was in love. I want to try & be in the event next year. Over 50 local artists (many of them up-and-coming or “unknown”) displaying their work, and creating new work live! Live bands all night, body painting, alcohol, and magic. Great time. I was only able to stay about 45 minutes, since I was there to pick up the wife’s VD gift.
I’ll preface with this: The wife loves Yoko Ono. She owns a first edition copy of Ono’s seminal book of conceptual art “instructions,” titled Grapefruit.
I ordered a custom Yoko/Grapefruit inspired wooden keepsake box from Ms. Rodriguez – she paints these tea/jewelry/keepsake boxes by hand, embellishes them with extras, etc. They’re really great. The wife LOVED it! (Yes, I gave it to her early – neither of us could wait) Here are some pics:
I selected some passages from Grapefruit, and requested they be put on the box. In case the pictures make it hard to read, the passage on top reads:
buy many dream boxes
ask your wife to select one
On the front it reads: draw a map to get lost