Sunday, January 17, 2016

Fishing in New York

We took some time to have a glass of wine on the outside patio of the Whitney. The city was warm for November and lovely. We drank and I wanted to know where to next. 

"You said you like fish and seafood?"


"Alright, I know where we are going?"

We walked down the streets, the city was starting to bubble and bustle. New York exists is almost a permanent art space, it's the feeling I have sometimes. Maybe that is just the feeling I get from having watched the show space float back and forth. Either way the city seemed vibrant and full of art and everything else. 

The destination was a bar restaurant called Fish. It was a tiny crowded little place, that had a sort of hole in the wall feel. There was a bit of a line to get in, but we asked to sit at the bar and it was fine. We sat next to the chefs behind the counter who were shucking oysters.

I checked over the menu and noted that there was a special that was a glass of wine with a half dozen oysters. That seemed like the most perfect thing so that was what I did. The New Yorker and I sat and drank, shared food and laughed in the pleasant warmth of the bar. People around us cracked open shellfish and enjoying lobster and seafood. The place felt lively and fresh and new. For the first time in a long time I was starting to feel at ease with the city that I was living in.

New York makes me feel like an expat sometimes and maybe this, more than anything else is why I am starting to like it so much.

Everything and More by Rachel Rose

 One of the key things to do on my birthday was to see the Rachel Rose video exhibit. The New Yorker was very set on going to see this and I was keen to check it out. At first, I didn't realize it was a video exhibit, however video exhibits can be fun. Although, of course, Clown Torture was probably one of the best, worse, and most weird video exhibits I've ever seen. I didn't expect this to be anything like that.

This was really something lovely and truly wonderful to just sort of space out and enjoy. The room was dark when we entered, warm, the entire night of November was really very warm. It was also already full of some people, and as with many video exhibits, people would move in and out occasionally, we found a place to sit down in the corner, the New Yorker grabbed a bench and I spread out a bit more on the floor to enjoy the show as that seemed like the best thing to do. There were several people on the floor as well, a few it looks like who had been laying there for hours to enjoy the never ending looping cycle that was the pretty Everything and More. We started in space and then floated from space into the real world.

And what a lovely show.

The entire piece was like watching a moving Van Gogh. There were swirls and stars, and motion and movement floating back and forth and burning away across the screen. It enveloped the watcher so that you floated through the space and then into the training that would allow you to prepare for space, prepare for floating in nothingness that is somethingness. The waves ebbed and sounds would lift and expand, taking you down to fall into it again. It was a wonderful, well paced, with changing intervals that moved easily from space, to earth, the lab underwater, to a concert full of people to space again. Floating through the images were words and music, the beating heart and the gurgling bubbles of liquid. A wonderful cacophony, harmony, beautiful thing.

 A cycle, a beautiful cycle that really was everything and more.

I like the stimulation of it, being able to sit and drown in that cycle over and over again to just let it slip into the dark spaces and fill it with something else. It was a beautiful exhibit and one I might go to enjoy again before the show ends in February.