The Unbearable Banishment: June 2013

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Human Nature Part II: Nightfall

I walked out of the Laura Pels Theater onto 47th St. It was dark out.

[I had just seen the clunkily titled The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin. Primo character actor David Morse is a white collar criminal home from prison to terrorize his family. A compelling story with some forced dialog and a few strained scenes. Morse, terrifying as always. Do you remember him from The Green Mile and The Hurt Locker?]

I crossed 6th Avenue to Rockefeller Center to see what Ugo Rondinone's Human Nature looks like at night. It was a satisfying enough work during the day. I thought the inky sky and floodlights might cast some interesting shadows. As I suspected, the work is much more nuanced and spooky in the dark. Isn't everything?

I usually don't upload this many pics from any single exhibit but I'm particularly pleased with how these turned out. It's a  photogenic exhibit at its most satisfying when fewer people are around.

This guy looks like he's going shopping at that J. Crew for some overpriced socks.

The compulsion is to walk up and touch them. I've seen people stroke and even hug them.

The lights spill onto the plaza and give the sculptures more texture and depth. 

A friend sneaks a shot of your humble author hard at work. Waiting for the pedestrians to clear my viewfinder

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Have any of you had Lasik surgery performed on your eyes? Any regrets? Long-term negative side effects? How horrific an experience was it? The procedure looks like medieval torture but I'm so fed up with wearing glasses that I'm considering it. The operation can't be any worse than having my forehead cut open for basal cell carcinoma surgery and I survived that. Barely.