Art Fitness Training

Tonight will be my second session of Art Fitness Training at The Lab at Belmar, one of Denver’s finest and funnest art institutions.  I’m going with a fabulous young man (who I’ve been dating for a few weeks — I’m not sure why I’m so shy to write about that, but anyway), and we’re learning how to look at contemporary art.  Last week we focused on three questions to ask when we look at art, something like:

  1. What do you see?
  2. If _____ were different, how would it change the work?
  3. Why do you think the artist chose to do it the way he or she did?

What I like is the intentional absence of “What do you already know?”  Because that’s exhausting, and I think I do enough of that on most days (it’s kind of my job to find out what other people know about artworks).  Anyway, it’s a good time, and there’s an excellent exhibition up right now (Melanie Smith – Spiral City/Ciudad Espiral), so if you’re around you should check it out.  I haven’t had a chance to see much of the other exhibition yet (Manual Labors, in which poets are asked to write about rocks), but it’s totally my kind of thing.

Cleanse update: The headache lingered just a little bit yesterday, but today I felt fantastic, and I’m going to do this whole thing — all 18 days.  It was actually nice last night not to feel obligated to eat the gigantic, rare steak served at a dinner at someone’s house — tough to pass on the roasted potatoes, though (only sweet potatoes are allowed).  I did have a nice cucumber and tomato salad (in addition to the gigantic southwest chicken salad I ate before I went), and felt good.  Today I eliminated animal products, which isn’t that big of a deal for me.  Tomorrow’s grain elimination is going to be tough, though.


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