And that is basically our mission right now. We have lots of ideas. And lots of arts and other cultural outings planned for the future. I can't say what they are right now. It's best if you follow the Facebook page.
But as mentioned in the previous post, our latest outing had us revisit Kara Walker. Afterwards we took in a number of other art exhibits in the Chelsea area. One of them was the Camaron Gray's Gymnasty exhibition, which ran from Oct. 30th to January 3rd at the Mike Weiss Gallery in Chelsea, N.Y.C. Here are a couple of pictures of us interacting with the pieces:
And judging by the press release on the gallery's website, there might be something to my interpretation:
“Cameron Gray and Mike Weiss Gallery invite you to GYMNASTY, an equal opportunity exhibition filled with multisensory integration experiences, joyous celebration, spiritual reflection, contemporary contemplations of Plato’s Cave, and catharctic ectoplasmic growth.”
For more context on Plato's Cave, may I refer you to good ol' Wiki:
“The Allegory of the Cave (also titled Analogy of the Cave, Plato's Cave or Parable of the Cave) is presented by the Greek philosopher Plato in his work The Republic (514a–520a) to compare "...the effect of education (παιδεία) and the lack of it on our nature". It is written as a dialogue between Plato's brother Glaucon and his mentor Socrates, narrated by the latter. The allegory is presented after the Analogy of the Sun (508b–509c) and the Analogy of the Divided Line (509d–513e). All three are characterized in relation to dialectic at the end of Books VII and VIII (531d–534e).
Plato has Socrates describe a gathering of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall by things passing in front of a fire behind them, and begin to designate names to these shadows. The shadows are as close as the prisoners get to viewing reality. He then explains how the philosopher is like a prisoner who is freed from the cave and comes to understand that the shadows on the wall do not make up reality at all, as he can perceive the true form of reality rather than the mere shadows seen by the prisoners.
Socrates remarks that this allegory can be taken with what was said before, namely the Analogy of the Sun and the Analogy of the Divided Line. In particular, he likens our perception of the world around us "to the habitation in prison, the firelight there to the sunlight here, the ascent and the view of the upper world is the rising of the soul into the world of the mind" (517b).”
At some point, I do recall thinking to myself how this feels like I'm in somebody's reveling in the whimsical side of the brain. I also felt like I was on the set of a Laugh-in.