Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Monday, October 28, 2013

Max Gerber: Time Capsule

Max Gerber photographed me with all the casualness one shares with the stranger they stop on the street and ask the time of. Polite and pleasant, you give him the time, you share the courtesy, and little do you know that you are captured in amber. This is the photograph for the time capsule. For your obit. For your moment in time.

Back in 2011 Max photographed me in a similarly impromptu manner. Life at that time was at a turning point- big decisions to make and act on, and I had the kind of clear eyed focus, thousand mile stare that comes when all you have is optimism and a plan, but no idea just how complex your task may truly be.

Years later, it all appears to me to be naïve innocent ignorance. That photo carries an intensity and a confidence that hides everything that was to follow! That guy thought he had a plan! What is that saying...make plans and God laughs...?

Here we are in 2013. I kind of like what I see. I think I like it better. Man, I’m worse for the wear. Time waits for no one…but I must admit I don't mind it at all. Max captured the thoughtful haze in my eyes this time which is more than accurate, as well as a sense of internal focus. Rumpled everything, late night the night before giving a lecture and socializing more than I ever do really. Social hangover withstanding, the photo does not lie.

And inside, beneath all of that and the five o’clock shadow I think I see a sense of peace. One that I never saw back in 2011...and for that I am thankful.


Photographs from top to bottom, copyright Max Gerber

Friday, October 25, 2013

Ghiel de Best : Much Love

Groggy Monday and I'm greeted by a Facebook message that made my day in ways I can't even explain. A totally honest and positive moment, and the details in Ghiel's work were doing the things only paint can do. The texture on the box and paint surface, in all its tangible quality is like...real. And his take on the curve of my son's stomach and the edge of his desk are just dead on.
If I could buy this piece, I would:

Hi Timothy -
My name is Ghiel de Best, I'm a visual artist from Holland. I stumbled upon the beautiful pictures of your son and I actually used one as an inspiration to one of my paintings. You can see it on my website http://ghieldebest.com

I hope you don't mind me using one of your pictures. I actually really hope that you even like it. Besides that, just wanted to say that I really enjoy your pictures!
Much love,
Ghiel de Best

See Ghiel de Best's piece in all it's splendor HERE.

Friday, October 18, 2013

ECHOLILIA @ BAASICS 3 "The Deep End" / An Exploration of Neurodiversities, Mental Disorders and Creativity.

Little hard to watch yourself on video, that much is true.


Very awesome to watch your kids on video, that much is true-er.

From our lecture at BAASICS 3 "The Deep End", An Exploration of Neurodiversities, Mental Disorders and Creativity, May 2013.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Print Trade PopRocks And Pepsi

Photographer Adam Ryan Morris and I crossed paths. One thing led to another and here we are, agreeing to trade prints. This is one thing I never really do. I always fear I won't follow through, I won't make my print, if I get his/her print I won't hang it...everything really that can go wrong will, so I often dodge the opportunity.

Now, come 2013, I have a showpiece home! I actually do hang art. So let's bring it on!

Adam requests his image and I request mine. Only when I put the two side by side to I realize the inspired mix that we now have.

Like PopRocks and Pepsi. Enjoy.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Edward Frenkel : Love and Math

Sometimes Wikipedia tells it best:
Frenkel grew up in Kolomna, Russia.
As a high school student he studied higher mathematics privately with Evgeny Evgenievich Petrov, although his initial interest was in quantum physics rather than mathematics.He was not admitted to Moscow State University because of discrimination against Jews and enrolled instead in the Applied Mathematics program at the Gubkin University of Oil and Gas.
While a student there, he attended the seminar of Israel Gelfand and worked with Boris Feigin and Dmitry Fuchs. After receiving his college degree in 1989, he was first invited to Harvard University as a Visiting Professor, and a year later he enrolled as a graduate student at Harvard. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1991, after one year of study, under the direction of Joseph Bernstein. He was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows from 1991 to 1994, and served as Associate Professor at Harvard from 1994 to 1997.
He has been Professor of Mathematics at University of California, Berkeley since 1997.
The intro to the story, on the New Scientist website, starts off like this:
Mathematician Edward Frenkel wants to expose the beauty of mathematics, inspire awe at its power and challenge his colleagues to wield it for good.
And really that sums it up. Frenkel's energy is infectious. His new book titled "Love And Math : The Heart Of Hidden Reality" is available HERE.