Shooting The Bean


As of 5pm today, all deadlines have been met for awhile.  (Actually, that’s not true: there are class descriptions, some input for an article, PR for a show, and my deferred taxes to be taken care of in the next two weeks – as well as beginning the initial intensive dive into what will be a long bout of ongoing, extensive research).  But: the due-by-October first things are all taken care of, and though they went at a relatively leisurely pace, it was still just too much computer time, writing, editing, re-writing, re-editing.  This gets me things I want, though.

My difficulty (and incredibly slow pace) with writing keeps me from ‘playing the numbers.’  I’ve met a lot of artists and writers who apply for 10 or more residencies or grants at a time, hoping to get two or three.  I apply only for things that I really want, with only one or two more than I think I can handle, mostly because the application process has never become an easy one for me.


But, as I said in the last blahg, though it has its tedious side, it was better to do this time than ever before, because I wasn’t doing it all on top of 10,000 other things, and I got to have breaks.  I also had some meetings, including a momentous one that showed me that I’ll periodically be involved in many more.  They’re in a lovely location, though, and Tuesday’s meeting was in crisp, cool, fine fall weather, perfect for strolling across the street afterwards to Shoot The Bean.


This is a Chicago pastime for tourists and natives alike, ever since Anish Kapoor erected The Bean, which is actually titled ‘Cloud Gate’. I do have a great fondness for it, but then I have always loved Shiny Reflective Things.  It is a fine, gigantic Shiny Reflective Thing. I haven’t been there in a long while, and on a cool fall day, it wasn’t crowded at all (and still, everyone had a camera – if you’ve been there, you have at least one photo of yourself reflected in it).  So, since I’ll be returning regularly, I think I’ll shoot it and some of the other Millennium Park features periodically during the next few seasons. It’s kind of difficult to go wrong, Shooting The Bean, eh?



The Bean. Below: details in The Bean’s hood.