Shooting The Bean

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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.

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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.

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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?

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

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