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Art out of nothing by Misha Lyuve

Feb 10, 2011

My previous post, actually forced me into an experiment of finding art and beauty in my every day life. And my every day for the most part consists of subway rides, business offices, meetings, conference calls and quick meals. And when I am in the subway, I’m for the most part either planning something, answering emails on my blackberry or arguing with somebody in my head – pretty prosaic. But this time around I discovered the New York city subway as a well of inspiration. 

On Monday I actually allowed myself to stop and listen to a drummer on the 42 st. station. And he was really good. And let me tell you, unlike Joshua Bell, this guy wasn’t very interested in public reaction or had any expectations of how others should appreciate his talent. In fact, he was playing drums in a confident no-bullshit way as if he was doing it in his own living room for his own pleasure.   

Then I got on the train; and though I was too shy to use my camera openly, I figured out how to casually make pictures of how people sit. And I noticed that every pose, every pair of shoes had its mood and its story — tired, flirtatious, confident, studious… And seeing these moods and stories made me present to beauty. And what got captured is art out of nothing

Are you up for this kind of an experiment in your life? Share your art out of nothing.

Of art, beauty and life by Misha Lyuve

Feb 6, 2011

On Friday January 12, 2007 between 7:51 and 8:34 AM,

at the Washington DC’s The L’Enfant Plaza station

a violinist played 6 classical pieces.

As 1,097 people passed by him during the rush hour,

several stopped by to listen and at the end he grossed $32.17 in his hat.

But this wasn’t a struggling musician,

but a world renowned violinist playing

on a $3.5M Antonio Stradivari instrument,

Joshua Bell, who 3 days before had sold out Boston Symphony Hall.

(To read the full Pulitzer winning Washington Post article click here.)

 

Oh yes, we know how to enjoy art when we are visiting a museum or going to a concert. We also occasionally experience beauty when for a second we halt the tempo of our daily routine catching a glimpse of a pretty cloud or shades of a sunset. So for the most part within our life our experience of art & beauty is comprised of precisely allocated time slots and rare random and very brief moments of awakening – which would add up (making broad generalizations) to an average of at most 1 hour a week and about 0.6% of our life.

Is this all?? And obviously not because of lack of beauty in the world or opportunities in life to see art and be artistic in self-expression. It is a function of our vision. So let me just rub my eyes; art & beauty are not that far away, but right here. To see it will just take being present – keeping my eyes and ears open and slowing down that ever-lasting  voice in my head.  

photo courtesy of Vika B Studio